Game can take so many forms, but remains utterly recognizable to itself. So what is game in presidential politics? Mitt Romney’s campaign is finding out that boiling down their argument for the presidency to “Scoreboard!” is just as annoying to people as when fans chant it at sporting events. Yes, game is about knowing you’re the best – but it is also a lot about why you’re the best, and acting like it.
It’s not just the money, it’s not just the math – it’s the message. Can you win the presidency without all three? Melissa will explore that with Ezra Klein, msnbc policy analyst, Washington Post columnist, and editor of its Wonkblog. Joining them will be Keith Boykin, CNBC contributor, BET host, and former White House aide.
Yes, March Madness is raging – the NCAA men’s basketball tournament has begun. Underdogs have scored some upsets, and ratings are going up and up. But is the NCAA getting to that end by exploiting its players like never before? Melissa will talk with ESPN.com columnist Jemele Hill and Edge of Sports’ Dave Zirin, and sports editor at The Nation. Zirin collaborated with former Olympian and civil-rights icon Dr. John Carlos on his recent biography, and had some revolutionary thoughts of his own before the tournament started.
We’ll also delve into the importance of the Latino vote in the coming election, and examine the recent shooting in Afghanistan with:
- Col. Jack Jacobs (Ret.), msnbc military analyst.
- Jon Soltz, Iraq war veteran and chairman of VoteVets.org.
- Barbara Van Dahlen, clinical psychologist, and founder and president of Give an Hour, a non-profit providing free mental health care to veterans and their families.
- Angela Maria Kelley, vice president for immigration policy at the Center for American Progress.
- Raul Reyes, lawyer and columnist for USA Today.
- Mike Gonzalez of the Heritage Foundation, a former State Department official under George W. Bush.
- Rick Pearson, chief political reporter for the Chicago Tribune.