Apr 29, 2021 • 1HR 28M

Jonah and Draper’s Political Caper

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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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Jonah and a brand new guest, Robert Draper of the New York Times, engage in punditry ranker than even the most devoted Remnant listener could imagine before gushing over Draper’s adorable canine companion. If that sounds like a retread of the week’s previous episode with A.B. Stoddard, fear not! Today’s dog talk is entirely spontaneous. The pair have Biden’s joint congressional address to dissect, and Draper has a fascinating new piece on Republican turmoil that stimulates plenty of conversation on internecine party warfare. Will partisanship destroy us all? Can the GOP be saved from insanity? And why do Jonah and Robert both recall Watergate with fondness?

Show Notes:

- Robert’s page at the New York Times

- Robert’s latest piece, “Liz Cheney vs. MAGA”

- “I’m a conservative, but I’m not angry about it”

- “I am a gaffe machine”

- Dispatch Live reacts to Biden’s first joint congressional address

- Ross Douthat: “Biden Should Go Big, and Then Brag About It”

- Ross Douthat: “What Bidenism Owes to Trumpism”

- The Jason Miller tweet that stole Jonah’s heart

- Trump discovers “America First”

- The week’s first Remnant with A.B. Stoddard

- Mark Leibovich on Kevin McCarthy

- David Brooks: “The GOP is Getting Worse”

- Jonah: “Unity Can Be Worse Than Partisanship”

- Karl Rove’s “100-year majority”

- The Wednesday G-File