Fox News Commentator (and Ricochet alum) Mollie Hemingway took a break from the hectic pace of events to sit down with our own Dave Carter for a fairly comprehensive survey of the political and cultural landscape today. The conversation ranges from Joe Biden’s selection of Senator Kamala Harris for his Vice Presidential candidate, to the media’s mischaracterization of the riots and carnage in major cities across the country. Along the way, Mollie and Dave discuss the general reluctance of politicians and commentators to honestly address the “root causes” of much of the crime, death, and destruction that afflicts inner city life across the nation (their conclusions may surprise you). Dave laments the media’s apparent role as the public relations arm of the DNC, at which point Mollie takes a different view. How different? You’ll have to listen in for that one.

Then Dave talks with Ricochet Charter Member Duane Oyen, who has been with us since before this site launched. Duane has some thoughts on the state of politics today, the Never Trump phenomenon, and various distinctions and divisions on the Right. “But when Duane weighs in on the things that unite us all,” writes Dave, “he sounds as wise as Solomon.” If you like discussions of policy, political philosophy, and a dose of history, this is the podcast for you. you.

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  1. OccupantCDN Coolidge

    Great talks! Love Molly, hope she gets her own show on somewhere. Can she make sure that her Fox appearances get posted on YouTube so that those of us who cut the cable can still hear her brilliance?

    A lot of the anti-trump movement, was also the anti-tea party movement. Such as this scene from “NewsRoom”:

    (not to worry no actual republicans where involved in the shooting of this series)

    I am so glad ended long before Trump. Same as “West Wing” “BattleStar Galactica” … Could you imagine how these writer rooms (the rabid Bush haters) would have reacting to Trump? Any fond memories we have for these series would have been crushed. I never watched newsroom beyond it’s pilot episode – The Sanctimony Saturation Event.

    (to get back on track) The Anti-Trumps are the elitist, establishment “John Roberts” type republicans.

     

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    • August 14, 2020, at 8:46 PM PDT
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  2. Dave Carter Podcaster

    OccupantCDN (View Comment):

    Great talks! Love Molly, hope she gets her own show on somewhere. Can she make sure that her Fox appearances get posted on YouTube so that those of us who cut the cable can still hear her brilliance?

    A lot of the anti-trump movement, was also the anti-tea party movement. Such as this scene from “NewsRoom”:

    (not to worry no actual republicans where involved in the shooting of this series)

    I am so glad ended long before Trump. Same as “West Wing” “BattleStar Galactica” … Could you imagine how these writer rooms (the rabid Bush haters) would have reacting to Trump? Any fond memories we have for these series would have been crushed. I never watched newsroom beyond it’s pilot episode – The Sanctimony Saturation Event.

    (to get back on track) The Anti-Trumps are the elitist, establishment “John Roberts” type republicans.

     

    Terrible confession here: I never watched West Wing, or Battle Star Gallactica, or Newsroom, etc. Until very recently, I hardly watched TV at all. But don’t tell anyone, okay? It’ll be our little secret here.

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    • August 15, 2020, at 6:59 AM PDT
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  3. Columbo Member

    Dave Carter (View Comment):

    OccupantCDN (View Comment):

    Great talks! Love Molly, hope she gets her own show on somewhere. Can she make sure that her Fox appearances get posted on YouTube so that those of us who cut the cable can still hear her brilliance?

    A lot of the anti-trump movement, was also the anti-tea party movement. Such as this scene from “NewsRoom”:

    (not to worry no actual republicans where involved in the shooting of this series)

    I am so glad ended long before Trump. Same as “West Wing” “BattleStar Galactica” … Could you imagine how these writer rooms (the rabid Bush haters) would have reacting to Trump? Any fond memories we have for these series would have been crushed. I never watched newsroom beyond it’s pilot episode – The Sanctimony Saturation Event.

    (to get back on track) The Anti-Trumps are the elitist, establishment “John Roberts” type republicans.

     

    Terrible confession here: I never watched West Wing, or Battle Star Gallactica, or Newsroom, etc. Until very recently, I hardly watched TV at all. But don’t tell anyone, okay? It’ll be our little secret here.

    Watch one season (all I could stomach) of House of Cards. Especially the character of Zoe Barnes. It explains a lot about the attempted coup of President Trump.

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    • August 15, 2020, at 10:02 AM PDT
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  4. Dave Sussman Podcaster

    Kamala will wear out her welcome and soon.

    Great guests and episode Dave!

    • #4
    • August 15, 2020, at 11:03 AM PDT
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  5. jerrykrause Lincoln

    @davecarter really enjoyed the discussion of ‘ the unique advantages’ of Ricochet …blends of flavors yet distinct gumbo taste! love Mollie too!

     

     

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    • August 15, 2020, at 11:03 AM PDT
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  6. Dave Carter Podcaster

    Dave Sussman (View Comment):

    Kamala will wear out her welcome and soon.

    Great guests and episode Dave!

    Thanks, Dave! From one Dave to another, or something like that. I’ll need to get you on the program soon too!

    • #6
    • August 15, 2020, at 11:24 AM PDT
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  7. Dave Carter Podcaster

    jerrykrause (View Comment):

    @davecarter really enjoyed the discussion of ‘ the unique advantages’ of Ricochet …blends of flavors yet distinct gumbo taste! love Mollie too!

     

     

    Now you’ve made me hungry. Thanks!

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    • August 15, 2020, at 11:25 AM PDT
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  8. Mollie Hemingway Contributor

    Thank you for having me on, Dave! You are such fun to have a chat with.

    • #8
    • August 15, 2020, at 12:58 PM PDT
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  9. Percival Thatcher
    PercivalJoined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    Sounds like an excellent interview question.

    “Have you ever watched an entire episode of ‘West Wing?'”

    “No.”

    “You’re hired.”

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    • August 15, 2020, at 2:59 PM PDT
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  10. Percival Thatcher
    PercivalJoined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    Outstanding show, Dave.

    • #10
    • August 15, 2020, at 3:14 PM PDT
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  11. OccupantCDN Coolidge

    Dave Carter (View Comment):

    OccupantCDN (View Comment):

    Great talks! Love Molly, hope she gets her own show on somewhere. Can she make sure that her Fox appearances get posted on YouTube so that those of us who cut the cable can still hear her brilliance?

    A lot of the anti-trump movement, was also the anti-tea party movement. Such as this scene from “NewsRoom”:

    (not to worry no actual republicans where involved in the shooting of this series)

    I am so glad ended long before Trump. Same as “West Wing” “BattleStar Galactica” … Could you imagine how these writer rooms (the rabid Bush haters) would have reacting to Trump? Any fond memories we have for these series would have been crushed. I never watched newsroom beyond it’s pilot episode – The Sanctimony Saturation Event.

    (to get back on track) The Anti-Trumps are the elitist, establishment “John Roberts” type republicans.

     

    Terrible confession here: I never watched West Wing, or Battle Star Gallactica, or Newsroom, etc. Until very recently, I hardly watched TV at all. But don’t tell anyone, okay? It’ll be our little secret here.

    You’re mostly not missing anything. I only mentioned those shows because they where often listed as being the most politically aware series on TV for their eras. (its hard for tv, as the episodes are written and shot months before they air.)

    The West Wing was good, because it at least pretended to have a debate – as if there where 2 valid points of view on any issue. IF Aaron Sorkkin where to re-make it today, that would not be the case. Mostly because there is nobody left on the left willing have the discussion.

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    • August 15, 2020, at 7:57 PM PDT
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  12. Dave Carter Podcaster

    Mollie Hemingway (View Comment):

    Thank you for having me on, Dave! You are such fun to have a chat with.

    Thanks so much, Mollie! It was such a treat talking with you! Let’s do this again sometime! 

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    • August 15, 2020, at 8:37 PM PDT
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  13. Arahant Member

    Great show. Hey, @gldiii, you were mentioned.

     

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    • August 16, 2020, at 12:32 AM PDT
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  14. colleenb Member
    colleenbJoined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    I echo all the great shows Dave – especially having the lovely Ms. Hemingway on for an interview. I hardly watch any cable news because its just too chopped up into little segments with nothing in depth. Not only do I want Ms. Hemingway to have her own show but I want Mark and her to revive The Hemingways podcast. Probably she doesn’t have 48-hour days to get everything done. 

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    • August 17, 2020, at 11:13 AM PDT
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  15. Dave Carter Podcaster

    colleenb (View Comment):

    I echo all the great shows Dave – especially having the lovely Ms. Hemingway on for an interview. I hardly watch any cable news because its just too chopped up into little segments with nothing in depth. Not only do I want Ms. Hemingway to have her own show but I want Mark and her to revive The Hemingways podcast. Probably she doesn’t have 48-hour days to get everything done.

    I think you’re right about the hours in a day, but I share your wish. Thank you! 

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    • August 17, 2020, at 12:33 PM PDT
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  16. Randy Weivoda Moderator
    Randy WeivodaJoined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    Another fine episode, Dave.

    • #16
    • August 18, 2020, at 11:26 PM PDT
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  17. LibertyDefender Member

    So @duaneoyen cannot bring himself to vote for Donald Trump because “Trump is a nine year old.” But he also notes that here at Ricochet

    “we still have the common factor: we believe in the U.S. as the good guy in the world, we believe in free markets, and we believe in liberty … over phony equality.”

    So Trump is a nine year old who

    • unquestionably believes in the U.S. as the good guy in the world, and
    • whose unique-in-American history efforts to remove market-restricting regulations is the best thing to happen to domestic free markets since long before the New Deal, and
    • is the world’s most effective and energetic protector of
      • free speech,
      • free exercise of religion, and
      • the right to keep and bear arms.

    I think “nine year old” more accurately describes any professed conservative who, for reasons relating solely to personality, cannot bring himself to vote for the candidate who promotes and enacts such “common factor” policies.

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    • August 20, 2020, at 8:32 AM PDT
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  18. Randy Weivoda Moderator
    Randy WeivodaJoined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    LibertyDefender (View Comment):
    I think “nine year old” more accurately describes any professed conservative who, for reasons relating solely to personality, cannot bring himself to vote for the candidate who promotes and enacts such “common factor” policies.

    To be clear, Duane said he would vote for Trump if he lived in a state that had any chance of going Republican. Since he lives in a state that will be a slam dunk for the Democrats, Duane’s presidential vote cannot make a difference in the outcome.

    • #18
    • August 20, 2020, at 9:47 AM PDT
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  19. colleenb Member
    colleenbJoined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    Randy Weivoda (View Comment):

    LibertyDefender (View Comment):
    I think “nine year old” more accurately describes any professed conservative who, for reasons relating solely to personality, cannot bring himself to vote for the candidate who promotes and enacts such “common factor” policies.

    To be clear, Duane said he would vote for Trump if he lived in a state that had any chance of going Republican. Since he lives in a state that will be a slam dunk for the Democrats, Duane’s presidential vote cannot make a difference in the outcome.

    Only trouble with that is all we’ve heard about is the President didn’t win the popular vote, etc, etc. How many people didn’t vote for Trump in California or New York or Oregon because ‘my vote cannot make a difference’ and here we are with a lot of people who think only idiots in Appalachia voted for Trump.

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    • August 20, 2020, at 12:34 PM PDT
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  20. Randy Weivoda Moderator
    Randy WeivodaJoined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    colleenb (View Comment):

    Randy Weivoda (View Comment):

    LibertyDefender (View Comment):
    I think “nine year old” more accurately describes any professed conservative who, for reasons relating solely to personality, cannot bring himself to vote for the candidate who promotes and enacts such “common factor” policies.

    To be clear, Duane said he would vote for Trump if he lived in a state that had any chance of going Republican. Since he lives in a state that will be a slam dunk for the Democrats, Duane’s presidential vote cannot make a difference in the outcome.

    Only trouble with that is all we’ve heard about is the President didn’t win the popular vote, etc, etc. How many people didn’t vote for Trump in California or New York or Oregon because ‘my vote cannot make a difference’ and here we are with a lot of people who think only idiots in Appalachia voted for Trump.

    In reality, what difference would it make if Donald Trump had also won the popular vote in 2016? Do you really think that the left would be even 1% less critical if Trump had also won the popular vote? 

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    • August 20, 2020, at 1:00 PM PDT
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  21. Arahant Member

    Randy Weivoda (View Comment):
    In reality, what difference would it make if Donald Trump had also won the popular vote in 2016? Do you really think that the left would be even 1% less critical if Trump had also won the popular vote? 

    Nope.

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    • August 20, 2020, at 1:04 PM PDT
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  22. Arahant Member

    Randy Weivoda (View Comment):
    In reality, what difference would it make if Donald Trump had also won the popular vote in 2016? Do you really think that the left would be even 1% less critical if Trump had also won the popular vote? 

    To extend my previous remarks, they would have claimed the only reason Trump won was Russian collusion, even though they were the only ones colluding.

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    • August 20, 2020, at 1:06 PM PDT
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  23. LibertyDefender Member

    Randy Weivoda (View Comment):

    LibertyDefender (View Comment):
    I think “nine year old” more accurately describes any professed conservative who, for reasons relating solely to personality, cannot bring himself to vote for the candidate who promotes and enacts such “common factor” policies.

    To be clear, Duane said he would vote for Trump if he lived in a state that had any chance of going Republican. Since he lives in a state that will be a slam dunk for the Democrats, Duane’s presidential vote cannot make a difference in the outcome.

    My point stands: I think “nine year old” more accurately describes any professed conservative who, for reasons relating solely to personality, cannot bring himself to vote for the candidate who promotes and enacts such “common factor” policies.

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    • August 20, 2020, at 8:08 PM PDT
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  24. colleenb Member
    colleenbJoined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    Arahant (View Comment):

    Randy Weivoda (View Comment):
    In reality, what difference would it make if Donald Trump had also won the popular vote in 2016? Do you really think that the left would be even 1% less critical if Trump had also won the popular vote?

    To extend my previous remarks, they would have claimed the only reason Trump won was Russian collusion, even though they were the only ones colluding.

    In a way it would not have made any difference because the Left is going to Left but it might have made their argument a little less strong and little more sour grapes. 

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    • August 21, 2020, at 9:20 AM PDT
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  25. Duane Oyen Member
    Duane OyenJoined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    LibertyDefender (View Comment):

    Randy Weivoda (View Comment):

    LibertyDefender (View Comment):
    I think “nine year old” more accurately describes any professed conservative who, for reasons relating solely to personality, cannot bring himself to vote for the candidate who promotes and enacts such “common factor” policies.

    To be clear, Duane said he would vote for Trump if he lived in a state that had any chance of going Republican. Since he lives in a state that will be a slam dunk for the Democrats, Duane’s presidential vote cannot make a difference in the outcome.

    My point stands: I think “nine year old” more accurately describes any professed conservative who, for reasons relating solely to personality, cannot bring himself to vote for the candidate who promotes and enacts such “common factor” policies.

    I repeat- we should vote for Pompeo, Barr, Devos, Wheeler, O’Brien, et al in every case where doing so can make a difference. We should not reinforce the adolescent instincts of self-destructive narcissists where it would make no difference. If you think that such a position makes me as juvenile and adolescent as Trump, you have a problem with judgement.

    If Trump had any kind of governor on his mouth and tweet finger he would be ahead now. Virtually every news cycle issue that has him on the defensive (right through the latest one on the post office) has been exploitable because Trump shot off his mouth without doing his homework or minimally thinking the matter through. If you want to reinforce that, it is your right, but I would not call that a wise choice.

    Has Trump been treated unfairly? You betcha- from one illegal made-up meme to another, capped off by the Russia collusion hoax. And my experience inside the DoD bureaucracy made it clear that the Ukraine impeachment debacle was also utter nonsense, although I did not read a single commentator, including conservatives, who did the homework required to understand that matter. The guy who got it the most correct was Luke Thompson, which was a bit of a surprise. Byron York was right, he just stopped short of getting it all. And, of course, the post office thing, just like the “children in cages at the border” bit were both every word lies, including “and” and “but”, to quote Mary McCarthy.

    However, the key to being a conservative in high office is keeping your eye on the ball and moving it forward, not brooding and pouting. Trump specializes in the latter, to the extent that sometimes he acts 6 rather than 9. Liberty Defender seems to endorse that, I guess.

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    • August 21, 2020, at 8:10 PM PDT
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