Need To Know with Mona Charen and Jay Nordlinger
Episode 2: 16 Going On 17

National Review's Mona Charen and Jay Nordlinger
Sep 22, 2012
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This week, Mona Charen and Jay Nordlinger discuss Mona’s new career as a conservative tutor, the enduring (and misleading) myth of Ché Guevara, the indifference of the left when it comes to human rights, is criticism of the Romney campaign from the right harming the campaign, and a meditation on, yes, yes guess it, Maureen Dowd.

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  1. Indaba

    The girls private high school where the girl told Mona she was the 1% is the typical attitude. Jay’s reaction – his shock, came right through the microphone.

    My younger son is at a private school with this sort of attitude being taught but I am lucky as he will ask me about topics such as the 1%. well done, Mona, for mentoring teenagers.

    Are conservatuves naturally seeing the darker side of humans though. I will be discussing this at my morning coffee group. Fantastic podcast. Thank you.

  2. Innocent Smith

    Love the picture.  That remains one of my favorite movies all time!

  3. katievs

    I just want to say–before I even start listening, and on the basis of last week’s podcast–that Mona Charen has an exceptionally lovely speaking voice.  

  4. Richard

    I clicked the iTunes subscribe link for this podcast, it subscribed me to Law Talk. 

  5. Butters

    Mona has a wonderfully melodious speaking voice.

    I would listen to a podcast of her reading the phone book.

  6. billy
    Ningrim: Mona has a wonderfully melodious speaking voice.

    I would listen to a podcast of her reading the phone book. · 4 minutes ago

    Very, very true.

  7. Richard: I clicked the iTunes subscribe link for this podcast, it subscribed me to Law Talk.  · 3 hours ago

    Fixed. Sorry about that.

  8. Brasidas

    Mona & Jay, your new podcast is fantastic.  Love the topics, style and rapport you have with each other.  It has, if you’ll pardon the description, an NPR-for-the-Right feel about it (which I mean as a compliment).  The anecdote about speaking to the exclusive girls prep school audience was priceless.  And, yes, Mona does have a lovely speaking voice.  

  9. goodburker

    Thoroughly enjoy the podcast, and I echo the sentiment:  you two make a classy and erudite team.

    Perspective is always helpful, and Jay’s reminder that the right always despairs over their guy is so true.  Reagan was’t Reagan until he actually accomplished things as President (he was a tad suspect, even on the right)- he was judged on his record.  Obama became a Messianic figure before he was even elected (cue the Greek columns) and entered office with the slimmest of resumes.

    There’s never a coordinated effort on the right to canonize our man, the way the left must do.  It is a totalitarian instinct, and in their nature to make the man bigger than the message, hence creepy pledges to obedience, etc.  As Bob Dylan said, “You Gotta Serve Somebody”, and if you don’t have a transcendent power in your life, you will create one.

    I do agree with Ann Romney, that the right may need to pull back on their criticisms of the campaign, but I do appreciate the critical look at our horse.   It is one of the reasons I am a conservative.

  10. Daniel Halbach

    I want Mona as my personal political tutor also! (Or maybe that’s the point of this podcast.)

    Jay is correct that the right is more pessimistic about its own candidates and office holders than those on the left, but Mona’s articles in defense of Romney during the primary were a great anecdote to that for me.  They are worth re-reading.  If Mona worries too much about the campaign now, it will be like the lamp in the lighthouse going out.

    When Mona said she watched the entire DNC, I thought, “Rats. Does that mean we should all be that diligent?”  Later, when Jay said he quit reading Dowd and Friedman, I felt better.  Sometimes the left is just too painful to follow.  I personally have a 3 minute tolerance for MSNBC.  I thought that would improve with practice, but it hasn’t.

  11. Grendel
    billy

    Ningrim: Mona has a wonderfully melodious speaking voice.

    I would listen to a podcast of her reading the phone book. · 4 minutes ago

    Very, very true. · 17 hours ago

    Not to take anything away from MC, but Molly Hemingway’s giggle . . . a-a-a-h.

    A tolerable speaking voice is not something you are born with; it is something you are brought up with, and if it is not thrust upon you when you are young, you can achieve it in your maturity.  Note Sarah Palin’s effects in that direction.  Take note some podcasters who shall remain nameless cough-YG-cough.

  12. Glenn the Iconoclast

    Mona, you and Jay aren’t going to make this regular, are you?  Because that’s completely against the Ricochet protocol.

    Sometimes the flagship podcast comes out on Friday, sometimes on Wednesday, sometimes not at all.  The Young Guns takes off a week or a month, without notice.  You can’t possibly intend to deliver a quality podcast weekly?  That would violate the tenets of this half-fast pseudo-network.

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