Pro Politics with Zac McCrary

I joined veteran Democratic pollster Zac McCrary of Impact Research for the Pro Politics podcast, of which I am a longtime listener and fan.

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Show Notes

Liam Donovan, a principal at Bracewell PRG, is a regular presence on cable news, in print, and on twitter as an expert explainer of what’s going on in Congress and in the Republican Party. With a background both in GOP campaign politics and government relations, Liam’s expertise on the intersection of politics and policy gives him tremendous insight to distill what really matters in Washington from the rest of the Beltway din. In this conversation, we talk Liam’s path to politics, his time in GOP campaigns, his shift to government relations, and get his insights into the chaos of last week’s (eventual) ascent of Kevin McCarthy as House Speaker…what to expect from Congress over the next two years…and his early takes on Trump vs. DeSantis ’24 & the future of the Republican Party.

IN THIS EPISODE
Liam’s upbringing as a Navy Brat who went to high school in DC…

Liam’s stint working in GOP politics and at the NRSC…

The iconic GOP Senator Liam served as an aide to at the Senate committee…

Liam’s shift to government relations and lobbying…

Liam’s initial take on the chaotic House GOP process to anoint Kevin McCarthy as Speaker…

Liam on why it was probably inevitable for McCarthy to cave to the hard-right members…

Liam unpacks how McCarthy peeled off the different factions to earn the Speaker’s gavel…

Why the GOP center-right members never wavered for McCarthy…

Liam on why there was never a real chance of a few Republicans working with  Democrats to elect a coalition Speaker…

Liam’s thoughts on the risk McCarthy could be deposed mid-term…

The Trump impact on the Speaker’s race and the Trump-McCarthy relationship…

Liam analyzes the CLF / Freedom Caucus “truce”…

Liam’s insight on what to expect on the debt ceiling…

Liam’s early handicapping of Trump vs DeSantis 2024…

The origin story of Liam’s unusual twitter profile photo…

Liam shouts out one of his favorite twitter accounts…

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CNN Tonight: McCarthy Breaks Through

I joined CNN‘s Laura Coates, Dana Bash, Phil Mattingly, and Tia Mitchell from the Atlanta Journal-Constitution to discuss the dramatic, whirlwind comeback of Speaker Kevin McCarthy after a protracted stalemate with GOP hardliners.

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