Well, here we are. In this podcast, we here at COMMENTARY eat crow about our presumption Donald Trump couldn’t win, we explain why we think he did, and why Hillary Clinton failed so spectacularly. Give a listen.More
Roughly 36 hours from the time at which this podcast was recording, America will know the results of the 2016 presidential election. In the latest COMMENTARY podcast, John Podhoretz, Abe Greenwald, and Noah Rothman examine some likely scenarios as to how this thing will play out. Has Donald Trump awoken a sleeping giant in the form of the dormant Latino vote? Did Trump essentially win this race in June by emboldening an entirely new electorate that has never before voted and who isn’t showing up in the polls? Plus, how exactly do you pronounce Nevada?More
…and this is no bum steer. It’s from COMMENTARY handicappers, who are real sincere.
No, we don’t sing the score from Guys and Dolls on the second of this week’s podcasts, but we do get into the nitty-gritty of the soon-to-be-final predictive numbers on the Trump-Clinton race, and we conclude that… well, you have to listen to find out.More
The bomb strike hit the Clinton campaign and the presidential race a few days ago, and the COMMENTARY crowd assesses the damage with the same level of information everybody else has but an unbridled willingness to speculate and categorize and just generally try to keep the conversation going.
With detours to South Korea and the question of the democratic model vs. the Chinese model — give a listen.More
In the second of this week’s podcasts, the COMMENTARY gang (John Podhoretz, Abe Greenwald, and Noah Rothman) look into the reporting on the Trump political machine that reveals it really ain’t much of a machine. We also examine the genuinely distasteful revelations from the Wikileaks email dump about the machinations behind the Clinton money machine—a machine that went into high gear to fund the Clinton lifestyle, the Clinton Foundation, and Hillary Clinton’s personal staff.
We conclude with thoughts about whether the Republican Party even ought to be saved. Give a listen.More
On the first of this week’s podcasts, the COMMENTARY crew (JPod, Abe Greenwald, and Noah Rothman) suggest two scenarios post-election: One in which nothing really changes and Donald Trump remains a leading force in our politics going forward, or one in which everything changes, which brings apocalyptic dangers of its own. Yes, it’s another cheerful discussion of our wondrous future from the people who are bottling pessimism but hopefully make you laugh as we do it. Give a listen.More
In the latest COMMENTARY podcast, John Podhoretz, Abe Greenwald, and Noah Rothman dive into the final presidential debate. Donald Trump’s remarkable habit of missing opportunities is indicative of how he has run this race, and why Clinton seems set to win in November. Clinton is, however, still Clinton. She will be paranoid and secretive, and Donald Trump won’t be missing anymore opportunities to attack her. Instead, her opponent will be House Speaker Paul Ryan. If the GOP doesn’t tear itself apart, the future for Democrats under Hillary Clinton is a fraught one.More
On the first of this week’s two COMMENTARY podcasts, we discuss how the nightmarishly bad polling for Donald Trump doesn’t necessarily translate into bad polling for the GOP itself—and how the possible election-day repudiation of Trump may not bring the Republicans who are fleeing in disgust from Trump back into the fold just yet. Also how Hillary Clinton may enter office under clouds the likes of which no incoming president has ever been cast in shadow. Give a listen.More
On the second of this week’s COMMENTARY podcasts, Abe Greenwald, Noah Rothman, and John Podhoretz contemplate the post-election-day future. What condition will the Republican Party and its officials find themselves in? Will their fear of the Trump base dissipate in the case of an anti-Trump landslide, or will they continue as they have all year? And what options will Hillary Clinton have if she is president without a firm mandate and a large enough majority in the Senate to get whatever legislation she seeks through to her desk? Oy, the scenarios, they could drive you crazy. Give a listen.
Programming note: Commentary Magazine Podcast audio files are hosted at Soundcloud.com, which today is experiencing server issues that may cause this podcast to not play in your browser. iTunes listeners should not be affected by this. It’s is entirely out of our control, but we apologize nonetheless.More
On the first of this week’s COMMENTARY podcasts, Abe Greenwald, Noah Rothman, and John Podhoretz discuss the Trump poll plunge into the 30s and the beginning of his flame war against the GOP for betraying him.
The question they ask is: Which part of the Republican base does the party have to appeal to if and when Trump loses—his base or the millions of Republican-aligned voters who appear to be fleeing the party because of him? We make specific reference to a powerful tweetstorm by Mary Beth Glenn that John reads as though he were reciting “Invictus.” Give a listen.More
On this week’s second podcast, the COMMENTARY boys discuss the latest revelations in the Hillary Clinton email scandal, including the eerie assurance of White House officials that they could quash questions on Sunday-morning chat shows about the matter. Two notable brothers get mentioned. Also, can there be reconciliation in the GOP after a Trump defeat, as Noah Rothman suggests in his much-discussed blog post at COMMENTARY, Reconciliation and Renewal After Trump? Listen, your guess is as good as ours, but you’ll only be able to guess if you listen!More
In the first of this week’s COMMENTARY podcasts John Podhoretz, Abe Greenwald, and Noah Rothman give their take on the VP debate: Impressive performance chops by Mike Pence masking a series of bald-faced lies, indicating the extent to which Donald Trump has altered our politics, and a deeply annoying Tim Kaine who couldn’t even do interrupting well.
Give a listen.More
Noah Rothman, Abe Greenwald, and John Podhoretz talk about the post-debate Donald Trump and how he’s like a golfer who tied it up on the ninth hole in the final round, then bogeyed 10 while his opponent made par—and after that, can’t get out of his own head and starts spraying golf shots around the course like billiard balls. And all over the weight of a 1996 Miss Universe. We also say goodbye to Shimon Peres, a great man who made great mistakes—mistakes misunderstood by those who want to use his legacy as a truncheon against Benjamin Netanyahu on grounds that his approach to peace is isolating Israel. Isolating Israel? Um. no, as this COMMENTARY article by Lazar Berman makes clear.More
On the first of this week’s two COMMENTARY podcasts, we discuss the not-so-great debate and why and how Donald Trump did so poorly despite a good first ten minutes.
It’s gonna hurt, but it’s not over and liberals better be careful about getting too comfortable. Give a listen.More
Big news: The COMMENTARY podcast is going twice-weekly. In this, our second of the week, we delve into the question of who’s really leading in the presidential race (it’s a she) before sinking our teeth into the entire question of the value of debates, what happens in them, how the candidates try to play the refs, and whether everything that is going to happen is already baked in the cake. Give a listen.
[Programming note, this episode was recorded four days ago but due to a routine FBI investigation into our emails we were unable to release it until today. The COMMENTARY boys also recorded a new podcast today, which will come out shortly.]More
The terror attacks this weekend in New York and St. Cloud, Minnesota, have this in common with San Bernardino, Orlando, and Boston: They were the work of American citizens. On this podcast, Abe Greenwald, Noah Rothman, and John Podhoretz discuss the ramifications of this sobering fact and what it will mean going forward. We also ask whether Hillary Clinton’s campaign can get any worse and whether Donald Trump can get any more irresponsible. Also, why is it that we’re counseled to be prudent in discussing possible terrorism but are called names if we don’t immediately judge a police shooting an act of racist murder? Give a listen.More
In this week’s podcast, John Podhoretz, Abe Greenwald, and Noah Rothman discuss the deplorable Hillary health scare and the scary “deplorables” remark made by Hillary.
Was it a mistake or fiendishly clever? And why are Democrats and liberals feeling like the media are in the tank for Donald Trump and are giving Mrs. Clinton too rough a time? And we mark the publication of Nicholas Eberstadt’s immensely important Men Without Work.More
On this week’s podcast, Abe Greenwald and John Podhoretz survey the bad polling news for Hillary Clinton in the wake of the release of her FBI interview and what a race between two extremely unpopular people might mean in November.
We wonder at Donald Trump’s insistence on enlarging a military he does not wish to use, and wonder how he can reconcile all that with his promise to destroy ISIS. And we do not forget how the president was dissed in Asia. Give a listen.More
In this week’s COMMENTARY Podcast, Noah Rothman and Abe Greenberg join John Podhoretz (as usual) to dilate upon the outrageous cascade of new Hillary Clinton lies and the fact that the email scandal and the Clinton Foundation scandal have now become one and the same.
It would be enough to warm the cockles of any conservative’s heart, given its potential to up-end the results in November, were it not for the fact that Donald Trump isn’t rising because of it but rather continues his decline. Why? You’ll have to listen.More
With the announcement that Breitbart chief Steve Bannon will be taking on a senior role in Donald Trump’s presidential campaign, any notion that this campaign has any interest in persuading a general electorate to vote for him should be dispelled. The Republican nominee’s campaign has embraced the creator of an elaborate fiction in which they are always winning and their fellow Republicans are traitors to the cause.More