December 31st, 2008
01:09 PM ET
14 years ago

Podcast: A look back at the best — and worst - political moments of 2008

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(CNN) - Barack Obama won the White House, Sarah Palin appeared on the national political stage, Joe the Plumber stole the campaign spotlight, and sex scandals claimed political careers: just some of the most memorable moments of 2008. What else topped the list of political hits and misses this year? In the latest installment of CNN=Politics Daily, CNN’s Jim Acosta takes a look at the best of 2008, and the blunders.

Plus: A showdown over Barack Obama’s vacant Senate seat, as embattled Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich has defiantly appoints former state attorney general Roland Burris to serve out the remainder of the president-elect’s term, sparking outrage from his own party. CNN’s Ed Lavandera has the latest as the controversy continues to develop.

And: Senate Democrats have threatened to block any selection made by Blagojevich - but can the Senate really refuse to seat the appointee of a duly-elected governor? CNN’s Jim Acosta investigates.

Finally: What is President-elect Barack Obama’s reaction to the fight over his old seat? CNN’s Ed Henry finds out.

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