Need To Know with Mona Charen and Jay Nordlinger
Episode 81: Summertime

Jul 11, 2014
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NTK FeatureWhat happened to the missing white voters in 2012? That’s one question Jay and Mona chew over with political guru Sean Trende of Real Clear TrendePolitics. Sean is one of the smartest analysts studying secular trends in voting patterns and he offers insights on how young voters, African Americans, and whites have been moving in recent cycles and are likely to move in coming elections. Tune in for one of the biggest underreported shifts between 2008 and 2012.

Next our hosts take note of the impeachment talk circulating among some Republicans, attend to the performance of the Iron Dome in Israel, bow our heads at a street ceremony in front of the Cuban mission in New York City marking a grim anniversary, wonder whether Obama is tired of being president, and doff our caps for Antonio Vivaldi. We close with a particularly apt story about Giacomo Puccini contributed by a Ricochet listener!

Music from this week’s episode: 

“Summertime,” from Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess, sung by Leontyne Price

  1. Rightfromthestart

    This is not the first time I’m saying this but without the blessed 22nd amendment we would be in Bill Clinton’s 6th term with the press’s enthusiastic support. Perhaps the 40s Republicans weren’t motivated entirely by revenge, they had seen first hand with Wilson and FDR that ‘progressives’ have no regard whatsoever for either the constitution or tradition.

  2. Peter Fumo

    I think Sean Trende in his post-election analysis has made the point that Obama won by successfully keeping the rust belt working class white voter home. The Obama campaign was able to successfully define Romney has a rich-kid plutocrat. You do have to wonder if in retrospect Pawlenty or even Santorum would have been a better candidate. I would have been interested in Trende’s views on this. I also have heard that Bush’s success among Hispanic voters has been exaggerated. Sean Trende’s columns in RCP are fascinating. Please have him back on!

  3. The Cloaked Gaijin

    I vote Barry Farber as the next guest interview.  I remember listening to him, the dean of conservative talk show hosts, about 20 years ago when Rush Limbaugh was getting started.  I think he speaks like 25 languages.

  4. Peter Fumo

    I remember Farber quite well growing up in NY. An oasis of sanity in a desert of liberalism.

  5. Pepe LePew

    G. K. Chesterton said that the Victorians were motivated to love their neighbors and so did positive good acts. Later Christians however are motivated to avoid doing wrong, to avoid sin, and so are able to avoid the hard work of loving their neighbors. Thus today’s understanding of Christianity prevents us from comprehending the motivations of the Victorians. And thank you for noting the horrors in their society, caused by parents of the Victorians, that the Victorians were trying to reduce.

     

     

  6. Blue Yeti

    Sent in by a listener: an actual photo of Puccini on board the Ricochet. 

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  7. Lady Randolph

    I agree that most people accept what they’re taught in school (despite the famed rebelliousness of youth). Even I, homeschooled in an evangelical Republican family and then sent to a tremendously conservative college, managed to imbibe a great deal of PC sludge.

    If you don’t know better, how are you going to question it? As a result, I’m very passionate about the subject of truth in education. Wish I lived in TX so I could call my representative :)

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