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Jim is back today! Join him and Greg as they welcome FDA approval of the Johnson & Johnson coronavirus vaccine. They also wince as Virginia Republicans announce they will be holding their convention for selecting nominees for governor and other statewide offices in a bunch of Liberty University parking lots. And they have a lot of fun discussing Hillary Clinton’s foray into writing fictional thrillers.

Join Jim and Greg as they cheer Attorney General Bill Barr for calling out the “economic blitzkrieg” agenda of the Chinese Communist Party and hammering corporate America and big tech for turning a blind eye to China’s human rights horror show.  They also wince as resurgent COVID cases seem to have job numbers sagging again. And they have fun with the news that very few Democrats will actually be in Milwaukee for the convention next month.

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A few years ago when a handful of Ricochetti went to the World Science Fiction Convention in Kansas City, I created a post called WorldCon Journal so the attendees would have a place to post comments on what we’ve been doing as the convention went on. Since a few of us are going to be […]

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I never hear too many Ricochet members talking about being delegates to political conventions but I’m going to ask anyway. Are any of you delegates or alternates to the Minnesota Republican Convention in Duluth in early June? @katiekoppelman and I are delegates, and I figure if any other Ricochetti will be there, we ought to […]

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DNC Day One Wrap Up

 

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Monday was the first day of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia. Not unlike the Republican convention, which had a theme each night, the Democrats had a theme too. As near as we can figure, last night’s theme was “Angry Yelling.”

There were several familiar Democratic tropes at work. Al Franken showed up to throw some red meat into the crowd and try to be funny. (But he’s out of practice, his timing was a mess, his material was dusty, and his jokes didn’t quite land.) At one point Franken was out there with comedian and Bernie Sanders supporter Sarah Silverman, who caused a stir when she said “To the ‘Bernie or Bust’ people, you’re being ridiculous.” They awkwardly tried to kill time while they were waiting for Paul Simon to come out and perform. (He looks like death now, by the way … so he kinda fits in among the Democrats.) And just to prove that Democratic convention clichés never die, Simon was followed by a video of Mario Cuomo.

Why I Am Not a Cruzite

 

ted cruzTed Cruz’s electrifying performance at the 2016 Republican National Convention will be long remembered, and deservedly so. At a critical moment, when the party of Lincoln had uncomfortably but nonetheless thoroughly embraced a lifelong Democrat/reality star/violence-abettor – and when few leading Republicans had demonstrated the courage to oppose him — Cruz did. Politicians live for the adulation of crowds and it’s bracing, even thrilling, to see one stand up straight when suffering its jeers. Cruz was particularly effective because he dropped the southern preacher style he affected during the primaries and spoke plainly.

And yet, and yet. One can never quite get over the sense with Cruz that everything is calculated. He took a risk, yes, but there is high potential gain for him in being perceived, whatever happens in November, as the voice of pure Republican conservatism. Cruz was a pillar of strength last night, God bless him. But let’s not forget that John Kasich has not bowed to the orange god either, nor has Mitt Romney, or Ben Sasse, or many others.

There is so much to admire about Cruz – and I don’t doubt that if his plan had worked and he’d been elected, he would have made a good president – but he also must bear some measure of responsibility for what has happened to the Republican Party, and thus, to the country. Together with talk radio and Fox News celebrities, Cruz wove the tale of Republican Party betrayal that so alienated and embittered Republican voters against his own party. From the moment he arrived in Washington, Cruz lacerated Republicans as part of the “Washington cartel.” His specialty was the attention grabbing gesture like the filibuster against Obamacare. It had no chance of success, but positioned Ted Cruz very well with the “base.”

RNC Day Three Wrap Up

 

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The theme of the penultimate night of the Republican National Convention was “Make America First Again.” (We’re still not sure what that means…) While the eight o’clock hour featured a collection of minor figures (Sorry, Laura Ingraham), there were some heavy hitters. At different points in the night Scott Walker, Marco Rubio, Ted Cruz, and Mike Pence all addressed the convention.

Of the four, Walker went first. The dais had an enormous jumbotron behind it, and Walker was backed by a wheat field with a barn behind it with an American flag on the side. (Hey, it’s the RNC…) Despite holding one, Walker didn’t realize he had a microphone so he shouted the whole time. The refrain of his speech was “America deserves better.”

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An interesting perspective: Hearst, like Trump, had immense wealth. He inherited a fortune, and made it bigger. No single person today has the sort of everyday access to American opinion that Hearst had through his vast media empire. He owned newspapers, magazines, newsreels and a movie studio at a time when those were the main […]

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As most of us have probably read, Rule 40 requires that a candidate has to have won at least 8 states before their name can be put up for consideration.  I believe I heard that the rules committee will meet the week before the convention.  What kind of powers does this committee have?  Can they […]

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