Beg to Differ with Mona Charen

The Bulwark

Beg to Differ is a weekly roundtable podcast brought to you by TheBulwark.com. Host Mona Charen is joined by Linda Chavez of the Niskanen Center, Bill Galston of the Brookings Institution, and Damon Linker of The Week to discuss the news of the week in a respectful, rational forum.

All Episodes

Noah Smith helps the panel diagnose the inflation threat as well as the political peril for Democrats. Highlights/Lowlights: https://www.washingtonpost.com/health/2021/11/17/overdose-deaths-pandemic-fentanyl/?utmcampaign=wpmain&utmmedium=social&utmsource=twitter https://www.thebulwark.com/steve-bannon-and-maga-martyrdom/ https://gfile.thedispatch.com/p/mugged-by-fallacy?r=2jt0v&utmcampaign=post&utmmedium=web&utm_source= https://thetriad.thebulwark.com/p/metoo-is-different-in-china?r=2jt0v&utmcampaign=post&utmmedium=web&utm_source= https://www.pewresearch.org/global/2021/11/18/what-makes-life-meaningful-views-from-17-advanced-economies/ https://www.netflix.com/title/81086631?preventIntent=true Special Guests: Bill Galston, Damon Linker, Linda Chavez, and Noah Smith.

Nov 19

1 hr 9 min

The Atlantic’s David Frum joins to discuss inflation, the economy, immigration, and the call to back Ron DeSantis in 2024. Highlights/Lowlights: https://theliberalpatriot.substack.com/p/revisiting-the-fox-news-fallacy (https://theliberalpatriot.substack.com/p/revisiting-the-fox-news-fallacy) https://www.npr.org/2021/11/10/1054137225/nearly-1-million-kids-ages-5-11-will-have-their-first-covid-shots-by-the-end-of- (https://www.npr.org/2021/11/10/1054137225/nearly-1-million-kids-ages-5-11-will-have-their-first-covid-shots-by-the-end-of-) https://www.bloomberg.com/opinion/articles/2021-11-08/niall-ferguson-america-s-woke-universities-need-to-be-replaced (https://www.bloomberg.com/opinion/articles/2021-11-08/niall-ferguson-america-s-woke-universities-need-to-be-replaced) https://www.defenseone.com/threats/2021/11/after-afghanistan-poll-finds-alienation-and-desire-connection/186771/ (https://www.defenseone.com/threats/2021/11/after-afghanistan-poll-finds-alienation-and-desire-connection/186771/) https://rdi.org/frontlines-of-freedom/ (https://rdi.org/frontlines-of-freedom/) Special Guests: Bill Galston, Damon Linker, David Frum, and Linda Chavez.

Nov 12

59 min 18 sec

The Atlantic’s and Brookings Institution's Jonathan Rauch helps dissect last week's election results. Are both parties unfit to govern? Articles Mentioned: https://www.nytimes.com/2021/11/03/opinion/us-immigration-politics.html https://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2021/11/03/threetakeawaysfromvirginiaandnewjersey_146681.html https://www.thebulwark.com/an-open-letter-in-defense-of-democracy/ Special Guests: Bill Galston, Damon Linker, Jonathan Rauch, and Linda Chavez.

Nov 5

1 hr 1 min

NY Magazine’s Jonathan Chait joins, along with the Bulwark’s Amanda Carpenter, to discuss the BBB deal (if there is one) and cancel culture. Highlights/Lowlights: https://twitter.com/MittRomney/status/1453752698130534404?s=20 https://www.wsj.com/articles/the-fight-for-taiwan-could-come-soon-china-navy-defense-11635349097 https://www.nytimes.com/2021/10/22/opinion/cohousing-mothers-pandemic-community.html Special Guests: Amanda Carpenter, Bill Galston, Damon Linker, and Jonathan Chait.

Oct 29

1 hr 1 min

Eric Edelman helps unpack China’s new missile, Democrats’ decline, and McAuliffe’s tone deafness. Highlights/Lowlights: https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2021/11/alden-global-capital-killing-americas-newspapers/620171/ https://www.wsj.com/articles/will-america-come-to-taiwan-defense-china-xi-navy-11634053378 Special Guests: Bill Galston, Damon Linker, Eric Edelman, and Linda Chavez.

Oct 22

56 min 32 sec

Protect Democracy's Ian Bassin joins to discuss how he's working to counter threats. Also the VA governor's race. Mentioned articles: https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/2021/10/07/our-planet-is-not-doomed-that-means-we-can-must-act/ https://www.politico.com/news/magazine/2021/10/12/hunter-biden-corruption-515583 https://www.brookings.edu/essay/the-long-game-chinas-grand-strategy-to-displace-american-order/ Special Guests: Bill Galston, Damon Linker, Ian Bassin, and Linda Chavez.

Oct 15

1 hr 1 min

George F. Will joins B2D panel to discuss his new book, and also whether Facebook should be regulated, and the Democrats' hopes for social welfare. Special Guests: Bill Galston, Damon Linker, George F. Will, and Linda Chavez.

Oct 8

1 hr 14 min

A.B. Stoddard joins to discuss why we can't have nice things in America. Special Guests: A.B. Stoddard, Bill Galston, Damon Linker, and Linda Chavez.

Oct 1

1 hr 10 min

Sarah Longwell sits in for Linda and Tom Nichols joins to discuss the Democrats' divisions, Haitians at the border, and Biden's foreign policy. Special Guests: Bill Galston, Damon Linker, Sarah Longwell, and Tom Nichols.

Sep 24

1 hr 12 min

National Journal's Josh Kraushaar helps analyze the political implications of the California recall, the vaccine mandate, and Mark Milley's revelations. Special Guests: Bill Galston, Damon Linker, Josh Kraushaar, and Linda Chavez.

Sep 16

1 hr 11 min

Heath Mayo, founder of Principles First, joins the regular panel to discuss abortion, insurrection, and whether the global war on terror was a mistake. Special Guests: Bill Galston, Damon Linker, Heath Mayo, and Linda Chavez.

Sep 10

1 hr 10 min

Greg Sargent joins to talk about vote counting reform, not vote casting reform. The group (including Tim Miller) then discuss refugees and Biden's sinking popularity. Special Guests: Bill Galston, Damon Linker, Greg Sargent, and Tim Miller.

Sep 3

1 hr 6 min

David Frum joins to shed light on the Afghanistan withdrawal and Congress's budget fandango. Special Guests: Bill Galston, Damon Linker, David Frum, and Linda Chavez.

Aug 26

1 hr 9 min

Charlie Sykes joins the group to discuss the infrastructure Rubik's cube, the Republican governors' war on public health, and whether the big strife is past. ————— Highlights/Lowlights: https://www.census.gov/en.html https://www.bradleyfdn.org/prizes/ https://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/justice-department-reaches-proposed-consent-decree-state-new-jersey-resolve-claims-edna-mahan Special Guests: Bill Galston, Charles Sykes, Damon Linker, and Linda Chavez.

Aug 13

1 hr 10 min

The Washington Post's Megan McArdle returns to B2D to discuss Cuomo, the eviction moratorium, and whether the left's power in the Democratic party exceeds its grass roots popularity. Special Guests: Bill Galston, Damon Linker, Linda Chavez, and Megan McArdle.

Aug 6

1 hr 4 min

Elliott Abrams joins to discuss Cuba. The gang then address the January 6 committee, vaccine wars, and the infrastructure bill. Special Guests: Bill Galston, Damon Linker, Elliott Abrams, and Linda Chavez.

Jul 30

1 hr 11 min

Ted Johnson joins the panel to talk about his book: "When the Stars Begin to Fall: Overcoming Racism and Renewing the Promise of America." (https://www.amazon.com/When-Stars-Begin-Fall/dp/0802157858) Is racism structural? Is it an existential threat? Highlights/Lowlights: https://morningshots.thebulwark.com/p/our-woke-book-burners https://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/vsrr/VSRR015-508.pdf Special Guest: Ted R. Johnson.

Jul 23

1 hr 12 min

Guest host Sarah Longwell joins the group this week to discuss CPAC, Trump's speech, anti-vaxxers, and Biden's voting rights agenda. Highlights/Lowlights: Book: “The Netanyahus: An Account of a Minor and Ultimately Even Negligible Episode in the History of a Very Famous Family” (https://www.amazon.com/Netanyahus-Account-Ultimately-Negligible-Episode/dp/1681376075) https://thebulwark.com/as-cubans-march-for-freedom-democrats-are-split/ https://thebulwark.com/what-the-hell-happened-to-the-claremont-institute/ Mona at CPAC: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H2GVQINHfVM Special Guests: Bill Galston, Damon Linker, and Linda Chavez.

Jul 16

58 min 16 sec

Katherine Gehl, co-author of “The Politics Industry: How Political Innovation Can Break Partisan Gridlock and Save Our Democracy” (https://www.amazon.com/Politics-Industry-Political-Innovation-Democracy/dp/1633699234/ref=asc_df_1633699234/?tag=hyprod-20&linkCode=df0&hvadid=509245866633&hvpos=&hvnetw=g&hvrand=6718661043136676646&hvpone=&hvptwo=&hvqmt=&hvdev=c&hvdvcmdl=&hvlocint=&hvlocphy=9019555&hvtargid=pla-919251616201&psc=1) joins the panel for a meaty discussion of voting reform. Katherine's Ted Talk: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ixk8d3GQJnQ Mentioned articles: https://www.nytimes.com/2021/07/06/us/politics/voting-rights-law-supreme-court.html?referringSource=articleShare https://echeloninsights.com/in-the-news/june-omnibus-quadrants/ https://www.prri.org/research/2020-census-of-american-religion/ https://political-innovation.org/advisory-council/ Special Guests: Bill Galston, Damon Linker, Katherine Gehl, and Linda Chavez.

Jul 9

59 min 3 sec

Ron Radosh joins the panel (which includes Will Saletan sitting in for Damon) to discuss the Trump Co. indictments, the January 6 committee, and the brain behind Steven Miller. Mentioned articles: https://quillette.com/2021/06/27/the-bias-narrative-versus-the-development-narrative-thinking-about-persistent-racial-inequality-in-the-united-states/ https://www.pewresearch.org/politics/2021/06/30/behind-bidens-2020-victory https://www.nationalreview.com/bench-memos/justice-alitos-majority-opinion-in-brnovich-v-dnc/?utmsource=blog-landing&utmmedium=desktop&utmcampaign=continue-reading_ Special Guests: Bill Galston, Linda Chavez, Ronald Radosh, and Will Saletan.

Jul 2

56 min 2 sec

NY Times columnist Thomas Edsall joins the group to consider voting rights, the infrastructure negotiations, crime, and critical race theory. Special Guests: Bill Galston, Damon Linker, Linda Chavez, and Thomas Edsall.

Jun 25

1 hr 2 min

Lawfare's Benjamin Wittes joins to discuss Biden's European trip, whether Garland is going soft on Trump, and the NY mayoral race. Special Guests: Benjamin Wittes, Bill Galston, Damon Linker, and Linda Chavez.

Jun 18

1 hr 6 min

Eric Edelman joins to discuss Biden's trip, the ProPublica tax story, and the Democrats' Manchin mistake. Special Guests: Bill Galston, Damon Linker, Eric Edelman, and Linda Chavez.

Jun 11

1 hr 3 min

NY Times contributor Peter Wehner joins the group to discuss the coronavirus lab leak theory, Qanon's status as a new religion, and voting rights and wrongs. Special Guests: Bill Galston, Damon Linker, Linda Chavez, and Peter Wehner.

Jun 4

1 hr 4 min

Jonathan Rauch discusses his new book The Constitution of Knowledge and joins for a discussion of the threat of crime to Democrats' political health. Special Guests: Bill Galston, Damon Linker, Jonathan Rauch, and Linda Chavez.

May 28

57 min 53 sec

Brink Lindsey discusses his essay on the importance of moderation. The group also addresses the January 6 commission and the Gaza conflict. Special Guests: Bill Galston, Brink Lindsey, Linda Chavez, and Sarah Longwell.

May 21

1 hr 6 min

A.B. Stoddard returns to talk about hope for reducing our political dysfunction. Group also addresses the birth dearth and Liz Cheney's fate. Special Guests: A.B. Stoddard, Bill Galston, Damon Linker, and Linda Chavez.

May 14

1 hr 9 min

David French helps the panel diagnose the GOP's sickness. The group also talks about voter ID and the Biden daycare plan. Special Guests: Bill Galston, Damon Linker, David French, and Linda Chavez.

May 7

1 hr 10 min

E.J. Dionne helps the panel unpack Biden's first 100 days, plus, racial and class messaging. Special Guests: Bill Galston, Damon Linker, E.J. Dionne, Jr., and Linda Chavez.

Apr 30

1 hr 5 min

Eugene Volokh (The Volokh Conspiracy) joins to discuss the anti-riot laws in several states, whether libel law should be upended, and the Chauvin verdict. Special Guests: Bill Galston, Damon Linker, Eugene Volokh, and Linda Chavez.

Apr 23

1 hr 8 min

AEI’s Norm Ornstein joins to discuss police violence, court packing, and Afghanistan. Special Guests: Bill Galston, Damon Linker, Linda Chavez, and Norman J. Ornstein.

Apr 16

1 hr 5 min

On this week’s Beg to Differ, Sarah Longwell sits in for Mona Charen, and discusses with the panel the future of the filibuster, GOP fundraising tactics and their new embrace of boycott culture, H.R. 1 and election law, and China and the Olympics. Special Guests: Bill Galston, Damon Linker, Linda Chavez, and Sarah Longwell.

Apr 9

1 hr 3 min

Bret Stephens joins to consider the latest multi-trillion dollar spending bill, the GOP workers' party strategy, and the decline in church membership. Special Guests: Bret Stephens, Damon Linker, and Linda Chavez.

Apr 2

1 hr 3 min

George F. Will joins to discuss lessons of the pandemic, whether Biden is creating a new New Deal, and how to handle China. Special Guests: Damon Linker, George F. Will, Linda Chavez, and Sarah Longwell.

Mar 26

1 hr

The Niskanen Center's Samuel Hammond joins to discuss improving Biden's child allowance and border policies. Plus: eliminate the filibuster? Special Guests: Bill Galston, Damon Linker, Linda Chavez, and Samuel Hammond.

Mar 19

1 hr 9 min

AEI's Desmond Lachman analyzes the inflation risk in our gargantuan spending and loose money policies. The panel then considers the border crisis and the GOP's outreach to the working class. Special Guests: Bill Galston, Damon Linker, Desmond Lachman, and Linda Chavez.

Mar 12

1 hr 9 min

AEI’s Kori Schake joins to discuss Biden’s Iran policy, non-white voters’ move right, and whether HR1 can solve the Democratic party’s geography problem. Special Guests: Bill Galston, Damon Linker, Kori Schake, and Linda Chavez.

Mar 5

1 hr 4 min

Maya MacGuineas of the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget offers her insights. The group also discusses prospects for a Jan 6 commission, and Europe's response to Biden. Special Guests: Bill Galston, Damon Linker, Linda Chavez, and Maya MacGuineas .

Feb 26

58 min 38 sec

Slate's Will Saletan returns to consider the McConnell/Trump GOP, Texas's woes, and Limbaugh's legacy. Special Guests: Bill Galston, Damon Linker, Linda Chavez, and Will Saletan.

Feb 19

1 hr 6 min

Jay Nordlinger joins to discuss the impeachment trial, the Romney plan for families, and the firing of Don McNeill from the NYTimes. Special Guests: Bill Galston, Damon Linker, Jay Nordlinger, and Linda Chavez.

Feb 12

1 hr 1 min

Tom Nichols joins to consider the state of governance and GOP self-policing. Special Guests: Bill Galston, Linda Chavez, and Tom Nichols.

Feb 5

1 hr 10 min

Anne Applebaum joins to discuss options for reconciliation. Also, brave Navalny and cowardly Republicans. Special Guests: Anne Applebaum, Bill Galston, Damon Linker, and Linda Chavez.

Jan 29

1 hr 1 min

EPPC's Peter Wehner joins this week to review the inauguration and look forward to the first priorities of the Biden administration. Also impeachment 2.0. Special Guests: Bill Galston, Damon Linker, Linda Chavez, and Peter Wehner.

Jan 22

1 hr 10 min

Jonathan V. Last and Catherine Rampell join the group to discuss impeachment 2.0, deplatforming (pro and con), and prospects for Biden. Special Guests: Bill Galston, Catherine Rampell, Damon Linker, and Jonathan V. Last.

Jan 14

1 hr 8 min

Eric Edelman joins to discuss the Trump mob’s storming of the Capitol. Special Guests: Bill Galston, Damon Linker, Eric Edelman, and Linda Chavez.

Jan 8

1 hr 5 min

A.B. Stoddard joins the group on New Year's Eve to discuss the lows (many) and highs (there were some) of 2020. Special Guests: A.B. Stoddard, Bill Galston, Damon Linker, and Linda Chavez.

Jan 1

1 hr 18 min

Bulwark founder Sarah Longwell joins the group to discuss Trump’s sabotage of the relief bill, reforms to Trump-proof the presidency, and recommendations for holiday viewing/listening. Special Guests: Bill Galston, Damon Linker, Linda Chavez, and Sarah Longwell.

Dec 2020

1 hr 8 min

Charles Lane joins this week to discuss how Biden is doing. Is GOP terminally Trumpy? A look at the Georgia run-off. Plus, is huge gov’t debt actually ok? Special Guests: Bill Galston, Charles Lane, Damon Linker, and Linda Chavez.

Dec 2020

1 hr 6 min

Author and foreign correspondent Michael J. Totten joins the group to discuss conspiracy thinking at home and abroad, the Biden cabinet so far, and Stop the Steal. Special Guests: Bill Galston, Damon Linker, Linda Chavez, and Michael J. Totten.

Dec 2020

1 hr 4 min

Bill Kristol joins B2D to discuss the normal (!) congressional Covid compromise, Biden’s cabinet so far, and the insanity on the Trump right. Special Guests: Bill Kristol, Damon Linker, and Linda Chavez.

Dec 2020

1 hr 9 min