Every athlete no matter how excellent goes through extended down periods, slumps. President Trump’s poll ratings have been down for over two months now, whether they are measured by his job approval rating or his mead-to-head matchups with Joe Biden. Is this slump or a serious, perhaps permanent, downturn? The Atlantic’s Ron Brownstein and the Washington Examiner and New York Post’s Salena Zito weigh in with their thoughts. All this and a Montana Senate campaign ad wins our coveted Ad of the Week trophy. Only on the Horse Race!

The Democratic race is heating up as Biden, Bernie, and Bloomberg start to start to jump out from the pack going into Super Tuesday. We look at the biggest states voting that day, California and Texas, with iconic Democratic strategist Bob Shrum and Houston Chronicle columnist Erica Grieder; take in a view from flyover country with political reporter Salena Zito; and talk Trump with EPPC Senior Fellow and New York Times columnist Pete Wehner. All this and the ad of the week, only on The Horse Race!

As you’ll hear, there were many possible titles for this episode, but we went with the simplest and most descriptive for we spewing a fair amount of time covering both. But we also have on the supreme Supreme Court expert Adam White from the Hoover Institution (listen to his new podcast with Richard Epstein here) to discuss all things SCOTUS and the great Salena Zito (read her new book The Great Revolt: Inside the Populist Coalition Reshaping American Politics) who lets us Coastal (and yes, Minneapolis) Elites® know how all this stuff is playing in the heartland we only fly over.

Happy 4th, everyone. We’re off next week. Have a safe and fun holiday!

Welcome to the Harvard Lunch Club Political Podcast number 180 (!!!) for June 20, 2018, it’s the Good Latte edition of the show with your hosts radio guy Todd Feinburg, AI-guy Mike Stopa and, much more important than that, guest the inimitable syndicated columnist, Harvard Professor (check this out!), and author of The Great Revolt, Inside the Populist Coalition Reshaping American Politics, (with co-author Brad Todd), Salena Zito.

We will talk with Salena about her book, the great heart she shows in her writings, her gig as a Harvard Professor and Trump-supporting thugs on the beach! (and much else).

This week, we go deep on North Korea with AEI’s Nicholas Eberstadt and Salena Zito tells us not to break out the surf boards quite yet — that blue wave may not be so big after all. Also, Rudy can’t fail and Peter Robinson gets schooled on Kanye. Yo.

Music from this week’s podcast: Rudi Can’t Fail by The Clash

This week, two terrific reporters join us from their beats: first up, Salena Zito., National Political Reporter for The Washington Examiner (and author of the forthcoming book The Great Revolt: Inside the Populist Coalition Reshaping American Politics) as well as an expert on the denizens of Trump country. Then,  Debra Saunders, the White House Correspondent of the Las Vegas Review-Journal gives us some insights into what its like to cover this President. Also, the Comey book, and happy trails to Paul Ryan.

Music from this week’s show: Karma Chameleon by Culture Club

America is coming up on a historic anniversary: April 9th, when the Civil War ended with the surrender of General Robert E. Lee. This surrender took place following the Battle of Appomattox Court House. Joining Salena Zito on Mainstreet Meets the Beltway to discuss this is Ernie Price, Chief of education and Visitor services at the Appomattox Courthouse.

There’s a very special guest on Mainstreet Meets the Beltway this week: President Trump’s son Donald Trump Jr. He met up with Salena Zito in Sarah’s Candy, an iconic candy factory in Pennsylvania. Don Jr. joined Salena to talk about the importance of the PA-18 election.

Salena has two guests on Mainstreet Meets the Beltway this week. First, the Beltway comes to Mainstreet: Senator Pat Toomey (R-PA) has left Washington to join Salena in the studio. Following a discussion on the senator’s special skill of piloting aircraft, the two get into politics. Toomey is a strong believer that the economy is improving and his constituents are going to see the benefits first hand. After discussing policy, the senator is swapped out for Salena’s second guest: Bethany Mandel, conservative author and commentator.

Over the past two years, Americans have lost faith in their government. Salena Zito discusses how to get it back.

Ricochet Editor-in-Chief Jon Gabriel and Heatstreet’s Stephen Miller welcome Salena Zito to talk about the forgotten Americans along the Acela Corridor and beyond. Zito served as a reporter and columnist for the Pittsburgh Tribune Review, and is currently a contributor for CNN, the New York Post, and the Washington Examiner. (You might know her as the person who coined the phrase about President Trump: “The press takes him literally, but not seriously; his supporters take him seriously, but not literally.”)

Our intro and outro music is “Outside the City” by Young Galaxy. Stephen’s song of the week is “The Way I Feel” by Dude York, and Jon’s is “Sugar for the Pill” by Slowdive. To listen to all the music featured on The Conservatarians, subscribe to our Spotify playlist. You also should subscribe to this podcast and give it five-star, glowing reviews on iTunes!