National Journal politics editor Josh Kraushaar stops by for a special Valentine’s Day edition of The Remnant full of rank punditry on all things 2020.

Show Notes:

Josh’s podcast, Against the Grain

Josh’s column, also called Against the Grain

The history of The Hotline

The unwokeness of most Democrats – precisely in point #6

Steve Inskeep asking Warren what states she thinks she can win

Biden yelling in town halls

Jonah explaining Seth Masket’s argument at length

The Party Decides, a book that’s less and less true by the day

John Rauch’s suggestions re: primaries

Bernie calling open borders a Koch conspiracy

Ron DeSantis politicizing his kids

The chaos of second terms

Romney’s note to Senate colleagues

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  1. kedavis Member

    Josh Kraushammer? Interesting slip.

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    • February 15, 2020, at 3:35 PM PST
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  2. FredGoodhue Coolidge

    What I found most interesting is that Republicans are not doing well in recruiting good challengers in winnable district. Very disappointing.

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    • February 15, 2020, at 4:17 PM PST
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  3. kedavis Member

    FredGoodhue (View Comment):

    What I found most interesting is that Republicans are not doing well in recruiting good challengers in winnable district. Very disappointing.

    Hard to blame any potential candidates, though. Who wants to spend maybe a year or more being called a Nazi, and worse?

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    • February 15, 2020, at 8:41 PM PST
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  4. Penfold Member

    Next week on The Remnant: A thorough review of dog catcher races across the country. ;)

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    • February 16, 2020, at 1:28 AM PST
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  5. The Cloaked Gaijin Member

    Around minute 50: The president has an extremely-detailed list of Supreme Court picks, and he is the only president to do this. However, Jonah thinks the president is going to pick Jay Sekulow or Pam Bondi. Jonah compares Pam Bondi to opening up a long-buried Egyptian tomb. (That’s a bit insulting.) She was attorney general for the third-largest state. Everyone afraid that a non-Harvard/Yale/Stanford lawyer might be selected to a high position or something? However, Jonah praises Harriet Miers in the same mention, and she attended Southern Methodist University.

    The “respected” and coward John Roberts is the reason why my health insurance went by a factor of 10 from less than $100 a month to just less than $1,000 a month — so I don’t have health insurance anymore. The Bush administration destroying Ted Stevens in a way that even the Obama administration couldn’t defend and boxes of mysteriously-found Al Franken votes also didn’t help the Obamacare madness.

    Jonah is definitely a Never Trumper. Why does he refuse to admit it? The Never Trumpers would rather have a 5% or 10% conservative Joe Lieberman as president than a much more conservative Trump.

    The Never Trumpers don’t seem to care that every outsider who supports Trump is arrested by the FBI while every criminal insider in DC who supported Hillary Clinton and the Democrats is not put in jail.  That seems to be the unequal justice that all the DC insiders want.

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    • February 16, 2020, at 3:54 AM PST
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  6. DrewInWisconsin, Negative Infl… Coolidge

    FredGoodhue (View Comment):

    What I found most interesting is that Republicans are not doing well in recruiting good challengers in winnable district. Very disappointing.

    Republicans don’t like winning. If you win, you have to actually accomplish things. Losing — and then shaking down the donor class . . . that’s easier. Also more lucrative.

    That was President Trump’s greatest sin: he won and took away the Republicans’ plan to continue pissing and moaning about how their hands are tied.

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    • February 16, 2020, at 11:27 AM PST
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  7. Steven Iverson Member

    Goldberg supports Romney’s vote to convict Trump and says reasonable people can disagree on this.

    Bizzaro to me! TDS I’m afraid.

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    • February 17, 2020, at 7:33 AM PST
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  8. RS711 Listener

    FredGoodhue (View Comment):

    What I found most interesting is that Republicans are not doing well in recruiting good challengers in winnable district. Very disappointing.

    That is interesting. Here in VA-10 we have a bunch of candidates to try to win back the seat lost to Democrats. I just looked it up and the candidates have combined raised only 25% of the now incumbent Democrat. I think with Trump running that most assume Northern Virginia will never elect a Republican so they don’t donate.

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    • February 17, 2020, at 10:00 AM PST
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  9. FredGoodhue Coolidge

    RS711 (View Comment):

    FredGoodhue (View Comment):

    What I found most interesting is that Republicans are not doing well in recruiting good challengers in winnable district. Very disappointing.

    That is interesting. Here in VA-10 we have a bunch of candidates to try to win back the seat lost to Democrats. I just looked it up and the candidates have combined raised only 25% of the now incumbent Democrat. I think with Trump running that most assume Northern Virginia will never elect a Republican so they don’t donate.

    Donations in Northern Virginia for local candidates were way down last year too.

    In VA-10 we have a convention coming up to select the nominee. Check with your local county or city party to find out how to go to the convention. The filing deadlines to go to the convention as coming up very soon.

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    • February 17, 2020, at 6:55 PM PST
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