Conspiracies All the Way Down

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On this weekend’s Ruminant, Jonah asks why we have to make American politics even more difficult than they already are. Why is it that, in an election that reveals Americans’ contested preferences so obviously, that we have to continue to turn up the heat by piling on additional conspiracy theories about the rigging of the election? Maybe, as Jonah thinks, this simply reveals a series of “deeply unpatriotic commitments” among our political and commentariat classes. He makes his way to greener pastures by talking about our glorious canine companions, and by addressing some of the supposedly highfalutin concerns of those on the right looking to out-think the market in our populist moment.

Show Notes:

-Get tickets to The Dispatch’s event, “What’s Next: Election 2020 and Beyond”

-Chris Stirewalt, rightfully serene as always

-Gingrich: "You Are Watching An Effort To Steal The Presidency Of The United States"

- The Remnant with Razib

-The Remnant with Jim Geraghty

-Hayek’s “The Use of Knowledge in Society”

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Episode 272 · 1 month ago

The Pod Couple

Today two-thirds of the GLoP Culture podcast are together (a veritable biumvirate, one could say) to keep you up to date with some pre-election punditry while also distracting you just enough with pop culture news to prevent a sense of total crushing morosity. John Podhoretz of Commentary magazine joins Jonah to discuss the realities of Jewish political life in America, and to level with us about how realistic the chances of an upset are in the coming election. Then, John – with his It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia-style cork board at hand, interconnected strings and all – walks a perplexed Jonah through the evermore-confusing details of the Hunter Biden scandal, who seems to have done what, and what parts of the whole mess you should even care about. Then, in addition to a lightning round of pop culture questions, the guys also discuss their NYC-nostalgia, and their oddly specific memories for local television commercials from their childhood. While all of those lines seem cheesy now, John points out that “Maybe there’s something to be said for them, as it’s been nearly 60 years and I remember every word.”

Show Notes:

- Get your tickets to The Dispatch’s post-election event, “What’s Next: Election 2020 and Beyond”

- Commentary, the 75-year old monthly of intellectual analysis and political probity… you know the rest

- John on the possibility of Jewish conservatism

- The surge of American anti-Semitic violence

- “Timmy’s my Jewish friend”

- “Don’t cross the street in the middle of the block”

-The oddly sensual Carvel ice cream commercial

-The giant New Yorker excerpt of Obama’s memoir

- Irving Kristol on McCarthyism in Commentary

-Tucker loses his mail

Episode 271 · 1 month ago

Bring Out the Butcher Paper

Could Bigfoot Erotica influence the election? Fan-favorite Chris Stirewalt of Fox News says, “It’s a possibility.” (BIG IF TRUE) No, but really, Jonah wanted to have Chris back on The Remnant to cut through the vast amount of statistical noise being generated in the run-up to the election. With some polls suggesting a Biden landslide, other polls predicting a closer-than-expected outcome, and yet still more organizations suggesting a legion of silent-assassin-Republicans, waiting in the wings to shock the pollsters once again, Stirewalt clarifies these contradictory auguries with a brevity and hilarity rarely found in the mucky world of punditry. While the haruspicy might make for a very unhygienic office space, Stirewalt gets the job done, and that’s why we trust his expertise.

Show Notes:

-Get tickets to The Dispatch’s post-election event, “What’s Next: Election 2020 and Beyond”

-Follow Chris’s work at Fox News

-Vote SMOD 2020

-Muhlenberg College’s state polling for PA

-John Zogby

-Paul, proud octopus and FIFA Diviner

-Ron Johnson’s business background

-The Partisan Vote Index

-Perino & Stirewalt: I’ll Tell You What

-Harrys.com/DINGO to receive a Harry’s Trial Set

-TommyJohn.com/REMNANT to save 15% on your first order

Episode 270 · 1 month ago

What About the Toaster?

At the end of an especially busy week in pundit-world, Jonah sits down with us all to ruminate on some of the more noteworthy topics that may have flown by too quickly to actually wrap one’s brain around them. On the docket: The final debate, some useful counter-programming on the Biden email hullabaloo, getting (erm…) a “grip” on Jeffrey Toobin, and much more. Plus, Jonah has some more evergreen thoughts on the gradual defining down of conservatism, and what the G-File has meant to him after all these years.

Show Notes:

-Get tickets to The Dispatch’s post-election event – What’s Next: Election 2020 and Beyond

-The Dispatch’s final debate wrap-up

-Star Trek: “Patterns of Force”

-This week’s G-File

-The “MacronLeaks”

-The Editors podcast talking about the Biden email scandal

-The members-only (so to speak) Midweek Epistle

-Lucy.co, use promo code DINGO to get 20% off of all products

-ExpressVPN.com/Remnant for 3 months free with a 1-year plan

-Bradleyfdn.org/Liberty to subscribe to We the People

Episode 269 · 1 month ago

The Republican Brain Drain

Last time Tim Alberta, Politico’s chief political correspondent, was on the program, life in America was crazy, but in a typical, everyday, post-2016 kind of way. We figured that it was time to have him back now that we’re in the process of rushing towards a new form of crazy at Spaceballs-levels of ludicrous speed (“They’ve gone plaid!”). Tim takes us through some of the issues that voters in purple states actually seem to care about (Hint: The Hunter Biden drama isn’t one of them) while also touching on the confusing lack of a substantive foreign policy debate in this election cycle, the simpler times of the Christmas Tree tax and the Dubai ports deal, and the shocking value-add provided to one’s life by the purchase of an Arby’s gyro.

Show Notes:

-Get tickets for The Dispatch’s “What’s Next” event

-Tim’s page at Politico

-Tim’s most recent book, American Carnage

-Matt Glassman talks about the lack of a foreign policy discussion

-The Christmas Tree tax

-Jonah on the 2006 Dubai ports deal

-Congress slowly spending more time on memes

-Matt Gaetz’s raiding party

-KittyPooClub.com, enter promo code DINGO for 20% off your first order

-Bradleyfdn.org/Liberty to watch the latest episode of We The People with Justin Danhof