Tuesday, March 13, 2007

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A conversational waltz with Garance Franke-Ruta

My latest bloggingheads.tv duet is up -- this one is with The American Prospect's Garance Franke-Ruta (who has her own blog, as well as a detailed explanation of the origins of her name).

Topics include whether Barack Obama and John McCain would pursue similar interventionist foreign policies; why GOP candidates are "Hollywood whores"; the death of neoliberalism; and how liberal journalists are coping with this.

Go check it out.

UPDATE: One small note: if it seems like I did not pick up on every point Garance made, this had to do with our phone connection. I could not completely hear all of her points.

posted by Dan on 03.13.07 at 11:03 AM


Dan, In the segment you wondering if McCain is colonial. He is being advised by Niall Ferguson, who obviously is an enthusiast for empire. I don't know what that means but it is interesting.

posted by: pt on 03.13.07 at 11:03 AM [permalink]

Wow. Did you read those comments about you?

posted by: Polybius on 03.13.07 at 11:03 AM [permalink]

I actually thought YOU performed reasonably well. It's the case that you do better when paired with more analytical minds, but I think you responded reasonably well to Franke-Ruta's weak offerings.

Even though I consider myself a liberal I consistently find myself thinking that you're one of the few discussants who isn't a waste of my time. When Franke-Ruta started saying that she had a friend who thought X and that this must infer Y about the political climate I wanted to choke myself. (The Drezner-Yglesias pairings, on the other hand, are top notch.)

posted by: MJ on 03.13.07 at 11:03 AM [permalink]

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