Democratic Insider Ted Van Dyk

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The Clinton-Obama saga — not to mention the Eliot Spitzer bombshell — makes us think again, and again, about what makes politicians tick. Democrats especially right now are in the midst of a deep gut check about who they are and what they want in 2008.

We need the long view. Ted Van Dyk's got it. He strolled with Truman. Tripped through the Oval Office with JFK. Worked as political adivisor to Humphrey, McGovern, Jimmy Carter, Ted Kennedy, Mondale, Hart and Paul Tsongas. That's perspective.

This hour, On Point: Sorting out the heroes, hacks and fools of presidential politics with long view advisor Ted Van Dyk.Guests:

Ted Van Dyk, former political advisor to Hubert Humphrey, George McGovern, Jimmy Carter, and Paul Tsongas, and author of "Heroes, Hacks and Fools: Memoirs From the Political Inside"

Jack Beatty, On Point news analyst and senior editor at The Atlantic Monthly

This program aired on March 11, 2008.


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