Ricochet Podcast #78: Headaches


Friend of the podcast Jonah Goldberg sits in today. We cover all the debt ceiling negotiations fit to gab about, take a look at the state of the election, get nostalgic about Carmageddon and Minnesota’s government shutdown, dissect the Norquist-Coburn feud, and never quite connect with Byron York. 

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The missing links:

  • If North Dakota is not a state, then James Lileks (born in Fargo), is an illegal alien who is in our employ (well, sort of). Now we’ll never&nbsp;be able to run for President.
  • D.C. Home Rule&nbsp;has been talked about for decades. Given the types of politicians the district has elected over the past 20 years ago (Marion Barry, anyone?), it’s still a pretty remote possibility.&nbsp;
  • Rob wrote a piece about Carmageddon for the Los Angeles Times&nbsp;and a post about it for Ricochet.&nbsp;Personally, we wish we could have a Carmageddon once a month.&nbsp;
  • The Red Cars, Los Angeles’ network of street cars, were in service from the 1920’s to the early 60’s. While they connected many of the towns across greater L.A., they did not in fact serve Toontown, despite what is depicted in Who Framed Roger Rabbit?&nbsp;Bonus link: the entire movie is&nbsp;inexplicably&nbsp;on YouTube. Watch it after you listen to the podcast.
  • Jonah’s L.A. Times&nbsp;column&nbsp;The ideologue in the Oval Office is online here.&nbsp;
  • The burst of&nbsp;enthusiasm that surrounded the “Gang of Six’s” budget proposal&nbsp;&nbsp;this morning (when we recorded the podcast) seemed to have&nbsp;dissipated&nbsp;by the time we started writing this post.
  • Byron York&nbsp;had to bag the podcast while we were recording due to a last minute work conflict. He’s so hip,&nbsp;he cancelled via text.
  • According to this New York Times&nbsp;piece from 1991, then President George H.W. Bush denounced David Duke&nbsp;as “a charlatan unfit to hold public office because he has espoused racist and neo-Nazi beliefs.” He was right.
  • Scott Pelley recently interviewed&nbsp;President Obama for something called The CBS Evening News. Anybody know what that is?
  • Allen West, you win the Ricochet Podcast Quote of The Week for your bold statement&nbsp;that “I must confess, when I see anyone with an Obama 2012 bumper sticker, I recognize them as a threat to the gene pool.” &nbsp;Let us know where you’d like your Broadside sent, sir.&nbsp;
  • That noise you hear in the background? Why that’s Peter Robinson presumably doing a little re-decorating. Sir, the mute button is your friend. Use it.&nbsp;
  • You must follow Jonah Goldberg on Twitter. Not only is he wildly entertaining, he often live Tweets&nbsp;his Ricochet Podcast&nbsp;appearances.
  • Mr. President, if you have to say “that’s a joke”&nbsp;after you make a joke, then it’s not a joke. Capiche?
  • It’s not clear to use who first uttered the line “the Republicans are our opposition, but the Senate is our enemy.” What is clear is that&nbsp;Anthony Weiner, of all people, recently used the line and he probably lifted it from an episode of The West Wing.
  • The Coburn-Norquist smackdown has been going on for a while now.&nbsp;
  • Faiz Shakir is the Editor-In-Chief of ThinkProgress.org.&nbsp;
  • Wait, Jonah listens to C-Span in his car? What a wonk.
  • We couldn’t find the pool scene from Caddyshack, but this scene featuring the great Rodney Dangerfield&nbsp;is one of our favorites.&nbsp;
  • We were hoping to find a “happy to pay more taxes” lawn sign on Google Images, but no dice. Perhaps Mr. Lileks can take an iPhone shot of one?
  • Attention Herman Cain: We’re happy to have our pals Epstein and Yoo give you a call and teach about this little thing called the 1st Amendment. It guarantees freedom of religion, even for ones you don’t personally care for.&nbsp;
  • One of the reasons we booked Byron York on today’s show was to talk about Michelle Bachmann’s headaches.&nbsp;
  • Kudos to Crow’s Nest for winning the highly coveted, much sought after Ricochet Podcast Post of The Week for his post&nbsp;On Anti-Intellectualism. He (or she) wins a copy of this week’s Encounter Pick of The Week. Watch your email, Crow’s Nest.&nbsp;
  • Although to the best of our knowledge, it was not written in 1956, here is Claire’s post What the Front Page of Your Local Newspaper Should Look Like.
  • Consumer Reports is on the case&nbsp;when it comes to Amish furnaces. Caveat emptor and all of that.&nbsp;
  • The French “news babe” (news fille?) and star of those ubiquitous belly fat ads is journalist, Melissa Theuriau. Needless to say, her photo was used without permission and the ads are a total scam. Except for the babe part.
  • Thanks to EJHill for the graphic!

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There are 8 comments.

  1. Inactive

    Disappointing podcast. Backing McConnell’s plan, giving credibility to Gang of Six with the trillion in “increased revenue”, writing off Perry because he comes from Texas, giving credibility to media slander relating to Bachmann’s migraines. I could have been listening to MSNBS. Yuck. Not sure I’ll be tuning in again.

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    • July 21, 2011 at 5:52 am
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  2. Inactive

    Oh yes, just remembered – knocking Cantor because um…., not even sure why. He’s young and he should be happy with his Majority Leader position and he should just be quiet??? Not sure what the point was there. Just a negative about Cantor while he tries to represent the interests of those who voted in the Republican majority in the House. Extremely frustrating podcast. I found myself shouting back the way I do when tuning into the main stream media. I turn to sites like Ricochet for a breath of fresh air. What I got instead was conservatives joining the main stream media narrative and shooting ourselves in the foot in the process.

    • #2
    • July 21, 2011 at 6:42 am
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  3. Contributor

    In the interests of full disclosure, I should note that my remarks about Gov. Perry’s first speech was a heavy-handed reference . . . to this.

    • #3
    • July 21, 2011 at 8:59 am
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  4. Member

    I cannot tell you the joy I get when week after week James’s smooth segues and introductions get stomped flat by his co-hosts. I imagine steam coming out of his ears cartoon-style, though his on-air equanimity is rarely ruffled.

    • #4
    • July 21, 2011 at 9:20 am
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  5. Member

    That was indeed the most brutal interruption of a segueway I have ever heard. Well done, Peter. Well done.

    I was most disturbed by Jonah’s complete dismissal of the most obvious argument against the McConnell plan, which neither Peter nor James called him on.

    • #5
    • July 21, 2011 at 9:58 am
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  6. Inactive

    My problem with the gang of McConnell, or plan of six, or whatever today’s incarnation is being called, is that it doesn’t move the debate, only complicates it. It will be seen as nothing but capitulation. If 2010 proved anything, it’s that (1) momentum is on our side and (2) we can win by communicating directly with the citizens. Why haven’t Republicans been having town halls a la the Obamacare era? Of course the MSM is going to distort what you’re saying. Plus, through all this one-third of the government talk, it should be remembered that if all the senate and the White House had been up for election in 2010, we very well could have won those too. The Left’s control of two-thirds of government holds no popular legitimacy, only technical legitimacy.

    Further, I’d like to know where the line in the sand is? Compromise now for 2012 is fine in theory, but in reality we’ve heard this tune before. What if 2012 doesn’t materialize? Is there any point at which we stop selling out our principals presently for a shot at majority status next election cycle?

    • #6
    • July 21, 2011 at 10:26 am
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  7. Inactive

    Just listened to the podcast, Guys please don’t let Jonah back until he finishes the book.(which I will buy) He was a serious downer.

    • #7
    • July 22, 2011 at 1:30 am
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  8. Founder
    Thomas Gates: Just listened to the podcast, Guys please don’t let Jonah back until he finishes the book.(which I will buy) He was a serious downer. · Jul 21 at 1:30pm

    No way. Jonah can multitask, as anyone who has ever seen him eat dinner, talk, drink whiskey, and smoke a cigar can attest to.

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    • July 22, 2011 at 6:00 am
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