This week’s Pickens Podcast is among the most enjoyable we’ve ever done. That’s what happens when you spend time with old friends, and I’ve known Karl Rove going back to the 1980s.

Whether you agree with his politics or not, he is one of the best strategic political thinkers in modern times. But, what you might not know is he is establishing himself as a recognized historian of the American Presidency as a whole and on the Presidency of William McKinley in particular.

We talk about the history of political conventions, the impact of energy issues on this year’s campaign, and his book, “The Triumph of William McKinley.” He tells some good stories.

Watch the video or download the podcast on AudioBoom or iTunes. After you’ve listened, send your thoughts via Twitter to @BoonePickens.

I think you’ll enjoy this one very much.

— Boone