The unifying theme to this week’s episode (recorded before a live Zoom audience) is that Republicans had a pretty good week, except for Sen. Mitch McConnell, who preceded falling down a stairway (Lucretia swears she didn’t push him, but we’re waiting for the video footage!) by falling for the liberal line that releasing the January 6 video footage is somehow a threat to the republic—almost as big a threat as the hapless Vikings fan who took a wrong turn and ended up becoming the Q-anon Shaman on January 6. (In other words, McConnell lost his footage over footage.) But as the longest-serving Senate leader in history, Steve and John manage to find some good things to say about Cocaine Mitch.

From there we note the triumphs of House Republicans in this week’s various oversight hearings, which managed the neat but apparently easy trick of getting Democrats to make utter fools of themselves. But it does look like “the walls are closing in” on Dr. Fauci.

We review a couple late-breaking news stories—the failure of Silicon Valley Bank, and the shameful heckling of Judge Kyle Duncan at Stanford Law—before getting to our Kamalaism of the week, and Steve’s suggestion for a buddy cop TV drama with Kamala and Hillary.

Finally, a few listeners last week thought we spent too much time celebrating the new triple-cheeseburger offering at McDonald’s, but one enterprising listener conjured up the following ode to the Golden Arches with the help of ChatGPT:

From the grill, they sizzle and pop,
Juicy patties, so round on top,
Tucked in a bun, with cheese and sauce,
McDonald’s burgers, a classic of course.
 
A bite of beef, so tender and warm,
Tangy pickles to add some form,
Crispy onions, a slice of tomato,
Every flavor melds, a perfect combo.
 
Golden fries, a side so dear,
A fountain drink, to quench and clear,
The perfect meal, for on the go,
McDonald’s burgers, a treat we all know.
 
For decades now, they’ve stayed the same,
A household name, with worldwide fame,
A quick and tasty bite to eat,
McDonald’s burgers, a joy to meet.

I’ll bet you can guess this week’s exit bumper music.

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  1. Leslie Watkins Inactive
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    It’s kind of quaint how John seems to think that the Founders’ vision is being followed by anyone but law professors and Republican traditionalists.

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  2. Rightfromthestart Coolidge
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      John Yoo, like Andy McCarthy, seems to accept that injustice is fine as long as all the legal i s are dotted and  t s crossed.  Held in the DC Andersonville jail for years possibly in solitary , no bail, DC jury, astronomical legal expenses. ‘Well, he confessed’ What happened to duress? Speedy trial? Holding someone in jail indefinitely until they confess or go broke, how could that be Justice ?

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  3. Leslie Watkins Inactive
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    Rightfromthestart (View Comment):

    John Yoo, like Andy McCarthy, seems to accept that injustice is fine as long as all the legal i s are dotted and t s crossed. Held in the DC Andersonville jail for years possibly in solitary , no bail, DC jury, astronomical legal expenses. ‘Well, he confessed’ What happened to duress? Speedy trial? Holding someone in jail indefinitely until they confess or go broke, how could that be Justice ?

    It’s clearly not justice per se, but justice per procedure. I believe it’s a big reason why the center no longer holds together.

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  4. WilliamWarford Coolidge
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    You touched on the left’s refusal to accept the lab leak theory but didn’t get to the masking story. NYT ran column Friday saying the evidence is clear that masks work — the exact opposite of the “gold standard” Cochrane Group finding that masks made no difference. Well, said the columnist, the author of that report misunderstood his own study.  Right. That made me think of 1994, when Clinton staffer Josh Steiner, in order to defend the administration against wrongdoing, testified that he lied to his own diary.

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  5. Saint Augustine Member
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    @SaintAugustine

    Lucretia is right. The 2020 election was especially epically corrupt. The Molly Ball stuff, the Facebook money that violated moral standards  and state laws, the Deep State use of Big Tech to squash the laptop story, many confirmations of votes illegally cast or counted.

    Teigen v. WEC is only one first step in learning about that last category.

    We don’t even need to ask about the voting machines to know at least this much is wrong.

    (Anyone need citations? I have some.)

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  6. Steve Fast Member
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    @SteveFast

    The failure of Silicon Valley Bank is a warning sign for both Silicon Valley tech firms which had heavily invested in the bank and for ESG investing because many of the projects invested in were ESG projects.

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  7. Dr.Guido Member
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    @DrGuido

    CNN poses itself as all the NEWS….all the time.

    However, one would need be a brain dead partisan to not be able to tell when FOX is NEWS (e.g Baier, Hume (most of the time) ,Kurtz…and most of the rest are CLEARLY OPINION journos….

    Do Editorials and Editorial writers EVER ever ever face the lawsuits that are directed at FOXN when opinions offend the Smug-In-Charge crowd?

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  8. Albert Arthur Coolidge
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    @AlbertArthur

    McConnell… falling for the liberal line that releasing the January 6 video footage is somehow a threat to the republic

    No! He’s knowingly promoting it because he agrees with it because he’s in the uniparty.

    As usual, Lucretia is 100% on point and Steve and John are out to lunch, lost in legal and political theory. I mean, seriously, who gives a rip whether, in theory, McConnell or LBJ is the “most effective senate party leader.” I agree with Lucretia; I hate McConnell. If he’s so great, why have we added 20+ trillion dollars to the debt while he’s been GOP leader?

    Despite my criticisms, though, I have a lot of affection for Steve and John. But Lucretia’s my favorite, her Tesla notwithstanding. 

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  9. WilliamWarford Coolidge
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    @WilliamWarford

    Albert Arthur (View Comment):

    McConnell… falling for the liberal line that releasing the January 6 video footage is somehow a threat to the republic

    No! He’s knowingly promoting it because he agrees with it because he’s in the uniparty.

    As usual, Lucretia is 100% on point and Steve and John are out to lunch, lost in legal and political theory. I mean, seriously, who gives a rip whether, in theory, McConnell or LBJ is the “most effective senate party leader.” I agree with Lucretia; I hate McConnell. If he’s so great, why have we added 20+ trillion dollars to the debt while he’s been GOP leader?

    Despite my criticisms, though, I have a lot of affection for Steve and John. But Lucretia’s my favorite, her Tesla notwithstanding.

    I think all three hosts have a great chemistry together. If all three were as, um, spirited as Lucretia or as legalistic as John, it would be far less interesting.  It’s the varying viewpoints that make it such a fun and interesting show, in my view. And we can’t fail to mention Steve’s love of progressive rock!

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  10. Al Sparks Coolidge
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    I don’t accept Lucretia’s assertion that Jacob Chansley didn’t break into the capitol.  I don’t know if he did or didn’t.  But the video footage I’ve seen is him after he entered the capitol, and I’m not aware of any released footage that shows how he actually did enter.  I accept that he was not convicted of a break-in.

    I don’t condone how he was treated, pre-trial.  Those tactics by federal prosecutors have been all too common before J6.  But I have done some searching and I’m not sure that Chansley was actually in solitary confinement.  I’ll add that it seems to be a common tactic by federal prosecutors to pressure defendants to make a plea deal, but I’m not sure it was employed in Chansley’s case.

    In the end Chansley did get the right sentence, especially since there’s no truth in sentencing.  His pre-trial confinement added up to 11 months, which is included in his time served towards that sentence, and there’s actually a generous time off for good behavior in the federal system (56 days a year).

    According to Wikipedia, Chansley’s release date is July, 9th, 2023, which is about 5 months from now.

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  11. Al Sparks Coolidge
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    Steve has brought up the problem of the inherent bias of Washington D.C. juries against Republicans, and the difficulty of getting a change of venue.  Part of the problem, I figured, is that the constitution says that all crimes have to be tried in the state that they occurred, which means that a change of venue would be unconstitutional.  But then it occurred to me, that just because the District of Columbia is treated as a state, doesn’t mean it has to be constitutionally.  And then I decided to look at the actual section of the constitution that talks about it.

    The Trial of all Crimes, except in Cases of Impeachment; shall be by Jury; and such Trial shall be held in the State where the said Crimes shall have been committed; but when not committed within any State, the Trial shall be at such Place or Places as the Congress may by Law have directed.

    Since the District of Columbia is not a state, Congress can mandate that any federal crime that is not a City of Washington ordinance will not be held within the district.

    Another work around would be to increase the jury pool so that any Washington, D.C. trial that was not based on a local ordinance would have jurors brought in from outside the district.

    Grand juries convened inside the district for non-local ordinances could also have jurors brought in from outside the district.

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  12. Quickz Member
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    Leslie Watkins (View Comment):

    It’s kind of quaint how John seems to think that the Founders’ vision is being followed by anyone but law professors and Republican traditionalists.

    Yeah his, “the only way we restrain the abuse of prosecution is acquitting people being singled out unfairly,” gets SO CLOSE to getting it!!

    Because the J6 folks are being treated differently by both prosecutors and jury pools compared to those violating similar laws from the left, any sane person who believes in the rule of law should be demanding carte blanch amnesty as the only valid restitution for such a base violation of equality under the law. @alsparks commented that you can propose that all Fed Crime in DC must be prosecuted in another district, and they must be scattered across the county to get a jury of your peers. There are solutions for what John speaks of besides “oh well the jury is the only way.”

    Anyone who brings up “what they did,” is arguing a different point. The point is corruption in prosecution and the answer is pounding the table for immediate release and changing the laws.

    Or I guess we can be the stupid party, stand up for muh principles and just watch as one group of criminals is free to riot while another just gets jailed – oh well, at least muh principles! That will win us elections!

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  13. Quickz Member
    Quickz
    @Quickz

    Ok, John made a GREAT point about just cancelling the debt held by the ChiComs and calling it even. Yes yes yes yes.

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  14. DonG (CAGW is a Scam) Coolidge
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    @DonG

    I find it sad that John does not know the definition of “false flag”.   It clearly applies.  

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  15. Steven Hayward Member
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    WilliamWarford (View Comment):

    Albert Arthur (View Comment):

    McConnell… falling for the liberal line that releasing the January 6 video footage is somehow a threat to the republic

    No! He’s knowingly promoting it because he agrees with it because he’s in the uniparty.

    As usual, Lucretia is 100% on point and Steve and John are out to lunch, lost in legal and political theory. I mean, seriously, who gives a rip whether, in theory, McConnell or LBJ is the “most effective senate party leader.” I agree with Lucretia; I hate McConnell. If he’s so great, why have we added 20+ trillion dollars to the debt while he’s been GOP leader?

    Despite my criticisms, though, I have a lot of affection for Steve and John. But Lucretia’s my favorite, her Tesla notwithstanding.

    I think all three hosts have a great chemistry together. If all three were as, um, spirited as Lucretia or as legalistic as John, it would be far less interesting. It’s the varying viewpoints that make it such a fun and interesting show, in my view. And we can’t fail to mention Steve’s love of progressive rock!

    Thanks. Needless to say, it’s my progressive rock quotient that holds the show together. :)

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  16. Richard Easton Coolidge
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    Steven Hayward (View Comment):

    WilliamWarford (View Comment):

    Albert Arthur (View Comment):

    McConnell… falling for the liberal line that releasing the January 6 video footage is somehow a threat to the republic

    No! He’s knowingly promoting it because he agrees with it because he’s in the uniparty.

    As usual, Lucretia is 100% on point and Steve and John are out to lunch, lost in legal and political theory. I mean, seriously, who gives a rip whether, in theory, McConnell or LBJ is the “most effective senate party leader.” I agree with Lucretia; I hate McConnell. If he’s so great, why have we added 20+ trillion dollars to the debt while he’s been GOP leader?

    Despite my criticisms, though, I have a lot of affection for Steve and John. But Lucretia’s my favorite, her Tesla notwithstanding.

    I think all three hosts have a great chemistry together. If all three were as, um, spirited as Lucretia or as legalistic as John, it would be far less interesting. It’s the varying viewpoints that make it such a fun and interesting show, in my view. And we can’t fail to mention Steve’s love of progressive rock!

    Thanks. Needless to say, it’s my progressive rock quotient that holds the show together. :)

    We have to blames someone for this.

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  17. Albert Arthur Coolidge
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    Al Sparks (View Comment):

    I don’t accept Lucretia’s assertion that Jacob Chansley didn’t break into the capitol. I don’t know if he did or didn’t. But the video footage I’ve seen is him after he entered the capitol, and I’m not aware of any released footage that shows how he actually did enter. I accept that he was not convicted of a break-in.

     

    I don’t know if this was previously public or part of the new footage, but part of what Tucker played last week showed Chansley walking through a door. The camera’s inside and Chansley enters just after the door opens. I can’t remember if the video shows the door opening (I.E. if opened it from the inside.)

    Elon Musk retweeted video of Chansley standing outside a door — possibly the same door — using a bullhorn to read Trump’s tweet that asked everyone to go home.

     

    If it’s the same door, it’s at least possible that since Chansley was in front of the door trying to get the crowd to disperse and go home that when the door opened (again, not sure how) Chansley was swept in in front of the crowd. I’m not saying that’s what happened, only that it’s possible and it doesn’t sound like breaking and entering to me. There are other possibilities.

     

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  18. GlennAmurgis Coolidge
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    Quickz (View Comment):

    Leslie Watkins (View Comment):

    It’s kind of quaint how John seems to think that the Founders’ vision is being followed by anyone but law professors and Republican traditionalists.

    Yeah his, “the only way we restrain the abuse of prosecution is acquitting people being singled out unfairly,” gets SO CLOSE to getting it!!

    Because the J6 folks are being treated differently by both prosecutors and jury pools compared to those violating similar laws from the left, any sane person who believes in the rule of law should be demanding carte blanch amnesty as the only valid restitution for such a base violation of equality under the law. @ alsparks commented that you can propose that all Fed Crime in DC must be prosecuted in another district, and they must be scattered across the county to get a jury of your peers. There are solutions for what John speaks of besides “oh well the jury is the only way.”

    Anyone who brings up “what they did,” is arguing a different point. The point is corruption in prosecution and the answer is pounding the table for immediate release and changing the laws.

    Or I guess we can be the stupid party, stand up for muh principles and just watch as one group of criminals is free to riot while another just gets jailed – oh well, at least muh principles! That will win us elections!

    I have no problem with J6 rioters to be prosecuted – but I want the same to be done in the FBI who pushed “Russian Collusion” knowing the Steele Dossier was garbage. 

     

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  19. DonG (CAGW is a Scam) Coolidge
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    GlennAmurgis (View Comment):
    I have no problem with J6 rioters to be prosecuted – but I want the same to be done in the FBI who pushed “Russian Collusion” knowing the Steele Dossier was garbage. 

    The Commie corruption of the “Justice” Dept. has several benefits:  1) punish political opponents 2) dissuade anyone would might resist 3) prevent punishment of fellow travelers 4) general loss in faith of the institution leading to a breakdown of society.  

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  20. Boethius1261972 Inactive
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    John really doesn’t believe plea bargains are a good thing, does he?  They’re certainly do not represent “justice” in any classical sense.

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  21. LibertyDefender Member
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    GlennAmurgis (View Comment):

    Quickz (View Comment):

    Leslie Watkins (View Comment):

    It’s kind of quaint how John seems to think that the Founders’ vision is being followed by anyone but law professors and Republican traditionalists.

    Yeah his, “the only way we restrain the abuse of prosecution is acquitting people being singled out unfairly,” gets SO CLOSE to getting it!! . . .

     . . .  The point is corruption in prosecution and the answer is pounding the table for immediate release and changing the laws.

    Or I guess we can be the stupid party, stand up for muh principles and just watch as one group of criminals is free to riot while another just gets jailed – oh well, at least muh principles! That will win us elections!

    I have no problem with J6 rioters to be prosecuted – but I want the same to be done in the FBI who pushed “Russian Collusion” knowing the Steele Dossier was garbage.

    Well let me tell you Glenn, that crackerjack Attorney General  William Barr is going to get to the bottom of all that rot in the Department of Justice and the Federal Bureau of Investigation, yessirree Bob.  I don’t even need Andy McCarthy of National Review to explain to me the obvious: William Barr is a rock-ribbed, straight-shooting, honest, upstanding lawman. He’ll expose the Russia Collusion hoaxsters and the actual insurrectionists in the DoJ and FBI who literally attempted the overthrow the government of the United States.  Heads will roll.

    (William Barr knew that the FBI had possession of Hunter Biden’s laptop since December 2019, and he knew that the laptop was authentic and he knew that it implicated Joe Biden in all manner of corruption, yet William Barr said and did nothing when the story of Hunter Biden’s laptop broke, and when the New York Post‘s and other journalists’ 1st Amendment-guaranteed civil rights were violated.)

    Oh yes, indeed – clear space on Mount Rushmore for Attorney General William Barr.  Equal Justice Under Law.

    Similarly, I have it on good authority  that Ron DeSantis “is totally prepared to wage the battle we need against the administrative state in DC as president.”  Guaranteed.  Take it to the bank.

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