Never Trump, right?
They also are among the conservatives who met with Barack Obama the night before his inauguration.
A reader tipped me to this.
From the New Yorker on January 30, 2012:
On a frigid January evening in 2009, a week before his Inauguration, Barack Obama had dinner at the home of George Will, the Washington Post columnist, who had assembled a number of right-leaning journalists to meet the President-elect. Accepting such an invitation was a gesture on Obama’s part that signalled his desire to project an image of himself as a post-ideological politician, a Chicago Democrat eager to forge alliances with conservative Republicans on Capitol Hill. That week, Obama was still working on an Inaugural Address that would call for “an end to the petty grievances and false promises, the recriminations and worn-out dogmas that for far too long have strangled our politics.”
Obama sprang coatless from his limousine and headed up the steps of Will’s yellow clapboard house. He was greeted by Will, Michael Barone, David Brooks, Charles Krauthammer, William Kristol, Lawrence Kudlow, Rich Lowry, and Peggy Noonan. They were Reaganites all, yet some had paid tribute to Obama during the campaign. Lowry, who is the editor of the National Review, called Obama “the only presidential candidate from either party about whom there is a palpable excitement.” Krauthammer, an intellectual and ornery voice on Fox News and in the pages of the Washington Post, had written that Obama would be “a president with the political intelligence of a Bill Clinton harnessed to the steely self-discipline of a Vladimir Putin,” who would “bestride the political stage as largely as did Reagan.” And Kristol, the editor of the Weekly Standard and a former aide to Dan Quayle, wrote, “I look forward to Obama’s inauguration with a surprising degree of hope and good cheer.”Now to be fair, not all the guests of Will are Never Trump snobs. For example, Kudlow isn't.
But there they were. There was this tidbit:
At George Will’s house, Obama impressed his companions. He got a big laugh when he teased David Brooks, a Times columnist who is a less orthodox conservative than the others, by asking him, “What are you doing here?” Kudlow said that the tone of the dinner was essentially “We’re going to disagree, but we wish you well.” As the President-elect departed, Rich Lowry grabbed Obama’s hand and said softly, “Sir, I’ll be praying for you.”The point of the article was to show these conservatives as refusing to live up to some unwritten agreement to cooperate. Given that Obama gave Republicans zero input in the stimulus or Obamacare, that took some chutzpah to claim in 2012. Still it is interesting to see the same people who would dine with Obama before his inauguration now oppose Donald Trump no matter how evil Hillary's deeds are.
It's an insider's game.
Animal Farm ends with the pigs dining with the farmers. I always wondered about those farmers. Why would they dine with pigs? Obama is no pig, but now I have my answer.
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