The ‘Whack Jobs’ Were Right

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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

Send your questions to [email protected]. Be sure to include your social media handle and the correct pronunciation of your name.

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

Music: “Angeline,” by The Brothers Steve

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