Feb 12, 2021 • 1HR 10M

Congress Bad, Liquor Good

Jonah Goldberg
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In “The Remnant," Jonah Goldberg, the founder and editor-in-chief of The Dispatch, syndicated columnist, best-selling author, and AEI/NRI Fellow enlists a “Cannonball Run”-style cast of stars, has-beens, and never-weres to address the most pressing issues of the day and of all-time. Is Western Civilization doomed? Is nationalism the wave of the future? Is the Pope Catholic? Will they ever find a new place to put cheese on a pizza? Is Die Hard a Christmas movie? Who is hotter: Ginger or Mary-Ann? Was Plato really endorsing the Republic as the ideal state? Mixing history, pop culture, rank-punditry, political philosophy, and, at times, shameless book-plugging, Goldberg and guests will have the kinds of conversations we wish they had on cable-TV shout shows. And the nudity will (almost) always be tasteful.
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This podcast is for those of us who feel like the state of our political parties makes us want a drink, or at least some reliable recommendations about what we should be drinking. Jonah is joined by AEI colleague Kevin Kosar, who writes on how Congress is failing to do its job - not simply because of populism and polarization, but also because “its smaller numbers of staffers mean that Congress is literally shrinking while the institution is being asked to do more than ever.” They discuss how to fix the backwardness of this system, before moving on to a discussion of Kevin’s true passion (proven by his pedigree as one of the earliest bloggers on the subject): whiskey and other fine spirits.

Show Notes:

-Kevin Kosar - American Enterprise Institute

-Moving Congress into the 21st Century

-Congress Overwhelmed

-Show horses vs work horses

-Kevin on the true use of earmarks

-A Time to Build, by Yuval Levin

-Jonah’s love of the term “co-equal”

-What’s a pager?

-Sen. Lamar Alexander’s farewell speech

-Bill Barr’s civilized hearing

-Floor Charts, doing important work

-Whiskey: A Global History

-Alcoholreviews.com, continually operating since 1998

-Connemara peated Irish Whiskey

-White whiskey, or, uhm, moonshine