The Bulwark Podcast

Smart, Conservative, Never Tribal

About the show

Charlie Sykes and guests discuss the latest news from inside Washington and around the world. No shouting, grandstanding, or sloganeering. Conservative, conscientious, and civil.

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  • Congress in a Cul-de-sac

    February 19th, 2019  |  33 mins 16 secs
    congress, courts, donald trump, executive power, immigration, national emergency, nondelegation doctrine, regulations, wall

    Adam J. White from the Antonin Scalia School of Law joins host Charlie Sykes to discuss President Trump's declared national emergency, congressional gridlock, and how the growth of unilateral regulatory action might cause courts to recalibrate the nondelegation doctrine.

  • Why I Am Staying in the GOP

    February 18th, 2019  |  30 mins 4 secs
    2020 elections, conservatism, donald trump, gop, michael steele, national emergency, primary challenge, rnc, senate

    Former RNC Chairman Michael Steele joins host Charlie Sykes to discuss why he's remaining a Republican, the current state of the RNC and Trumpism, his relationship with Reince Priebus, President Trump's so-called National Emergency, and the future of the GOP majority in the Senate.

  • First One In

    February 15th, 2019  |  46 mins 17 secs
    2020, democratic primary, elections, john delaney

    Democratic Presidential Candidate John Delaney joins host Charlie Sykes to discuss his campaign, where he stands on the issues, and where he thinks Americans can find common ground.

  • Catering to the Edges

    February 14th, 2019  |  34 mins 10 secs
    2020, centrism, democrats, republicans, valentine's day

    On today's wide-ranging (NSFW) podcast, political strategist Rick Wilson and writer Molly Jong-Fast join host Charlie Sykes to discuss Valentine's Day, the Democrats and their strange obsession with political death, why Reps. Ilhan Omar and AOC are embracing Mean Girls-style politics, the death of Lyndon LaRouche, and the grift inside the Trump Hotel.

  • Could the Democrats Blow it in 2020?

    February 13th, 2019  |  37 mins 33 secs
    2020, donald trump, elections, green new deal, socialized medicine

    National Journal's Josh Kraushaar joins Jim Swift and host Charlie Sykes to talk about whether things like the "Green New Deal" and socialized medicine and their popularity on the left will doom the chances Democrats have to win the presidency in 2020.

  • The Show Must Go On

    February 12th, 2019  |  29 mins 40 secs
    2020, campaigns, mark mckinnon, politics

    Mark McKinnon from Showtime's "The Circus" joins guest host Jonathan V. Last and Jim Swift to discuss how he makes his weekly show, why he's done with campaigns, a handicap of the Democratic 2020 race, and the importance of authenticity.

  • What is Trumpian Foreign Policy?

    February 11th, 2019  |  36 mins 20 secs
    donald trump, foreign policy

    Bloomberg columnist Eli Lake joins host Charlie Sykes to examine the first two years of President Trump's foreign policy decisions.

  • A Dose of Factual Feminism

    February 8th, 2019  |  25 mins 46 secs
    feminism, scandal, twitter, virginia

    Christina Hoff Sommers from the AEI joins host Charlie Sykes to discuss the latest about Virginia's political scandal and Twitter mobs and Twitter justice.

  • The Bulwark SOTU Megacast

    February 6th, 2019  |  38 mins 10 secs
    abortion, andy cohen, donald trump, ralph northam, state of the union, virginia

    On today's Bulwark Podcast, host Charlie Sykes is joined by Jonathan V. Last, Jim Swift, and Andrew Egger to discuss Andy Cohen's baby gender reveal, the ongoing controversy in Virginia, and Tuesday's State of the Union address.

  • Removing a President

    February 5th, 2019  |  31 mins 54 secs
    impeachment, intelligence, president, removal, trump

    David Priess joins host Charlie Sykes to discuss his two books: "The President's Book of Secrets" and "How to Get Rid of a President."

  • Social Justice in America

    February 4th, 2019  |  34 mins 10 secs
    noah rothman, social justice, trump

    Noah Rothman joins host Charlie Sykes to discuss his new book "Unjust: Social Justice and the Unmaking of America."

  • Make Congress Great Again

    February 2nd, 2019  |  25 mins 45 secs
    administrative state, congress, donald trump, executive power, regulations, the wall

    Adam J. White joins host Charlie Sykes to discuss the growth of executive power, and what precedent President Trump might set if he declares a national emergency to build a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border.

  • Why We Quit RedState

    February 1st, 2019  |  36 mins 47 secs, salem, trump

    Andrea Ruth and Kimberly Ross join host Charlie Sykes to discuss their resignation from

  • My Big Fat Chris Christie Book

    January 31st, 2019  |  32 mins 55 secs
    a.b. stoddard, chris christie, shut down, trump, wall

    On today's Bulwark Podcast, A.B. Stoddard and Jonathan V. Last join host Charlie Sykes to discuss Chris Christie's new book, the wall, and the potential for a second government shutdown.

  • Can there Be a Party of Reality in 2020?

    January 30th, 2019  |  37 mins 44 secs
    2020, conservatism, democrats, gop, trump

    On today's Bulwark Podcast, Mona Charen and Jim Swift join host Charlie Sykes to discuss whether or not there can be a party of reality in the 2020 elections.

  • The "Vote Against, Not For" Election?

    January 29th, 2019  |  28 mins 15 secs
    2020, donald trump, elections, howard schultz, kamala harris

    Caleb Howe and Ben Howe join host Charlie Sykes to discuss why the 2020 election season might be one where people are more inclined to vote against, rather than for.