“We need to agree that the Senate doesn’t work,” Nebraska Sen. Ben Sasse tells Jonah on today’s episode of The Remnant. “The Founders had this great idea that you separate power vertically and horizontally if you believe in universal human dignity, and the Senate is kind of the most unique single institution that the Founders created in the Constitution.” Sasse’s appearance comes on the heels of his Wall Street Journal op-ed, in which he calls for modified Senate term limits, repealing the 17th Amendment, and cutting the C-SPAN cameras to improve debate on the Senate floor. “The cameras change the dynamic in the room because people don’t ask real questions if they’re instead trolling for a sound bite that they can hope goes viral,” Sasse explains. What’s worse, senators use the C-SPAN camera rules to trick their constituents into thinking they’re debating their colleagues when they’re not. “They regularly do this, hand gesturing to the senator right next to them that they’re supposedly rebutting, but the rules in the Senate require the C-SPAN cameras to be cropped right around their head and shoulders, so you don’t know as a viewer that there’s no one there in the Senate.” After railing against the senatorial political posturing that’s poisoning our parliamentary system, Sasse and Jonah discuss the filibuster, clickbait journalism, and the dangers of perceiving politics as religion. Learn alongside Jonah, and stick around to the end to hear Sasse school his colleagues in real time.

Show Notes:

30-day trial at The Dispatch, Sasse’s article: “Make the Senate Great Again,” In celebration of Brian Lamb, what Sasse means by “agglomeration economy,” and Sasse’s opening remarks at the Kavanaugh hearing.

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  1. Charlotte Member
    CharlotteJoined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    Gaaaaahhh. Is there anyone more frustrating to listen to than Ben Sasse?? He’s so glib and slippery, yammering on about his x-axis and his y-axis. Come on, dude, you’re obviously really smart. Go out on a limb and answer a damned question.

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    • September 18, 2020, at 3:27 PM PDT
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  2. DrewInWisconsin, Man of Consta… Coolidge

    Is there anyone more frustrating to listen to than Ben Sasse?

    Jeff Flake?

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    • September 18, 2020, at 4:40 PM PDT
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  3. Charlotte Member
    CharlotteJoined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    DrewInWisconsin, Man of Consta… (View Comment):

    Is there anyone more frustrating to listen to than Ben Sasse?

    Jeff Flake?

    I’ll have to take your word for it…

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    • September 18, 2020, at 7:01 PM PDT
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  4. kedavis Member

    Charlotte (View Comment):

    Gaaaaahhh. Is there anyone more frustrating to listen to than Ben Sasse?? He’s so glib and slippery, yammering on about his x-axis and his y-axis. Come on, dude, you’re obviously really smart. Go out on a limb and answer a damned question.

    Senators know perhaps better than anyone else, about the dangers of actually establishing a position on… anything.

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    • September 18, 2020, at 7:19 PM PDT
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  5. DrewInWisconsin, Man of Consta… Coolidge

    Charlotte (View Comment):

    DrewInWisconsin, Man of Consta… (View Comment):

    Is there anyone more frustrating to listen to than Ben Sasse?

    Jeff Flake?

    I’ll have to take your word for it…

    Mitt Romney?

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    • September 18, 2020, at 7:24 PM PDT
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  6. Charlotte Member
    CharlotteJoined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    DrewInWisconsin, Man of Consta… (View Comment):

    Charlotte (View Comment):

    DrewInWisconsin, Man of Consta… (View Comment):

    Is there anyone more frustrating to listen to than Ben Sasse?

    Jeff Flake?

    I’ll have to take your word for it…

    Mitt Romney?

    Sure, I’d put him on the list.

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    • September 19, 2020, at 2:33 AM PDT
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  7. thelonious Member

    Ben Sasse knows a lot of regular voters. His speech at the end is timely.

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    • September 20, 2020, at 5:14 AM PDT
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  8. kedavis Member

    thelonious (View Comment):

    Ben Sasse knows a lot of regular voters. His speech at the end is timely.

    I’m not sure an efficient senate would really be such a good thing.

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    • September 20, 2020, at 8:52 AM PDT
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