What does Nebraska Sen. Ben Sasse think about the results of the 2020 election? The answer might come as a surprise: Even though the Democrats took the White House, on balance, Ben thinks the election proves that “We are a center-right nation, and even if people don’t have a philosophical embrace of limited government, [that idea] has a broad, functional embrace.” During this talk—originally part of The Dispatch’s post-election program What’s Next: Election 2020 and Beyond – Jonah asks Ben about how responsible Americans might stop our national politics from being run by political addicts, as well as asking him what he thinks about the assertion that he went through a “quiet period” in his Trump criticism, and addressing his controversial connections to Big Runza (Nebraska’s finest delicacy™).

 

Show Notes:

“Straight-shooter” Ben Sasse wins re-election

The Hidden Tribes of America

Many Republicans are sure that the election was stolen

Kate McKinnon’s bizarrely accurate Rudy Giuliani

Jonah’s column on Trump loyalism

There’s a horse in the hospital

I Love Lucy’s ratings domination

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  1. Duane Oyen Member
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    “Quiet period”? Sen Sasse simply showed that he has greater depth and substance than Jonah, David French, Noah Rothman, Jay Nordlinger etc. He showed us that, having rendered his considered judgement, it was not necessary for him to rehearse the same “thoughts” endlessly over and over has Jnah and French have for the last 5 years.

    I never voted for Trump- for the same reasons as Jonah didn’t; since my vote didn’t matter because I live in a hopelessly blue state, I could write in a preferred candidate. That done, like Sen Sasse, I was able to find other topics of discussion rather than let my life be completely and tediously taken over by TDS.

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  2. Charlotte Member
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    I’m just starting to listen, but I am mystified by the notion that the US is still a center-right nation. I think this is ludicrous.

    Maybe if I lived in a different part of the country I’d be more persuaded, but there seems to be zero evidence that Americans prefer less government (Sasse says “politics” which is a slightly different thing) in their lives.

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  3. Charlotte Member
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    Also, Ben, dude, seriously. Enough with the x- and y-axis business. Find a new way to explain your ideas.

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  4. HeavyWater Inactive
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    Charlotte (View Comment):

    I’m just starting to listen, but I am mystified by the notion that the US is still a center-right nation. I think this is ludicrous.

    Maybe if I lived in a different part of the country I’d be more persuaded, but there seems to be zero evidence that Americans prefer less government (Sasse says “politics” which is a slightly different thing) in their lives.

    I agree with you. The US is a center-left nation. Whenever some Republican calls for spending restraint on social-welfare programs, that politicians is immediately denounced as a heartless bookkeeper.

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  5. Charlotte Member
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    Just finished. I think I’m done listening to shows where Ben Sasse is a guest. So many words with so little substance. I want to like him, but his glib monologues peppered with statistics are off-putting.

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  6. Buckpasser Member
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    “Tax collector for the welfare state”.

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  7. Steven Iverson Member
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    Mark Levin on Sasse:

    “The last time I spoke to him, he called me a few years ago lobbying on behalf of the Corker-Iran bill. I told him shame on him, that it was a complete sellout and violation of the Treaty Clause, and to never call me again. And, in fact, we have not spoken since. He can prattle on about Trump and how he (Sasse), somehow, is the last man standing for conservatism (which is a pathetic joke), but the fact is he is utterly inconsequential and has accomplished nothing in the Senate.”

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  8. kedavis Member
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    Steven Iverson (View Comment):

    Mark Levin on Sasse:

    “The last time I spoke to him, he called me a few years ago lobbying on behalf of the Corker-Iran bill. I told him shame on him, that it was a complete sellout and violation of the Treaty Clause, and to never call me again. And, in fact, we have not spoken since. He can prattle on about Trump and how he (Sasse), somehow, is the last man standing for conservatism (which is a pathetic joke), but the fact is he is utterly inconsequential and has accomplished nothing in the Senate.”

    That’s the impression I get as well. And which could very easily explain why Jonah likes having him on so much.

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