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Peggy Noonan: ‘The American Campaign Trail is a Bodacious Place’

noontoobska.pngThe Time Warner Politics Summit 2008 (we twittered up a storm) frequently felt a lot like being at one of the conventions except that there were no politicians (or free milkshakes). Mostly the rooms and halls were packed with recognizable media types, including more than a few heavy hitters, a number of whom agreed to stop and talk on camera with Rachel Sklar and myself.

In this episode we ask Jeff Toobin and Peggy Noonan what they think of the racist rhetoric that McCain and Palin have been stirring up of late at their rallies. Says Noonan: “I think the Republican base is feeling very frustrated and very angry and McCain and Palin did not understand how frustrated, and angry, and eruptive.” We also asked them what current news story they think we’ll still be talking about in 50 years. Toobin’s guess is that we may just then be discovering “how much did the Bush Administration actually believe about what it was saying about getting us into the war in Iraq.” Noonan says she’d like to know the “motivation for getting into the war” and that she’ll “be grateful” if in 50 years we discover it. Also! Toobin’s future vision of YouTube, after the jump.


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