196. Michael Beschloss. Midterm Election Post-Mortem. The Camouflage Wave. 2024 Starts Now. Is Trump vs Biden Inevitable? DeSantis vs Moore in 2028? Independent Prospects for President. McMullin Loses in Utah. Veterans Day. Amherst vs Williams.


The most important election of our lifetime is finally over. Sorta. And the final contest may be just beginning. 

America is divided. And half the country is not happy this week. Again. Anger and division is the story of our lives in America now. And if you’re feeling like it’s not, just wait a few more days. Because President Mayhem is back. Trump is back. And we all know what that means for our politics.

But what does it mean for 2024?

What does it mean for a likely match up against Biden?

What does it mean for a possible run by an independent candidate for President?

And what does this midterm election mean?

What is its place in history?

Is this history repeating itself? Or are we starting over?

Michael Beschloss (@BeschlossDC) is the perfect person to ask. He’s the winner of an Emmy award, serves as NBC News Presidential Historian, and contributes to the PBS NewsHour. He is the author of nine best-selling books, including Presidential Courage: Brave Leaders and How They Changed America, 1789-1989, Jacqueline Kennedy: Historic Conversations on Life with John F. Kennedy (co-authored with Caroline Kennedy) and two volumes on President Lyndon Johnson’s secret White House tapes. Beschloss also has the largest Twitter following of any historian on earth. And in a Twitterverse filled with bots and hate and nastiness, he remains a reason to be on that website. Pouring out historic photos and perspective. He’s also a father…and a generous, kind and nice man. 

On the pod recently we’ve had a Professor of Nukes. 

Professors of War. 

Professors of Business.

Professors of Politics. 

We’ve had a professor of history. 

And now, we’ve got another.

Michael Beschloss is a truly important, inspiring and iconic American that is shaping what America has been, what it is, and what it will be. And a truly independent American. 

It’s a conversation that will help you get smarter, predict better, and of course, stay vigilant. Because eternal vigilance is the price of freedom. And this week, we saw what can happen if we’re willing to pay that price.

Is this history repeating itself? Or are we starting over? Welcome to Veterans Week. Welcome to the end of Election Season 2022. Welcome to the beginning of Election Season 2024. 

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