Ricochet Podcast #103: Take It Easy

 

We’ve got a full boat this week with author, screenwriter, and video columnist Andrew Klavan and everybody’s favorite Republican strategist and observer Mike Murphy. Go ahead — applaud. This isn’t an NBC debate. Of course we cover the race, so we won’t synopsize that here. But then we take a hard turn into pop culture and delve into a fascinating conversation about the Oscars and the changing landscape of entertainment. A welcome respite from Newt Romney.

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  1. Profile Photo Inactive
    @Pseudodionysius
    Gil Martin: Oh, my goodness, Mike Murphy is so difficult to listen to. Fast-talking, not funny insider inanities passing for wisdom? James, Peter, Rob, I’m sorry, I don’t get it. Don’t you think he’s much more part of the problem than the solution? · 34 minutes ago

    Think of it like going to the dentist: we’re trying to get our cavities filled until we get that winning smile we need.

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    @RobLong
    Trace Urdan

    EJHill: @Trace: You have to go sit in the corner for 10 minutes for using the phrase “truth to power.”

    And Murphy does not live in the real world, he lives in California. · 2 minutes ago

    Touche. · 3 hours ago

    Double touche!

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    @Pseudodionysius
    FeliciaB: Listening to Murphy talk about what he’d advise Romney (in essence, give the Mittens a testosterone surge), I actually felt myself yearning for Mittens to listen to Murphy. I even shocked myself. See, I’m still miffed Murphy couldn’t deliver a GOP governor for my state. · 8 minutes ago

    The entire football stadium is yelling at Mitt:

    “Take the ball from Newt Mitt. Take the ball from Newt.”

    Newt’s headed for the endzone and Team Romney is telling the crowd to yell at Newt to get him to stop (it makes him run faster) and is trying to get someone to trip him from the sidelines. Newt’s just run outside the stadium, done a Michael Jackson moonwalk, announced an interplanetary concert tour and then come back onto the field to resume his endzone march and now Team Romney’s called Bob Dole in the stands to rally the troops.

    This race is driving me insane. Feral awaits me.

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    @BuckeyeLonghorn

    Totally agree with Nic

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    @BlueStateCurmudgeon
    Gil Martin: Oh, my goodness, Mike Murphy is so difficult to listen to. Fast-talking, not funny insider inanities passing for wisdom? James, Peter, Rob, I’m sorry, I don’t get it. Don’t you think he’s much more part of the problem than the solution? · 15 hours ago

    I find Mike to be both insightful and hysterical…and I can’t wait for those 3-D debates on Jupiter that Newt is sure to propose.

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    @FeliciaB
    Pseudodionysius

    This race is driving me insane. Feral awaits me. · 1 hour ago

    Oh no! And you’ve come so far with the ability to type with Kitty paws.

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    @EdG
    Trace Urdan

    ….. We all speak of Obama’s socialist utopianism, but are equally guilty on this site of pressing for a similarly unrealistic conservative ideal. …..

    I don’t know about you, Trace, but I don’t speak ill of Obama’s socialist utopianism because he’s insufficiently moderate – I speak ill of him because he’s insufficiently correct. I have no problem pressing for an ideal if it’s the right thing to do.

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    @GiveMeLiberty

    I think Murphy is going to be disappointed with all the praise he’s getting here. I get the feeling he looks forward to logging in to Ricochet after his appearances on the podcast to read all the vitriol then you guys go and praise him. I mean he called the membership kooky and Rush an idiot, that has to be worth some nasty barbs from the Ricochet faithful but yet you all disappoint. [Ed.: Rest of comment deleted due to Code of Conduct violations.]

    I apologize, my attempt was at humor not offending the CoC. For anyone that didn’t read my comments I can assure you that I didn’t call anyone a kook, an idiot, or use a profanity that would have required bleeping if it had been broadcast on a podcast.

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    Ed G.

    Trace Urdan

    ….. We all speak of Obama’s socialist utopianism, but are equally guilty on this site of pressing for a similarly unrealistic conservative ideal. …..

    I don’t know about you, Trace, but I don’t speak ill of Obama’s socialist utopianism because he’s insufficiently moderate – I speak ill of him because he’s insufficiently correct. I have no problem pressing for an ideal if it’s the right thing to do. · 35 minutes ago

    What is an “unrealistic conservative ideal” expecting the government to have fealty to the constitution?

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    @EdG
    Erik Larsen: Trace Urdan – agree re bubble thingy. I just talked to a very nice person who said that Obama’s SOTU was inspiring. No rational argument could dissuade her. …..

    Don’t you think that nice person was thinking the same about you?

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    Ed G. – exactly. We (right and left) are drifting in to two different worlds. And even we on the right are finding we may not have a lot in common

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    @Pseudodionysius
    Rob Long

    Trace Urdan

    EJHill: @Trace: You have to go sit in the corner for 10 minutes for using the phrase “truth to power.”

    And Murphy does not live in the real world, he lives in California. · 2 minutes ago

    Touche. · 3 hours ago
    Double touche! · 0 minutes ago

    Triple touche.

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    @Pseudodionysius
    Trace Urdan

    EJHill: @Trace: You have to go sit in the corner for 10 minutes for using the phrase “truth to power.”

    And Murphy does not live in the real world, he lives in California. · 2 minutes ago

    Touche. · 3 hours ago

    Love him or hate him there’s no way Murphy would have Romney stuck in this panhandle quagmire. He’d either Be Toast or Doing A Toast.

    If a cat didn’t have my tongue right now I’d rip it out.

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    @FeliciaB

    Listening to Murphy talk about what he’d advise Romney (in essence, give the Mittens a testosterone surge), I actually felt myself yearning for Mittens to listen to Murphy. I even shocked myself. See, I’m still miffed Murphy couldn’t deliver a GOP governor for my state.

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    @Douglas
    EJHill: @Trace: You have to go sit in the corner for 10 minutes for using the phrase “truth to power.”

    And Murphy does not live in the real world, he lives in California. · Jan. 26 at 7:51am

    Thank you. Got in himmel, I hate that expression, and it comes off as silly from our side.

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    @RobininIthaca

    Two weeks in a row now we have Republican insiders telling us why we should like Mitt. At least Mike Murphy sounded genuine when he talked about the kind of guy Mitt is and how much he respects him. I keep wondering if Peter Robinson is looking for someone to convince him that Romney won’t be so awful in the general election.

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    @Pseudodionysius
    Blue Yeti: We’re going a different direction next week: Mark Levin will be our guest. The following week, the return of Pat Sajak. · 44 minutes ago

    That’s an understatement.

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    @Pseudodionysius

    At least Mike Murphy sounded genuine when he talked about the kind of guy Mitt is and how much he respects him.

    Mike had the usual verbal tics during the podcast (“kooky Ricochet people”, “blowing the dog whistle”) but overall I enjoyed his podcast segment and I didn’t get the impression that Lileks was about to go Mt St Helens while hosting.

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    We’re going a different direction next week: Mark Levin will be our guest. The following week, the return of Pat Sajak.

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    @FeliciaB
    Blue Yeti: The following week, the return of Pat Sajak. · Jan. 29 at 11:21am

    Sweet mother of babies! I can’t wait!

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