The Not-Closed Deal

Commentary Podcast #5

audio: https://soundcloud.com/user-772951267/commentary-podcast-5

On this week’s podcast, Noah Rothman and I attempt to explode the media conventional wisdom about Super Tuesday—arguing that Donald Trump did not close the deal despite what you’ve heard, that Ted Cruz outdid himself but got little credit for it, and that Marco Rubio may have found his voice as a candidate and done real harm to Trump with results to follow over the next couple of weeks. Also, some live Googling that forces Noah to tap-dance while I search frantically for facts to back up his assertions. Podcasting—it’s like radio, only less polished. Enjoy.

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