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The Remnant of Misfit Onlookers

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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Today’s Ruminant features Jonah amid a group of silent watchers, staring at him while on mute in a Zoom meeting as he speaks to himself for an hour in the basement of an undisclosed location. On the docket today: Jonah returns to one of the most interesting political conundrums of our moment. Was our class of political nutjobs always crazy, or did they only get crazy in the last few years? On a completely unrelated note, why is Matt Gaetz the way he is? And, of course, Jonah speaks to the dangers of “thinking about politics like you’re watching a movie.”

Show Notes:

-      The ongoing Matt Gaetz scandal

-      Politico’s summary of John Boehner’s new book, On the House: A Washington Memoir

-      Boehner unloads on the GOP’s “crazy caucus”

-      Jonah: “I’m Not Going to Say I Told You So… But”

-    Last month’s Remnant with Elaine Kamarck

-    Steve Bannon and the “Island of Misfit Toys”

-    Kevin Williamson: “Peter Navarro: Trump’s Nutty Economics Professor”

-      Peter Navarro believes Fauci created COVID

-    Memories of bleach

-      This week’s second Remnant with Shadi Hamid

-      Chelsea Handler on due process for Derek Chauvin

-      Jonah: “Why Bipartisanship is a Weapon to Use Against Your Political Foes”

-    Romney pushes Biden on bipartisanship

-    The week’s first Remnant with Chris Stirewalt

-      Triangulation: the dirtiest word in politics

-      Bill Maher steals Jonah’s joke

-    Kevin McCarthy reads Green Eggs and Ham