Welcome to the Harvard Lunch Club Political Podcast for May 9, 2017, it’s the Profiles in Leftism edition of the show brought to you by ZipRecruiter and SimpliSafe. This week the GOP is celebrating the passage, through one house of Congress, a repeal, only not really a repeal of the People’s Healthcare bill, AKA: ACA, AKA Obamacare. (Just an aside, but why is the conservative press trying to run away from the rumor that our Representatives drank beer after the victory? Isn’t that a good thing? Beer?).

Anyway, every liberal in America with a megaphone is screaming bloody murder. And even some conservatives are screaming that socialized medicine is now cast in concrete. I mean, lighten up folks. We take issue, however, with one Poli. Sci. Professor from Duke who somehow got the august editors of The Hill to publish one of the most shallow (and at the same time pompous) diatribes on any subject I have ever read in my life. I really do recommend you read it and comment on it on Ricochet (if you *are* haha, a *member*).

Next, we will discuss the Magnificent One’s most recent trinket being added to his collection, namely, the Profiles in Courage award from the J.F. Kennedy Presidential Library. It was a sickening lovefest but, thinks I, it is good to see the old Barackster back in the spotlight. It will be fun tracking the progress of that smug demeanor as his legacy turns to dust. Add to that, no one can suck the air out of the room like the O-man. No one can suck the air out of a political party like the Prez. So I say: let him suck.

We will, of course, have our shower thoughts and our hidden gem for this week is from the inimitable U. Utah Phillips – self-described as a rumor in his own time – with his classic The Telling Takes Me Home.

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  1. Profile photo of OccupantCDN Coolidge

    Its wrong to suggest that you’d desecrate the burial plot of Ted Kennedy. @27:40 – 27:50 into the podcast.

    Dont lower yourselves into pit of vulgarity that Bill Maher and Steve Colbert live. I’d hope you’re better – smarter – than that.

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    • May 8, 2017 at 10:27 pm
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    OccupantCDN (View Comment):
    Its wrong to suggest that you’d desecrate the burial plot of Ted Kennedy. @27:40 – 27:50 into the podcast.

    Dont lower yourselves into pit of vulgarity that Bill Maher and Steve Colbert live. I’d hope you’re better – smarter – than that.

    Point well taken Occ.

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    • May 9, 2017 at 3:50 am
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    Please continue to be civil yet hard on Ted Kennedy. He deserves it, left is trying to rewrite his history. People shouldn’t forget he left that poor girl to die.

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    • May 9, 2017 at 5:09 am
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    I’m not on the President Trump train but thoroughly enjoy that this hosts of this show are. Their positive outlook reminds me to not be so hard on President Trump.

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    • May 9, 2017 at 5:12 am
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    FYI. The sound quality of the past couple of podcasts has been uneven. Mike’s voice is much lower than Todd’s. You might want to check out the balance in the audio file of the two speakers.

    Still the best of the Ricochet podcasts!! Keep up the great work.

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    • May 9, 2017 at 2:05 pm
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  6. Profile photo of drlorentz Member

    Regarding Utah Phillips, I’d never heard the “rumor in his own time” description. Funny. He was a Wobblie, if I recall. It doesn’t get much more hard core than that.

    I think his best song was Touch Me, not to be confused with the song of the same name by The Doors. Sounds dirty but it’s actually nice. A rendition by Fred Holstein, who is a better performer:

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    • May 9, 2017 at 2:40 pm
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    Michael Stopa (View Comment):

    OccupantCDN (View Comment):
    Its wrong to suggest that you’d desecrate the burial plot of Ted Kennedy. @27:40 – 27:50 into the podcast.

    Dont lower yourselves into pit of vulgarity that Bill Maher and Steve Colbert live. I’d hope you’re better – smarter – than that.

    Point well taken Occ.

    I didn’t think it was that bad but I take the point. Ted Kennedy was such a terrible person that one is pushed to extremes. Best to resist that temptation. Don’t drive off that bridge when you come to it. [See what I did there?]

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    • May 9, 2017 at 2:47 pm
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  8. Profile photo of Dick from Brooklyn Reagan

    My ears were burning at the beginning of the podcast when Stopa name checked me and Feinburg implied that I suffer from Peyronies disease (perhaps related to his shower thoughts) and by the end, I wished I didn’t have ears at all thanks to Utah Phillips’ wobbly hillbilly warbling. #Fakemusic

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    • May 9, 2017 at 3:02 pm
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    drlorentz (View Comment):

    Michael Stopa (View Comment):

    OccupantCDN (View Comment):
    Its wrong to suggest that you’d desecrate the burial plot of Ted Kennedy. @27:40 – 27:50 into the podcast.

    Dont lower yourselves into pit of vulgarity that Bill Maher and Steve Colbert live. I’d hope you’re better – smarter – than that.

    Point well taken Occ.

    I didn’t think it was that bad but I take the point. Ted Kennedy was such a terrible person that one is pushed to extremes. Best to resist that temptation. Don’t drive off that bridge when you come to it. [See what I did there?]

    I was objecting to the vulgarity. I agree Ted Kennedy was a bad person, but he got away with it – at least in this world.

    And yes, I saw that… Ive heard Mary Jo Kopechne called the first casualty in the War on Women. (I forget who’s quote that is)

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    • May 9, 2017 at 3:24 pm
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    Dick from Brooklyn (View Comment):
    My ears were burning at the beginning of the podcast when Stopa name checked me and Feinburg implied that I suffer from Peyronies disease (perhaps related to his shower thoughts) and by the end, I wished I didn’t have ears at all thanks to Utah Phillips’ wobbly hillbilly warbling. #Fakemusic

    But honestly, did you find yourself humming it today? Let me sing to you, hmmm hmmmm.

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    • May 9, 2017 at 4:41 pm
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