Ricochet Podcast #39: The Shrinking Violets

The title is truly a misnomer, because as you’ll hear, this group is anything but. Pat Caddell, Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels, and National Review’s Jim Geraghty take no prisoners in a very spirited discussion about many of the important races around the country, whether or not folks in other states may get the chance to vote for the Governor, the Republican’s overall national strategy, the Tea Party, and a certain candidate in Delaware. In fact, we’re laying on extra server capacity for the anticipated reaction to that particular part of the podcast. Have at it!

Grab your clubs, we’re hitting the links:

  • Valley Of The Dolls is the famously camp film version of Jacqueline Susann’s best-selling novel chronicling the rise and fall of three young ladies in show business. Suffice to say, they often slept late. Fun fact: the screenplay was written by Helen Duetsch and Dorothy Kingsley (corrected).

  • Do not adjust your earbuds. That clicking noise is Jim Geraghty adjusting his new microphone. Hey, we do this live.
  • The Republican Governor’s Association (chaired by Ricochet’s Haley Barbour) web ads may be found on their YouTube page.
  • Michael Barone’s column on “Skinflint” Daniels’ chances of winning the presidency.
  • However, Commentary’s Jennifer Rubin (via Matt Continetti) worries that too much austerity is a trap.
  • The most recent Ricochet discussion on Christine O’Donnell featuring the “I Didn’t Go To Yale” ad is here. Caddell also mentioned the SNL parody of the first “I’m You” ad.
  • Thinking of running for elected office? You may want to consider hiring Fred Davis‘ Strategic Perception, Inc. to create your media. Davis has created thousands of political ads, including “I’m You” and the “Mourning In America” ad that plays off the classic spot created for Ronald Reagan’s 1984 presidential campaign.
  • The links to Sal Russo and the Tea Party Express. We report, you decide.
  • Dr. Robert Steele appeared on Ricochet Podcast #16, way back in May. If he wins, we’ll take most of the credit.
  • James Lileks’ line “now is the time on Sprockets when we dance,” is from the classic SNL sketch featuring Mike Meyers. The Hebrew subtitles were not part of the original broadcast.
  • Rob quotes Winston Churchill’s “Blood, Toil, Tears and Sweat” speech, his first as Prime Minister. It was delivered to the House of Commons on May 13th, 1940. Via the miracle of the internet, you can listen to it here.
  • Jeb Bush was also a podcast guest back in the early days. And by early days, we mean April.
  • The much maligned Christine O’Donnelll piece Anne Applebaum wrote for Slate claims that some Americans (not us!) resent upward mobility.
  • We considered ending the podcast with Boola Boola, but Yale’s fight song is simply too lame for that.

Music from this week’s episode:

The direct link to this week’s episode is here, but we’d really love it if you’d subscribe. Taking a stand against iTunes? Visit our Feedburner page for a number of other subscription options.

The Ricochet Podcast is sponsored by Encounter Books and their Broadside Series. This week’s featured title is President Obama’s Tax Piracy by Peter Ferrara. Available for $5.99 at