Ricochet Podcast #64: Hey Now


We’re lucky to have Andrew Klavan sitting in for the traveling Peter Robinson this week, and he kicks things off with a rare podcast chat about theology. That segues into whether or not men are sissies, which can only be answered by the arrival of über political strategist Pat Caddell. He takes us through all the current political issues, including the looming shutdown, Obama’s chances in 2012, and the importance of lightbulbs to Republican candidates. It’s illuminating to say the least. 

A tradition unlike any other, the Ricochet Podcast links:

  • Conservative radio talk host Dennis Prager started his career with a local Los Angeles TV show devoted to religion. He can now be heard in most of country (but not where Andrew lives). 
  • Don’t miss Andrew Klavan’s Ricochet post “Does God Make Smart People Smarter?“ Klavan On The Culture, the weekly videos he does for PJTV are also required viewing. His blog is great too.
  • Ian Punnett is the Saturday host of Coast To Coast AM. He believes in ghosts and clearly wrote his Wikipedia page himself.
  • It’s true: the dust has been removed above the legendary bar at McSorely’s, one of the oldest bars in New York City. The New York City health department demanded it be done immediately after 150 years. 
  • Ricochet member Gus Marvinson gets the highly coveted, much sought after Podcast Mention of The Week for his post “Can We Please Stop Raising Sissies? You’re all man, Gus.
  • Thank you, James for giving us a reason to link to this picture of Megan Fox. This is not gratuitous, it’s news. 
  • Andrew Klavan’s latest book, The Identity Man is available where ever fine books are sold. Highly recommended.
  • James Ellroy is one of the greatest mystery writers this country has ever produced. The Black Dahlia is one of our favorite books of all times. 
  • Our own Ursula Hennessey wrote about the fast times at Yale in this post. 
  • Casablanca. Play it again, Sam.
  • It’s easier than teasing your sister: apparently, the simple act of John Boehner drinking from a styrofoam cup is enough to drive The Daily Kos into a tizzy. 
  • Lindsey Graham expressed his wish to “hold people accountable” for Koran burnings, since, while “free speech is a great idea,” America is “in a war.” When given a chance to explain, he dug this hole deeper. 
  • Voting for judges is controversial. But don’t take our word for it — listen to what our own Epstein and Yoo say about it in this week’s episode of Law Talk.
  • Andrew and Rob are both card carrying members of the WGA, The Writer’s Guild of America. We hope they at least get to have a song. 
  • Pat is correct, President Obama’s approval numbers are holding steady at just under 50%. 
  • Pat mentioned political analyst Charlie Cook. His web site The Cook Report is a great resource.
  • Michelle Bachmann? Why we just happen to have her right here on this week’s Hinderaker-Ward Experience (coming tomorrow). We love podcast synergy.
  • Inexplicably, House Republicans allowed a bill to subsidize veterinarian’s student loans through an extension of ObamaCare. We know who our cat will be voting for next year. 
  • Pat Caddell appeared on episode 39 of the Ricochet Podcast with Governor Mitch Daniels. In those days, the podcasts were only available in black and white. 
  • Michelle Bachmann has indeed made the banning of incandescent light bulbs one of her signature issues.  
  • The phrase “hey now!” was the signature catch phrase of Hank, the Ed McMahon-ish side kick to the fictional talk show host played by Garry Shandling in The Larry Sanders Show. If you never seen it, you are in for a treat. 
  • We’ve linked to his blog many times before, but it’s always worth re-iterating. Our host James Lileks runs his own site that is simply fantastic. Visit often. That’s an order. 

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The Ricochet Podcast is sponsored by Encounter Books. Our featured title this week is The Wages of Appeasement Ancient Athens, Munich, and Obama’s America by Bruce S. Thornton. Available at EncounterBooks.com and for Kindle at Amazon.com.


Members have made 17 comments.

  1. Profile photo of PJS Thatcher

    Downloading at DFW. See ya’ll later!

    PS – Aiko aiko all day.

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    • April 9, 2011 at 2:34 am
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  2. Profile photo of Joseph Eagar Member

    I don’t get the Lindsey Graham thing. That paster was warned, by the Secretary of Defense, that burning a quran would endanger the lives of soldiers in Afganishtan. The paster did so anyway, and people died.

    If the paster had not been warned, I could understand this attitude. But he was. He knew full well he was risking lives, and he went ahead with his plan anyway.

    I think Graham is reacting emotionally; no more, no less. He would not have reacted so under different circumstances.

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    • April 9, 2011 at 3:41 am
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    I really like the idea of a crime fiction podcast from Lileks and Klavan and Long and others. FWIW based upon a bleat post I bought a couple of David Peace novels, though I haven’t read far enough to form an opinion. I also have read two of Andrew Klavan’s novels and liked them both.

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    • April 9, 2011 at 4:05 am
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    Praise to the cerulean-hued Yeti for the links, as ever – and to Andrew, for getting up at 0’dark-hundred to do the podcast.

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    • April 9, 2011 at 4:06 am
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  5. Profile photo of Jimmy Carter Member

    Excuse Me, Yeti, but the link to the styrofoam cup isn’t working.

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    • April 9, 2011 at 4:19 am
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    Jimmy Carter: Excuse Me, Yeti, but the link to the styrofoam cup isn’t working. · Apr 8 4:19pm

    Good catch, Mr. President. Fixed.

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    • April 9, 2011 at 4:38 am
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    Klavan, Caddell, Prager, Lileks and Long most assuredly are not sissies. Speaking of Pat Cadell, isn’t he sick of being a Democrat yet?

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    • April 9, 2011 at 4:43 am
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    Blue Yeti

    Good catch, Mr. President. Fixed. · Apr 8 at 4:38pm

    Now, that’s service.

    Thank You, as always.

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    • April 9, 2011 at 4:52 am
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  9. Profile photo of Kenneth Inactive

    Pat Caddell is sooooo right about Obamacare repeal. Damn, I wish Republicans would listen to him.

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    • April 9, 2011 at 5:10 am
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    Lileks asks Caddell, the political super-genius, “How do you get these things out, what do they do?”, referring to a way for Republicans to better spread their political messages.

    Caddell responds, “Well, the question to me is very simple. [It is] whether or not there are sufficient numbers of people who feel patriotic enough that the country is in crisis who have the resources that they waste all over the place in other things politically, to in fact invest in building the kind of narrative that needs to be done, in the absence of republicans’ inability, and also do it outside of the mindset of the same kind of beltway thinking of republicans…who may have been…making the case…’let’s not deal with healthcare, by God, we don’t want to raise that issue–oh, it doesn’t matter about the $105 billion.’ …Some group, some people have to see that right now, that is the decisive thing that can be done, and there has to be an effort to build that narrative, and I have made that case since 2009….”

    Vague, rambling, and still no specifics. No one has any specifics.

    Tea Party time, once again.

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    • April 9, 2011 at 7:09 am
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    • April 9, 2011 at 7:29 am
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    Kenneth: Pat Caddell is sooooo right about Obamacare repeal. Damn, I wish Republicans would listen to him. · Apr 8 at 5:10pm

    Yes, but is he right about what happened between the November election and 2011, while the old guard was still in the Congress? Who are now being calling crazies if not the newcomers who are doing what they ran on doing now that they’re actually in? I’m not a Republican. I’m not into Republicans. But I don’t think you can blame those in office now for what those in office did before 2011.

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    • April 9, 2011 at 11:48 am
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  13. Profile photo of Canuckski Inactive

    I’ve listened to every Ricochet podcast and they’re all wonderful in their own way, but LXIV was something I’ve never heard. Starting with a discussion of the sissification of the West, our sharing circle revealed that they were all union members and gushed excitedly about what Paul Ryan, you that guy in Mr. Boehner’s room?, had just done. It was a good the math teacher, Mr. Caddell, came out of the teachers’ lounge and threw a bucket of water on them.

    Well, I always wanted to be a lumberjack…

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    • April 10, 2011 at 1:15 am
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  14. Profile photo of Jim Newsom Member

    I always enjoy listening to Pat Caddell. After all, I was a McGovern Democrat too. But, after all, I was 18.

    Pat thinks that the 2010 landslide had one purpose — to end Obamacare. Certainly, it was that. But the country has seen all too clearly what happens when you turn over all the levers to the Dems. The revolt goes way beyond Obamacare.

    It’s time that the grown-ups were in charge. That’s why Paul Ryan’s plan is brilliant — and not leading with his chin, as Pat thinks.

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    • April 10, 2011 at 2:37 am
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    I disagree with the take on Paul Ryan. After listening to Caddell for awhile, I wanted to shoot myself. In the toe, at least, but maybe even in the leg. He seemed to say “Anyone who knows anything knows you have to deal with entitlements.” So he agrees with Ryan on that point. “But it’s a suicide mission to do so, just go ahead and run yourself off a cliff.” If you go by what Cadell says, we might as well just give up, because the people are too stupid or too disinterested to care. Ryan said “Look this is going to be painful. But it will be less painful to deal with it now than when it all comes tumbling down later.” His video on the subject was perfect. It wasn’t perfect because it gave us mouseketeers a lot of detail, it was perfect because it sent the message in a way that the average, stupid, disinterested American could understand it. That is the narrative. That’s what Republicans need to keep saying.

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    • April 12, 2011 at 6:16 am
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  16. Profile photo of Trace Inactive

    Pat Caddell for Republican Party Chair!

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    • April 13, 2011 at 6:07 am
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  17. Profile photo of Chris O. Member

    I can’t say I appreciated Rob’s comments about men born in the 70’s, but I was in a bad mood when I turned the podcast on during the morning commute.

    I’ll only say that it is easy to tear things down through criticism. It requires much more effort to build something and energy to at least create a positive proposition, rather than tearing down those put forth by others. I recall Mayor Daley being asked about Mayor Giuliani’s model for curtailing crime. His response to the ideas that transformed New York? “It won’t work here.” Nice effort.

    I guess I’m getting a little tired of hearing how things are going to go wrong and wondering what some of us are doing to see that doesn’t happen. Could I request that the podcast lighten up a bit? Like I tell students, “If you say you can’t do something, then you are exactly right.” (A play on Henry Ford.) It’s not because there is an impossible task, it’s because they won’t make the effort needed without belief.

    And, yeah, I do realize there is some irony in this post.

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    • April 14, 2011 at 9:03 am
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