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Trial Balloon - Free Version

Taegan Goddard and Chris Riback

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Rise above the political chatter with Trial Balloon, a new podcast from Chris Riback and Taegan Goddard. This is the free version. The paid version offers more episodes and a private feed. See trialballoon.fm for more information.
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No one is replacing Biden on the ticket. Trump takes over the RNC. Democrats get a big win on Long Island. Links we discussed One in Five Believe Taylor Swift Conspiracy Replacing Biden Why Trump Needs to Take Over the RNC So Quickly Jon Stewart Returns Biden Campaign Joins TikTok Some more links: Taegan Goddard's Political Wire Chris Riback's News…
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Trial Balloon celebrates its first year with Taylor Swift. And then we unpack how Joe Biden was handed a gift by Republicans on immigration. Links we discussed Taylor Swift (The GOP’s Version) Lankford’s Make-or-Break Moment on the Border Quote of the Day Biden Campaign Builds Big Fundraising Lead Why Trump Needs Nikki Haley Out Now Some more links…
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Is Donald Trump rolling to the White House or is he in trouble? Democracy and immigration are the toughest issues. Links we discussed Can Anyone Stop Trump’s March to the Nomination? Trump Could Wrap Up Nomination By End of February Even the Battle for Second Turned Out Well for Trump Trump Holds Solid Lead Over Biden in Georgia Some more links: Ta…
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Trump's eligibility in question. Rudy's moral bankruptcy leads to his financial bankruptcy. It's too early to worry about the horse race polls. Links we discussed: The Immediate Impact of the Colorado Ruling What Do Biden’s Poor Numbers Really Mean? Some more links: Taegan Goddard's Political Wire Chris Riback's Newsletter…
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What the 2023 off-year elections mean for 2024. And what Joe Manchin not running for re-election means for Joe Biden. Links we discussed: The Polls Weren’t That Bad The Road to 2024 An Off-Year Blue Wave Who Knew Taking Away Rights Was So Unpopular? Some more links: Taegan Goddard's Political Wire Chris Riback's Newsletter…
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Mitch McConnell’s second freeze means age may be an even bigger factor in next year’s election. Links we discussed: Mark Thompson Helped Steady 2 News Outlets. Can He Do the Same at CNN? Capitol Physician Clears McConnell to Do Job Feinstein Silent in Her Sad and Messy Final Chapter Biden’s Age vs. Trump’s Crimes Some more links: Taegan Goddard's P…
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Are the Hunter Biden allegations like the Steele Dossier? What are the contingency plans if Biden (or Trump) is incapacitated before the convention? And remembering Lowell Weicker, the original maverick politician from Connecticut. A few links we discussed: Remembering Lowell Weicker Some more links: Taegan Goddard's Political Wire Chris Riback's N…
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Abortion is now a huge liability for Republicans but a third party presidential candidate could be a huge liability for Democrats. A few links we discussed: Abortion Remains a Potent Issue for Pro-Choice Voters Most Say Repeal of Abortion Rights Bad for Country Major Anti-Abortion Group Pushes National Ban Mislabeled Jill Stein Managing Cornel West…
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Gov. Ron DeSantis' campaign launch on Twitter Spaces had all the appeal of a glitchy conference call. And the debt ceiling looms. Some links: DeSantis Blows Up on the Launch Pad The Headlines Are Brutal DeSantis Flip-Flops on How to Pronounce His Own Name Conservatives Rebel Against Emerging Deal Who Would Be Blamed for a Debt Default? Debt Ceiling…
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Donald Trump, the Republican Party and Fox News have one thing in common: They're all boxed in. Some links we discuss: How to Make Trump Go Away Trump Desperately Tries to Run Out the Clock Boxed In Other links: Taegan Goddard's Political Wire Chris Riback's Newsletter Politics ExtraBy Taegan Goddard and Chris Riback
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Before Political Wire and before Chris Riback's Newsletter -- in the very early days of the internet -- there was Political Insider. Meanwhile, an economic civil war has broken out in the states. Links we discussed: Screenshot of Political Insider just after the 2000 presidential election. Other links: Taegan Goddard's Political Wire Chris Riback's…
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We evaluate the odds that a third party "Unity Ticket” might finally break through in 2024. And we look at the Chicago mayoral primary results and what they say about the politics of crime in America. Links for items we discussed: When Sen. Howell Heflin (D-AL) saw this photo of Sen. Ted Kennedy in a boat, he quipped: "Well Teddy, I see you've chan…
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