Everyone knows that the Republicans are the party of the rich, right? Matt Continetti, editor of the Washington Free Beacon, joins Jay and Mona to Continettidebunk this with gusto. He details Hillary Clinton’s cozy relationships with big donors, and provides the details about the lavish lifestyles of the rich and Democratic (the Podestas, to be exact). Nothing wrong with wealth of course, except when you’ve waxed prosperous entirely at the taxpayers’ expense.

Mona and Jay then offer a tour of useful idiots, starting with the late Gabriel Garcia Marquez, stopping by to wave at Edward Snowden, and finishing up with Jay Carney, who apparently thinks it’s cute to hang Soviet propaganda posters in his kitchen. Does he see himself as a propagandist perhaps?

Are there cracks in the Democratic Party’s coalition? Mona tries to argue that there are – however spidery at the moment. Jay indulges her. They close with reflections on populism, over-amplified music, and pop songs “borrowed” from the masters.

Music from this week’s episode:

Adagio from Rachmaninoff’s Symphony No. 2 in E minor

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  1. twvolck Member

    I’m with you on amplification. Keep it up, please.

    On Soviet posters, I have an anecdote. One of my friends since college was the son of Russian immigrants. His father’s family owned a factory in Russia before World War I. The father witnessed the Russian Revolution; he actually was present when Trotsky made the speech that contained, “We will slam the door to Petersburg so hard that all of Europe will shake.” He got out of the Soviet Union in the twenties, came to the U.S. around 1940 and owned a factory here.
    He had an impressive art collection, and among the drawings was a very good drawing of Leon Trotsky, made in Paris after Trotsky’s exile from the USSR. His son asked him, “It’s very good, why don’t you hang it on the wall. He replied, “It is good, and I own it, but I would never hang a portrait of Trotsky on my wall.”

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    • April 22, 2014, at 6:41 AM PDT
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  2. Eugene Kriegsmann Member

    Mona, the song you mentioned is from Harry Belafonte. You had the time period right. He did it at the Carnegie Hall Concert and probably his Calypso album as well.

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    • April 22, 2014, at 9:35 AM PDT
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  3. cossaboom Inactive

    Back in the 60’s, I saw Richard Burton play Hamlet on Broadway. I was overwhelmed with the way he could protect his voice, as if it were resounding from the ceiling of the theater. I figured that he was surely one of the great stage actors of all time. Later, I learned that he had been miked. This was disappointing but not irritating, and I believe that is has since become common in musicals and straight plays to use microphones. The over-amplification you are speaking of is agonizing. Given the choice, I will avoid restaurants offering music (they should concentrate on the food), with perhaps an exception for an oom-pah band in a German beer garden. Great pop singers like Sinatra, Crosby, or Torme could not have worked without microphones, but this was part of their art, and they knew how to adjust the ampflication to a particular setting. This is an international problem, by the way.

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    • April 22, 2014, at 1:55 PM PDT
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  4. cossaboom Inactive

    One other thought. (Is this permitted?) Didn’t I read that Hilary Clinton was paid $400,000 recently for two speaking engagements at Goldman Sachs? This would seem to render all the wailing and gnashing of teeth over the McCutcheon and other SCOTUS decisions as rather misplaced.

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    • April 22, 2014, at 2:09 PM PDT
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  5. Podkayne of Israel Member

    J&M’s best show in awhile.
    Overamplified klezmer is not a rare phenomenon. I’ve been at weddings where the family distributed earplugs in advance. Mona, I don’t think you should be such a snob about classical music in odd contexts; it’s very educational and it raises the level of popular culture.

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    • April 23, 2014, at 1:06 AM PDT
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  6. Podkayne of Israel Member

    I’m surprised Carney didn’t say that they hung the pictures as an ironic gesture. Younger immigrants from the FSU in Israel sometimes employ old Soviet propaganda in the manner of Oleg of People’sCube (“We put the “U” in “Gulag”!”). I saw some great old anti-alcohol posters in a Russian-Israeli pub which, in that context, really make you feel like getting smashed as an antiauthoritarian act.

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    • April 23, 2014, at 2:10 AM PDT
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  7. Nerina Bellinger Inactive

    My favorite use of a classic in pop music is Barry Manilow’s “Could it Be Magic.” Yes, I’m a closet “Fanilow” (don’t judge me:)). It was my first exposure to classical music and stuck with me for decades. This past year, as an adult piano student, my teacher suggested I learn Chopin’s Prelude in C Minor. She played the opening bar and I exclaimed, “wait, Barry Manilow used that in one of his songs!” She was not surprised stating, “I should hope he knows it – he was classically trained pianist at Julliard.” The chord progression from Chopin is sustained throughout Manilow’s song. I’m all for cross over.

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    • April 23, 2014, at 9:45 AM PDT
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  8. Blue Yeti Admin
    Blue Yeti

    After the show, Jay and Mona and I had a conversation about Billy Joel’s This Night, which reimagines Beethoven’s Sonata #8 as doo wop:


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    • April 23, 2014, at 9:51 AM PDT
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  9. Wolverine Inactive

    I agree with Mona in hating commercials using classical music. To me it somehow cheapens it, and the over-exposure starts to get irritating. For instance the Can-Can song/dance used by Shoprite.

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    • April 24, 2014, at 4:05 AM PDT
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  10. Ex Tex Inactive

    Where do I find the music from the “Tiger Moms” episode? I have no idea how to find it on iTunes.

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    • May 6, 2014, at 12:15 PM PDT
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