Go For The Gold

Summer school may be wrapping up, but the elbows are still sharp in the faculty lounge. In this episode, Professors Richard Epstein and John Yoo debate whether the prospect of losing the Supreme Court is reason enough to vote for Donald Trump; analyze whether the Republican nominee’s proposal for “extreme vetting” for immigrants has any chance of surviving; weight the merits of Texas allowing concealed carry on college campuses; and ask whether it’s too hard to hold abusive government officials accountable. Also, because 2016 America is a hellscape, there’s some obligatory Ryan Lochte chatter. Epstein and Yoo, having perfected the bleached hair and Speedo look long ago, aren’t fans.

Nice hair, EJHill.

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  1. EJHill Podcaster
    EJHill Joined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    Michael Phelps is the Richard Epstein of the swimming pool.

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    • August 20, 2016, at 12:37 PM PDT
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  2. Hammer, The Member

    Troy’s neck is so long!

    Awesome timing, guys. Now I’ll have at least 3 podcasts for my drive next Friday!

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    • August 20, 2016, at 12:48 PM PDT
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  3. EJHill Podcaster
    EJHill Joined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    RyanM: Troy’s neck is so long!

    He’s been known to stick it out a time or two.

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    • August 20, 2016, at 1:07 PM PDT
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  4. Jager Coolidge
    Jager Joined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    John stated that conservatives should pay less attention to the Court and do the hard work of winning elections. At present Republicans hold like 30 Governor’s houses, a majority of the State Legislatures, and control of the House and Senate. Doing the hard work of winning elections has not lead to better results from the Court, and any conservative law will make its way to the Court. So doing the hard work to implement policies just have the court strike them down seems like a lot of bluster for not much result.

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    • August 21, 2016, at 1:21 PM PDT
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  5. Basil G Inactive

    Jager:John stated that conservatives should pay less attention to the Court and do the hard work of winning elections. At present Republicans hold like 30 Governor’s houses, a majority of the State Legislatures, and control of the House and Senate. Doing the hard work of winning elections has not lead to better results from the Court, and any conservative law will make its way to the Court. So doing the hard work to implement policies just have the court strike them down seems like a lot of bluster for not much result.

    I learned of Yoo’s position earlier and it depressed me. I had to steer clear of this podcast – Doctor’s orders. I was going to post for therapy purposes but saw yours. Perfect. Soon there will be crying in baseball…. Add Immigration and soccer will is the National Past time. Welcome to Yoomerica.

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    • August 21, 2016, at 3:55 PM PDT
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  6. angelasg Member
    angelasg Joined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    @troysenik, did you leave Nashville for Connecticut? I ask as a Nashvillian.

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    • August 26, 2016, at 4:10 PM PDT
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  7. Troy Senik Contributor

    angelasg:@troysenik, did you leave Nashville for Connecticut? I ask as a Nashvillian.

    Under duress.

    I have an apartment in Connecticut, from which I commute to New York City for my job at the Manhattan Institute. I still own my home out in the country in Nashville, however, and consider it my permanent residence.

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    • August 29, 2016, at 11:13 AM PDT
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  8. David Guaspari Member
    David Guaspari Joined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    I’m joining this party rather late, but hoping one of the gang of two will see this and respond.

    It may, as suggested, be impossible to write laws that leave the door open just the right width to allow punishing government officials who abuse their authority. So why not use impeachment instead? Andrew McCarthy has been writing about the Founders’ understanding that impeachment was an important political, not criminal, remedy for such abuse.

    This would require a sea-change in political culture. In my lifetime I’m aware of only one impeachment+removal — of a judge, I think it was.

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    • September 6, 2016, at 11:28 AM PDT
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