The Ricochet Podcast
Episode 154: Silent Cal

Guests: Walter Russell Mead and Amity Shlaes
Feb 1, 2013
Direct Link to MP3 File

This week on the Ricochet Podcast, Dr. Walter Russell Mead joins to discuss U.S. foreign policy. Then, author Amity Shlaes discusses her important new biography Coolidge. Also, Peter Robinson on the burdens of writing a Big Book, Rob Long reports on what he saw in DC, and James Lileks covers and an important legal dilemma ongoing in Minnesota. All that and more and just a click away. 

Music from this week’s episode:

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

Pre-order Amity Shlaes’ Coolidge on all platforms here.  

EJHill is silent but deadly. 

  1. Benjamin Glaser

    Cannot wait to read Amity’s book. Loved her other work. 

  2. captainpower

    This week on the Ricochet Podcast, Dr. Walter Russell Mead joins to discuss U.S. foreign policy, [we query - ed.] author Amity Schlaes on her important new biography, Coolidge, [we query - ed.] Peter Robinson on the burdens of writing a Big Book, Rob Long reports on what he saw in DC, and James Lileks covers an important legal decision in Minnesota.

    I think some words are missing from that sentence.

    However, I saw the names “Calvin Coolidge” and “Amity Shlaes.”

    This one goes to the top of my listening queue.

  3. Stan Sneed

    Amity Schlaes is the best.  Been a fan since her Wall St. Journal days.

  4. Richard Nevins

    Am I the only one for whom the podcast stalled at 4 minutes and 34 seconds?  It will not restart.  Blue Yeti?

  5. Arahant

    The most Coolidge-like figure I can think of off the top of my head is Mitch Daniels.

  6. Arahant

    “Hell and (or Helen) Maria, we weren’t trying to keep a set of books over there, we were trying to win a war!” –Charles G. Dawes

  7. Richard Nevins: Am I the only one for whom the podcast stalled at 4 minutes and 34 seconds?  It will not restart.  Blue Yeti? · 6 minutes ago

    I am not seeing that issue here. Where are you listening to it? On the site? iTunes? Stitcher?

  8. Richard Nevins

    I click the MP3 file on the pop up that comes up on the  site.  I am listening on my computer.

  9. EJHill

    In my book, James has always been a 5-Tool kind of guy…

  10. Sounds like a cache issue. Quit your browser and restart it, then try and load the podcast again. If that doesn’t work, click on the direct  link above. 

    Richard Nevins: I click the MP3 file on the pop up that comes up on the  site.  I am listening on my computer. · 8 minutes ago

  11. EJHill

    And Rob’s next Hollywood project:

  12. Scott R
    Arahant: The most Coolidge-like figure I can think of off the top of my head is Mitch Daniels. · 2 hours ago

    Agreed.

    Big bummer that those with the Coolidge-Daniels temperament are  least suited for the running of the gauntlet that a presidential election has now become, even while being best suited for actually running the office. 

  13. Israel P.
    Arahant: “Hell and (or Helen) Maria, we weren’t trying to keep a set of books over there, we were trying to win a war!” –Charles G. Dawes · 2 hours ago

    He write a popular song. Mark Steyn has written on this.

  14. Israel P.

    I have wondered what might have been different had Coolidge chosen to run in 1928. He probably would have been reelected.  Then what?

    I don’t know if that would have mattered to the stock market crash in 1929, but he surely would have handled it differently from Hoover, making the terrain entirely different in 1932.

    Is it Hoover vs Roosevelt in 1932? Or someone less obvious on either side? Even if Roosevelt wins, the crises was way less than it was in the real world, giving Roosevelt less opportunity to  take advantage of a crises.

    Has anyone ever speculated publicly on the scenario of a second Coolidge election?

  15. Chris Campion

    It’s OK to never play Simon and Garfunkel.  Just so you know.

    Imagine a president having a budget that’s actually lower in real terms on his way out than when he came in.  I remember, long ago, a vibrant, courageous, potentially Kenyan US Senator, who promised, soulfully, to cut deficits in half when he became President.  So yes, his bar was set somewhat lower than Cal’s, but yet – he promised.

    And boy, did he deliver on his promises!

  16. It wasn’t my first choice,  but I couldn’t come up with anything better for Silent Cal. Got a better idea? I’m all ears, Chris. 

    Chris Campion: It’s OK to never play Simon and Garfunkel.  Just so you know.

    · 2 minutes ago

  17. Chris Campion

    I would think that the reason we will have to hunt for, and convince a Cal, has a lot to do with the office today.  You must simply want to be President more than anything else in the world to go through what’s required to win.

    And that’s probably not going to attract the best crowd of presidential candidates.  Looking at you here, Barry.

  18. Rob Long
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    Blue Yeti: It wasn’t my first choice,  but I couldn’t come up with anything better for Silent Cal. Got a better idea? I’m all ears, Chris. 

    Chris Campion: It’s OK to never play Simon and Garfunkel.  Just so you know.

    · 2 minutes ago

    21 minutes ago

    Thank you, Chris.  Thank you.

  19. Everyone’s a critic. 

    Rob Long

    Blue Yeti: It wasn’t my first choice,  but I couldn’t come up with anything better for Silent Cal. Got a better idea? I’m all ears, Chris. 

    Chris Campion: It’s OK to never play Simon and Garfunkel.  Just so you know.

    · 2 minutes ago

    21 minutes ago

    Thank you, Chris.  Thank you. · 16 minutes ago

  20. SpinozaCarWash

    Mead and Schlaes in the same podcast? Formidable!

    A friend gifted me three Coolidge ’24 campaign pins. Trivia question (no peaking): who was Cool Cal’s runningmate?

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