Score: The Politics of Evil

On this podcast edition of The Score radio show…

Scott Lee talks about the Las Vegas massacre, and why he thinks it’s a reminder that evil is real. Can it be stopped, or prevented from inflicting harm? Scott says the easy answer is gun control. But he also says that pure evil “finds a way,” even if the shooter, his ilk, and the nation were disarmed. But guns are now a hot political issue again. Scott asks what sort of proposal for control would have prevented Vegas. Certainly, new restrictions have become a late issue in the gubernatorial race. This article, from FiveThirtyEight, ought to be a starting point for any renewed discussion.

Later Scott and I discuss the latest edition of the ad wars in the gubernatorial race, which I also discussed in the Washington Post. The Gillespie campaign’s Blair With Project-inspired ad lashing Ralph Northam to MS-13 gang violence is more than a horror movie homage, it’s got a big ‘ol dog whistle at its heart. To be fair, the ad’s triple bank shot premise seems to have hit its intended demographic:

On the upside, the race finally seems to be moving out of its rope-a-dope phase (though Mr. Northam may not have gotten that memo).

Scott then turns his attention to an issue in the House of Delegates races underway in the commonwealth, including 15 Democratic candidates who are in favor of a single payer health care system. Scott calls it “preposterous,” though he loves the idea that Democrats are embracing an idea they have long loathed — federalism. Wonders never cease…

Plus, political correctness cutting corners on context (looking at you, Cam Newton), and the baseball playoffs…it’s a wonderful time of year.

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