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Election Podcasts

This Congressman's Story Perfectly Illustrates GOP Obstructionism Of Obama

The Huffington Post | Sam Stein | Posted 12.27.2016 | Politics

Even with President Barack Obama’s triumph on election night in 2008, Tom Perriello needed a recount to squeak out a victory in his House race. He e...

Jeb Bush's Campaign Shows Just How Insufferable Big Donors Can Be

The Huffington Post | Sam Stein | Posted 12.27.2016 | Politics

The demands on politicians to raise money are notoriously awful. Candidates can spend upward of 40 hours a week just hitting the phones, a process tha...

Clay Aiken Gained 30 Pounds Eating Bojangles Chicken During His Campaign

The Huffington Post | Sam Stein | Posted 04.28.2016 | Politics

Life on the campaign trail is not conducive to good health. The days are long. The stress is intense. The sleep is fleeting. The food is plentiful -- ...

Here's What It's Like To Lose An Election By 4 Votes

The Huffington Post | Sam Stein | Posted 04.11.2016 | Politics

There are a few ways that a candidate for public office can brutally lose an election. You can be caught in a sex scandal -- physical or online -- for...

This Senate Candidate Explains How God-Awful And Life Consuming Fundraising Is

The Huffington Post | Sam Stein | Posted 12.19.2016 | Politics

There is a quaint perception that the life of a congressman is spent crafting legislation and casting votes that will help guide the country and shape...

How The Hell Do You Lose An Election To Rob Ford? Well, It's Complicated.

The Huffington Post | Sam Stein | Posted 03.14.2016 | Politics

To anyone living outside of Toronto, its former mayor, Rob Ford, must seem like the least daunting candidate in the history of politics. His limitatio...

If Newt Gingrich Ran For President Again, He'd Do It Like Bernie

The Huffington Post | Sam Stein | Posted 12.19.2016 | Politics

If Newt Gingrich could do it all over again, he would be like Bernie Sanders. Yes, that Bernie Sanders. The one who sounds like a Larry David imperso...

How The Victim Of One Of History's Worst Political Hecklings Survived The Internet

The Huffington Post | Sam Stein | Posted 02.22.2016 | Politics

Ben Konop wanted to be mayor of Toledo. Some guy in a Budweiser hat wanted him off his front yard. Together, they produced Internet gold. The setting ...

The Story Behind One Of The Great Political Ads Of ALL TIME

The Huffington Post | Sam Stein | Posted 02.16.2016 | Politics

The canon of historic political quotes isn't deep. There's FDR's "nothing to fear, but fear itself"; JFK's "ask not what your country can do for you"...

Wendy Davis Says She Wants To Run For Office Again

The Huffington Post | Sam Stein | Posted 12.19.2016 | Politics

Wendy Davis' 2014 campaign for governor of Texas may have ended in a historic drubbing, but the former state senator and feminist icon isn't done with...

Here's Why Clint Eastwood Talked To An Empty Chair At The GOP Convention

The Huffington Post | Sam Stein | Posted 01.26.2016 | Politics

As Clint Eastwood took the stage of the Tampa Bay Times Forum on the night of September 3, 2012, it became quickly apparent that his would not be a ty...

Republicans Still Don't Agree On Why Mitt Romney Lost

The Huffington Post | Sam Stein | Posted 12.19.2016 | Politics

Following Mitt Romney's defeat in his run for president in 2012, his Republican party did what all parties do: It went through a mourning period. Offi...

Michele Bachmann Empathizes With The Sexist Crap Hillary Clinton Has To Endure

The Huffington Post | Sam Stein | Posted 12.19.2016 | Politics

It may not be so readily apparent to the voter, but female candidates have to deal with substantially more bullshit when they run for public office th...

The Day Howard Dean Came THIS Close To Leaving The Democratic Party

The Huffington Post | Jason Cherkis | Posted 12.19.2016 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- When former Vermont Gov. Howard Dean launched his bid for the presidency in 2003, he attracted a huge following by slamming the Democrat...

Candidate Confessional: A Podcast About Those Who Ran For Office... And Lost

The Huffington Post | Sam Stein | Posted 05.22.2016 | Politics

Roughly one year ago -- we can’t believe it’s been that long -- we began working on a podcast called "Candidate Confessional." It was a project en...