Fully Gruntled

ABOUT THIS EPISODE

Seeing that there’s literally one story in the news right now (AN ELECTION IS HAPPENING SOON), Jonah decided to use his time on this weekend’s Ruminant to touch on some topics adjacent to the election, but also to incorporate some more evergreen topics into the mix. For example, there’s a discussion of the eternal return of the “get money out of politics” argument – and why Jonah thinks the argument is pointless in a world where the biggest benefit a candidate can get is a hysterical cycle of earned media – an unpopular defense of the slow, ungraceful politics of Mitch McConnell, equally unpopular opinions (at least in some quarters of the right) on the Biden scandal, and most importantly, why “your meatloaf is, like, 5,000 years old.”

Show Notes:

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

-This week’s G-File

-The Chronicles of Harris Burdick by Chris Van Allsburg

-Charles Cook: Don’t expect a contested election

-The Wednesday “news”letter from this week

-“I’m not a witch, I’m you!”

-McConnell’s 1998 opinion on campaign finance reform

-How Innovation Works, by Matt Ridley

-It’s a mistake for Republicans to leave cities out of their coalition

-A forum of Europeans talking about how their ghettos are in the suburbs

-Jonah’s column, inspired by Ten Global Trends

-ExpressVPN.com/Remnant to get 3 months free off a year-long plan

-Bradleyfdn.org/Liberty to listen to Andrew McCarthy on the latest episode of We the People

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Episode 240 · 5 months ago

Jane Galt and Me Part I

In a world where people run amok on the internet screaming their heads off, Megan McArdle stands (or in this case, sits by a microphone) as a model for the cool and collected. After a pre-game round of dog talk, Megan and Jonah settle in for some candid words on bread, being nice, and feminism — commentary so well-informed, we’re posting Megan twice in one week.

Show Notes:

-The Big Tech Four vs. Congress 

-Maxine Waters asks a particularly garbled question to Bank of America 

-“The Great Relearning,” by Tom Wolfe 

-Megan’s book, not actually titled Permission to Suck. 

-Charlie Kirk’s mask terribleness, as featured in Jonah’s Wednesday G-File 

-Louie Gohmert blames the mask for his COVID-19 

-Megan on why racism kills 

-ZipRecruiter.com/Dingo to try it now for free 

-DrinkHydrant.com/Dingo for 25% off your first order 

Episode 239 · 5 months ago

Jonah’s Jameson Jamboree

Jonah’s had a long week, so grab an Irish whiskey (so long as it’s not Bushmills) and join him for some ruminating punditry on the tactical errors being made by conservative advocacy groups, “Cancel Rent” insanity, “Plandemic” insanity, and additional flavors of insanity. Also, Jameson, if you’re reading this, call us.

Show Notes:

-The glories of Jameson Caskmates 

-The most recent G-File 

-The (underrated) Tyranny of Cliches 

-Plandemic movie picking up speed 

-Our episode on conspiracy theories, with Joe Uscinski 

-Obama floats a falsehood about Rutherford B. Hayes 

Episode 238 · 5 months ago

Federalism for Me, Nationalism for Thee

A.B. Stoddard is a refreshing presence on today’s podcast as she and Jonah delve into starkly rank punditry and a discussion of the eerie intentionality behind Trump’s coronavirus response. In fact, A.B.’s wise words—on Fauci, on Trump’s fantasies, on panicked Texans—leave only a singular major question remaining: will Jonah end up rocking a man bun?

Show Notes:

-Steve’s piece on the canceling of Liz Cheney 

-Jonah’s recent appearance on the Chuck Toddcast 

-The Washington Post’s reporting of the Trump clan retweeting misleading doctor videos, that have since been deleted 

-Trump’s weirdly made-up invitation to throw the first pitch for the Yankees? 

-Jonah on NPR at the crack of dawn on July 28 

-A.B.’s Bulwark piece on how the Republican Party can’t be reformed from within 

Episode 237 · 5 months ago

Banana, Banana, Banana

A clean-shaven Michael Strain joins the perennially bearded Jonah to talk about the topic that always brings encouraging news: the economy. Lowering the national debt and the closing of movie theaters are two bullets in this chin-stroking chamber, complemented by banter about barbecue sauce and how to retrieve small children from the sewers.

Show Notes:

-Michael Strain’s new book, The American Dream Is Not Dead: (But Populism Could Kill It)

-Jonathan Chait’s book on Obama’s legacy (got awkward when Trump won) 

-The Montreal Cognitive Assessment

-2001 anthrax attacks 

-Ayanna Pressley’s wise words to cancel everything 

-G-File in which Jonah talks about how the House Freedom Caucus is a bunch of hacks 

-DonorsTrust.com/Dingo for your free resource, “6 Reasons to Use a Donor Advised Fund”