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Ricochet Podcast #99: Two Governors, One Professor

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It’s our last show of the year, so we decided to go all out: this week, Governor Haley Barbour of Mississippi, Governor Mitch Daniels of Indiana, and Hillsdale’s Paul Rahe (author of the now legendary Two Peas In A Pod post). We look at state of the race, discuss the possibility of a late entrant, chat about Governor Daniels’ new book Keeping the Republic: Saving America by Trusting Americans, and get some insight on Gov. Barbour’s plans after leaving office. Then, a great discussion on Hitchen’s legacy, the passing of Dear Leader, and finally, a brief visit from the Singing Professor and we unveil our plans for Ricochet Podcast #100. Merry Christmas, everyone!

Music from this week’s episode:

  • Winter Wonderland by Darlene Love

  • We Three Kings of Orient Are by Eugene Ormandy and the Philadelphia Orchestra 

Here’s the direct link to this week’s episode (but use our new audio player up top!), however the most festive way to hear the podcast is to subscribe!  You can visit our Feedburner page for a number of other subscription options. Or better yet, use Stitcher.

Thanks to EJHill for the photo. 

The Ricochet Podcast is proudly sponsored by Encounter Books and their Broadside series. This week’s featured title is Why Progressive Institutions Are Unsustainable by our own Richard Epstein. Available soon at EncounterBooks.com and Amazon.com.

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  1. The King Prawn

     I just can’t hear Gov. Barbour without thinking of Jerry Clower.

  2. Chris Johnson

    Yeti:

    This post included a Direct Link (Thank You!).  I can use the player at the top, in theory, in the sense that I could have responded to your query, last night, about the same issue for the Dellingpole podcast.  Which is to say that, in both cases, the options were unavailable to me.  When I am sitting next to a computer and have a Direct Link, I can right click and Save Target As, into a podcast folder, then listen whenever, or load it onto an mp3 player to travel with.

    Those are not options I have with a Play Now button.

    This podcast is now safely saved for me to call up.  Would it be too much trouble to add a Direct Link to the Dellingpole podcast, so I can access it when I’m on the tractor, or on a long drive, as opposed to dealing with it when I am stapled to a desk and I have random children whooping about, preparing to barbeque a cat, or my beloved staring at me with the, “If only these children were your boys, I would have some choice words for you, right about now” look on her face.

  3. CJ, because of the way our paywall works, we can’t put a direct link to premium podcasts when we post them on the Main Feed (The Ricochet Podcast is of course, free, that’s why we are able to provide a direct link for this podcast). As a member, if you click on the subscribe link in the post or on the title of the show in the sidebar on the right, you’ll find the direct link.

  4. Aaron Miller

    I love that Governor Barbour responded, when asked for his thoughts on the current crop of candidates, “I think they can get elected.” Gee, that’s high praise… especially in light of his later comment: “They [Democrats] can’t run on the guy’s [Obama's] record.”

    Expect some magic numbers in the coming months.

    I’m not far into the podcast yet, so perhaps the governors offer some reason for optimism about what these candidates will do in office. A generic non-Obama won’t help us much, if at all.

  5. Astonishing

    Why is Daniels not running?

    Why is Barbour not running?

    Why is Rubio not running?

    Why is Jeb not running?

    Why is Ryan not running?

    Why is Christie not running?

    Don’t tell me they don’t have the ambition. And please don’t give me the “family” excuse.

    The only thing I can figure out is that they’ve all decided that the next five years will be so irretrievably confused and awful that whoever wins in 2012 won’t be able to improve things and will only end up as history’s scapegoat.

    With the Eurozone collapsinig, China stalling, the global economy slipping into deep recession, Iran getting the bomb (and getting Iraq in the bargain), maybe they think it would be better to wait until 2016 to run–after the country has “hit bottom?”

    And I wonder if Obama will also be seeking his second term in 2016, with a slogan something like, “Bring Hope Back Again, and Let Us Finish What We Started.”

  6. Aaron Miller

    When you run on real ideas and things that can actually be put in place… the public gives you the mandate to do that, it’s pretty dang hard to stop you. —Gov. Barbour

    In other words, our Presidential candidate must be able to communicate his or her ideas to the public.

    As I said in an earlier Ricochet thread, the President is the only person in America to whom many people listen even when they don’t want to. People listen, however poorly, to arguments from a President. Our next President must act as the voice of the Republican Party and lead the argument for limited, local, fiscally sane government.

    Paul Ryan is making admirable progress with Republican voters, but swing voters and others who currently favor big government are not going to consider arguments from a Republican Congressman.

  7. PJS

    OMG!  What is the date in NH?

  8. Peter Robinson
    C

    I know I’ve said this before, EJ, but it’s true–again.  Santa Rob and his helpers?  A work of genius.

  9. Aaron Miller

    Agreed, Rob. Obama succeeded in passing his policies, though I agree with James that Pelosi and others did most of the work. However arrogant Obama’s comparison of himself with Lincoln, his Presidency certainly ranks up there with FDR’s as one of the most transformative in American history. If Obamacare stands and the trillions in new debt remains, then President Obama has fundamentally transformed the nation’s future.

    This is not legislation. This is a godawful mess.

    No, Paul, this is modern legislation, which is to say it’s the green light politicians need to cover their asses when the bureaucrats they empowered do whatever the hell they want. Modern legislation isn’t about doing specific things so much as empowering government do take on new and vaguely defined powers. Peter states it perfectly:

    It’s a godawful mess that favors the expansion of federal government dramatically.

    I hope you’re right, Paul, that “the state level is indicative of what’s going to happen at the federal level.” Excellent point about Senators.

  10. Aaron Miller

    I don’t suppose the show in New Hampshire will include a particular NH local?

  11. PJS
    Aaron Miller: I don’t suppose the show in New Hampshire will include a particular NH local? · Dec 20 at 5:00pm

    I am wondering the same thing. I bet “The Powers That Be” ignore us, Aaron.

  12. oddhan

    Yeti, with the super feed now in action, can we add the podcast name in brief form to the beginning of each podcast episode name? In the super feed the only discriminator is the episode name and guests. I can’t tell law talk from young guns.

    They even both have Troy Senik, so you can imagine the confusion. I like them both, but when I’m looking for Lileks, I have to revert to the old feeds to know which podcast is which. Thanks!

  13. PJS

    Aaron Miller: I don’t suppose the show in New Hampshire will include a particular NH local? · Dec 20 at 5:00pm

    I am wondering the same thing. I bet “The Powers That Be” ignore us, Aaron. · Dec 20 at 5:02pm

    All I can tell you is that what ever happens, it won’t be because we didn’t ask.

  14. The King Prawn
    Aaron Miller:

    This is not legislation. This is a godawful mess.

    No, Paul, this is modern legislation, which is to say it’s the green light politicians need to cover their asses when the bureaucrats they empowered do whatever the hell they want. Modern legislation isn’t about doing specific things so much as empowering government do take on new and vaguely defined powers. Peter states it perfectly:

    It’s a godawful mess that favors the expansion of federal government dramatically.

    Limited and enumerated powers. Why is that such a hard concept for our legislators?

  15. Aaron Miller
    Blue Yeti

    PJS

    Aaron Miller: I don’t suppose the show in New Hampshire will include a particular NH local? 

    I am wondering the same thing. I bet “The Powers That Be” ignore us, Aaron. 
    All I can tell you is that what ever happens, it won’t be because we didn’t ask. 

    Hey, that “I bet they’ll ignore us” strategy works pretty well! I will have to remember that. ;)

    Thanks, Yeti.

  16. PJS
    Blue Yeti

    PJS

    Aaron Miller: I don’t suppose the show in New Hampshire will include a particular NH local? · Dec 20 at 5:00pm

    I am wondering the same thing. I bet “The Powers That Be” ignore us, Aaron. · Dec 20 at 5:02pm
    All I can tell you is that what ever happens, it won’t be because we didn’t ask. · Dec 20 at 5:09pm

    Thanks Yeti!  Know that you are loved and appreciated.  Do you get to come on the field trip?  Merry Christmas!

  17. PJS

    Thanks Yeti!  Know that you are loved and appreciated.  Do you get to come on the field trip?  Merry Christmas! · Dec 20 at 5:14pm

    Yes, I will be there. Rob’s manservant doesn’t like cold weather and someone has to caddy his cigars and brandy. 

  18. Gus Marvinson

    Dr. Rahe made a very interesting comment about MBA programs being initially developed by progressives. It’s one of those things that I think I knew, but only instinctively, so I didn’t realize I knew it until he said it (I hope that made sense and please don’t make me clarify). I’ve had little luck Googling the subject, though. Can anyone point me in the right direction? Professor Rahe?

  19. Pseudodionysius
    Aaron Miller: I love that Governor Barbour responded, when asked for his thoughts on the current crop of candidates, “I think they can get elected.”· Dec 20 at 3:19pm

    Edited on Dec 20 at 04:06 pm

    That quip reminds me of the following stiletto laced left handed statement:

    “I’ve known a lot of musicians in my time, and he was one of them.”

  20. Pseudodionysius
    Gus Marvinson: Dr. Rahe made a very interesting comment about MBA programs being initially developed by progressives. It’s one of those things that I think I knew, but only instinctively, so I didn’t realize I knew it until he said it (I hope that made sense and please don’t make me clarify). I’ve had little luck Googling the subject, though. Can anyone point me in the right direction? Professor Rahe? · Dec 20 at 5:20pm

    I’ve encountered this statement before, and believe that he’s right, but can’t quite remember the source. The first MBA programs were also supposed to be finishing schools for engineers and those with technical undergraduate educations. I believe some of the first programs even had “how to booze and schmooze” classes, something that we Don Draper wannabes would have loved.

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