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Lincoln Chafee Drops Out and Comedians Challenge The PC Police

Harsany and Hemingway discuss Lincoln Chafee dropping out, Paul Ryan jumping in, and PC comedians.


Senior Editors at the Federalist, David Harsanyi and Mollie Hemingway, host today’s Federalist Radio Hour to discuss Lincoln Chafee, Paul Ryan and the political correctness movement in comedy.

Lincoln Chafee has dropped out of the Democratic presidential primary race, following in the footsteps of his fellow candidate, Jim Webb.

“People keep saying the Republican party is some sort of clown show as Robert Tracinski wrote on the Federalist today, but the real story is that the democratic primary is a side show,” Hemmingway said.

Harsanyi noted that, “obviously with Biden not running as well, now Hillary is going to win.”

After saying that he did not want the job, Paul Ryan is now in line to be the next Speaker of the House.

“I’m not sure that he is going to be happy, I don’t know him personally, but it seems unlikely to me that this is a good fit for him in the end,” Harsanyi said.

Hemingway said Ryan is a great choice for Speaker and that he is a very conservative person who cares a lot about the market despite some of his dubious policy decisions.

“He’s a solid conservative. He’s a unifying candidate. He understands the establishment. He understands donors,” she said.

Online streaming sites like Netflix and HBO have released new shows from popular comedians like Amy Schumer and Anthony Jeselnik. These two comedians have also recently been helmed as brave in the face of political correctness.

Hemingway said she doesn’t think it’s true that political correctness is refining Jeselnik’s humor. “Jeselnik does need to be crossing any PC boundaries for me to like him, I like him as he is,” she said.

As for Amy Schumer, Hemingway said she is, “doing a good job of bringing discussion about sex and relationships into the forefront,” but that she played it safe on her newest show. Political correctness has forced into this tiny space of self deprecation that says there is no moral authority that can encroach on your space when it comes to sex.

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