Contagious

Another week, another show in which gab and you listen. This week, our guests are two world class gabbers: The Hoover Institution’s Bill Whalen stops by to discuss the state of the race, and some predictions for the next 55 days. Then, author and Ricochet Podcast Super Fan Tevi Troy Skypes in to chat about his new book Shall We Wake the President?: Two Centuries of Disaster Management from the Oval Office. Also, Doc Jay’s Do NeverTrumpers Lose Their Right to Whine?, the tightening polls, and why presidents must love Spock. Highly logical.

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Music from this week’s podcast:
Sick of Myself by Matthew Sweet

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  1. Peter Robinson Contributor
    Peter Robinson
    @PeterRobinson

    The genius of E.J.Hill: one of the continuing delights of American life.

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  2. DocJay Inactive
    DocJay
    @DocJay

    Big fan of Matthew Sweet.  100% Fun dude.

    • #2
  3. Columbo Member
    Columbo
    @Columbo

    The picture of Hillary coughing reminded me of another observation … the “Vast Right Wing Conspiracy” and the “I Did Not Have Sex With That Woman” took place in 1998. Eighteen years ago.

    I believe that most people don’t age this much in only eighteen years unless there is something seriously wrong with their physical health ….

    hillary_vrwchillary_benghazi

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  4. DocJay Inactive
    DocJay
    @DocJay

    Columbo:The picture of Hillary coughing reminded me of another observation … the “Vast Right Wing Conspiracy” and the “I Did Not Have Sex With That Woman” took place in 1998. Eighteen years ago.

    I believe that most people don’t age this much in only eighteen years unless there is something seriously wrong with their physical health ….

    hillary_vrwchillary_benghazi

    Like alcoholism?

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  5. RyanM Member
    RyanM
    @RyanM

    Columbo:The picture of Hillary coughing reminded me of another observation … the “Vast Right Wing Conspiracy” and the “I Did Not Have Sex With That Woman” took place in 1998. Eighteen years ago.

    I believe that most people don’t age this much in only eighteen years unless there is something seriously wrong with their physical health ….

    hillary_vrwchillary_benghazi

    well…  no.  It depends on which 18 years.  After 50, I think people do age more visibly.  Then again, pictures of myself 18 years ago are also pretty stark in their differences.

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  6. Basil Fawlty Member
    Basil Fawlty
    @BasilFawlty

    Who is gab?

    • #6
  7. Grendel Member
    Grendel
    @Grendel

    Haven’t any of the principals noticed that the outtakes, restarts, and “1-2-3” lead-ins are not being edited out?

    And Peter, please finish your sen . . . Please finish your words.

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  8. Blue Yeti Admin
    Blue Yeti
    @BlueYeti

    Grendel:Haven’t any of the principals noticed that the outtakes, restarts, and “1-2-3” lead-ins are not being edited out?

    And Peter, please finish your sen . . . Please finish your words.

    If you’re referring to the one at the top of the show, that was left in on purpose. Sometimes, we like to let you see how the sausage is made.

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  9. Columbo Member
    Columbo
    @Columbo

    DocJay:

    Columbo:The picture of Hillary coughing reminded me of another observation … the “Vast Right Wing Conspiracy” and the “I Did Not Have Sex With That Woman” took place in 1998. Eighteen years ago.

    I believe that most people don’t age this much in only eighteen years unless there is something seriously wrong with their physical health ….

    hillary_vrwchillary_benghazi

    Like alcoholism?

    You’re the doc, Doc.

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  10. Eeyore Member
    Eeyore
    @Eeyore

    Peter Robinson:The genius of E.J.Hill: one of the continuing delights of American life.

    So @peterrobinson – is that simply 1) a masterful EJification of a random Robinson visage, 2) A request from EJ: “Peter, I need a shot of yourself eating the included Organic Sugar-Free Lemon Bar, or 3) an outtake from a UK interview with Paul Krugman?

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  11. Eeyore Member
    Eeyore
    @Eeyore

    DocJay:

    Columbo:The picture of Hillary coughing reminded me of another observation … the “Vast Right Wing Conspiracy” and the “I Did Not Have Sex With That Woman” took place in 1998. Eighteen years ago.

    I believe that most people don’t age this much in only eighteen years unless there is something seriously wrong with their physical health ….

    hillary_vrwchillary_benghazi

    Like alcoholism?

    It’s been the same 18 years for me and Hil. And, I’ll have to admit, the results are equally gruesome. But with the way things are going lately in our homeland, I’ve only begun to think about serious drinking.

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  12. EJHill Podcaster
    EJHill
    @EJHill

    For James:

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  13. kylez Member
    kylez
    @kylez

    RyanM:

    Columbo:The picture of Hillary coughing reminded me of another observation … the “Vast Right Wing Conspiracy” and the “I Did Not Have Sex With That Woman” took place in 1998. Eighteen years ago.

    I believe that most people don’t age this much in only eighteen years unless there is something seriously wrong with their physical health ….

    hillary_vrwchillary_benghazi

    well… no. It depends on which 18 years. After 50, I think people do age more visibly. Then again, pictures of myself 18 years ago are also pretty stark in their differences.

    And she is only a year younger than him so her hair should have been about as gray as his, so she was obviously dying it. I was in high school at the time, and looking at pictures like that now as a man in my 30s I can see (with the hindsight of all we know about them) how phony they seem.

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  14. EDISONPARKS Member
    EDISONPARKS
    @user_54742

    DocJay:

    Columbo:The picture of Hillary coughing reminded me of another observation … the “Vast Right Wing Conspiracy” and the “I Did Not Have Sex With That Woman” took place in 1998. Eighteen years ago.

    I believe that most people don’t age this much in only eighteen years unless there is something seriously wrong with their physical health ….

    hillary_vrwchillary_benghazi

    Like alcoholism?

    I think Bill has aged as bad as Hilly

    Image result for bill clinton aging badly

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  15. Don Tillman Member
    Don Tillman
    @DonTillman

    @blueyeti , I’ll suggest getting Scott Adams for an upcoming podcast.

    Dilbert Blog

    Scott Adams Twitter

    WSJ: Dilbert Explains Trump

    Ricochet: For Trump-Haters or Trump-Lovers — Great Analysis of Trump’s Character and Tactics

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  16. Fresch Fisch Member
    Fresch Fisch
    @FreschFisch

    Who chooses the music? Nice choice.

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  17. Rightfromthestart Coolidge
    Rightfromthestart
    @Rightfromthestart

    C’mon guys , as long as the press consists of nothing but Democratic operatives the efficacy of a Presidential disaster response has to to with one thing and one thing only , R or D ,

    ‘ Heartless Bush , flys over disaster area , doesn’t stop’   Or

    ‘ Idiot Bush flys in, disrupts relief efforts’

    Especially when they know the WH has a ridiculous policy of not answering back then it’s fish  in a barrel.

    As far as Mr. Troy’s hope that at some point there will be President to pull us together, don’t hold your breath, the left ( just like the Islamists) doesn’t want peace , they want eternal war on the right. When the left won all the ‘gay’ issues across the board they seamlessly moved right into the ‘trans’ wars, they didn’t even  take a weekend to catch their breath and there again they have us on the run. Peace and unity only disrupt the revolution

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  18. Columbo Member
    Columbo
    @Columbo

    EDISONPARKS:

    DocJay:

    Columbo:The picture of Hillary coughing reminded me of another observation … the “Vast Right Wing Conspiracy” and the “I Did Not Have Sex With That Woman” took place in 1998. Eighteen years ago.

    I believe that most people don’t age this much in only eighteen years unless there is something seriously wrong with their physical health ….

    hillary_vrwchillary_benghazi

    Like alcoholism?

    I think Bill has aged as bad as Hilly

    Image result for bill clinton aging badly

    Worse. In addition to alcohol and other things, BJ has abused drugs too.

    Besides, being as ugly on the inside as both are, that eventually leaks out externally as well.

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  19. Freesmith Inactive
    Freesmith
    @Freesmith

    @peterrobinson

    Please stop screaming during the podcast.

    Thank you.

    • #19
  20. Don Tillman Member
    Don Tillman
    @DonTillman

    Fresch Fisch:Who chooses the music? Nice choice.

    The @blueyeti has awesome taste in music.

    I’m a tough customer in that regard, and he has the uncanny ability to reacquaint me with songs I hadn’t paid enough attention to, songs that have depth and deserve more listens.

    Specific examples?  Sure, The Who’s “Pictures of Lily”, Joe Jackson’s “It’s Different For Girls”.

    Thanks, Yeti!

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  21. Wolverine Inactive
    Wolverine
    @Wolverine

    Peter,

    I don’t think Tevi fully answered your question about Bush’s handling of Katrina. He said he mishandled it as a political matter but would love to know how he thought Bush handled it as a practical matter. I might have missed it.

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  22. Chris Campion Coolidge
    Chris Campion
    @ChrisCampion

    DocJay:Big fan of Matthew Sweet. 100% Fun dude.

    Me too.  Hadn’t heard that song in a long time.

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  23. I Walton Member
    I Walton
    @IWalton

    Hillary, Mr. Long, will not be a weak President no matter how thin her win.  She will control the courts in short order so can do whatever she wants from the W.H.   The press, academia, unions, Wall Street, the bureaucracy and her party will support her.  Trump will be a weak president.  Secondly we do not have to await a unifying president.  We do not want a unifying president.  The US is too big and too diverse.  If you want unity decentralize, privatize, then let folks work it out.  Central unity with every soul having to live with the same public goods?    That is impossible and not desirable.

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  24. Ario IronStar Inactive
    Ario IronStar
    @ArioIronStar

    I Walton:Hillary, Mr. Long, will not be a weak President no matter how thin her win. She will control the courts in short order so can do whatever she wants from the W.H. The press, academia, unions, Wall Street, the bureaucracy and her party will support her. Trump will be a weak president…

    I am truly mystified how NeverTrumpers justify their tolerance of a Hillary presidency.  I give kudos to Mr. Long for not devolving into presumptions of degeneracy or stupidity regarding Trump supporters, as so many NeverTrumpers have done (including contributors here).  However, it seems obvious that Hillary — or more precisely the progressives as a whole — will not be weak at all, regardless of whether Hillary is in a coma.  They will not need Congress or public opinion.  They will do what they want.  The only stop will be impeachment, which would take improprieties beyond that which I can imagine (because Obama has taken what I previously thought would be an easy path to impeachment).  Honestly, can you think of anything that would stop them knowing they don’t need Congress?

    Mr. Long (or Mr. Lileks, or somebody), please paint me a picture of how Hillary — or rather the progressives as a whole — will be blocked from simply ruling by judicial and executive decree.

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  25. Wineguy13 Thatcher
    Wineguy13
    @Wineguy13

    Somewhat off topic, I recently did the music for a group of college Christian organizations who hosted a steak dinner for the incoming freshmen.  I made up a playlist of contemporary Christian music along with some pop songs which were hot right now (I asked my 20 year-old daughter).  I sneaked in two songs to make myself happy, Matthew Sweet’s ‘Girlfriend’, and Sugar ‘If I can’t change your mind’.  I was pleased to see the young ‘skulls full of mush’ tap their feet along to good music from before hey were born.

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