Welcome to the premiere episode of Beltway Buzz with Robert Costa and Andrew Stiles.  Robert and Andrew cover Capitol Hill for National Review, so this podcast will be an insider’s look at how the wheels of government actually turn. Here’s how they describe it: 

Every day, we cover the the conservative movement and the Republican Party from the inside. Wehuddle with aides near the House chamber, and we interview senators near the strange, underground trains that connect their offices with the Capitol. We hear a lot, and those conversations fuel our reporting for National Review. But there’s always more, and that’s what we love to talk about–after our stories are filed.

This week, a look back at the State of The Union speech, the rise of Ted Cruz, the Hagel nomination, Boehner’s calculation, and some (unsolicited) advice for how the Republicans in the Senate ought to proceed in this session.

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Members have made 12 comments.

  1. Profile photo of Reckless Endangerment Member

    Fantastic idea for a podcast. Robert, I’ve always enjoyed your reporting. Andrew, I look forward to your insights as well. For someone such as me who also gets a daily up-close view of the wheels of government turning, this podcast presents a fantastic means by which to let the broader swath of conservatives know why certain things happen or don’t.

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    • February 17, 2013 at 1:25 am
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  2. Profile photo of Benjamin Glaser Member

    Looking forward to listening. 

    Hopefully this podcast becomes the “Nuts and Bolts” podcast, not just another “conservative philosophy” podcast. 

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    • February 17, 2013 at 1:43 am
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  3. Profile photo of Percival Thatcher

    Yeti, just so you know…the iTunes link that the subscribe button takes you to points to Law Talk, not Buzz.

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    • February 17, 2013 at 3:48 am
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    We’ll get that fixed.

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    • February 17, 2013 at 4:15 am
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  5. Profile photo of Jack Lacton Member

    Good show, guys. Thanks.

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    • February 17, 2013 at 12:15 pm
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  6. Profile photo of SunnyOptimism Inactive

    Can’t find it on Stitcher???

    • #6
    • February 18, 2013 at 7:16 am
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    It should show up on Stitcher next week. It takes them a few days to add a new show.

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    • February 18, 2013 at 8:03 am
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  8. Profile photo of Commodore BTC Member

    Great podcast, I think you guys hit the nail on the head with Obama’s strategy of painting the GOP Congress as racist/sexist/rich elitists leading up to 2014 (the mendacity of it is depressing). 

    But recognizing the strategy, what can be done about it?

    IMO the only response is to call out Obama for his scorched Earth strategy at every turn. Attempt to disarm him by calling attention to his cynicism. Call out the media for helping perpetuate the narrative. 

    Dismiss it as a cynical distraction and then go on the attack on the economy/debt/unemployment. 

    And we have to bring our message to low information voter venues, as unpleasant as that may be. 

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    • February 18, 2013 at 8:30 am
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  9. Profile photo of Jojo Member

    Nicely done. I’m looking forward to more. Thanks!

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    • February 19, 2013 at 3:30 am
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    The plan is to have guests on occasionally. And I picked the music. The closing song will change with every show. 

    SunnyOptimism: Good podcast Bob and Andrew!! Maybe as your podcast evolves (wait, are conservatives supposed to believe in evolution….hehehehe), you guys can drag in some congressional staffers to interview (identities hidden for the protection of the innocent, of course)….

    By the way, who picked the theme music?? Not sure two guys should end a podcast with that particular tune, but to each his own I suppose…. · 1 hour ago

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    • February 20, 2013 at 2:03 am
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    Good podcast Bob and Andrew!! Maybe as your podcast evolves (wait, are conservatives supposed to believe in evolution….hehehehe), you guys can drag in some congressional staffers to interview (identities hidden for the protection of the innocent, of course)….

    By the way, who picked the theme music?? Not sure two guys should end a podcast with that particular tune, but to each his own I suppose….

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    • February 20, 2013 at 12:14 pm
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  12. Profile photo of Duane Oyen Member

    I admit I don’t get at all the focus on “damage” to Rubio from the water bottle incident.

    Damage? Harm? Are you kidding me? That story by brain-dead lefty echo types was a gift

    Inside-the-beltway tin-eared commentators just did him a giant favor.

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    • February 21, 2013 at 6:16 am
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