Monday, August 27, 2012 | Categories: Episodes
Today's guest host was Piya Chattopadhyay.
Part One of The Current
It's Monday August 27th.
A Canadian Military exercise in Hudson's Bay is focusing on stopping ships carrying illegal immigrants.
Too bad it's too late to catch all those pesky Europeans who showed up hundreds of years ago.
This is The Current.
2012 GOP Convention - American Enterprise Institute, Norman Ornstein
The Republican national convention was supposed to get underway in Tampa, Florida today but because of Tropical Storm Isaac, the convention won't begin in earnest until tomorrow.
Still, when all is said and done, party faithful are expected to confirm Mitt Romney as their presidential nominee later this week. And many observers have noted a palpable energy and fervour emanating from the Republican base.
But for a lot of moderate Republicans, the Grand Ol' Party is scarcely recognizable these days. To them, the GOP has morphed into something extremist and intolerant under the conservative zeal of that base, energized by the Tea Party and the Christian right.
Norman Ornstein, for one, is alarmed by the rightward lurch of the Republican Party. He's a resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute and the co-author of the new book, It's Even Worse Than It Looks: How the American Constitutional System Collided With the New Politics of Extremism. Norman Ornstein joined us from Washington, D.C.
2012 GOP Convention - Panel
The Republican National Convention will not only name the Republican candidate for this year's presidential election ... it will also set the GOP's ideological and policy course for the November election and beyond.
To discuss the current state of the party and where it's headed, we were joined by two Republicans. Meredith Warren is a Republican political consultant, and she was in Concord, New Hampshire. And Soren Dayton is the Executive Director of the Young Republican National Federation. He was Tampa.
This segment was produced by The Current's Howard Goldenthal and Shannon Higgins.
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