Episode 32: A Governor, a Speechwriter & the Scandal That Became a Trainwreck with guest Barton Swaim

August 1, 2015


In the summer of 2009, South Carolina Governor Mark Sanford was a darling of the Tea Party and a leading contender for the GOP nomination in 2012 until it all came crashing down in a bizarre sex scandal and an even more bizarre attempt at "damage control."  His speechwriter Barton Swaim had a front row seat for the fiasco and he writes about it in his new book THE SPEECHWRITER: A BRIEF POLITICAL EDUCATION.  


He'll discuss the scandal as a case study in how NOT to do damage control.  He'll also talk about the former Governor's legendary cheapness, his obsession with Rosa Parks, and what it's like to be a speechwriter for a politician who loves bad writing.  Plus Barton will talk about what it's like to work in the political spin room and his observations about politicians in general.


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If you enjoyed this episode, then you can purchase Barton Swaim's THE SPEECHWRITER: A BRIEF POLITICAL EDUCATION on Amazon.  


Or better yet, you can download the audio book of THE SPEECHWRITER for free with our special promotion from Audible.com.  Just go to www.audible.com/kickasspolitics.


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