As someone that is already subscribed to around a dozen political podcasts, I figured, hey, why not try to squeeze in some more? The Stranger is home to sex advice columnist Dan Savage, and on his highly entertaining podcast Savage Lovecast, he'll frequently start things off with self-described "political rants." They tend to be concise, cathartic, preach-to-the-choir moments that resonate with those that already share his political opinions and probably cause those that don't to roll their eyes. Falling into the first camp most of the time, I was interested to see what a podcast with him that's more focused on politics would be like.
After sampling the three most recent episodes, my partially informed hot take on Blabbermouth is... that it is mostly a bunch of hot takes. With episode titles like "What the Hell Is Wrong with Donald Trump, and How Is It He's Getting Worse," this podcast fills up much of its running time by having the exasperated hosts react angrily to the latest headlines by calling Donald Trump stupid, a liar, a bigot, etc., and then musing on what Democrats should be doing regarding messaging and protest tactics. Because they all agree with each other most of the time, there isn't much for them to debate, and they're also not in the business of doing the sort of policy deep dives that can be found on podcasts like The Weeds. One discussion regarding changes that were made to the LGBTQ flag in Philadelphia did stand out for being more nuanced than others.
More than anything else, Blabbermouth reminds me of the sorts of quick, casual political conversations that I'll have with like-minded friends at bars. They're usually fun, we'll hurl invectives at the politicians that we hate (because hey, they're the worst), but our minds are already made up on most things and we're probably not going to learn a lot.