Welcome to the Harvard Lunch Club Political Podcast for January 23, 2018, it’s the Whither the Street Walkers? edition of the show with your humble Johns radio guy Todd Feinburg and nanophysicist Mike Stopa. This week we ask why aren’t the street walkers embraced whole-heartedly by the March for Women and the #MeToo movement? After all, who has more right to wear a pussy hat than professional sex workers? They have appeared this year at the Women’s March in Las Vegas (where their profession is, of course, legal) with their insignia red umbrellas, but they seem to generate some, er, friction with the movement, so to speak. We will analyze.

And then, the #NeverTrumpers….again….An interesting article by David Frum in the Atlantic. According to Frum, conservatives need to be culturally modern, economically inclusive and environmentally responsible. According to Frum, Trump appealed to what was mean and cruel and shameful.

So, besides being deplorable we are now mean and cool and shameful? Okay, count me in.

We will have our shower thoughts, naturally. And our hidden gem this week (a propos of the Street Walker theme) is Joe Cocker’s rendition of Bye Bye Blackbird. 

Enjoy!

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There are 8 comments.

  1. Coolidge

    I think you’re right that many “conservative” elites hate Trump not just because of his vulgarity, but also issues, such as immigration and global warming. But among rank and file left leaning voters, what generates the hate is the vulgarity, and only to a much lesser extent, issues. His statements repel soccer moms and drives them to the polls, even in off year elections.

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    • January 24, 2018 at 5:56 am
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  2. Coolidge

    Love this Cocker song, but now that you’ve explained the meaning, it makes its usage in Sleepless in Seattle a deeper level of creepy. Loved the movie as a young man, but really it’s about a widower, his son and someone else’s unhappy fiancé who stalk each other

    Bye Bye Blackbird is the song the dead mom used to sing as a lullaby to the son.

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    • January 24, 2018 at 7:28 am
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  3. Thatcher

    I’m curious, what’s the source of the statistic that National Review has lost 60% of its readership?

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    • January 25, 2018 at 4:00 pm
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  4. Podcaster

    MSJL (View Comment):
    I’m curious, what’s the source of the statistic that National Review has lost 60% of its readership?

    I was told that by Victor Davis Hanson.

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    • January 25, 2018 at 6:52 pm
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  5. Thatcher

    Michael Stopa (View Comment):

    MSJL (View Comment):
    I’m curious, what’s the source of the statistic that National Review has lost 60% of its readership?

    I was told that by Victor Davis Hanson.

    Mike also mentioned the low attendance on the cruises. I did not attend the cruise just after the 2016 election, so I don’t have any personal feel on how that went or how attended it was, but the latest cruise was a special transatlantic cruise from Southampton to New York, and required one to travel to Europe to catch. That might explain the sparse attendance.

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    • January 27, 2018 at 7:59 pm
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  6. Reagan

    “Yes, I do accept gay people, . . . I probably don’t have much more problem with gay people than most people. I think they have a disorder, but I think they should be allowed to live their lives as best they can.”

    Gee, thanks. I’ll reserve judgment on your disorder, but I think you should be allowed to live your life as best you can to.

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    • January 28, 2018 at 4:06 am
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  7. Thatcher

    Cato Rand (View Comment):
    “Yes, I do accept gay people, . . . I probably don’t have much more problem with gay people than most people. I think they have a disorder, but I think they should be allowed to live their lives as best they can.”

    Gee, thanks. I’ll reserve judgment on your disorder, but I think you should be allowed to live your life as best you can to.

    I understand your resentment, but at least he’s honest. The biggest point is that he doesn’t advocate laws against homosexuality, or that homosexuals be treated badly by the public. And since more people than you’d like hold that opinion (and to be honest, I’m a fence sitter on the issue) it should be something that’s out in the open, just as homosexuality now is.

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    • January 28, 2018 at 1:44 pm
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  8. Reagan

    Al Sparks (View Comment):

    Cato Rand (View Comment):
    “Yes, I do accept gay people, . . . I probably don’t have much more problem with gay people than most people. I think they have a disorder, but I think they should be allowed to live their lives as best they can.”

    Gee, thanks. I’ll reserve judgment on your disorder, but I think you should be allowed to live your life as best you can to.

    I understand your resentment, but at least he’s honest. The biggest point is that he doesn’t advocate laws against homosexuality, or that homosexuals be treated badly by the public. And since more people than you’d like hold that opinion (and to be honest, I’m a fence sitter on the issue) it should be something that’s out in the open, just as homosexuality now is.

    I have no argument with that. I just find it jarring (and a few other things) when somebody says it out loud. It’s like hearing the “N word” at a dinner party. It doesn’t “pick my pocket or break my leg,” as Jefferson would have said, but it’s surprising and unwelcome nonetheless.

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    • January 28, 2018 at 5:25 pm
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