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