His three "Least Influential (i.e., The Biggest Losers of 2016)" were spectacular car crashes. Heading the list was National Review, followed by Red State, and the Weekly Standard.
Their falls from grace came from diving into Never Trump's shallow pool from the top of Trump Tower.
From Doug Ross:
Ignoring their one-sided political goose-stepping for a moment, these sites actually made incredibly poor business decisions over the course of the last year. They completely missed, then ignored, a vast readership that was desperately seeking a candidate untarnished by the poisonous corruption currently infecting both parties in Washington.Well, we all make mistakes, do we not?
It was the preening, holier-than-though pronouncements of principle that made them so insufferable that nobody wants them back.
National Review: For the high crime of gently mocking Kevin D. Williamson, Biff Spackle and Doug Ross were both blocked by the magnanimous #NeverTrumper. Talk about an overinflated sense of self. NRO's "Against Trump" issue was ridiculous on its face; the President-Elect's cabinet selections -- arguably more conservative than anything the NRO could have dreamed up -- just make it even more ironic.This was predictable. In one of my most popular posts of the past year, I wrote on January 22:
National Review Hoists White Flag, Defiantly Rows To Outcast Island
George Will was all gloom and doom on the Hugh Hewitt radio show this week: "If the election is Hillary Clinton against Donald Trump, this will be the first election since God knows when, there was no real conservative candidate."
Meanwhile, the National Review went all in against Trump in its latest edition, drawing praise from Washington insiders. The magazine lined up 22 writers who railed against Trump, repeating the same arguments they have made the last six months, arguments which have hurt The Donald about as much as Whoopi Goldberg's threat to leave the USA. Chris Christie will help you pack.
The cover delighted Jeb Bush.
Welcome to the fight, all. Trump is not a conservative. pic.twitter.com/Fri8reAEx1— Jeb Bush (@JebBush) January 22, 2016
Of course, the effort was all for nought. Trump fought National Review and the rest of the Washington establishment. He won without them.
A year later, National Review no longer matters.
A few National Review contributors -- Conrad Black, who was always true to Trump -- are worth my time, but really, I do not miss them. While I roughed them up but good in "Trump the Press," the sequel will go after bigger game.
Meanwhile, Byron York and Salena Zito of the Washington Examiner are must reads. Institutions over time lurch leftward. National Review will turn 62 this year.
Please read "Trump the Press," in which I skewer media experts who wrongly predicted Trump would lose the Republican nomination. "Trump the Press" is available as a paperback, and on Kindle.
It covers the nomination process only. The general election will be covered in a sequel.
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