Patterico's Pontifications

2/7/2008

Patterico on NPR

Filed under: Blogging Matters,General — Patterico @ 6:34 pm

My father-in-law was driving to work this morning listening to NPR, and to his surprise he heard . . . me.

If you want to hear me too, click here. It’s a short piece, lasting less than four minutes. They talk to me, Jeff Goldstein, and Andrew McCarthy.

My message: John McCain is terrible, but I’ll still vote for him.

P.S. My father-in-law lives in Kentucky. So this was a good reminder for me of the “National” aspect of “National Public Radio.”

16 Responses to “Patterico on NPR”

  1. Which button gets it in English? If this interview wasn’t done in 9 different languages, I’ll be one mad taxpayer. My NPR dollars should count for something.

    Vermont Neighbor (c6313b)

  2. That must have been a surprise. I’m glad he didn’t drive off the road.

    DRJ (517d26)

  3. Good interview. I hope people come to visit yours and Jeff’s blogs. It is rather unusual for NPR to have actual live conservatives on, isn’t it?

    Patricia (f56a97)

  4. Not just Conservatives, but Bloggers. Practically a revolution in NPR terms.

    Merovign (bb0895)

  5. VERY cool! And the recognition it implies is hard-earned and well-deserved.

    Good company as well. And I’m glad none of you went all snarky, which I would have been tempted to do.

    Beldar (3df1f4)

  6. What I would love to see here is a post about “Why supporting McCain hurts so much more than supporting Bush did.”

    Absolutely every criticism one has of McCain goes double for Bush. Starting with him signing McCain-Feingold.

    Kevin Murphy (0b2493)

  7. Bush never said the Bush tax cuts benefitted the wealthy at the expense of the middle class.

    Bush never derided Sam Alito as too openly conservative.

    Bush never said said that we shouldn’t drill in ANWR because it’s “pristine”.

    Yes, Bush signed McCain/Feingold, but reluctantly. He didn’t push it like McCain did.

    Bush was weak on the Gang of 14, but he certainly wasn’t behind it.

    My loathing for McCain comes primarily from the Gang of 14 and campaign finance reform. To say these criticisms go double for Bush is to ignore reality.

    However, Kevin, I have been plenty hard on Bush over the years on several issues, as you might have noticed. Ultimately, I supported him because of judges, just as I plan to support McCain for the same reason.

    Patterico (4bda0b)

  8. When McCain doesn’t nominate conservative judges do you think he’ll fold under pressure like Bush did w/ Miers? I dont, I think he’ll relish the chance to stick it to conservatives every chance he gets. He is a vengeful angry petty man.

    chas (fb7ad4)

  9. Also on the judges, if he appoints judges in the Alito/Roberts mold they would overrule BCRA given the chance. He may not appoint a Ginsburg but he sure wont appoint anyone who he thinks might overturn his fave piece of legislation.

    chas (fb7ad4)

  10. Bush also was horrid on spending, having never seen a spending bill he couldn’t sign. He may have appointed Alito, but he tried Miers first (and yes, you went as ballistic as I did). Bush has about the worst BS detector I’ve ever seen, which leads him to appoint folks who cannot do the job either in Iraq or domestically. Can anyone name his Treasury secretaries? Or what they did (besides writing tell-all books)?

    No, McCain isn’t perfect, and I REALLY dislike MCCain-Feingold (and I would like to see the platform call for repeal), but he’s far more likely to defend those tax cuts than Obama or CLinton. And against Clinton he’s likely to win.

    Go help us if they nominate Obama. Twenty million new voters on a feel-good mission.

    Kevin Murphy (0b2493)

  11. Nice job Pat.

    dawnsblood (a83e77)

  12. Tell you father-in-law that he should be listening to Bill Handel in the morning! (Except on those days when you’re on another station…)

    Justin Levine (c68a95)

  13. Great interview. I’d definitely have driven off the road except that I never listen to NPR. This is the only place I’d hear you on it.

    My family is in utter crisis over McCain. We (my 60 yr old Vietnam vet hubby and I in my early 50s) just got sternly lectured by his 29 yr. old daughter last night that it is insane and irresponsible not to vote for the Republican candidate whoever it is. She’s been listening to Mark Levin on her commutes home and is working on both families (most of us were staunch FredHeads/donators). Even more amazing, she works in the Bronx with an entire company of BDS suffering lefties. She’s a very smart lady on the verge of shaming me into doing what I have sworn an oath (for years and years) never to do: vote for McC…I cannot say it.

    I think I’ll have a stroke on Nov. 4.

    Peg C. (836973)

  14. Justin,

    He lives in Kentucky.

    Patterico (4bda0b)

  15. I nearly drove off the road when I heard them say your name and Jeff G.’s.

    Pretty soon, people will be talking about a “Ricolanche”

    JFH (723dfe)

  16. @ 10:

    Bush has about the worst BS detector I’ve ever seen,

    Bush did think Putin was his soulmate.

    Vermont Neighbor (c6313b)


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