Against the Grain show

Against the Grain

Summary: National Journal Politics Editor Josh Kraushaar hosts the sharpest minds in Washington for no-BS conversations about what’s really happening inside the Beltway and on the campaign trail.

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 Episode 38: Leading the PAC | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 46:38

Steven Law, CEO of the Senate Leadership Fund and three other Republican super PACs, breaks down the competitive Senate races, assesses the president's role in 2020 congressional campaigns and offers his blunt take on the strongest Democrat Trump could face.  

 Episode 37: No Participation Trophies | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 49:19

Cook Political Report contributor and NPR political reporter Jessica Taylor explains why she's skeptical about Joe Biden, names the candidate who she thinks has the potential to challenge him, and assesses Trump's chances in 2020.

  Episode 36: Women are Winning | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 01:00:18

Stephanie Schriock, president of EMILY’s List, reacts to the wave of anti-abortion legislation in conservative states, criticizes the DCCC's decision to punish consultants who work against members of Congress in primaries, and speaks candidly about her former boss, Al Franken, and the state of the #MeToo movement.

 Episode 35: Friends and Potential Friends | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 45:32

Former Republican congressman Tom Davis, one of Washington's leading political experts, looks into his crystal ball and makes predictions about the 2020 presidential campaign, the battle for the Senate and House, and the critical showdown for the Virginia state legislature.

 Episode 34: The Apprentice | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 51:14

Matt Mowers is only 29, but the top Trump adviser has a long record of experience in rough-and-tumble politics. The former top aide to New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie talks about why he decided to join the Trump campaign, his behind-the-scenes work with Secretaries of State Rex Tillerson and Mike Pompeo, and his assessment of the president's re-election chances.

 Episode 33: How to Win the White House | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 51:17

Democratic pollster Jim Gerstein explains why Robert Mueller's expected testimony before Congress could boost Democrats, assesses Joe Biden's strength in the crowded Democratic field, and cautions his Democratic colleagues not to underestimate President Trump.

 Episode 32: The Majority Maker | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 51:24

Former DCCC Executive Director Dan Sena, one of the architects of the Democrats' new House majority, names the freshmen who he thinks will be national stars, explains why some Hispanic voters are surprisingly conservative, and identifies the GOP's key policy mistake leading up to the midterms.

 Episode 31: What Voters Really Want | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 51:42

Wes Anderson, the founding partner and pollster at OnMessage Inc., identifies President Trump's toughest Democratic challenger in 2020 (hint: it's not Joe Biden), talks about the evolution of campaign polling and offers a pessimistic note on the GOP's chances to win back the House.

 Episode 30: On Ayres | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 39:17

Republican pollster Whit Ayres explains why he’s pessimistic that President Trump can win again, talks about the opportunity for Republicans to solidify support in Florida and explains why Lindsey Graham (his longtime client) has become a Trump loyalist. 

 Episode 29: First, Principles | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 47:02

Matt Lewis, conservative columnist for The Daily Beast and CNN political commentator, explains why there's no presidential candidate he can support in 2020, reminisces on his work for Tucker Carlson and expresses his disenchantment with Nebraska Sen. Ben Sasse.

 Episode 28: House Call | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 50:05

Ian Russell, a principal at consulting firm Beacon Media and former deputy executive director at DCCC, talks about the politics of health care, how Bernie Sanders presents a risk for House Democrats, and his skepticism of Joe Biden's 2020 journey.

 Episode 27: Russia or Health Care? | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 51:30

Democratic pollster Jill Normington, of Nomington Petts, gives Trump better than a 50 percent chance at winning the election, discusses the gains former Vice President Joe Biden will make early on if he decides to run, and what it means to be an "and" candidate.

 Episode 26: The Debate Over Hate | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 56:22

Halie Soifer, the executive director of the Jewish Democratic Council of America, addresses Rep. Ilhan Omar's (D-MN 05) anti-semitic comments, "Jexodus," and the Iran Nuclear Deal.

 Episode 25: Betting on Beto | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 35:01

Matt Gorman, an alum of Jeb Bush and Mitt Romney's campaigns and the NRCC, swings by to discuss why their anti-Nancy Pelosi strategy didn't work to keep the House, the Forgetting Sarah Marshall character that Beto O'Rourke reminds him of, and the Democrat he's most interested in for 2020.

 Episode 24: The Mod Squad | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 50:38

Jim Kessler, executive director of Third Way, dishes on the state that will decide 2020, the possible consequence of Democrats moving too far left, and what Amy Klobuchar has in common with kale.


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