The Ezra Klein Show
The Ezra Klein Show
New York Times Opinion
A Conservative’s Take on the Chaotic State of the Republican Party
Republicans already hold tremendous power in America. They have appointed six of the nine current Supreme Court justices. They have more state trifectas (control of both legislative houses, as well as the governor’s seat) than Democrats. And come 2023, they will also control the House of Representatives. But there’s a hollowness at the core of the modern G.O.P. It’s hard to identify any clear party leader, coherent policy agenda or concerted electoral strategy. The party didn’t bother putting forward a policy platform before the 2020 election or articulating an alternative policy vision in 2022. It has hardly reckoned with its under-performances in the 2018, 2020, and 2022 elections. At this point, it’s unclear whether there’s any real party structure — or substrate of ideas — left at all. All of which raises the question: What exactly is the Republican Party at this point? What does it believe? What does it want to achieve? Whose lead does it follow? Those questions will need to be answered somehow over the next two years, as Republican politicians compete for their party’s nomination for the 2024 presidential election and Republican House members wield the power of their new majority. Michael Brendan Dougherty is a senior writer at National Review and a nonresident fellow at the American Enterprise Institute. We disagree on plenty, but I find him to be one of the sharpest observers of the contemporary Republican Party. So I invited him on the show for an inside-the-tent conversation on the chaotic state of the current G.O.P. and the choices it will have to make over the next two years. We discuss how the party is processing the 2022 midterms, why Dougherty thinks Donald Trump has a very good chance of winning the Republican nomination again in 2024, whether the G.O.P. leadership actually understands its own voters, how Ron DeSantis rose to become one of the party’s leading 2024 contenders, whether DeSantis — and the G.O.P. more broadly — actually have an economic agenda at this point, why Trump’s greatest strength in 2024 could be the economy he presided over in 2018 and 2019, why Dougherty doesn’t think Trump’s political appeal is transferable to anyone else in the Republican Party, what kind of House speaker Kevin McCarthy might be, which Republicans — other than Trump and DeSantis — to watch out for, and more. Mentioned: “The Question for DeSantis” by Michael Brendan Dougherty Book Recommendations: The German War by Nicholas Stargardt The Demon in Democracy by Ryszard Legutko The Face of God by Roger Scruton Thoughts? Email us at (And if you’re reaching out to recommend a guest, please write “Guest Suggestion” in the subject line.) You can find transcripts (posted midday) and more episodes of “The Ezra Klein Show” at, and you can find Ezra on Twitter @ezraklein. Book recommendations from all our guests are listed at “The Ezra Klein Show” is produced by Emefa Agawu, Annie Galvin, Jeff Geld, Rogé Karma and Kristin Lin. Fact-checking by Michelle Harris, Mary Marge Locker, and Kate Sinclair. Original music by Isaac Jones. Mixing by Jeff Geld. Audience strategy by Shannon Busta.
1 hr 8 min
True Crime Garage
True Crime Garage
Delphi Murders /// Probable Cause Affidavit Release /// 633
Delphi Murders /// Probable Cause Affidavit Release /// 633 Part 1 of 1 On October 28th, 2022 Richard M. Allen of Delphi, Indiana was formally arrested and charged for the murders of Liberty “Libby” German and Abigail “Abby” Williams. Following the arrest, an announcement was made that the Probable Cause Affidavit requesting that Judge Diener sign off on Allen’s arrest would be sealed. Late last month a redacted version of this 8 page document was released to the media and public. Here in the Garage we have kept a close eye on this case and have been asked to give our thoughts on what we are seeing and what we are not seeing in this document. Join us in the Garage as we review all that has come out and been discussed in this case since November 1st. Previous Delphi case coverage can be found in our catalog with the following episodes: The Delphi Murders - Episodes #110 & #111 - May, 2017 Delphi Murders Revisited - Episodes #320 & #321 Delphi Murders Off The Record - Episodes #322 & #323 - July, 2019 Delphi Murders Discussion - Episode #395 - May, 2020 Delphi Murders / 4 Years Later - Episodes #468 & #469 - March, 2021 Delphi Murders / A New Suspect - Episodes #486 & #487 - May, 2021 Delphi Murders / Under the Bridge - Episodes #509, #510, & #511 - August, 2021 Delphi Murders / Off the Record - Episodes #542 & #543 - December, 2021 Delphi Murders Update - Episode #625 - October 31, 2022 Our other show True Crime Garage “Off the Record” _(OTR if you’re nasty)_ is available exclusively on Stitcher Premium. For a FREE month of listening go to and use promo code GARAGE Today’s episode is brought to you by Abundant Natural Health and their line of Ocean Soothe Products.
1 hr 26 min
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