In Hot Water in D.C.

It takes a special occasion to take The Big Show® to bigger things and higher heights. What’s bigger than the AEI/Ricochet Podcast Summit? Try the 400th episode of our aural extravaganza. There are ruminations on the changes in our nation’s capital since the Reagan years, presidential portraits and Korean water heaters. (Yeah, Korean water heaters.) Meanwhile, Peter attempts a variety of new Ricochet marketing slogans.

Music from this week’s show: River of Dreams by Billy Joel.

 

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  1. JuliaBlaschke Coolidge
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    @JuliaBlaschke

    Oh excellent. Great job guys! I live in the outer northern VA suburbs and don’t often venture up into the swamp of DC, but we did drive into town for the Mad Dogs podcast and enjoyed it. But, one thing that I found truly awful about DC, is the state of the roads! You’d think all those rich lobbyists in their Teslas would disappear down some of those potholes! Despite all the flashy new restaurants and stores, the city is still run by democrats and it shows.

    I agree the behavior of the left and the media is almost enough to turn me into a Trumper. But, I am not.

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  2. Arahant Member
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    @Arahant

    That was fun.

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  3. Guruforhire Member
    Guruforhire
    @Guruforhire

    My A-HA moment was when I was sitting in a bar called the federalist that isnt there anymore eating a charcutere plate, after having done some grant work for rural Indiana, and I looked around at these palaces of marble and glass, and men in fancy suits, and I realized that all of this was taken from the mouths of the family of a toothless farm hand in the Midwest.

    An army of killdozers is coming (and if you look into the grievances of the man behind the killdozer and its a perfect metaphor).

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  4. DonG Coolidge
    DonG
    @DonG

    …can’t read Hebrew!  Ha!

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  5. kedavis Member
    kedavis
    @kedavis

    If taking “The Big Show” to “bigger things” means getting half an hour LESS than many of the others…  maybe it’s better to stay small.

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  6. Miffed White Male Member
    Miffed White Male
    @MiffedWhiteMale

    Ricochet – Civil-ish and semi-legitimate!  That’s the slogan that will get Peter and Rob the riches they’ve been waiting for.

     

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  7. Jeff Hawkins Coolidge
    Jeff Hawkins
    @JeffHawkins

    James was on fire

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  8. Joe Escalante Contributor
    Joe Escalante
    @JoeEscalante

    Just one more voice that has never heard of the Korean hot water. Stay gold Peter.

    Oh wait, crap. If Peter stays gold, he’ll never get that reference. This is tough.

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  9. Miffed White Male Member
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    @MiffedWhiteMale

    Joe Escalante (View Comment):

    Just one more voice that has never heard of the Korean hot water. Stay gold Peter.

    Oh wait, crap. If Peter stays gold, he’ll never get that reference. This is tough.

    I’ve heard of “Tankless” water heaters.  Never heard they were Korean.

     

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  10. kedavis Member
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    @kedavis

    Miffed White Male (View Comment):

    Joe Escalante (View Comment):

    Just one more voice that has never heard of the Korean hot water. Stay gold Peter.

    Oh wait, crap. If Peter stays gold, he’ll never get that reference. This is tough.

    I’ve heard of “Tankless” water heaters. Never heard they were Korean.

     

    But we don’t want North Korea to be tankless.  We want them to be nukeless.

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  11. EJHill Podcaster
    EJHill
    @EJHill

    It’s a tankless job. But somebody has to do it.

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  12. EJHill Podcaster
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    @EJHill

    kedavis: If taking “The Big Show” to “bigger things” means getting half an hour LESS than many of the others… maybe it’s better to stay small.

    @kedavis When you’re on a tight schedule things get tight. GLoP ran an hour but had the luxury of being the closing act.

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  13. Bishop Wash Member
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    @BishopWash

    I don’t know much about Pinochet but he’s big as a meme; my favorite is the “what I want to be when I grow up” paper. That’s what I thought of when Peter started his memory of Reagan wanting to take Communists up in helicopters.

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  14. Blue Yeti Admin
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    EJHill (View Comment):

    kedavis: If taking “The Big Show” to “bigger things” means getting half an hour LESS than many of the others… maybe it’s better to stay small.

    @kedavis When you’re on a tight schedule things get tight. GLoP ran an hour but had the luxury of being the closing act.

    And an open bar. 

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  15. EJHill Podcaster
    EJHill
    @EJHill

    Blue Yeti: And an open bar. 

    Secrets of Successful Producers. 

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  16. Archie Campbell Member
    Archie Campbell
    @ArchieCampbell

    I enjoyed all of it except for Rob’s “gosh how I wish all of these people would die so that Mattis could be POTUS.” I really, really hate that kind of stuff.

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  17. Concretevol Thatcher
    Concretevol
    @Concretevol

    Here are the boys…

    ?

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  18. Annefy Member
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    @Annefy

    Archie Campbell (View Comment):

    I enjoyed all of it except for Rob’s “gosh how I wish all of these people would die so that Mattis could be POTUS.” I really, really hate that kind of stuff.

    I actually turned off the podcast at that point. Have no desire to finish … not sure if I’ll ever go back.

    It’s not funny (and I know funny). Rob’s cynicism is … too much.

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  19. Concretevol Thatcher
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    @Concretevol

    Annefy (View Comment):

    Archie Campbell (View Comment):

    I enjoyed all of it except for Rob’s “gosh how I wish all of these people would die so that Mattis could be POTUS.” I really, really hate that kind of stuff.

    I actually turned off the podcast at that point. Have no desire to finish … not sure if I’ll ever go back.

    It’s not funny (and I know funny). Rob’s cynicism is … too much.

    Sorry you felt that way, I was there and thought it was freaking hilarious!

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  20. JuliaBlaschke Coolidge
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    Concretevol (View Comment):
    Sorry you felt that way, I was there and thought it was freaking hilarious!

    Me too. I tell a similar story. Trump is removed, Pence is removed. Ryan becomes President and picks Romney as his VP. Thus order is restored to the universe! 

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  21. Miffed White Male Member
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    JuliaBlaschke (View Comment):

    Concretevol (View Comment):
    Sorry you felt that way, I was there and thought it was freaking hilarious!

    Me too. I tell a similar story. Trump is removed, Pence is removed. Ryan becomes President and picks Romney as his VP. Thus order is restored to the universe!

    The way I heard it, Ryan picks Hillary for VP, then resigns.

     

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  22. Annefy Member
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    @Annefy

    Concretevol (View Comment):

    Annefy (View Comment):

    Archie Campbell (View Comment):

    I enjoyed all of it except for Rob’s “gosh how I wish all of these people would die so that Mattis could be POTUS.” I really, really hate that kind of stuff.

    I actually turned off the podcast at that point. Have no desire to finish … not sure if I’ll ever go back.

    It’s not funny (and I know funny). Rob’s cynicism is … too much.

    Sorry you felt that way, I was there and thought it was freaking hilarious!

    I should have said : I didn’t find it funny. 

    It’s also worth pointing out that what plays in a live audience might not translate as well for someone listening in their car. 

    Also worthy of note: knowing how Rob feels about Trump, and disagreeing with him, certainly influenced whether or not I found it funny.

    I am often very inappropriate in things I say, but I learned early the funnier you are the more you can get away with. But I seldom find comments about people dying funny. 

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  23. Archie Campbell Member
    Archie Campbell
    @ArchieCampbell

    JuliaBlaschke (View Comment):

    Concretevol (View Comment):
    Sorry you felt that way, I was there and thought it was freaking hilarious!

    Me too. I tell a similar story. Trump is removed, Pence is removed. Ryan becomes President and picks Romney as his VP. Thus order is restored to the universe!

    Rob wasn’t talking about people being “removed.” He was talking about them dying or being assassinated. “How many people have to die…” and the line about “talking around the federal crime.”

    Maybe I’m being too sensitive, and I should take it in the spirit that we’re all in the same clubhouse, so we know he’s not serious* and thus jokes so black are fine. But if you heard the same bit(?) from a left-leaning pundit/celebrity, it’s hard to believe you’d think it was “freaking hilarious.”

    *I don’t know that he’s not serious.

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  24. Concretevol Thatcher
    Concretevol
    @Concretevol

    Archie Campbell (View Comment):

    JuliaBlaschke (View Comment):

    Concretevol (View Comment):
    Sorry you felt that way, I was there and thought it was freaking hilarious!

    Me too. I tell a similar story. Trump is removed, Pence is removed. Ryan becomes President and picks Romney as his VP. Thus order is restored to the universe!

    Rob wasn’t talking about people being “removed.” He was talking about them dying or being assassinated. “How many people have to die…” and the line about “talking around the federal crime.”

    Maybe I’m being too sensitive,(yes I think you are) and I should take it in the spirit that we’re all in the same clubhouse, so we know he’s not serious* and thus jokes so black are fine. But if you heard the same bit(?) from a left-leaning pundit/celebrity, it’s hard to believe you’d think it was “freaking hilarious.”

    *I don’t know that he’s not serious.  (I think I can state with a fair amount of certainty that the intent was to emphasize how impressive Mattis was, not how much Rob wants the other people killed….come on)

     

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  25. Concretevol Thatcher
    Concretevol
    @Concretevol

    Annefy (View Comment):

    Concretevol (View Comment):

    Annefy (View Comment):

    Archie Campbell (View Comment):

    I enjoyed all of it except for Rob’s “gosh how I wish all of these people would die so that Mattis could be POTUS.” I really, really hate that kind of stuff.

    I actually turned off the podcast at that point. Have no desire to finish … not sure if I’ll ever go back.

    It’s not funny (and I know funny). Rob’s cynicism is … too much.

    Sorry you felt that way, I was there and thought it was freaking hilarious!

    I should have said : I didn’t find it funny.

    Fair enough, what’s funny to some is never funny to everyone  :)

    It’s also worth pointing out that what plays in a live audience might not translate as well for someone listening in their car.

    That’s very true I’m sure.  It was all part of the feel of the audience….and perhaps because the bar was open. :)

    Also worthy of note: knowing how Rob feels about Trump, and disagreeing with him, certainly influenced whether or not I found it funny.

    Most of Rob’s criticism was directed at the insane, over the top media freakouts to everything Trump does instead of at Trump himself.  The point was absolutely how impressive Mattis was.  It made sense in the moment to say something like “why can’t THAT guy be president??”  It’s not a slam on Trump or the other people in line for the job, just a gut reaction to Mattis knocking his interview out of the park I think.  

    I am often very inappropriate in things I say, but I learned early the funnier you are the more you can get away with. But I seldom find comments about people dying funny.

     

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  26. Annefy Member
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    Concretevol (View Comment):

    Annefy (View Comment):

    Concretevol (View Comment):

    Annefy (View Comment):

    Archie Campbell (View Comment):

    I enjoyed all of it except for Rob’s “gosh how I wish all of these people would die so that Mattis could be POTUS.” I really, really hate that kind of stuff.

    I actually turned off the podcast at that point. Have no desire to finish … not sure if I’ll ever go back.

    It’s not funny (and I know funny). Rob’s cynicism is … too much.

    Sorry you felt that way, I was there and thought it was freaking hilarious!

    I should have said : I didn’t find it funny.

    Fair enough, what’s funny to some is never funny to everyone :)

    It’s also worth pointing out that what plays in a live audience might not translate as well for someone listening in their car.

    That’s very true I’m sure. It was all part of the feel of the audience….and perhaps because the bar was open. :)

    Also worthy of note: knowing how Rob feels about Trump, and disagreeing with him, certainly influenced whether or not I found it funny.

    Most of Rob’s criticism was directed at the insane, over the top media freakouts to everything Trump does instead of at Trump himself. The point was absolutely how impressive Mattis was. It made sense in the moment to say something like “why can’t THAT guy be president??” It’s not a slam on Trump or the other people in line for the job, just a gut reaction to Mattis knocking his interview out of the park I think.

    I am often very inappropriate in things I say, but I learned early the funnier you are the more you can get away with. But I seldom find comments about people dying funny.

    I was referring to Rob’s historical criticisms; not those specific to this particular podcast. I was also off put by the weariness in his voice.

    But no worries; not worth fussing over. It’s a big world; there’s room for all of us.

     

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  27. Concretevol Thatcher
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    Annefy (View Comment):

    Concretevol (View Comment):

    Annefy (View Comment):

    Concretevol (View Comment):

    Annefy (View Comment):

    Archie Campbell (View Comment):

    I enjoyed all of it except for Rob’s “gosh how I wish all of these people would die so that Mattis could be POTUS.” I really, really hate that kind of stuff.

    I actually turned off the podcast at that point. Have no desire to finish … not sure if I’ll ever go back.

    It’s not funny (and I know funny). Rob’s cynicism is … too much.

    Sorry you felt that way, I was there and thought it was freaking hilarious!

    I should have said : I didn’t find it funny.

    Fair enough, what’s funny to some is never funny to everyone :)

    It’s also worth pointing out that what plays in a live audience might not translate as well for someone listening in their car.

    That’s very true I’m sure. It was all part of the feel of the audience….and perhaps because the bar was open. :)

    Also worthy of note: knowing how Rob feels about Trump, and disagreeing with him, certainly influenced whether or not I found it funny.

    Most of Rob’s criticism was directed at the insane, over the top media freakouts to everything Trump does instead of at Trump himself. The point was absolutely how impressive Mattis was. It made sense in the moment to say something like “why can’t THAT guy be president??” It’s not a slam on Trump or the other people in line for the job, just a gut reaction to Mattis knocking his interview out of the park I think.

    I am often very inappropriate in things I say, but I learned early the funnier you are the more you can get away with. But I seldom find comments about people dying funny.

    I was referring to Rob’s historical criticisms; not those specific to this particular podcast. I was also off put by the weariness in his voice.

    But no worries; not worth fussing over. It’s a big world; there’s room for all of us.

     

    Yep, no argument here  :)  That’s the nice thing about having a variety of podcasts!  

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  28. Archie Campbell Member
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    @ArchieCampbell

    Concretevol (View Comment):

    Maybe I’m being too sensitive,(yes I think you are) and I should take it in the spirit that we’re all in the same clubhouse, so we know he’s not serious* and thus jokes so black are fine. But if you heard the same bit(?) from a left-leaning pundit/celebrity, it’s hard to believe you’d think it was “freaking hilarious.”

    *I don’t know that he’s not serious. (I think I can state with a fair amount of certainty that the intent was to emphasize how impressive Mattis was, not how much Rob wants the other people killed….come on)

     

    “[C]ome on.” Whatever. I wasn’t there, but you didn’t just listen to it, as I did. We didn’t have the same experience of it.

    I erred here, namely by initiating a discussion on a matter of taste/preference. What I should’ve done instead was to make a statement and leave it at that.  So let me withdraw my “Maybe I’m being too sensitive” statement, since I don’t think I was, and just state that I think it was an appalling “joke” of a type I hate. No one is going to argue me out of that. If Rob wants to weigh in, I’d be interested in what he says, since he said it and knows what he meant. Other than that, I’m done with this.

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  29. JuliaBlaschke Coolidge
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    Miffed White Male (View Comment):
    The way I heard it, Ryan picks Hillary for VP, then resigns.

    Yes but then you are a Miffed White Male. Ryan despises Hillary like most sane people.

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  30. kedavis Member
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    @kedavis

    JuliaBlaschke (View Comment):

    Miffed White Male (View Comment):
    The way I heard it, Ryan picks Hillary for VP, then resigns.

    Yes but then you are a Miffed White Male. Ryan despises Hillary like most sane people.

    Just want to point out that, especially without more punctuation, there are at least two ways of taking that.

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