The Corner

Two and a Half Adults (Max)

On our podcast this week, Mona Charen and I have a guest: Matthew Continetti, the editor-in-chief of the Washington Free Beacon. He tells us about money and corruption in politics, particularly on the Democratic side. Did you know the Democratic party has money and corruption? Did you know there are donors in politics besides the Koch brothers? (Blessings be upon their names.)

Once Matt leaves, Mona and I stage our usual festival of griping, exclaiming, condemning, and praising. (Matt brought a certain decorum to the show. That made for two adults in the room, plus me.) We talk about capitalism and socialism — a lot of people find the former too daunting, and they are bound to be disappointed by the latter. We talk about Gabriel García Márquez — one of Castro’s best friends, and therefore one of the Cuban people’s worst enemies. He may have written pretty, but . . . (See the great Armando Valladares on NRO today.) We further talk about Vladimir Putin and his American friends and props. (Will our hero Edward Snowden end up the Lord Haw-Haw of modern Russia?) We talk about any number of things.

And we end with pop songs — pop songs that arose out of classical music. Our “exit music” is the Adagio from Rachmaninoff’s Symphony in E minor — which was adapted for “Never Gonna Fall in Love Again.” Mona is a bit snobby about such things, intellectual and highbrow that she is. I am Joe Loose.

Again, the podcast is here.

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