On today’s podcast, the COMMENTARY team—Noah Rothman, Abe Greenwald, and John Podhoretz —point out that an uncommonly Trumpian audience watching the Super Bowl was subjected to ads attacking its views. Will that matter? Are these companies shooting themselves in the foot by virtue-signaling? And speaking of signaling, what signal was Donald Trump sending with his moral equivalence between the United States and Russia? How much of this can conservatives take because they know they’re going to get some good policies out of it? Give a listen.More
On this podcast, Noah Rothman, Abe Greenwald, and John Podhoretz discuss the tumultuous three days since (remember this?) Neil Gorsuch was nominated to be an associate justice of the Supreme Court. We’re fighting with Australia, we’re putting Iran on notice, Russia is poisoning critics and fooling around in Ukraine, and people are throwing firebombs at a flamethrower in Berkeley. Give a listen. Really.More
Our latest podcast features John Podhoretz, Abe Greenwald, and Noah Rothman wondering at the trifecta of Trump’s second weekend — an executive order that created a mass protest at airports for pity’s sake, the horrifying deletion of the Jewish people from a Holocaust remembrance, and Steve Bannon’s power grab at the National Security Council.
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Many of Donald Trump’s opponents have given up reason and circumspection and are indulging in hysteria, assured that standard operating procedure for a new administration is creeping fascism.
Also, the hosts dig into Donald Trump’s executive orders on immigration and refugees and wonder if Team Trump is recognizing the infeasibility of the president’s campaign trail pledges.More
On the first podcast of the week, John Podhoretz, Abe Greenwald, and Noah Rothman discuss the opening days of the Trump administration and why they were not so good, really, in their opinion—and they also argue over the meaning of the Women’s March and its possible ramifications for 2018. Give a listen.More
Our final podcast of the week features our tear-bathed tribute to the departing Barack Obama and his commutation of the sentences of traitors and the pardon of terrorists. Also, a look ahead to liberal hypocrisy in the Trump era and a near-total meltdown by me on the subject of the supposedly “anti-intellectual” David Gelernter, the most intellectual person I’ve basically ever known. Give a listen.More
In the new COMMENTARY podcast, John Podhoretz, Abe Greenwald, and Noah Rothman examine how President-elect Donald Trump has managed to drive his allies—both Republican and European—over a cliff with anxiety. Will having an American president who is skeptical toward institutions like the European Union and NATO shatter the Atlanticist consensus? Finally, the shuttering of the Barnum and Bailey Circus and what that says about American culture.More
On the last podcast of the week, we argue over the meaning of the shock announcement about the investigation at the Justice Department into the propriety of FBI Director James Comey’s behavior this year, and whether Donald Trump solved anything for himself by his semi-divestment of his business. Give a listen.More
On the first of this week’s podcasts, we dilate upon Meryl Streep attacking Donald Trump and Donald Trump attacking Meryl Streep and how Trump represents a different kind of combative conservative—one who has his own form of pop-culture reach that is beyond the capacity of the Streeps to silence or control. We also talk about why it is that the declassified Russia report is not the document it could have or should have been. And some other stuff. Give a listen.More
On the last of this week’s podcast, we try to make sense of the weeklong battle between the incoming president and the intelligence community—and whether his view that the IC is basically working against him personally has some merit. We also talk about the vote to condemn the UN resolution on Israel and what it means for the Democratic party. Give a listen.More
On the first podcast of 2017, we discuss the first near-scandal of 2017—the quickly reversed effort to overhaul the Congressional ethics process in a manner highly injurious to the public image of the Republicans who agreed to it and then soon after agreed to dump it.
The lesson: Trump can challenge norms but other Republicans don’t have his Teflon. We also discuss the waning days of the Obama administration and its singularly graceless exit. Give a listen.More
On the final Commentary podcast of the year, we discuss the threat posed to Germany’s Angela Merkel by the mishandling of the suspect in the Berlin Christmas market massacre and what it portends about Europe’s political situation. And we wonder at the record of John Kerry and the historical treatment of Barack Obama, whose drone policy has proved so unattractive to his own side that its definitive defense took place in…COMMENTARY, in this piece by Kenneth Anderson. Give a listen, and happy holidays and a happy new year from the podcasters.More
In the first of this week’s two podcasts, we talk about the ludicrousness of the effort to encourage “faithless electors” to disrupt the legitimacy of the Trump victory and the connection to fake news. We also get into the challenges the new president will face he has no clue he’s going to face because presidents never know, and whether he has or will have a foreign policy “doctrine.” Can an improviser be doctrinal? Who knows? Give a listen.More
On the second COMMENTARY podcast this week, Abe Greenwald, and John Podhoretz wonder at the weak sourcing of the stories about the Russian effort to hijack the 2016 election, while Noah Rothman scoffs that we could question the effort. Which we don’t. As we explain. We also get a little testy at Obama’s UN ambassador Samantha Power giving a high-and-mighty moral speech about Syria when she stood by as the Obama administration did nothing to prevent the genocide. Give a listen.More
In this week’s first podcast, Noah Rothman, Abe Greenwald, and John Podhoretz say many different things about the Russian hacking and the election, and about hacking in general, and try to keep it interesting even though they kept having to interrupt themselves because of sirens going on outside their window.
Also, why shouldn’t prospective cabinet appointments be like Miss Americas? Give a listen.More
On today’s podcast, Abe Greenwald, Noah Rothman, and John Podhoretz ventilate upon the president-elect’s decision to attack a local union official by name — a classic instance of punching down, a style Trump has used to great effect — and wonder what it portends for a presidency that wishes to project strength above all. We worry about the PEOTUS’s apparent unwillingness to divest himself of his businesses and the political problems it will cause both him and the Republican party, not to mention the potential for policy chaos. And we don’t let Barack Obama off the hook either for his speech full of self-praise for the terrorism problem he has actually exacerbated. Give a listen.More
On this week’s first COMMENTARY podcast, we take up the decision to halt work on the Dakota Pipeline due to the tactics of protesters and whether this provides the incoming Trump administration with the possibility of a win. We dispute the contention of Mike Pence that the free market is a loser, and argue over the Taiwan phone call like teenagers arguing over the phone.
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On this week’s second COMMENTARY podcast, the boys discuss the ways in which the election results make it clear liberals are going to use the power they have left—cultural supremacy—to try and hold the line against Donald Trump and the Republicans, and whether it will work. And whether offering corporate welfare to Carrier will help Trump in the long run. Give a listen.More
In the latest COMMENTARY podcast, the election you thought was over, well, isn’t. Hillary Clinton’s team announces its intention to join a recount in the upper Midwest, sending the nation hurtling back into its partisan corners and preventing Democrats from coming to terms with why they lost. Also, how the death of Cuban dictator Fidel Castro exposed the left’s nostalgia for revolutionary communism and, with it, an utter contempt for human rights.More
What does South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley’s nomination to lead the American mission to the United Nations say about Donald Trump? Quite a few surprising and even encouraging things, according to COMMENTARY Magazine podcast hosts John Podhoretz, Abe Greenwald, and Noah Rothman.
The gang discusses the prospect of Mitt Romney’s ascension to the post of Secretary of State, Donald Trump’s desire to divest from his company, and the high stakes should he choose not to do so.More