Uncommon Knowledge with Peter Robinson: John Yoo and Rob Long

Another of the shows we recorded on the National Review post-election cruise, and features one of the most vigorous debates we have ever produced. Ricochet founder Rob Long and legal scholar and Law Talk’s John Yoo strongly disagree about the future of the Republican Party. Luckily, they do not come to fisticuffs. 

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  1. James Stack

    The best as always. Can we get this on some kind of downloadable format?

  2. Peter Van Schoick

    You can subscribe to the audio edition of Uncommon Knowledge and download it using iTunes or another podcast catcher.

  3. Daniel Sattelberger

    I think spending too much time in conservative media can create an electoral dreamworld.

    I read Powerline.  Every tenth or fifteenth poll in the Ohio and Florida Senate races would show Josh Mandel and Connie Mack near even will Sherros Brown and Bill Nelson, while the others would show them solidly behind.  Every few days, it felt like, one of the writers would put up a post saying: “a new poll from _____ shows Connie Mack only behind by one.  Donate now!”.  And there would be no mention of the overwhelming polls showing Mack was about to lose.

  4. Daniel Sattelberger

    On the other hand, I do think the party is finally starting to be more careful about candidate selection.  Last election, the overall huge win and the examples of Rubio, Paul, and Toomey tended to overshadow the seats that might have been foregone thanks to O’Donnell, Buck, and others.  The shock of actually losing seats in one of the best maps in years and the high-profile implosion of Akin I think and hope has made people a bit more careful.

  5. genferei

    This seems just so dated. No doubt next month it’ll seem timeless…

  6. The Mugwump

    We need to chip in and get Rob a gift card for Brooks Brothers.  

  7. raycon and lindacon

    Now that we are a few months down the road, it appears obvious that John Yoo was entirely wrong about the “mandate” issue, and the expectation that the O will move slowly, and, to characterize John’s words, without definiteness.

    Rob, on the other hand, thinks that enlarging the tent will do it.  But the GOP establishment isn’t doing that.  They are moving the tent leftward and leaving the conservatives out in the rain.  Their goal appears to be to kill off the conservative threat to the Republican brand of corporatism and statism.  That as opposed to the Democrat versions.

    Right now it appears that our best friend is gun control.  The precipitous moves by the O and his party and the rapid re-arming of the American citizenry are moving towards an inevitable clash.

    Will it be only political?  How will the GOP achieve it’s typical preemptive surrender?  And will it remain only political?

    How many Ruby Ridges will we have?

  8. genferei
    Jim_K:  John communicates with the measured intelligence and friendly camera presence of someone who could actually get elected to public office.

    Indeed. Remember how well he did on The Daily Show! And how hard could it be to beat Jean Quan?

  9. Yeah...ok.

    When Rob was hired to produce Cheers, did they know it was only for 3 seasons? Did he shorten its run or lengthen it?

  10. Bereket Kelile

    Rob made more sense at the beginning talking about how devastating the loss was for the GOP than when he was talking about the fiscal conservative/social liberal ideal candidate. I think that’s more of a stretch. That’s Arnold and Romney and they didn’t work out too well.

  11. Peter Robinson
    C
    bereket kelile: Rob made more sense at the beginning talking about how devastating the loss was for the GOP than when he was talking about the fiscal conservative/social liberal ideal candidate. I think that’s more of a stretch. That’s Arnold and Romney and they didn’t work out too well. · 2 minutes ago

    Thank you, Bereket, thank you.

    See, Rob?  I’m not the only one.

  12. Bereket Kelile
    Peter Robinson

    bereket kelile: Rob made more sense at the beginning talking about how devastating the loss was for the GOP than when he was talking about the fiscal conservative/social liberal ideal candidate. I think that’s more of a stretch. That’s Arnold and Romney and they didn’t work out too well. · 2 minutes ago

    Thank you, Bereket, thank you.

    See, Rob?  I’m not the only one. · 27 minutes ago

    While I’m on a roll, ha, Rob seems to think that because you vote for a candidate that you therefore agree with him 100%. Again, in California, we saw Blacks vote overwhelming for Obama and against gay marriage. We didn’t lose our base to the Democrats, we lost them to the living room couch. Turnout is all that matters.

  13. Sheila

    As a former SF bay area resident, I look forward to donating to John’s mayoral campaign!

  14. Chris Campion

    It’s odd to agree with virtually everything both Rob and John say, when they’re sitting together so obviously disagreeing with each other.

    Note that this does not help the daily frustrations I feel since we’ve elected an enormous knucklehead to the presidency, twice now.  A shell of a man, with no personal accomplishments of note, other than managing to get elected in Illinois.  It used to be that meriting a higher office meant you had actually accomplished something first, which might give people the idea that you could do bigger and better things, but this is our new normal for the office, it seems:  The Unaccomplished Man.

    Note that the current Veep fits this profile to a tee, too.

  15. Plato

    I enjoyed this video enough immensely. Rob and John both understand the whims and ways of our wayward electorate. 

    John communicates with the measured intelligence and friendly camera presence of someone who could actually get elected to public office.

    Rob, however, is the most compelling reason to watch the video. Exhausted, exasperated, and jovially apocalypic like Howard Beale on a martini bender in the Caribbean heat, Rob was still lucid enough to make insightful forecasts about Chris Christie’s future, and the optimum way to grow the Republican vote.

    Peter Robinson missed the point. He should have egged Rob on. “Steward, bring Rob here a drink, while he tells us what Californians really think when Republicans get all pious and sanctimonius!”

    Production elements were top notch, and the credit crawl impressive for a location shoot. Kudos to Hoover if they spared the dime.

  16. Blue Yeti
    C

    Thanks!

    Jim_K: I enjoyed this video enough immensely. Rob and John both understand the whims and ways of our wayward electorate. 

    John communicates with the measured intelligence and friendly camera presence of someone who could actually get elected to public office.

    Rob, however, is the most compelling reason to watch the video. Exhausted, exasperated, and jovially apocalypic like Howard Beale on a martini bender in the Caribbean heat, Rob was still lucid enough to make insightful forecasts about Chris Christie’s future, and the optimum way to grow the Republican vote.

    Peter Robinson missed the point. He should have egged Rob on. “Steward, bring Rob here a drink, while he tells us what Californians really think when Republicans get all pious and sanctimonius!”

    Production elements were top notch, and the credit crawl impressive for a location shoot. Kudos to Hoover if they spared the dime. · 21 hours ago