Vox reads a lot of stuff. This was a very good choice to link to.
Here’s a direct link to the article itself.
Max Boot is one of the most contemptible of the NeverTrumpers. This review of him and his book is also extremely clear about why the NeverTrumpers are anything but conservatives.
It seems everyone on our side of the fence was impressed with Tucker Carlson’s video monologue on what’s gone wrong in America. But in Julie Kelly’s post she finds the reaction of NeverTrump folks like David French and Ben Shapiro to be decidedly negative.
Carlson’s Invisible Political Hand Riles Conservative Critics
Well, I’m not surprised. Tucker must be doing something really right to have the friends he does and the enemies also. Let’s hope he can help President Trump get his message out and start reversing some of the damage that Carlson has highlighted.
Plenty of interesting things are going on in the world. Apparently Never-Trumping isn’t as popular or lucrative as some might have thought. The Weekly Standard, led by Bill Kristol and sticking to his NeverTrump platform seems to be going out of business. Well, it’s hard to generate any sympathy for them. I used to read their magazine about fifteen years ago but they never seemed interested in forwarding the goals of the conservative movement they claimed to represent. Farewell Bill.
The Trump haters are starting to whine that Mueller’s investigation doesn’t seem to have much to show for all the blather that’s been done over the last couple of years. It’s still too soon to tell but I’ll take it as a good sign if the true believers are feeling short-changed.
And word from France is that the yellow vest movement is getting bigger than just a revolt against the idiotic carbon tax on fuel. It sounds like a full-fledged populist revolt is imminent.
These three news items are relatively unrelated. But what they share is a pain for the Left. The items about the Weekly Standard and the Yellow Vest revolt shows everyday people unwilling to support the leftist narrative. Most conservatives aren’t going to pay to read Bill Kristol trash President Trump. And the working and middle class French aren’t going to pay through the nose to support climate-change propaganda.
And the angst about the Mueller investigation shows that those in the know, know that there’s no there there. (See what I did there?)
I’m still waiting to see if any swamp draining gets done this week. I guess, to be fair, I can give them a week to make up for the GHWB funeral circus to end. But if nothing comes of it I’ll be sorely disappointed in the President over what I’ll take to be a bluffing Tweet.
An interesting thing about the Trump realignment is how the different factions of the Right interact with each other. So just as an example, I know this guy who I would say is a blue-collar conservative. He has never trusted the Republicans or the Democrats and he pretty much thinks the fix is in all the time. So, he contrasts with my background. I started out as a Reagan Republican and became disillusioned with the Republicans during the W years and embraced the Trumpocalypse in early 2016. When we talk he comes from his default position of pessimism. He’s afraid that it’s too late to vote our way out of the Leftist future and frets about the Mid-Terms. When I speak to him about all this I tell him to start by relaxing a little bit because the Media is once again spinning the FUD to suppress voting by the Right so it’s definitely not going to be a Blue Wave. Then he says that the future demographics will eventually tilt everything to the Left. And I tell him that it’s time to start speaking up for what you want. Just like Trump answered the call for forgotten Blue-Collar Democrats, another leader will be there in the future and a coalition can be formed that addresses the most important concerns of the Right at that time. But the important thing to remember is that compromising to reach consensus is a lie being used to unilaterally pressure us into adopting the agenda that will disenfranchise us.
Fifteen years ago, I was struggling to understand how the Republicans could let the Left trample on the American way of life so effortlessly while my friend was unsurprised by their failure because he saw both parties as a conspiracy. Whereas today he is unsure whether to become emotionally invested in the political scene and be disappointed in the outcome while I see events unfolding according to the plan of attack that President Trump is waging against the Left and the strategies he is using to rally the sclerotic forces on the establishment right. It’s almost as if my disillusionment with the republicans forced me to delve deeper than those who never trusted them in the first place and never had to understand exactly how the system dysfunctioned (to coin a ridiculous term).
Another faction is those who didn’t trust Trump because they thought he was a joke or thought he was going to govern as a liberal. Slowly but surely all of these folks have been coming around to at least a place where they admit that he is undoubtably doing a lot of good. Even if they aren’t crazy about the man they are happy about the results. And they are beginning to understand just how effective he is against their enemies. These folks can help but they need to fight their learned reflex to compromise whenever a Leftist backs them into a corner (which is every time). They need constant supervision.
And finally, we have the NeverTrumpers. Despite their extreme hatred of Trump even these characters are starting to make noises like they’re ready to rejoin the flock. And if the mid-terms go as well as they seem to be it won’t be long before they’ll be declaring themselves the real leaders of the Trump Revolution complete with New York Times best sellers, cruise ship seminars and proof that transgendered undocumented workers are the most important Trump constituency. I think the main point that I’m trying to make is these characters should be compelled to embrace their choice and never join with Trump or anyone who stood with him.
So, the Trump Revolution moves apace and all that needs to be decided is the secret handshake, the setting of the decoder ring and how to keep the Bushes and Romneys from crashing the Christmas Party. But seriously, you could have worse problems than how to on-board so many new recruits.
Thi guy is the quintessential normy being red-pilled by the ferocity of the Mob. He breaks down his epiphany well. One more guy not shooting Right.
Some pundits like to draw their examples from history. They’ll point to Athens or Rome or England to lend support for some point being made. Some draw from classic literature or drama, Homer or Shakespeare. I’m a science fiction and fantasy geek. So, even though I’ll quote Xenophon or Thucydides, Odysseus or Macbeth, I often find myself drawn to a scene by Tolkien.
In the Lord of the Rings there is a chapter called The Ride of the Rohirrim where King Theoden has asked for the help of the Wild Men of Druadan Forest to bypass an army of orcs and thereby reach Minas Tirith before the city falls. Ghan-buri-Ghan, the chieftain of these stone-age primitives agrees to aid him. As the tribesman prepares to leave them he sniffs the air like some wild creature and with a startled expression says “Wind is changing!” and bolts away. This sentiment is repeated several more times by individuals from all sides of the battle ahead. And the change in the wind is both a sign and also an actor in the drama. Literally the direction of the wind changes the environment for the characters in the story from darkness and fear to light and courage. It not only lets them see what they need to know but it gives them the courage to attempt it.
Now, far be it from me to compare Donald Trump to Gandalf the White or Mitch McConnell to King Theoden. Although, I could be convinced that Bush Senior is a stand-in for Denethor.
But without a doubt I will say the wind is most definitely changing. Here are my proofs:
- Those most notorious of weather vanes, the Republican Congress, are pointing in Trump’s direction. Mitch McConnell, Lindsey Graham and the rest of the gutless, spineless hollow men in the Senate got up on their hind legs and gave an almost convincing impression of adult male Americans, in other words men. Astonishing.
- A Republican appointee for the Supreme Court was allowed to defend himself against outrageous charges from shrieking harpies instead of being withdrawn post haste by a cowering Republican establishment.
- The #metoo media-political complex fired every single round they had in their guns at Justice Kavanaugh, the President and the Senate during this pitched battle and when the smoke cleared Kavanaugh was installed in the Supreme Court, Susan Collins called them out, Democrat Senator Joe Manchin signed onto the approval and President Trump’s approval rating broke 50% for the first time in many months.
- Just about every NeverTrumper who hadn’t already sold his soul to George Soros admitted that he was glad Donald Trump was president right now.
- And finally, even the most timid centrists are finally starting to understand that losing less quickly is not necessarily the best case scenario they can hope for.
Some of these signs are actually lagging indicators. I think some of the NeverTrumpers are coming around because they lost most of their readers. Their conversion is one of convenience due to how much the facts on the ground have already shifted against them. The Congress has taken two years to decide which way the wind is blowing, the invertebrates. But without a doubt, things are definitely building on existing momentum.
I expect setbacks, unexpected losses will occur and unreliable allies will bolt from time to time. But I predict that this momentum is peaking at just the right time to sway the electorate for us. And that will further depress the Left and its allies in the Press and Hollywood. So this is the time for the Right to strike while the iron is hot. If we manage to gain a few seats in the House it’s time to start building the wall and fixing the illegal immigration situation. It’s time to start cleaning out the Justice Department and the other Executive Branch departments. And it’s time for the Republicans to coordinate at the state and federal level to advance cases to the Supreme Court to challenge many of the unconstitutional precedents that need to be reversed.
I hate to sound so cheerful. But honestly, things are going very well. A lot of my friends are very fearful about a #metoo backlash and Mueller and blah, blah, blah. Meh. I say things are looking up. The wind is shifting and that is the time to press ahead.
For the newer readers of Orion’s Cold Fire this article I wrote for American Greatness sums up my position in the Great Revolt
I consider myself fully aware of the tremendous obstacles to preserving what’s left of the remarkable experiment that is the United States of America but I can’t quite give up on it yet.
Short article. David Horowitz walks us through a dust-up he had with Jonah Goldberg on Twitter. The venom spilled by Jonah at the end is predictable but what was interesting was Horowitz’s comments at the end cataloging examples of President Trump’s loyalty to his allies. Goldberg was pounding away at Trump’s infidelities to his wives. Horowitz is cataloging his ability to stand by associates that former Republican presidents would have thrown under the bus for convenience. I think Horowitz made the stronger case. I used to enjoy Jonah Goldberg’s witty column but he has let himself drift out to sea on the NeverTrump iceberg. Problem with icebergs as a transportation platform is they eventually melt away and leave you to drown in the middle of nowhere.
Trump’s Character and Trump’s Presidency
[Announcer]: We interrupt this regularly scheduled broadcast of some utterly meaningless reality show to bring you the already in progress televised presentation of President Trump’s campaign rally for Incumbent Republican Senator Rathbone Bamboozle from the Great State of Northeast Meetah. And here is the President.
[President Trump]: Thank you Senator Bamboozle for that rambling incoherent introduction. I couldn’t understand everything you said because you are so falling down drunk but from what I heard I disagree with about every fourth word. Good evening ladies and gentlemen. I’m here tonight to convince you to get out and vote for Senator Bamboozle. Looking back on his long and storied career of graft, corruption, featherbedding and just plain influence peddling it’s hard to believe that I can actually find a single reason to recommend him. I mean look at him. He’s an old, fat, drunken, dishonest SOB and he’s hideously ugly to boot. In a better world, I’d be urging the Senate Majority Leader to proffer charges against him prior to expulsion from the Senate and if it’s still permitted I’d have him bullwhipped out of the Capitol Building. But we don’t live in a better world. In this world your choice is this worthless bag of crap or a Democrat. So, relatively speaking, the bag of crap is the better man. If the Democrats get in, we can expect them to stonewall all further progress on job creation, tax relief, trade improvement and immigration control. We’ll have no further progress on an honest Supreme Court and we’ll end up with socialism and reverse racism tainting every law and government program.
I remember just last year Rathbone Bamboozle declared in the pit of the Senate that he would do everything in his power to see that my presidency failed. He said that my positions on immigration and trade were un-American. He swore that he would oppose any policy that I championed and swore that he would petition the FBI to prosecute me on charges that I colluded with the Russians against Crooked Hillary.
Well, that was then, this is now. Senator Bamboozle is thirty points under water in the polls and his wife has left him for the local termite inspection guy who works his neighborhood. She said he associates with a better class of individuals than her husband. So, after he begged me on his hands and knees and the political spin doctors assured me that we need his seat to move forward with our agenda, I agreed very reluctantly to come here and ask you long suffering people to bring this loser back to the Senate. I can’t claim that he will be a better Senator or a better man but I can promise you that once I have enough votes in the Senate to not need his sorry butt around anymore, I’ll have him investigated by the IRS and sent to prison for at least twenty years. (turning around to the dais) You hear that Rathbone? Better start a weight training program. Prison is a pretty tough gig.
So, in conclusion, vote for this bum. I’ve written a new campaign slogan for him. Tell me what you think. “He’s a worthless, evil, conniving bastard, but he’s not Satan himself.” (the crowd gives him a standing ovation) Trump out.
Emerald Robinson (don’t know her) over at the Spectator has a doozy. Oh the schadenfreude, it’s very delicious. Enjoy.
The Collapse of the Never-Trump Conservatives