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There are 31 comments.

  1. Joe D. Lincoln

    It seems like 3 Martini Lunch and the Daily Signal provide daily reporting right here on Ricochet via podcast. NRO has a lot of daily articles. One could argue the Corner provides daily updates. There’s all kinds of Talk Radio that provides Daily commentary. I guess the new venture will do more reporting in greater detail and be more center right rather than really right. It seems odd that this is what you think is needed, but good luck. I hope you can build something great.

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    • February 28, 2019, at 1:33 PM PST
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  2. Petty Boozswha Member

    I just wish you two would let Podhoretz get a word in edgewise.

    • #2
    • February 28, 2019, at 5:56 PM PST
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  3. The Cloaked Gaijin Member

    Joe D. (View Comment):

    It seems like 3 Martini Lunch and the Daily Signal provide daily reporting right here on Ricochet via podcast. NRO has a lot of daily articles. One could argue the Corner provides daily updates. There’s all kinds of Talk Radio that provides Daily commentary. I guess the new venture will do more reporting in greater detail and be more center right rather than really right. It seems odd that this is what you think is needed, but good luck. I hope you can build something great.

    It might be nice if a conservative publication were to focus to the world outside of Washington, DC, and Manhattan where less than 0.75% of the US population live and where less than 0.125% of Republican voters live.

    There’s an entire world or an entire universe to report about, but everyone reports the same exact same nonsense.

    Jonah should place the headquarters in north-central Alaska where his wife’s family live. There are more than twice as many Republican voters in Alaska than in Washington, DC, and Manhattan combined anyway.

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    • February 28, 2019, at 7:25 PM PST
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  4. J Ro Member

    Lou “Extra Virgin” Margherita

    • #4
    • February 28, 2019, at 7:32 PM PST
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  5. Blue Yeti Admin

    Petty Boozswha (View Comment):

    I just wish you two would let Podhoretz get a word in edgewise.

    Working on it. 

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    • February 28, 2019, at 8:23 PM PST
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  6. The Cloaked Gaijin Member

    Colorado Springs didn’t have a black policeman until the 1970s?

    The small town where I grew up is located one county away from a county that voted for George Wallace. They hired their first black policeman in 1929. I learned that this month when I was looking at their Black History Month exhibit. The man saw combat during World War I in France and was member of the local Catholic Church which I don’t think ever had many black members.

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    • February 28, 2019, at 9:04 PM PST
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  7. filmklassik Member

    I wish Jonah nothing but smooth sailing and good fortune with his new venture! He is a witty, decent, insightful mensch and a fantastic writer to boot.

    And I hope his new enterprise concerns itself (at least partly) with GLOP/Klavan-type stuff — i.e., the culture.

    Because the battle for hearts and minds begins and ends with the culture — with academia and the media. But Conservatives are very (and I do mean very) quick to cede this real estate to Liberals.

    And that, I fear, is what’s gonna do us in. (It already is!)

    • #7
    • February 28, 2019, at 11:30 PM PST
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  8. Nostalgic Present Coolidge

    G, don’t quit. The show is awesome and you three need each other.

    • #8
    • February 28, 2019, at 11:43 PM PST
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  9. Daniel Sterman Listener

    I think John’s assessment of the campaign finance issue represents an outdated assessment of politicians’ ability to think long-term.

    Yeah, thirty-five years ago they had the presence of mind to realize that methods of attack on one party can then be used on the other. But since then we’ve had nothing but displays of exactly this kind of short-sightedness! From the use of the nuclear option by Harry Reid to the use of executive action by Obama to the use of the emergency declaration under Trump, and the lockstep support each of these stupid decisions received among the rank-and-file in their party, everybody is focused only on whether this action will get what they want Right Now and not how it might set a precedent that will be used against them in the future.

    So I can most definitely see Democrats deciding to impeach Trump on campaign finance law. Frankly, with our modern myopic partisanship, I can’t imagine how they’ll be able to control themselves and not do it.

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    • March 1, 2019, at 1:01 AM PST
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  10. Patrick McClure Member

    Sigh. I am exhausted with criticism of every issue turning back to criticism of President Trump. And now criticism of Republicans who defend the President. I disliked Trump’s character when I voted for him. I dislike it now. But the drumbeat of “stupid Republicans who support the President” commentary has put me strongly in his camp, and strongly against the so-called intellectual Right. Good Luck Jonah. I hope every Republican who is actively working to sabotage this administration subscribes to your new venture. There certainly seem to be a lot of them among the chattering classes.

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    • March 1, 2019, at 6:46 AM PST
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  11. Daniel Sterman Listener

    I don’t know if you’re referring to my comment (in which I include criticism of Trump as only one of four examples of mistakes, and all three of the others were Democrats) or to comments made in the podcast. But people criticized George W. Bush when he made mistakes, and George H. W. Bush when he made mistakes, and even Ronald Reagan when he made mistakes. And when other Republicans supported those mistakes, people criticized them too.

    Because they were mistakes, and criticizing is what you do to mistakes.

    Why is it only criticism of Trump that is considered “actively working to sabotage this administration”?

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    • March 1, 2019, at 7:17 AM PST
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  12. Patrick McClure Member

    Actually, I was referring to the podcast. Not referring to anything in the comments.

    • #12
    • March 1, 2019, at 7:43 AM PST
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  13. Miffed White Male Member

    So, the podcast is now GLOP Politics instead of GLOP Culture?

     

    • #13
    • March 1, 2019, at 7:57 AM PST
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  14. Jdetente Member

    Bulwark Lite…seeking investors. Has a lovely ring to it. Who wants to sign up for a newsletter? It’s 1997 all over again!

    • #14
    • March 1, 2019, at 10:08 AM PST
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  15. Mendel Member

    Count me as a Jonah fan who’s somewhat puzzled by this announcement.

    As others have mentioned, the space in which Jonah and Steve Hayes seem to want to operate in is already highly saturated…the DC Examiner, Washington Free Beacon, National Review, Federalist, oh my! And the list goes on.

    The most I can imagine is that this will end up being some sort of re-hashed Weekly Standard. I wasn’t a big fan of the Standard, but it apparently had a stable reader base and some loyal followers. A re-make without the legacy of Bill Kristol might even be able to re-vitalize the niche.

    I just hope this outlet doesn’t define itself too strongly by its stance on Trump. Not so much because I disagree with their view of Trump (I mostly agree), or because it would scare away a potential audience, but because most Jonah (and many other Trump skeptics) tend to produce their worst material when they focus on their opposition to Trump.

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    • March 1, 2019, at 10:57 AM PST
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  16. Mendel Member

    Miffed White Male (View Comment):

    So, the podcast is now GLOP Politics instead of GLOP Culture?

     

    The podcast has been about 50/50 politics/culture since its first episode. Some episodes skew more towards politics, some more towards culture. I don’t see how that trend is changing.

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    • March 1, 2019, at 10:59 AM PST
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  17. EDISONPARKS Member

    Mendel (View Comment):

    Count me as a Jonah fan who’s somewhat puzzled by this announcement.

    As others have mentioned, the space in which Jonah and Steve Hayes seem to want to operate in is already highly saturated…the DC Examiner, Washington Free Beacon, National Review, Federalist, oh my! And the list goes on.

    The most I can imagine is that this will end up being some sort of re-hashed Weekly Standard. I wasn’t a big fan of the Standard, but it apparently had a stable reader base and some loyal followers. A re-make without the legacy of Bill Kristol might even be able to re-vitalize the niche.

    I just hope this outlet doesn’t define itself too strongly by its stance on Trump. Not so much because I disagree with their view of Trump (I mostly agree), or because it would scare away a potential audience, but because most Jonah (and many other Trump skeptics) tend to produce their worst material when they focus on their opposition to Trump.

    I have no idea what “space” Jonah is imagining out there.

    I surmise it’s a semi-polite way to say: Sorry other guys in this business, I’m about to intrude into your market space and steal(hopefully share?) some of your customers …. which he has every right to do.

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    • March 1, 2019, at 11:12 AM PST
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  18. Dr.Guido Member

    Jonah—1979 Colorado Springs ? I was the 1st Race Relations Officer and one of the very few white ones at HQ Air Defense Command in Colorado Springs in the early 1970s. We interacted with the Army at Ft. Carson and the local police extensively….KKK in the Springs?

    There was not a whiff of it in the early 1970s and as far as being a racist community, it was much harder to be a minority on Cape Cod than it was in the Springs…take that to the bank.

    Also, for 3 really bright, well educated guys I am amazed at how often you use and abuse the filler ‘like”.  I thought AOC was overdoing it but, fine bosom aside, that’s just another of her awful characteristics. Please don’t emulate her. (If you have not noticed, she does have, as my 34 year old daughter said, “a great rack for a skinny Chicana”.)

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    • March 1, 2019, at 5:00 PM PST
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  19. Joseph Stocks Member

    Why is it only criticism of Trump that is considered “actively working to sabotage this administration”?

    Daniel, you are not seriously arguing that George Will, Bill Kristol, and Charlie Sykes are not actively advocating Trump’s electoral defeat or removal from office? 

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    • March 2, 2019, at 6:00 AM PST
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  20. Leslie Watkins Member

    As usual, @ejhill does yeoman’s work. My only thought is, given the big news reported on here, should it not be Jonah wearing the gown?

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    • March 2, 2019, at 10:17 AM PST
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  21. ChrisShearer Coolidge

    Patrick McClure (View Comment):

    Sigh. I am exhausted with criticism of every issue turning back to criticism of President Trump. And now criticism of Republicans who defend the President. I disliked Trump’s character when I voted for him. I dislike it now. But the drumbeat of “stupid Republicans who support the President” commentary has put me strongly in his camp, and strongly against the so-called intellectual Right. Good Luck Jonah. I hope every Republican who is actively working to sabotage this administration subscribes to your new venture. There certainly seem to be a lot of them among the chattering classes.

    You haven’t been listening closely to Jonah. Note his comments about Bill Kristol, a friend. 

     

    Its really not a “fer us or agin’ us world”

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    • March 2, 2019, at 10:41 AM PST
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  22. ChrisShearer Coolidge

    I was really trying hard to believe that Pod and Rob Long were only jokingly angry.

     

    As for Jonah’s new venture, as Steve Miller (not the Trump one) said

    “I’ll wait and see.”

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    • March 2, 2019, at 10:43 AM PST
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  23. ChrisShearer Coolidge

    Just saw the graphic (sorry I generally get downloads on my phone and listen and rarely see the graphic) but what are you suggesting about Podhoretz?

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    • March 2, 2019, at 10:48 AM PST
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  24. Daniel Sterman Listener

    Joseph Stocks (View Comment):

    Why is it only criticism of Trump that is considered “actively working to sabotage this administration”?

    Daniel, you are not seriously arguing that George Will, Bill Kristol, and Charlie Sykes are not actively advocating Trump’s electoral defeat or removal from office?

    Of course I’m not arguing that. But I am arguing that the level of the opposition is commensurate with the level of the mistake. Nobody would be advocating for Trump’s removal from office if he weren’t so egregiously self-destructive, not just to his own goals but to the cause of conservatism as a whole. To go into more detail would require knowing which specific comments in the podcast Mr. McClure was responding to.

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    • March 2, 2019, at 12:07 PM PST
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  25. Gary Robbins Reagan

    How can I contribute to the Jonah Goldberg/Steven Hayes venture?

    • #25
    • March 2, 2019, at 1:22 PM PST
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  26. filmklassik Member

    Gary Robbins (View Comment):

    How can I contribute to the Jonah Goldberg/Steven Hayes venture?

    Do something newsworthy!

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    • March 2, 2019, at 1:31 PM PST
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  27. EDISONPARKS Member

    Gary Robbins (View Comment):

    How can I contribute to the Jonah Goldberg/Steven Hayes venture?

    Send $100,000 to EDISONPARKS

    E-mail me here at Ricochet and I’ll give you my bank routing information.

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    • March 2, 2019, at 1:38 PM PST
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  28. Gary Robbins Reagan

    EDISONPARKS (View Comment):

    Gary Robbins (View Comment):

    How can I contribute to the Jonah Goldberg/Steven Hayes venture?

    Send $100,000 to EDISONPARKS

    E-mail me here at Ricochet and I’ll give you my bank routing information.

    Really? Thanks!

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    • March 2, 2019, at 2:43 PM PST
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  29. DJ EJ Member

    I’ve been watching I Am The Night as well…good intersecting plot lines with great underlying feelings of dread, darkness, and general creepiness. It has a similar “L.A. is corrupt and slowly decaying” vibe to the movie L.A. Confidential.

    Now that True Detective Season 3 has concluded, it would have been nice to hear some discussion about what Jonah and whoever else watched it thought. This season was definitely different than the first two, with Alzheimer’s Disease playing an integral and poignant part in the story. Incidentally, I liked Season 2 a lot better after watching it again.

    The toughest part of doing a Jonah impersonation/taking his place on the podcast would be to duplicate his laugh – not easy to imitate.

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    • March 2, 2019, at 6:06 PM PST
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  30. JosePluma Thatcher

    I arrested thousands of men in my career as a police officer. Of course, I didn’t work in a calm, quiet, law-abiding place like New York City.

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    • March 3, 2019, at 9:33 PM PST
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