March 6 - Examining Trump's Extreme Narcissism; Dog Whistle Politics Enters the Mainstream; Ohio, the Other Key March 15 Primary

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Part 1

We begin with an appraisal of Donald Trump’s extreme narcissism and examine the extent to which it is a personality disorder or a psychiatric condition with Richard Friedman, a professor of Clinical Psychiatry at Weill Cornell Medical College and an attending psychiatrist at New York-Presbyterian Hospital who is a contributing op-ed writer to The New York Times. He joins us to discuss the Republican presidential frontrunner’s manifest narcissism and the misplaced hyperbole surrounding accusations against him that involve analogies with Hitler and Mussolini which miss the point that Trump has a genius for empathy as more and more Americans feel he understands their anger and sense of betrayal. We discuss, at length, the potential political use - and misuse - of empathy. 


Part 2

Then we get an analysis of how coded dog-whistle political messages are morphing into the mainstream of Republican presidential discourse as Donald Trump takes the debate to new highs or lows, while Dr. Ben Carson continually rails against “political correctness” which is the new code word for permission to express bigotry. Ian Haney Lopez, a Professor of Law at the University of California Berkeley joins us to discuss the manipulation of white anxiety by Trump and Cruz, who Ian Haney Lopez feels is far more dangerous and cynical than Trump.

Ian Haney Lopez

Part 3

Then finally, with Florida looking more and more like a campaign-ending humiliation for Marco Rubio, we get an update on the other key March 15 primary state of Ohio that has a winner-take-all haul of delegates Trump, Cruz and Kasich have their eyes on. Daniel Tokaji, a Professor of Law at the Ohio State University’s Moritz College of Law whose area of expertise is election law and civil rights, joins us. We discuss whether Ohio’s Governor Kasich’s last stand will amount to anything and whether Cruz’s new-found momentum will lift him from third place in the polls behind Trump and Kasich.