ntk-logoMona and Jay talk about the issue of the hour, the issue before which all else pales: Iran’s imminent acquisition of the Bomb. They talk about other issues as well: such as the Arizona-ization of Indiana. How quickly Indiana has been made a pariah state. Another issue is Senator Menendez: who has been indicted while Lois Lerner has not. This smells like politics, and not of the upright kind.

The hosts engage in some wild speculation about Harry Reid, who has just announced his retirement from the Senate. Does his face look like the face of a man who has lost a bout with a piece of exercise equipment? In any case, the podcast goes out with some playing by a young Chinese piano sensation who comes up in the conversation – no, not Lang Lang, but Yuja Wang. (We have her playing the arrangement of Mozart’s Rondo alla turca by her brilliant Russian colleague Arcadi Volodos.)

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  1. Petty Boozswha Inactive
    Petty Boozswha
    @PettyBoozswha

    Wouldn’t Harry Reid be the first trial lawyer to suffer this kind of injury without filing a product liability suit?

    According to Mark Steyn Reid was the model for the oleaginous Dick Smothers character in the Robert De Nero/Sharon Stone film, Casino. Reid and Las Vegas Mayor Oscar Goodman were probably the only politicians that have ever flaunted their associations with the mob as proof that they would be good officials because “the mob only hires the best.”

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  2. user_75648 Thatcher
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    @JohnHendrix

    Jay, I think the way you framed the question,”volition: how much is volition and how much is accident?”, was so delicate that I don’t think that it fully captured what I think you were really getting at.

    Consider asking “Whether the U.S. is about to become a victim of malice or stupidity?

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  3. SteveSc Member
    SteveSc
    @SteveSc

    Would it be bad of me to send Harry Reid a couple exercise bands for a going away gift for leaving the Senate?

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  4. user_943890 Inactive
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    @QarloClobregnny

    I see that Hilton Kramer has written several books. Care to recommend one for your listeners?

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  5. Ricochet Member
    Ricochet
    @SaintAugustine

    Now wait a minute.  The appeal to authority is not always fallacious.  It’s a legitimate argument form.  What’s illegitimate is the appeal to unqualified authority.

    Maybe I should do a post on why the appeal to authority, like the slippery slope, is not always a fallacy.

    This is the first time I’ve commented.  You guys are awesome, and I appreciate what you do.  Assume that all the other times I’ve seen no need to object at all, or wasn’t a member yet.

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  6. user_477123 Inactive
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    @Wolverine

    Could not agree more with Mona regarding Great Courses. I have been listening to them for 20 years and have yet to listen to a bad speaker or lecturer. Now I am listening to Allan Guelzo and Patrick Allitt lecturing on American history. They are both outstanding examples.
    In terms of the “hidden” conservative vote, Sean Trende did mention that a lot of working class whites stayed home in 2012, especially in Midwest. Maybe these are the voters people are referring to as potential Republican voters. May be worth having Trende on again. He is excellent.
    Finally, I read the outline of the Iranian agreement. I know I am a dumb country nephrologist but if Iran can reconstitute its ability to produce a nuclear bomb in 12 months as opposed to three, how is that a good agreement?

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  7. Ricochet Inactive
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    @RobertMcReynolds

    Mona, regarding the differences between the 2008 and the 2012 electorates I think you need to read these two pieces by Sean Trende:

    http://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2012/11/08/the_case_of_the_missing_white_voters_116106.html

    http://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2013/06/21/the_case_of_the_missing_white_voters_revisited_118893.html

    You will see that while it may be true that “Conservative” voters were not the mitigating factor for Romney losing due to staying home, it is true that the one demographic–white voters–that in 2012 voted heavily for Romney was the largest difference between 08 and 12.  Now you and Geo. Will may not think that Cruz can reach those voters and motivate them to get to the polls in 2016, but it is not the case that the voting demographics that stayed home in 2012 are also not the demographics that traditionally vote Republican or Conservative.  I truly wish people would do more homework before they get before a large audience and make such baseless blanket statements.

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  8. Ricochet Inactive
    Ricochet
    @RobertMcReynolds

    And to further contradict this idea that racial demographics work against the GOP, Mr. Trende has this little ditty for you:

    http://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2014/11/19/midterm_demographics_didnt_sink_the_democrats_124701.html

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  9. user_477123 Inactive
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    @Wolverine

    I have read that Obama knew these white working class voters, if they turned out, would vote against him, which is why they relentlessly went after Romney as an out of touch plutocrat. Unfortunately the strategy worked. You do have to wonder if Pawlenty in retrospect would have been a stronger candidate. Still can’t understand why he dropped out so early.

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  10. Ricochet Inactive
    Ricochet
    @RobertMcReynolds

    Peter Fumo:I have read that Obama knew these white working class voters, if they turned out, would vote against him, which is why they relentlessly went after Romney as an out of touch plutocrat. Unfortunately the strategy worked. You do have to wonder if Pawlenty in retrospect would have been a stronger candidate. Still can’t understand why he dropped out so early.

    Here it is, in the Democrat Party paper of choice, written by Thomas B. Edsall:

    http://campaignstops.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/11/27/the-future-of-the-obama-coalition/?_r=0

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  11. user_477123 Inactive
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    @Wolverine

    Nice article Robert. Thanks for the link.Do have to wonder though why Republicans weren’t better prepared to go after working class voters.

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  12. Stu In Tokyo Inactive
    Stu In Tokyo
    @StuInTokyo

    I just wanted to tell you both, Mona and Jay, how much I enjoy your podcast.
    I look forward to them very week. I often listen to them while working in my woodworking workshop in downtown Tokyo Japan. You really do have a worldwide reach.
    Thank you so very much!!
    Domo

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  13. Stu In Tokyo Inactive
    Stu In Tokyo
    @StuInTokyo

    Kudos go out to the Blue Yeti as well for this podcast and the other ones too, Domo.

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