Political Gabfest

The “Hate and Castrate” Edition

Listen to Slate’s show about Donald Trump’s seemingly inevitable nomination, what Hillary Clinton can do about it, and oral arguments in Whole Women’s Health v. Cole.

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On this week’s Slate Political Gabfest, Emily Bazelon, David Plotz, and John Dickerson discuss Donald Trump’s seemingly inevitable nomination, what Hillary Clinton can do about it, and SCOTUS’ hearing of oral arguments in Whole Woman’s Health v. Cole—the court’s most significant abortion case since Planned Parenthood v. Casey.

Here are some of the links and references mentioned during this week’s show:

  • Does Trump have the nomination locked in?
  • Will anti-Trump forces effectively coalesce? How can they take down Trump?
  • Will a third party develop from within the Republican Party? Can our system even accommodate three parties?
  • Has Hillary Clinton secured her nomination? How can/will she effectively campaign against Trump?
  • Will it be unlike any presidential campaign we’ve ever seen before?
  • How much of a problem is it for Hillary that turnout is down among the Democrats?
  • Does Trump have a strategy? Will he be able to focus long enough for a general election?
  • Have pro-lifers successfully crafted a rhetoric claiming they are benefiting “women’s health”?


Emily chatters about recent attention on the KKK after Trump’s non-disavowal disavowal and reflects on the insidious history of the organization’s rise.

John chatters about a sheep-filled prank during the 1976 presidential race.

David’s chatter includes a reading of an amusing Washington Post piece on Chris Christie’s “screaming eyes,” as observed during Donald Trump’s Super Tuesday conference speech.

Topic ideas for next week? You can tweet suggestions, links, and questions to @SlateGabfest (#heygabfest). (Tweets may be quoted by name unless the writer stipulates otherwise.)

Podcast production by Jocelyn Frank. Links compiled by Elle Bisgaard-Church.