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The Scramble On The Chief Of Staff's Role, And The Sportsification Of American Policy

Jul 31, 2017

Last week, the "skinny" repeal of the Affordable Care Act died a buzzer-beating (and perhaps temporary) death on the Senate floor. The Ringer's Bryan Curtis notes that, "Minus the life-and-death part, it had the feel of an unexpectedly competitive Pac-12 football game that the country noticed in installments."

And: We've been told for years that Donald Trump is a dealmaker, right? The Negotiator in Chief? A salesman to make Alec Baldwin's Glengarry Glen Ross character proud. Through that lens, National Review's Kevin Williamson finds a different corollary: Jack Lemon's sad sack Sheldon Levine.

And finally: You may have heard: Reince Priebus is out, and Secretary John F. Kelly is in. We look at the role of the chief of staff with Chris Whipple, author of The Gatekeepers: How the White House Chiefs of Staff Define Every Presidency.

GUESTS:

  • Bryan Curtis - Editor-at-large at The Ringer
  • Kevin Williamson - Roving correspondent for National Review
  • Chris Whipple - Author of The Gatekeepers: How the White House Chiefs of Staff Define Every Presidency

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Colin McEnroe and Chion Wolf contributed to this show.