Welcome to the Harvard Lunch Club Political Podcast for December 27, 2017 it’s the Exquisite Flake edition of the show, episode 155 (O.M.G.). We are your humble hosts…at times unabashedly pro-Trump, at times, acerbic, at times silly, we are Todd Feinburg, radio guy and Mike Stopa nanophysicist. And we are with you every week to keep you up to date and properly enraged at the political landscape.

This week, enraged is the key to the show. We have two topics, both enraging. First, Jeff Flake and second regulatory dark matter.

One. Jeff flake recently commented that the people at Trump rallies are the “spasms of a dying party” and that Trump is ruling through “anger and resentment.” This is the guy who drove around trying to bamboozle federal agents who came to his family;s ranch (or flew over it) trying to catch the illegal aliens that Flake’s family was “hiring and harboring” (that’s a felony if you want to look it up). Flake then goes on to say that he is thinking of treading in the giant footsteps of Evan McMullin in 2020 carrying the conscientious conservative banner.

Flake is the kind of conservative who is – shallow as a dishpan – convinced that whatever is good for the Flake family is good for America. His sense of entitlement would embarrass Prince Harry. He waxes eloquent in the NY Times recently about how he, *he*, the very scion of the Flake dynasty, sat in humility at the feel of their illegal alien ranch hand and learned the value of hard work from the heathen. It reads like Jesus washing the feet of his lowly disciples.

Then, we have a terrific discussion with Wayne Crews, the director of technology at the Competitive Enterprise Institute and the coiner of the phrase “regulatory dark matter.” Wayne (who can do a handstand on a skateboard…while it’s moving) has some very positive things to say about how the Trump Administration has taken on the regulatory straightjacket that Obama left us in. great guy, this fellow Crews. We recommend you tune in.

We will have, per usual, our shower thoughts and our hidden gem for the week is from the band Dollar (from UK and Canada, not Sweden) called I Need Your Love.

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There are 4 comments.

  1. Coolidge

    Flake for some reason reminds me of a Republican John Kerry. Something about his patrician mannerisms. In terms of Christmas Carols, Paul McCarthy’s Simply Having a Wonderful Christmas Time is god-awful and one of the worst songs I ever heard. I must admit to really despising him after he classlessly put down GWB when receiving an award from Obama. I think he said that it was nice to finally have a President who liked to read.

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    • December 29, 2017 at 3:03 am
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    Wolverine (View Comment):
    In terms of Christmas Carols, Paul McCarthy’s Simply Having a Wonderful Christmas Time is god-awful and one of the worst songs I ever heard.

    It’s interesting that two of the arguably best songwriters, Lennon and McCartney, wrote two of the worst Christmas songs, “Wonderful Christmastime” and “Happy Christmas (War is Over)”.

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    • December 29, 2017 at 7:43 am
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  3. Coolidge

    Excellent take on the Flake!

    Also, good idea to summarize the discussion in text. May other Ricochet podcasters learn from your example.

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    • December 29, 2017 at 7:55 pm
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    No offense to both of you gentlemen, as I enjoy listening to your podcasts but you guys are sort of sad figures. There are little comments you make, some of those when you were discussing your ideas about creation and atheism, and some of your comments here regarding Christmas that just make me feel sorry for you. LOL Again, I am not trying to make a grand psychological statement but I sure hope that the new year brings some sincere joy into your lives. ;-)

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    • December 30, 2017 at 1:47 pm
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