National Review senior writer Jim Geraghty earns the honor of being Jonah’s first former National Review colleague to join the Remnant, coming onto the show to discuss Between Two Scorpions, his new thriller, and for some slightly-less-rank punditry.

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  1. Kim K. Member

    As far as I’m concerned you can have Jim on about once every 3 or 4 shows. He’s a gem.

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    • June 19, 2019, at 3:25 PM PDT
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  2. LibertyDefender Member

    Trump skeptics two and a half years in, still want to characterize all Trump supporters as nickname-repeating, slogan- chanting Beavises (Beavi?) and Buttheads.

    Some of us were as anti-Trump as one could get, even encouraging RNConvention delegates to ignore their pledges.

    But somewhere along the line, maybe it was

    Gorsuch;

    De-regulation;

    Moving the embassy to Jerusalem;

    KeystoneXL pipeline AND ANWR oil & gas exploration approved;

    Kicking ISIS butt AND bombing Russian-backed rebels in Syria when they deserved it;

    Full court press on repealing Obamacare;

    21% corporate income tax rate AND capital repatriation amnesty;

    Pompeo AND Bolton;

    A hundred and fifty+ more stud judicial nominees;

    Consistent support for 2d Amendment rights;

    Consistent support of the free exercise of religion; and of course

    Punching back at the fake news media;

    some of us realized we’ve never had it so good.

    <Beavis voice> Heh-heh! MAGA! Heh-heh-heh! Can’t buy pants! Heh-heh!

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    • June 19, 2019, at 4:33 PM PDT
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  3. Hank Rhody-Badenphipps Esq Contributor

    Jonah; a couple points.

    One, get off of Twitter. There aren’t real people stating real ideas there. It’s just trolls eating trolls all the way down. Stop pretending that anything said or done on Twitter means anything at all, and stop going there to get people’s reactions to things. When you talk to us like we’re a bunch of Twitter sub-morons it’s condescending.

    Two, why are you talking about Trumpism as if it’s a philosophy? It isn’t a coherent or well-thought-out set of ideas; it’s an emotional reaction to a culture that’s been bilking us for decades. The reason the MAGA slogan resonates is precisely because the fashionable, smart-set thing to say is that America was really a racist country all along. For those of us who really do love our country we’re tired of being kicked. It doesn’t need to be a whole philosophy to have value.

    Three, when you describe a political party as a give-and-take arrangement where all the groups have to give up a little to get a little, what do you suppose happens to a group like that when one group gets all the benefits and the others keep getting the shaft? Name one point where social conservatism hasn’t been pushed back over the past half century. If the working arrangement is never-give-and-always-take then how long do you think people will remain in that party?

    Four, I think your assumption that Trump’s insults only motivate his base is flawed because you’re looking at a bipolar vision of the world; the Rs and the Ds. For all the people who don’t follow this stuff like it’s a Fantasy Football league they don’t have a firm opinion on who Nancy Pelosi is. Remember, Trump didn’t just beat Low-energy Jeb, he also beat Crooked Hillary. (Your point about her being a weaker candidate is well-noted, but I’d be careful to avoid circular logic in that sphere.)

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    • June 19, 2019, at 10:57 PM PDT
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  4. kedavis Member

    LibertyDefender (View Comment):
    Trump skeptics two and a half years in, still want to characterize all Trump supporters as nickname-repeating, slogan- chanting Beavises (Beavi?) and Buttheads.

    Some of us were as anti-Trump as one could get, even encouraging RNConvention delegates to ignore their pledges.

    But somewhere along the line, maybe it was

    Gorsuch;

    De-regulation;

    Moving the embassy to Jerusalem;

    KeystoneXL pipeline AND ANWR oil & gas exploration approved;

    Kicking ISIS butt AND bombing Russian-backed rebels in Syria when they deserved it;

    Full court press on repealing Obamacare;

    21% corporate income tax rate AND capital repatriation amnesty;

    Pompeo AND Bolton;

    A hundred and fifty+ more stud judicial nominees;

    Consistent support for 2d Amendment rights;

    Consistent support of the free exercise of religion; and of course

    Punching back at the fake news media;

    some of us realized we’ve never had it so good.

    <Beavis voice> Heh-heh! MAGA! Heh-heh-heh! Can’t buy pants! Heh-heh!

    Okay, but….

    I’ve heard he slurps his tea, and he DOESN’T extend his pinky!

    Fox News tries to deny it, but naturally they would!

    How are we supposed to ignore THAT???

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    • June 19, 2019, at 11:06 PM PDT
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  5. Arahant Member

    kedavis (View Comment):

    Okay, but….

    I’ve heard he slurps his tea, and he DOESN’T extend his pinky!

    Fox News tries to deny it, but naturally they would!

    How are we supposed to ignore THAT???

    Exactly! Why can’t he just drink coffee like the rest of the barbarians?!?

    • #5
    • June 20, 2019, at 11:00 AM PDT
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  6. Joseph Stocks Member

    Trump has really screwed with Jonah’s brain. He cannot discuss anyone tangentially related to Trump without sounding like a classless hack.

    By almost any measure, Florida governor Ron DeSantis has been an amazing conservative governor but in Jonah’s mind, he’s committed the unpardonable sin mimicking Trump’s style, thus, Jonah cannot see DeSantis as an excellent governor in a very important state but can only make unfunny jokes about DeSantis being almost anatomically attached to Trump’s posterior. 

    If this is a preview of his new venture then Jonah, you’ll need all the luck you can amass. 

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    • June 21, 2019, at 1:11 PM PDT
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  7. kedavis Member

    Joseph Stocks (View Comment):

    Trump has really screwed with Jonah’s brain. He cannot discuss anyone tangentially related to Trump without sounding like a classless hack.

    By almost any measure, Florida governor Ron DeSantis has been an amazing conservative governor but in Jonah’s mind, he’s committed the unpardonable sin mimicking Trump’s style, thus, Jonah cannot see DeSantis as an excellent governor in a very important state but can only make unfunny jokes about DeSantis being almost anatomically attached to Trump’s posterior.

    If this is a preview of his new venture then Jonah, you’ll need all the luck you can amass.

    And isn’t there already a Bulwark?

    • #7
    • June 24, 2019, at 11:53 PM PDT
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