Venting One’s Spleen

ABOUT THIS EPISODE

At a moment where punditry can feel relatively grim – mostly due to the feeling of instability resulting from this endless election – Jonah wanted to have on someone who was capable of a different variety of punditry. Who fits the bill better for a political commentary of “pluckish optimism” than National Review’s Jim Geraghty, who displayed his infinite humility by choosing not to wear his brand new “Remnant 10-Timer” Championship Belt on the Zoom call? Jim gives his analysis regarding many of the questions that will remain for conservatives after the election is decided: Whither goes the GOP? (A “multi-ethnic, working class, populist party?) What is the correct story to tell about Latino voters and Trump? (And why is the mainstream media adopting the most racist interpretation of this situation rather than the most accurate?) And, most importantly, is Mar-a-Lago Trump’s Elba, or his St. Helena?

Show Notes:

-Jim’s page at National Review

-Josh Hawley’s retweet of Adrian Vermeule

-“Two moon parties”

-Chris Arnade’s Dignity: Seeking Respect in Back Row America

-William Rusher, who often said that politicians will always disappoint you

-Wednesday’s “news”letter

-McConnell and Biden are, like, basically friends, guys

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Episode 248 · 3 months ago

Coalitionally Speaking

A solo Jonah returns, surrounded by cold beverages, to finish up his thoughts from last time about the final day of the RNC. He then moves on to the tactics of political grandstanding, the autocephalous (uh, Google it) nature of the activist left, and the importance of identifying the correct microclimate of the Loch Ness Monster.

Show Notes:

-Yuval’s latest Remnant appearance 

-Tom Cotton, sending mixed messages about America First 

-Harassing diners in Adams Morgan 

-“Vegetable rights and peace!” 

-Is the Loch Ness Monster a swamp-dweller? 

Episode 247 · 3 months ago

It’s Kinda Feudal

While it may be the middle of the week, there’s no law against Jonah recording Ruminant-style (i.e. alone) – at least not yet. He discusses the RNC – and invents the fun tongue-twister, “Ceaușescu-esque,” while doing so – the “Biden is a vessel for radicals” theory, and the economically confused obsession with Jeff Bezos.

Show Notes:

-Kimberly Guilfoyle’s speech is pretty meme-y 

-Jonah’s spat with Erielle Davidson 

-Remnant veteran Jim Pethokoukis talking about why Jeff Bezos is unironically great 

-China’s post-Soviet “Princelings” 

-Milton Friedman explains why you shouldn’t get to take inherited money away from children 

-Jonah on Marx’s antisemitism 

-Why Nations Fail 

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Episode 246 · 3 months ago

Back in the Saddle

Jonah makes a triumphant return to the Remnant on this episode, where he finally has a stable enough connection to record after a saga of perambulations around America’s western half. Jonah and Nick - his fearful amanuensis - discuss Alaska, the awkwardness of America’s largest political party holding a Zoom convention, and the potential for two actual crazy people to become elected officials within the GOP.

Show Notes:

-Jonah’s glacial ice chunk 

-“The Green Room,” within Hell’s Canyon 

-Row Adventures, for the brave vacationers among the audience 

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Episode 245 · 3 months ago

The Evening Jolt

Remnant Hall-of-Famer Jim Geraghty joins the show with the continually-put-upon David French, who is heroically guest-hosting as Jonah continues to galavant around in the land of [REDACTED]. On COVID, Jim gets to reminisce a little about the early weeks of reporting on the pandemic while also updating us. The guys then move on to the election, the “convention” (if you can call it that), and Best Spanish Language Heist Show of 2020 - a category with shockingly little competition.

Show Notes:

-Jim’s Morning Jolt 

-California vs. New York in the pandemic times 

-Alan Grayson is a strange man 

-Why are so many people dying of COVID in Belgium? 

-The treason of epidemiologists 

-The Postmaster General’s statement 

-Does Trump want to lose? 

-Money Heist 

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