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Tuesday, December 29, 2015

A note to Charles C. W. Cooke of the National Review



UPDATE: Cooke objected to one characterization of his column. Fair enough. His tweet is at the end. I try to be fair.

Charles C. W. Cooke of the National Review penned, "Trump Has Succeeded in Convincing Conservatives to Discard their Principles Overnight." The piece was full of strawmen and false assumptions, of course. My favorite:
If you have in the last few years become vexed and frustrated by the Republican base’s penchant for political purity, you should perhaps be breathing a little easier. A handful of months ago many of those who now make up Trump’s rank-and-file were ideological perfectionists who hated the GOP’s leadership, believed to their souls that the country was becoming a socialist hell-hole, and insisted vehemently that they had sat out the 2012 election because Mitt Romney was such a terrible squish. Today, by dint of some dark and unholy magic, these wannabe purists have hitched their wagons to Donald Trump, the greatest shape-shifter of them all. 
He is wrong. Cooke should stick to facts. Conservatives showed up at the polls in November 2012 just as they have in every quadrennial election for president. It is the moderates who sit out elections. Goldwater in 1964, for example. I do not doubt that many Republicans voted for Obama in 2008 and again in 2012. Cooke would have you believe that conservatives -- the people who withstood eight years (going back to 2007) of being called klansmen because they opposed Barack Obama's election as president -- stayed home on Election Night 2012, after showing up in big numbers in 2010 and later in 2014?

Sheesh.

In his piece. Cooke lumped all Trump supporters as sellouts:
Thus it is that an array of self-described “true conservatives” have put themselves in the awkward position of supposing that an “assault weapons” ban isn’t that big a deal after all. Thus have the pioneers of litmus testing lined up obediently behind a guy whose position on Planned Parenthood is identical to Hillary Clinton’s. Thus have the Scalia-citing “constitutional conservatives” taken to lionizing a man whose primary criticism of the liberty-shredding Kelo v. New London ruling was that it didn’t go far enough. Thus have the screaming eagles of Twitter and beyond taken to contending that the class-conscious tax hikes that the America-hating communist Bernie Sanders proposes are akin to apple-pie-and-motherhood when they’re floated by Donald Trump.
Let us review those issues.

1. President Reagan supported the assault weapons ban of 1994. It expired in 2004. There is no credible effort to revive it, even under Barack Obama. Trump will not revive it.

2. Trump's position on Planned Parenthood is identical to Hillary Clinton's? Well so is every Republican president and every Republican Congress before, because until the videos of selling body parts of babies surfaced, de-funding Planned Parenthood was a non-starter. And of course, the Omnibus Budget bill funds Planned Parenthood.

3. Kelo? Really? The decision came down in 2005 when Republicans controlled the White House, the House, and the Senate. And it was not overturned. Not at all. Bush and company barely mentioned it.

4. Saying Trump's tax policy is the same as Bernie Sanders is an outright lie. Trump's plan is here. He cuts taxes across the board. And as the Reform Party presidential candidate in 2000, Trump had an even lower tax proposal.

Conservatives keep electing Republicans who talk the right way, but who walk the left way. In Trump, there will be no broken promises. He is what he is, a man of his word.

As for me, I am sitting the primaries out. Let the people in Iowa and Florida figure this out. By the time it gets to West Virginia in May, we will be making bets on the vice presidential nominee. But let's stop trashing Republican voters. Trump's supporters are not racists, ignorant, xenophobes, or fools. They just happen to see something in Trump that Mister Cooke does not see.

I am really disappointed to witness the National Review trash the people who buy it or read it online.

10 comments:

  1. I can agree with many of Surber's points except that "Trump supporters are not racists."

    Not all, of course. But a substantial and very vocal subset of Trumpkins definitely are racists. They are called Alt. Right and use terms like "cuckservative", "cuck" and variations. When you look at their Twitter bios use see lots of references to White Power, 14 and 88 (both neo-Nazi references), and Nationalism.

    Otherwises a fact-pact blog

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    1. Perhaps Mr. Roark would like to define substantial. Is that 5% are racists 25% etc. Perhaps he'd also like to define what he means by racist. Do they want to roll back the clock to the 19950's and 60's when Democrats controlled the South and used the power of government to deny them their rights. Or does he mean they don't want to have dinner with them or have their children go to school with them (ala rich white Progressives). I think the overwhelming majority ((95 plus %) simply are furious at the republican elite selling them down the river with the latest budget deal a prime example. BTW, I don't think Trump is a conservative, I'm a100% Cruz supporter.

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    2. This is another tactic of the Left and, I must say, many Islamists. They are completely comfortable working incrementally. You start with a "this is all I want because I'm just like you" meme, and move from there to higher priorities, like being fascists who control every aspect of your life.

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  2. The Donald, being the very savvy marketer that he is, is addressing the concerns of the middle class and working class voters. Those voters that believe that the regular national Republican leadership ignores them and their concerns.

    Here is an experiment - why doesn't a regular GOP politician identify the concerns of the middle class and the working class and, I don't know, do more than pay lip service to them?

    -Mikey NTH

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  3. National Review. Celebrating sixty years of punching to the right.

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  4. "He is what he is, a man of his word."

    I lol'ed.

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  5. Trump supports protectionism, the iran deal, ag subsidies, single payer health care, kelo, and has a history of supporting politicians who could help him personally wheras soros and the koch bros always supported politicians who would advance their beliefs. Trump is untrustworthy. Period.

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    1. "Trump supports the iran deal, ag subsidies, single payer health care, kelo, and has a history of supporting politicians who could help him personally..."

      I left out protectionism, but tell me - how is this any different than the Republican Congress and most of the GOPe running for Pres?

      As for protectionism, Trump is saying that if other countries break the rules - which they do all the time - they should not be rewarded. That is one of the ways that US workers have been put at a disadvantage - the US plays by the rules, other nations don't.

      You say he is untrustworthy - but you just named off a list of issues that Trump would likely agree with you with. Most of them aren't his priorities. How does that make him untrustworthy - or is it that you just agree with him?

      FWIW, I support Cruz, but if Trump is nominated, I will vote for him. Will you? Or is Don right that its the RINOs who always jump ship when they don't get their way?

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  6. Don, as I say at the end I have appreciated your reporting and I look forward to more of it in the future, but I rate this one a miss>

    Oh, let's do review:
    "2. Trump's position on Planned Parenthood is identical to Hillary Clinton's? Well so is every Republican president and every Republican Congress before, because until the videos of selling body parts of babies surfaced, de-funding Planned Parenthood was a non-starter. And of course, the Omnibus Budget bill funds Planned Parenthood."

    That places Trump with the Democrats and Republican establishment. And this is no different then say, Ted Cruz? Please, that's a straw man argument.

    "3. Kelo? Really? The decision came down in 2005 when Republicans controlled the White House, the House, and the Senate. And it was not overturned."

    And conservatives have spoken against it pretty much unanimously. How does this not show that Trump is not conservative?

    "Conservatives keep electing Republicans who talk the right way, but who walk the left way. In Trump, there will be no broken promises. He is what he is, a man of his word."

    And since Trump can't even talk the conservative talk, we should expect him to walk how?

    I have deeply appreciated Don Surber's honest reporting and what it cost him to do so, but the reasoning here is garbage.

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    1. Hmm. The point is they promise the moon and deliver nothing. At least with Trump we get the Wall they promised us 10 years ago.

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