Iowa & The State of Disunion (with John Dickerson)

Show Notes

On this week’s episode of Stay Tuned, “Iowa & The State of Disunion,” Preet answers your questions about:

— The future of the Iowa Caucuses

— Whether the House can re-open the impeachment inquiry into President Trump

— How elections should bear on impeachment

— Situations where the guilty are acquitted

The guest this week is John Dickerson. He is a correspondent for 60 Minutes, contributing editor to The Atlantic, and an author. Dickerson is also a co-host of Slate’s Political Gabfest and Whistlestop podcasts.

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  • “Lessons Learned From The Iowa Caucuses, And Danger Signs Ahead,” National Public Radio, 2/5/20
  • “‘A total mess’: Critics call for an end to Iowa’s first-in-the-nation status
  • Iowa caucuses – reporting,” Vox, 2/4/20


  • Double Jeopardy, Legal Information Institute
  • Jury Nullification, Legal Information Institute
  • “Alexander: Trump’s Ukraine actions ‘wrong,’ ‘inappropriate,’ but not impeachable,” Politico, 2/1/20
  • “Murkowski says she ‘cannot vote to convict,’ but calls Trump’s actions ‘shameful and wrong,’” CNN, 2/3/20
  • “Rep. Jerry Nadler Says House Will Likely Subpoena John Bolton,” National Public Radio, 2/5/20



  • Trump’s 2020 State of the Union Address
  • State of the Union Address, United States House of Representatives History, Art & Archives
  • Trump’s 2019 State of the Union Address, 2/5/19
  • “In dissonant State of the Union speech, Trump seeks unity while depicting ruin,” Washington Post, 2/5/19
  • Ezra Klein: “Why the media is so polarized — and how it polarizes us,” Vox, 1/28/20
  • Dickerson: “The Hardest Job in the World,” The Atlantic, May 2018


  • “Obama’s Call for Bipartisanship Failed. Why Do 2020 Dems Think They’ll Do Better?,” NY Mag, 3/1/19
  • “Frenemies: A Love Story,” New York Times, 10/5/12
  • “Nancy Pelosi, Icon of Female Power, Will Reclaim Role as Speaker and Seal a Place in History,” New York Times, 1/2/19


  • The Troubles of Tip O’Neill, New York Times, 8/16/91
  • “After Two Decades, the ‘Boll Weevils’ Are Back, and Whistling Dixie,” Washington Post, 4/26/81
  • Clip: “Speaker O’Neil’s Words Taken Down,” C-SPAN, 5/15/84
  • “Newt vs. Tip: Partisanship at Its Apogee?,” RealClearPolitics, 5/15/14
  • “The House of Jim Wright,” Politico, 5/7/15
  • “Lott Remarks on Thurmond Echoed 1980 Words,” Washington Post, 9/11/02


  • Listen: “Harry S. Truman’s Battles With the Bosses,” Whistlestop Podcast, 11/15/17
  • “As Election Day nears, Trump borrows from Harry Truman’s playbook,” Washington Post, 11/5/18


  • Clip: Joe Lieberman, “3-way tie for 3rd,” C-SPAN, 5/18/17
  • Clip: “The Scream that doomed Howard Dean,” 2004
  • Clip: “George H.W. Bush checks the time,” 1992
  • “Dukakis and the Tank,” Politico, 11/17/13


  • Clip: Mario Cuomo 1984 Democratic National Convention Keynote Speech, C-SPAN, 7/16/84
  • Clip: Ronald Reagan’s 1976 Presidential Endorsement Speech, C-SPAN, 8/19/76
  • Clip: President Obama delivers Eulogy, Youtube, 6/26/15
  • Clip: Senator Barack Obama 2004 Democratic National Convention Keynote Speech, 7/27/04
  • Clip: Obama Speech in Manassas, Virginia, 11/3/08


  • Clip: Rep. Adam Schiff Closing Argument, 2/3/20


  • Clip: Governor Gretchen Whitmer’s Democratic Response to State of the Union Address, 2/4/20
  • Clip: Marco Rubio’s State of the Union Response, 2/12/13
  • Clip: Jindal Delivers Republican Response, 2/25/09
  • Clip: 30 Bobby Jindal Rock, 2/25/09
  • “Jindal’s Kenneth problem,” Politico, 3/7/09