Government Shutdown

The 'Whack Jobs' Were Right

Plus: A listener asks the editors to weigh in on a hypothetical executive order to establish an American Climate Corps.


In this week's The Reason Roundtable, editors Matt Welch, Katherine Mangu-Ward, Nick Gillespie, and Peter Suderman sprint through a buffet of topics including government shutdowns, Mexican fentanyl, the second GOP presidential debate, and the death of Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D–Calif.).

1:04: The government didn't shut down.

10:03: Fentanyl and the border with Mexico

25:05: Reactions to the second GOP debate

38:18: Weekly Listener Question

42:52: Death of Sen. Dianne Feinstein

Mentioned in this podcast:

"Congressional Clown Show," by Liz Wolfe

"The Government Won't Shut Down," by Eric Boehm

"The GOP Can Always Get Worse—And It Will (Midterm Election Copout Edition)," by Nick Gillespie

"Josh Barro: A Republican Presidential Debate Detached From Reality," by Zach Weissmueller and Liz Wolfe

"Despite Debunking, Rainbow Fentanyl Myths Continue," by Emma Camp

"The Truth About Ron DeSantis' Fentanyl Horror Story," by Joe Lancaster

"Ban Teenagers From Social Media, Vivek Ramaswamy Says, Because Fentanyl," by Jacob Sullum

Ronald Reagan vs. 2024 Republicans on immigration, by Bess Byers

"The 5 Best Arguments Against Immigration—and Why They're WRONG" by Nick Gillespie and Todd Krainin

"Vivek Ramaswamy Is Wrong About the National Debt," by Nick Gillespie

"Vivek Ramaswamy: Why He's Running for President—and Against 'Woke Capitalism,'" by Zach Weissmueller and Nick Gillespie

"Vivek Ramaswamy Proposes a (Probably) Illegal Plan To End Birthright Citizenship," by Fiona Harrigan

"Ron DeSantis and Chris Christie Call Out Trump for Adding to Federal Debt," by Eric Boehm

"DeSantis Says He Would Use Justice Department To Bring Civil Rights Cases Against 'Soros-Funded Prosecutors,'" by C.J. Ciaramella

"On Guns, Drugs, and National Security, Dianne Feinstein Was Consistently Authoritarian," by Jacob Sullum

"Social Security, Snoopy Snoopy Poop Pants, & Alan Simpson: Ultimate Enema Man Remix," by Austin Bragg and Nick Gillespie

"The Noid," Domino's pizza 1986 ad

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Audio production by Ian Keyser; assistant production by Hunt Beaty.

Music: "Angeline," by The Brothers Steve