The Ricochet Podcast
Episode 150: At Large And Nationwide

Guests: AEI President Arthur Brooks and Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels
Jan 5, 2013
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First podcast of 2013 and it’s a doozy: Rob Long checks in from Paris and New York, Peter reveals his secret workout routine, and James explains how to have a successful New Year’s Eve. Later, AEI president Arthur Brooks joins to discuss the fiscal cliff and what Boehner should have done. Then, Governor Mitch Daniels joins us for his final interview as the chief executive of Indiana. We get the state of the state and a look ahead to his new job as President of Purdue University. Welcome back, everyone!

Music from this week’s episode:

The Ricochet Podcast opening theme was composed and produced by James Lileks

Our thanks to the legendary EJHill for the live Photoshopping. 

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  1. Innocent Smith

    EJ – I think you should have put a yellow tank-top on James, under the sash.  :)

  2. James Lileks
    C

    Never before has the SHOW MORE option filled so many with dread.

  3. Jimmy Carter

    Peter, You too will look like Lileks in a few weeks after using Yer P90x… or You can use the rubber bands to tow a trailer when You flee california.

  4. Peter Robinson
    C
    Jimmy Carter: Peter, You too will look like Lileks in a few weeks after using Yer P90x… or You can use the rubber bands to tow a trailer when You flee california. · 16 minutes ago

    My boys will construct a giant slingshot to fire me into Nevada!

  5. Albert Arthur
    Jimmy Carter: Peter, You too will look like Lileks in a few weeks after using Yer P90x… or You can use the rubber bands to tow a trailer when You flee california. · 18 minutes ago

    I’m telling ya, if the Romney campaign had made a bigger deal about Paul Ryan’s physique, they would have won.

    “Enough with the 47% talk, how about Paul Ryan’s 7% body fat, eh? EH?”

    “I got binders full of pictures of Paul Ryan’s abs.”

    “Gun control? Paul Ryan’s biceps are all set, thanks.”

  6. EJHill

    Isn’t it a custom to take before and after pictures when on PX90?

  7. Aaron Miller

    Nevada, Peter? I think you can do better.

  8. Peter Robinson
    C
    Aaron Miller: Nevada, Peter? I think you can do better. · 15 minutes ago

    Texas, then.

  9. Peter Robinson
    C
    EJHill: Isn’t it a custom to take before and after pictures when on PX90? · 1 hour ago

    EJ, oh, EJ, if only you could photoshop my life.

  10. EJHill
    Peter Robinson  EJ, oh, EJ, if only you could photoshop mylife.

    You mean I haven’t?

    But I could not give you a better wife, better children, or career.

    I’m just here for comic relief. And to keep folks humble. And to get in trouble over Popes and Puppies.

  11. Daniel Sattelberger

    Peter, you can find my response to you governor question to Governor Daniels here.

  12. Rightfromthestart

    Has anyone considered that maybe Rob’s voice goes in and out in real life?   

  13. Pseudodionysius
    Peter Robinson

    EJHill: Isn’t it a custom to take before and after pictures when on PX90? · 1 hour ago

    EJ, oh, EJ, if only you could photoshop my life. · 2 hours ago

    Its a good thing you didn’t say wife. You are a brave man, Mr. Robinson.

  14. Israel P.

    I am driving to Haifa Wednesday to give a genealogy lecture. This should be good for the journey. Maybe you can give me a Law Talk to go with it.

  15. Pseudodionysius

    The Pope is a cat fan

    The 10-year-old black half-Persian secured his audience with Benedict XVI after howling at the Holy Father during his visit to the Oratory last month. A famous cat-lover who is said to have fed strays in Rome, the Pontiff stopped to stroke Pushkin.

    His owner, Father Anton Guziel, said: “As soon as the Pope arrived the most terrible howling could be heard. There was an awesome presence there and Pushkin wanted to acquaint himself with it.

    “Once the Pope had prayed, he saw the cat and smiled delightedly and came over and he started to talk to him. He said, ‘aren’t you pretty, aren’t you pretty? What’s his name? How old is he?’ Then he stroked him, tickled him under the ears and shook Pushkin’s paw. At that point the cardinals all rushed in and started taking photographs.”

  16. Vince

    Why don’t the House Republican’s propose legislation, rather than to shut down the Senate, but capitalize on the current weakness of the fiscal cliff compromises? For instance: lowering the payroll tax 3% permanently, a flat tax of 20% (Warren Buffet’s rate), fast track immigration for high skill petitioners, oil shale permits with the number of jobs they would create tagged along, child tax credit raised to $2000/child, etc etc? These would be reforms that immediately benefit the middle class that would be nearly impossible for the Progressives to oppose. Ricochet should lead the charge.

  17. Leslie Watkins

    We’re trying to boil the ocean.—Rob Long

    I am so stealing that line.

  18. Nick Stuart

    Rob’s recommendation:  do small clear things?

    Vodka shots?

    Good idea. That’ll help a lot for the next 4 years & beyond.

  19. Scott R

    Governor Daniels is as close to perfect in temperament, persuasion, and leadership as could be for a Midwestern politician. Ideology, too.

    What I wouldn’t do to have him in the White Hou- …. Oh, nevermind. It hurts, darn it. 

  20. Peter Fumo

    I absolutely love the opening of this Podcast. Every time I hear the Dean scream followed by Reagan’s “There you go again’ I laugh my a** off.

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