Conservatives are united in praise of Neil Gorsuch, but what do those terms – originalism, textualism, and so forth – really mean? Ed Whelan, former Scalia clerk and president of the Ethics and Public Policy Center, joins to explain all.

Jay and Mona then chew over President Trump’s week. Flynn, Conway, nuclear holocaust, anti-Semitism, Electoral College tallies, truth, lies, and the rock ’em sock ’em press conference. Other topics include Down syndrome, and the courage and love of parents.

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  1. EugeneKriegsmann Member
    EugeneKriegsmann
    @EugeneKriegsmann

    During my long teaching career I had the opportunity to work with a few Down Syndrome young adults. They were just as you described, Mona. I was at a particularly cynical period in my life having gone through some fairly devastating life crises. These young people were so kind and so gentle, so loving that I was forced out of my funk and looked forward each day to the time I spent with them. Though limited, there were willing and hard workers who could be taught to do jobs at a University hospital where I supervised them. It was a lesson in deep humility for me, and one for which I will be ever grateful.

    On another note, I had forgotten how stirring the William Tell Overture could be. I have a recording of the 1812 Overture played, I believe, by the same orchestra. Their style, enthusiasm in playing is unmistakable. There is a brightness that is very uplifting and, indeed, exciting. A great closing.

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  2. Mona Charen Contributor
    Mona Charen
    @MonaCharen

    Dear Mr. Kriegsman,

    You are the kind of listener for whom we hope when we do the podcast.

    Thank you so much.

    Mona

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  3. EugeneKriegsmann Member
    EugeneKriegsmann
    @EugeneKriegsmann

    Please continue to do the podcast. Despite some of the negative comments you receive, there are quite a few of us who look forward to your perspective every week. Thank you for your time and effort.

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  4. Dan T Inactive
    Dan T
    @DanT

    You all commented on Pres. Trump’s abrupt and rude words with the Jewish reporter at Thursday’s press conference.  It was jarring and seemed unpresidential to me also, but apparently not so much to the reporter:
    https://www.aol.com/article/news/2017/02/17/reporter-who-trump-told-to-sit-down-makes-a-surprising-admissi/21716302/
    Seems that Trump has been called anti-Semitic so often that his normally thin skin is even thinner on that topic.

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  5. DrR Thatcher
    DrR
    @DrR

    Thank you for your podcast

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  6. Scott Wilmot Member
    Scott Wilmot
    @ScottWilmot

    Same old same old.

    Let me guess – next week you guys will bash Trump.

    C’mon. I pay money here to hear what your advice is to overcome the problems and issues you confront, not to hear you bash Trump. I can’t remember a suggestion you have made. Well, I take that back. Mona, you said something about “we need to” and then Jay jumped in with his “who is this ‘we’ kemosabe nonsense”. Oh well. I’ll continue to hold out hope. You two used to be interesting.

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  7. The Cloaked Gaijin Member
    The Cloaked Gaijin
    @TheCloakedGaijin

    Scott Wilmot (View Comment):
    Same old same old.

    Let me guess – next week you guys will bash Trump.

    C’mon. I pay money here to hear what your advice is to overcome the problems and issues you confront, not to hear you bash Trump. I can’t remember a suggestion you have made. Well, I take that back. Mona, you said something about “we need to” and then Jay jumped in with his “who is this ‘we’ kemosabe nonsense”. Oh well. I’ll continue to hold out hope. You two used to be interesting.

    Be nice.  Not every podcast episode can be a winner.  If one had unlimited time, one should probably try to listen to every Ricochet podcast up until the point where that episode becoming frustrating or uninteresting.

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  8. Quinnie Member
    Quinnie
    @Quinnie

    I left this podcast for awhile and decided to retry it.   How disappointing to hear the same disparagement, over and over, of Trump.   He is certainly a flawed man, but who else was going to be able to stop the criminal Clintons.  I am so thrilled she is not in the White House and we have someone who is, at minimum,  semi-conservative.  I’ll take my blessings and move on to other podcasts.

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