Reason Podcast

Are We Really Doing the Impeachment Thing Again?

The wish-fulfillment machine kicks into high gear on both sides of the aisle.

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Forget mere impeachment, let's talk treason! Punishable by execution!

That's where longshot GOP presidential challenger Bill Weld found himself on Morning Joe this morning, and it's more or less where we start this week's Editors Roundtable edition of the Reason Podcast, which features Nick Gillespie, Katherine Mangu-Ward, Peter Suderman, and Matt Welch. Have we learned nothing from the past two-plus years? Is the tension between legislative-branch duty and political needs resolvable? Are either President Donald Trump or Democratic frontrunner Joe Biden even capable of not acting like jackasses, and is asking the question that way part of the problem? These are among the questions.

Also discussed: The super-terrible national rent control proposal from Sen. Bernie Sanders (I–Vt.), the lengths Mitt Romney went to as presidential candidate to never propose cutting any piece of government, and what reading 1990s issues of Seventeen can tell you about "sluts." Don't say you haven't been warned.

Audio production by Ian Keyser.

Music credit: 'TipToes' by Myuu

Relevant links from the show:

"Trump's Bizarre Meeting With Corey Lewandowski Suggests a Consciousness of Guilt," by Jacob Sullum

"Corey Lewandowski, House Democrats Clash During Wild Trump Impeachment Prelude Hearing," by Robby Soave

"Creeping a Little Faster Toward Impeachment," by Keith Whittington

"Trump Thinks His Critics Are Traitors, and They Sling the Charge Back at Him," by Jacob Sullum

"Vice President's Son Joins Board of Directors of Ukrainian Gas Company," by Ed Krayewski

"Partisan Hackery, Supreme Court Confirmations, and the Decline of Public Trust," by Nick Gillespie

"The Idiocracy Candidate," by Matt Welch

"Consultant in Chief," by Peter Suderman

"Bernie Sanders' Housing Plan Calls for $2.5 Trillion in New Spending and Nationwide Rent Control," by Christian Britschgi

"California Passes Statewide Rent Control Despite a Massive Housing Shortage," by Christian Britschgi

"Minneapolis Doesn't Want Landlords to Check Tenants' Criminal History, Credit Score, Past Evictions," by Christian Britschgi

"New York Passed Sweeping, Progressive Rental Regulations. Now It's Getting Sued," by Christian Britschgi

"Elizabeth Warren Wants to Make Your Life More Annoying and More Expensive," by Peter Suderman

"Reviews: Ad Astra and One Cut of the Dead," by Kurt Loder