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I'm Jeff Greenfield Obama's going to cost.
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Well I'm all right -- and.
Well I'm glad to hear that.
You know I've been away have been look it's Santa Barbara for a couple of months of -- -- -- people -- we did some traveling.
And I come back to find that the -- situation is exactly where we looked at two months ago amazing.
It's just it's I'm -- And yet it is 11.
Story sequel to those alternate histories I wrote last year.
My debt have only one more to do -- it's rewriting the 2000 election.
In a -- that I think surprised people on the but it -- You know and I took some time off.
And we're right back where we didn't you know.
I can't remember.
A presidential race that -- -- -- sitting there like this.
Between the present the people don't want to reelect and a challenge to the people don't want elect its.
But some time off from water Lehman -- And so I don't know -- missile at Fordham having the.
-- having -- -- out of the difficult time your email list points is my fault.
It was -- -- -- say again.
-- took some time off from what you haven't been doing anything.
Well I took some -- -- by the post you know.
Show on PBS and we just started the -- and WNYC.
I took some time off from focusing on the presidential race that took.
PL -- the past you know and and you're right it is thirty years I was one of those people who.
Did this every day.
Old habits die hard in the stomach kind of stepped away from it lead.
But life and I want to Bollywood -- They're they're not discussing the presidential race much over there but came that sort of -- backing got my attention refocused and it's like.
But never left.
This is it's like a stagnant weather front -- you're sitting there waiting to break.
Well it is a summertime.
Yes that's true but.
That's fair point but it's -- it's just.
Hard to remember case where.
We're years you want you waited for something that happened that will define interest rates.
And for a long time the Democrats are hoping that the economy would get better and people say torture and it's clear that we're not gonna be in that situation.
And I think for a lot of Republicans okay they they got the nomination wrapped up early.
Obama is gonna unite the Republican Party.
But there's something -- beginning to see this kind of grumbling among some conservatives and Republicans.
Come on already that define yourself -- -- you've you've got to define yourself.
Not just does not Obama.
And you maybe we will be -- we have to wait till willing to fall before we get any sense of -- look at this campaign.
Gets three defined or whether we're going to go from now November.
It's same situation.
How important isn't.
-- Who rounded picture on more than.
Unless he unless he takes awhile court he isn't it less time I think it -- turn -- to be important for two recent.
Was in desperate need of something to change the dynamic and so he went with what everybody knew included his -- he called -- high risk high reward.
Running mate -- data the end be more risky than rewarding because.
What she had a great first impression it true that the chapter two didn't work.
I don't think around the campaign thinks it needs that kind -- -- waste and so the likelihood is still feel -- it was safe alternative that will make almost no difference.
Contrary to what people -- sometimes vice presidential pick can actually not only not -- it can help.
The way that Al Gore help Bill Clinton define himself as the next generation.
For the -- -- George Herbert Walker Bush help define Ronald Reagan as a non sell what I just don't -- to -- in that position no I don't think.
The other around the campaign is very competitive with Obama -- the polls are -- -- -- even and I don't think they think they need -- Holy -- -- Detroit's I think after that they'll be picked another month of intense speculation.
And then pretty much will forget about it.
-- have served -- and all the sense.
-- It's a provocative notion of Elian you'll always have been that kind of person -- it's certainly this week you may be.
In that you may be the only person suggesting that C it's kind of interest in this sort -- very Smart.
Columnist for the Atlantic -- Jeffrey Goldberg who no relation who.
While gold bars and your name is Greenberg's.
So frequently until the it's an old joke iceberg Goldberg what's the difference anyway.
That middle class space obviously.
Given Christie's -- Uninhibited behavior sometimes that's -- high risk.
I suggest that have already come up with Christie's 2016.
Slogan for president -- -- it would it is.
Not some talking to -- -- It's it's.
Did not want to -- different.
-- -- -- -- -- -- It is definitely a guy he's comfortable his own skin and it's particularly question that that -- -- is saying a he's he's the authenticity issue is not a problem with if you'd never get the sense that his remarks are focused group.
There is a problem I think -- was somebody who.
It's been talked about -- possibly.
One step away from the nuclear trigger as moralist -- the -- -- aboard -- conspiracy saying hey I'll walk away -- -- It's a different kind of political figure certainly refreshing.
-- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- Gupta was good to reconnect producer enjoy the Russians all you do.
Jeff Greenfield and.
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