Host Sarah Isgur is joined by Steve Hayes, Jonah Goldberg, and David French for a weekly thoughtful discussion on politics, policy, and culture.
Who Blew Up Nord Stream?
As the editors of The Morning Dispatch eloquently put it, Nord Stream went boom. But who’s responsible? Sarah, David, and Jonah leave no conspiracy theory unexamined. Turning to the midterms, they discuss the power of low expectations, ask when spending money stops being useful, and wonder what it takes to be a good leader (or at least a good politician) during natural disasters. Also: the trio displays heroic restraint in today’s Not Worth Your Time, as they refrain entirely from making any kind of double entendre.
The Future of the Electoral Count Act
Understanding The Electoral Count Act, as it’s currently worded, requires a team of legal experts. So we got one! Sarah is joined by John Fortier, senior fellow at AEI, and Matthew Seligman, fellow at the Constitutional Law Center at Stanford Law School. Together they try to make sense of the law’s history, explain the difference between the two reform bills coming up through the House and the Senate, and debate whether either one goes far enough to prevent a constitutional crisis in 2024.
Putin Makes Nuclear Threats
What happens when Vladimir Putin starts feeling cornered? Sarah, David, Steve, and Jonah react to Russia announcing military mobilization and think through the implications of Putin’s nuclear chest-thumping. They then turn to the politics of immigration (still very bad), and conclude with some rank punditry: is the Democrats’ momentary surge in the polls already bust?
Out of context: “To me, it’s a little like the fight: Hiter-Stalin – who is worse?”
Lindsey Graham's New-Old Abortion Ban
At long last in the same room, Sarah, Steve, David, and Jonah debate whether the conversation around abortion is changing, why it doesn't feel like Republicans are out of power, and whether lawmakers will ever do the right thing on border security. Plus: Sarah offers a troubling glimpse of the gents' problematic footwear.
Mar-a-Lago Documents Investigation Explained
The rapid developments in the Justice Department’s investigation of classified documents found at Mar-a-Lago may be hard to follow, but not to worry, Sarah, Steve, Jonah, and Declan are here to clarify and discuss. Plus: a look at the long-term impact of COVID-19, and the internal battles as both parties look to the midterms.
Justice Department Turns Up the Heat
This week saw the Justice Department disclose new evidence that the former president and his legal team likely sought to conceal classified documents from investigators. Sarah, Steve, Jonah, and Declan are here to discuss. Plus: Alaska says no to Sarah Palin, and how should we view Mikhail Gorbachev’s legacy?
This is a podcast that I listen to with regularity. I never miss a show because of how informative it is even if I sometimes disagree with the opinions.
How Can They Be So Boring and Tedious
The sum is less than the parts in this podcast. Sarah is a boring wet blanket. Steve Hayes seems to offer no insights. Jonah does his best Charlie Sykes imitation -- where is JPod and Rob Long to save Jonah from so much navel-gazing and self-importance that he can't find his way out of his own media bubble? This is a tedious trudge with no real insights or elan. Wrap it up, you're collectively not good at podcasts. At least Bill Kristol and Charlie Sykes are willing to be enthusiastic and propagandistic about their grift -- while they are worse on principals, they try to be more interesting than these bores.
Great podcast with insightful hosts
I definitely disagree with the hosts in a lot of different areas, but I respect their opinions because they seem to come from a place of sincere belief and thoughtful consideration.
David French in particular has become my favorite conservative to follow, not because I agree with him, but because his takes help me understand the values and ideas behind the positions conservatives take without the partisan hackery and anger. I’m a lawyer too and the way he talks about things makes sense to me, especially since he comes from a first generation background like me. Jonah does sometimes get into the partisan hackery and anger and can sometimes be unfair in unreasonable ways to the left in my opinion, but that’s pretty human and I’m definitely not innocent of that myself. Sarah brings a lot to the podcast as well, as both a lawyer with serious government experience and a woman with life experiences the other two don’t have. She used to be a little hacky too, but she has gotten much better over time and I really respect her opinions - Jonah could probably learn from her.
Overall really enjoy the podcast. If you like the Bulwark you’ll like this.