Podcast Recommendation

For anyone interested in polling and/pr the Iowa Caucuses

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An FYI to anyone who is interested in the process of polling and/or in the process of the Iowa Caucuses, I highly recommend the 1/16/20 edition of Stay Tuned with Preet. His guest was J. Ann Selzer and the interview with her would be useful to anyone seeking to get a bit more insight into the polling process. The conversation also includes some talk about the mechanics of the Iowa Caucuses.

The episode can be found here (and the transcript here).

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Steven L. Taylor
About Steven L. Taylor
Steven L. Taylor is a Professor of Political Science and a College of Arts and Sciences Dean. His main areas of expertise include parties, elections, and the institutional design of democracies. His most recent book is the co-authored A Different Democracy: American Government in a 31-Country Perspective. He earned his Ph.D. from the University of Texas and his BA from the University of California, Irvine. He has been blogging since 2003 (originally at the now defunct Poliblog). Follow Steven on Twitter


  1. Teve says:

    Stay Tuned is in my podcast subscription list. Preet’s a very smart guy. He’d make a good attorney general.

  2. Paul L. says:

    He’d make a great Democrat attorney general.

    Preet Bharara is a fascist totalitarian member of the Law enforcement caste who attempted to gag journalists.
    Preet Bharara’s Boy Scout Manual of ‘Doing Justice’

  3. @Paul L.: You really have no interest in constructive interchange, do you?

  4. James Joyner says:

    @Paul L.: Please consider @Steven L. Taylor‘s comment your last warning. Continue trolling with insipid comments and you will be banned from commenting here.

    I’m happy for you to provide meaningful critique of Preet Bharara, his podcast, J. Ann Selzer, or even podcasts in general. But simply driving by and popping off that the host of a recommended podcast is “a fascist totalitarian member of the Law enforcement caste who attempted to gag journalists” adds nothing to the conversation.

    Now, if you want to point to his actions in the Reason case as to why he would not, in fact, make a good Attorney General, that might be interesting. Somewhat off-topic from Steven’s post, which is about polling, but allowable in response to another commenter’s suggestion.

  5. Miter Bluster says:

    I rarely click on the thumbs up or dn.
    I just upped James Joyner’s comment above in this thread.

  6. mattbernius says:

    Jebus, as someone who is actually engaged in Criminal Justice reform effforts, can I say how tired I am of someone’s fundamentally empty virtue signaling about how much he hates police/prosecutors/etc while actively supporting an administration actively working to extend those protections (and further enshrine them via judicial fiat) because all he really cares about is his 2nd amendment rights and damn everything and everyone else?

    Hosts, please feel free to delete this venting after a very long day in the trenches….

  7. Teve says:

    That’s the second time Paul has “quoted” something I didn’t say.

  8. mattbernius says:


    That’s the second time Paul has “quoted” something I didn’t say.

    Efff… I didn’t see that edit in the quote. I have offically run out of effs to give for empty virtue signalling.

    Can I talk about how out two most “Republican Attorney’s Generals” — both Barr and Sessions — have actively worked to roll back the meager police reforms enacted by the Obama administration?

    And can I mention how a certain unnamed Trump supporter who is deeply and morally concerned about Police and Proprietorial overreach attempted to argue that those positions had nothing to do with Preside Donald (“Police should rough up suspects”) Trump who apparently was completely unaware of their policy positions before nominating them?!

    Or how the most recent nominee to the Supreme Court is a staunch defender of Qualified Immunity! and police protections across all of his lower court decisions?!

    An unnamed poster: always ready to support police abuse and prosecutorial overreach (when it’s people on his side) in return for keeping his guns and pwning the libs and then pretend he didn’t!

  9. Teve says:

    @mattbernius: I haven’t been following the Justice Department, but from my remote perch it looked like Sessions was trying to do more to wreck the whole system w/r/t minority abuses, whereas Barr is just focused on protecting Trump and the Republicans. I could be wrong about that though.

    Regarding Iowa, I don’t think Warren’s going to win it, but I’m hoping she does better than the poll numbers look right now, and that becomes a story.

    About podcasts, if you’re not catching Pivot with Kara Swisher and Scott Galloway, and other Recode podcasts, you’re missing out.

  10. mattbernius says:

    Barr is bad in different ways — see the fast tracking of Federal executions. He also hasn’t rolled back any of the anti-reform-reforms of Sessions. So the net movement is backwards.

    Both also worked to delay the implementation of the First Step Act.

    Look, as I always write, Democrats are not particularly better on these issues generally speaking. I’m not holding up Obama or Holder as paragons of virtue. My issue here is someone whose only contribution is calling out the hypocrisy of virtue signalling being the biggest virtue signalling fraud I’ve encountered in a while.

  11. Teve says:

    I’m sure there were Pharisees complaining that Jesus was just Virtue Signaling.

  12. Teve says:

    Pitchfork Economics with Nick Hanauer

    The newest podcast is about how deregulation is a scam on par with trickle down.