Goodbye, Mr. Loaf

After an informative press conference with Mr. President, who better to take us through last year’s stunning over-performance than Byron York? (Be sure to subscribe to his podcast, available right here on Ricochet!) Among other things, we go over Biden’s plan to get out more; the dilemma of staff shakeups when the boss is the problem; and question of succession.

The hosts also get into the so-called voter rights bill that died, maskgate and the detritus on the Union Pacific railway. And ever wondered what Peter’s favorite Meat Loaf song is? You’ll have to listen to find out!

Music from this week’s podcast: Two Outta Three Ain’t Bad by Meat Loaf

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  1. kedavis Member
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    Why doesn’t someone on Fox News, if nowhere else, remind everyone after these Biden speeches that George Wallace, Bull Connor, and Jefferson Davis were all Democrats?

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  2. Bishop Wash Member
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    Rob said we’ve seen for a generation more votes and more people voting. Last election those weren’t the same thing. 81 million votes but not from 81 million people.

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  3. kedavis Member
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  4. kedavis Member
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    Did someone say “Two Out Of Three Ain’t Bad?”

     

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  5. JennaStocker Member
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    Not that it matters much what I think, but I just thought it was a very good show. Byron York seems like a pretty straight shooter – noted because I think it’s true, not because I think our hosts are not ;-) – Also love that James has the depth of knowledge or love of music, or both, to talk about afternoon opera and Meat Loaf in the same breath and that Peter can take a good-natured joke at his expense with his usual pleasant disposition. My only quibble is Rob wasn’t there to offer thoughts about the late Louie Anderson, a Minnesota treasure, or Mr. Loaf. Well done.

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  6. James Lileks Contributor
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    JennaStocker (View Comment):
    Well done

    Thanks! It was, to quote Captain Kirk as he lay dying, fun. Without the “dying” part of course

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  7. OccupantCDN Coolidge
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    kedavis (View Comment):

    Why doesn’t someone on Fox News, if nowhere else, remind everyone after these Biden speeches that George Wallace, Bull Connor, and Jefferson Davis were all Democrats?

    You’d think its a simple declarative sentence like you’ve just written. But then it would turn into a huge production to explain who these people where, why they matter now, when they hadnt for decades. Its just a giant rabbit hole that would chase away the audience.

    George Wallace must feel particularly betrayed by Biden’s vilification, considering how Biden and Wallace supported and admired each other, back in the day.

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  8. RufusRJones Member
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    I never get anywhere with this, but I’m pretty sure it’s true. This is the problem if the GOP can’t keep it’s thumb on NPR, George Soros is going to buy it. I think he already “helps” them out with some organization that literally has 100 journalists.

    All Journalists Are Statists™

    Government Is How We Steal From Each Other™

    Everything Moves Towards Communism All Of The Time™

     

    Minnesota Public Radio is the craziest thing that really doesn’t get much bad publicity. The studios are absolutely nuts. It looks like something out of Star Trek. They can buy any damn translator or tower they ever feel like. Etc. 

     

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  9. RufusRJones Member
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    This will never happen, but I have always thought it would be nice to have a national radio station that kind of drones on and on like KCBS or KNX, but it’s just national news and interesting local reports. No political slant. Not sort of overproduced and over emphasizing entertainment and sports like the Fox News Radio channel on SiriusXM. Probably nobody remembers it, but it might be like that Monitor Radio show that was on between the 50s and the 70s.

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  10. RufusRJones Member
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  11. kedavis Member
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    OccupantCDN (View Comment):

    kedavis (View Comment):

    Why doesn’t someone on Fox News, if nowhere else, remind everyone after these Biden speeches that George Wallace, Bull Connor, and Jefferson Davis were all Democrats?

    You’d think its a simple declarative sentence like you’ve just written. But then it would turn into a huge production to explain who these people where, why they matter now, when they hadnt for decades. Its just a giant rabbit hole that would chase away the audience.

    I’m not so sure, the way Biden and others trot them out repeatedly.  They must figure the audience knows who they mean, evil racists with attack dogs and fire hoses etc, but with the assumption that those evil men were Republicans.  Refuting that seems rather simple.  “They were Democrats, after all” might be all it takes.

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  12. OccupantCDN Coolidge
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    kedavis (View Comment):

    OccupantCDN (View Comment):

    kedavis (View Comment):

    Why doesn’t someone on Fox News, if nowhere else, remind everyone after these Biden speeches that George Wallace, Bull Connor, and Jefferson Davis were all Democrats?

    You’d think its a simple declarative sentence like you’ve just written. But then it would turn into a huge production to explain who these people where, why they matter now, when they hadnt for decades. Its just a giant rabbit hole that would chase away the audience.

    I’m not so sure, the way Biden and others trot them out repeatedly. They must figure the audience knows who they mean, evil racists with attack dogs and fire hoses etc, but with the assumption that those evil men were Republicans. Refuting that seems rather simple. “They were Democrats, after all” might be all it takes.

    When Star Wars was released, nobody knew who Darth Vader was – but he was undoubtedly the villain.

    I think the audience just gets takes from context that these are the villains without really understanding who the characters are.

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  13. kedavis Member
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    OccupantCDN (View Comment):

    kedavis (View Comment):

    OccupantCDN (View Comment):

    kedavis (View Comment):

    Why doesn’t someone on Fox News, if nowhere else, remind everyone after these Biden speeches that George Wallace, Bull Connor, and Jefferson Davis were all Democrats?

    You’d think its a simple declarative sentence like you’ve just written. But then it would turn into a huge production to explain who these people where, why they matter now, when they hadnt for decades. Its just a giant rabbit hole that would chase away the audience.

    I’m not so sure, the way Biden and others trot them out repeatedly. They must figure the audience knows who they mean, evil racists with attack dogs and fire hoses etc, but with the assumption that those evil men were Republicans. Refuting that seems rather simple. “They were Democrats, after all” might be all it takes.

    When Star Wars was released, nobody knew who Darth Vader was – but he was undoubtedly the villain.

    I think the audience just gets takes from context that these are the villains without really understanding who the characters are.

    Sure, and since Biden and they are Democrats, they’re getting the assumption that the evil people were Republicans.  But they weren’t.  They and others – especially blacks, etc – need to be reminded of that, often.  The Man trying to keep them down, then and now, is a Democrat.

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  14. Taras Coolidge
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    Nobody’s going to challenge Trump for the 2024 Presidential nomination, unless he (or she) is working to divide the Republican vote and ensure a Democratic victory; i.e., “Lynn Cheney in 2024!”.

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  15. Franz Drumlin Member
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    Taras (View Comment):

    Nobody’s going to challenge Trump for the 2024 Presidential nomination, unless he (or she) is working to divide the Republican vote and ensure a Democratic victory; i.e., “Lynn Cheney in 2024!”.

    We don’t owe Trump anything. He will have to earn the nomination, just like any other candidate. I hope two or three contenders step up to the challenge.

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  16. Taras Coolidge
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    @Taras

    Franz Drumlin (View Comment):

    Taras (View Comment):

    Nobody’s going to challenge Trump for the 2024 Presidential nomination, unless he (or she) is working to divide the Republican vote and ensure a Democratic victory; i.e., “Lynn [oops Liz] Cheney in 2024!”.

    We don’t owe Trump anything. He will have to earn the nomination, just like any other candidate. I hope two or three contenders step up to the challenge.

    I am merely pointing out that the working class and minority voters, who voted Republican in the last two Presidential elections, trust Donald Trump, not the Republican Party.

    And they may be right.

    If the Republican candidate is not Donald Trump, then they will vote for that candidate  only if he has Donald Trump’s blessing.  (And maybe not even then!)

    In all probability, Big Tech will finance some fake Republicans to run against Trump in the primaries. As we saw in the 2020 election, for the price of hundreds of millions of dollars they get benefits in the billions.

    From their point of view, the ideal would be a rerun of 1912, with an unpopular Republican candidate, and a more popular Republican running as a third-party candidate, dividing the vote and opening the way for a Democrat to win.

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  17. Quickz Member
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    I subscribe to Byron York’s podcast and there were long stretches where there would not be a podcast and then lo! An episode would appear! Huzzah! Haha. I like the podcast quite a bit and am pleased to hear the reason I have seen one every day for the past week is that he will be moving to a weekday format. I find many of his takes regarding Trump as classically tone-deaf (he’s likely wearing beltway earplugs) – but that’s only 2% of what he talks about and the rest is worth it.

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  18. Fresch Fisch Member
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    I was never a big Meatloaf fan.

    A couple years ago I found this now I love this song.

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  19. Quickz Member
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    Also, hearing the Train/UPS/Amazon/Boxes/etc. story reminded me that when this was “breaking” a few days (weeks?) back I saw the thread and thought, “yeah I know – Adam Housley reported about this before the holidays last year.” I only remembered because the joke was, when the item you (or someone you knew) ordered for Christmas was lost during transit it wasn’t the supply chain, it was being “supplied by train” – to someone else. Many LOLs were had by all – especially with the picture shared. It’s become common to see news reported, or hear people comment on a story and think – “yeah I know that – like months/year ago.” Adam Housley is a good follow for that. One sec, I think he reposted it recently. Ah here it is:

    Reason I am posting this is that I thought about several reasons why it took so long for an already “reported” on story to catch on. Was it just that the thread that did “break through” was just better? Like, multiple tweets with pictures, video – even the lawbreakers running from the bulls – it made it much more captivating. Was it the person that tweeted it that made the difference? Was it a slower, post holiday, news cycle that was starving for some stray voltage to take the attention? Was it ignored initially because of the person tweeting it? Was it ignored because it was right before the holiday season where multiple thousands of people would be losing their packages due to this? Was it unable to be reported because of the race/class issues involved? If that is the case, they why was it ok after the fact?

    I lean toward the “more captivating” take, but there is some juice in each of the theories. This spur any additional theories or thoughts from the Ricochetti?

    P.S. Perhaps NPR will one day mean, “Now Prefer Ricochet”

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  20. Blondie Thatcher
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    Byron York 5 days a week!!! Best news I’ve heard in a while. Thanks to all that made and are making this happen!!!!

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  21. Ausonius Member
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    @jameslileks I renewed my subscription because you mentioned my comments last week.  It means a lot to have a host who is engaged with listeners like you are!  It’s also good to know you have great taste in pizza!

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