PoliticsFriday 02.04.22

Mike Murphy’s “Atomic” Rise in Political Advertising

#NeverTrump political strategist Mike Murphy regales John Heilemann with tales from his early days in political advertising. Murphy explains how a radio ad he wrote (while still in college!) for a congressional candidate on Long Island got him started and how he parlayed that into a long and storied career. 

Click here to watch the full episode and see Heilemann and Murphy discuss the two biggest stories in politics right now — the pending retirement of Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer and the escalating crisis around Russia’s aggression toward Ukraine — and the opportunities and challenges each present for President Biden and his beleaguered administration; the outlook for Democrats and Republicans in the November midterm elections; whether Trump really plans to seek his party’s presidential nomination in 2024, and the implications if he does... or doesn’t. Murphy also reminisces about his storied career as a Svengali to the type of conservative candidates (John McCain, Jeb Bush, Mitt Romney, Arnold Schwarzenegger) for whom today’s GOP has vanishingly little use.

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