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Monday, December 12, 2016

President Trump can do no good, Never Trumpers say

I have a theory why there are so many holdouts among the Never Trump crowd. But first, let us review their latest baying at the moon.

From Charles "Opposed Reagan's Re-Election" Krauthammer:
Well, there isn’t a lot of consistency between the campaign rhetoric and the appointments. Goldman Sachs was a whipping boy for Bernie Sanders, for Donald Trump, and for lots of folks as a symbol of Wall Street corruption, greed, and overbearing influence. And they get two major appointments in the new administration. But I don’t think that Trump cares about that. I’m not sure he needs to. People are going to judge him by how he does, not by how consistent what he does now is with the rhetoric in the campaign. He has jettisoned a lot of stuff from the campaign. Some of it, I think, it’s a good thing he jettisoned. This is all going to depend who he feels the most comfortable with and who are the best of people.
Krauthammer just rolled out Alinsky's Rule 4: Make opponents live up to their own book of rules. “You can kill them with this, for they can no more obey their own rules than the Christian church can live up to Christianity.”

It would be OK with Krauthammer if Ted Cruz did that because his wife, Heidi Cruz, works for Goldman Sachs.

Then there is this business that the Russians elected Trump. How many electoral votes did they get? 306? Zero? Something like that.

From David "I Should Be President" French:
There is time for Trump to reverse course, to call for an investigation into Russian activities and to nominate a secretary of state who’s known for clearly understanding Russian intentions and the extent of Russian aggression. Trump is president of an entire nation, not just the leader of his movement, and he needs to move quickly to acknowledge that millions of Americans are feeling exactly as Republicans would if the roles were reversed.  Yes, the Eighties have called. They have their foreign policy back. The Russians know it. Obama finally knows it. Does Trump? 
The Eighties Called? Yes, the "conservatives" are plagiarizing Barack Obama.

Then there is Mark Krikorian the Vapid:
Trump’s pick for Labor secretary is perhaps the worst person imaginable for that role: Andrew Puzder, CEO of CKE Restaurants, the parent company of fast-food chains Carl’s Jr., Hardee’s, and others. He is one of the nation’s most outspoken business voices for Gang of Eight-style immigration policies. He didn’t just sign an open letter once as a favor to a friend; he’s been a high-profile champion of amnesty and huge increases in immigration and guestworkers.
Of course, Puzder has completely renounced hiring illegal aliens and the companies that hire them. But what are facts when you are paid to seethe?

From Mister French, again:
Donald Trump owes Chuck Jones an apology. Jones, a union leader who represents workers at the now-famous Indiana Carrier plant, had attacked Trump for exaggerating the number of jobs saved in his “deal” to downsize Carrier’s move to Mexico.
Yes, Mister French, the butt-hurt of losing an election you were in for a week never ends, does it?

Now for my theory as to why Bill Kristol, Jonah Goldberg, and the rest are being so bitter, so desperate, and so over-the-top in their constant criticism of Trump.


Barack Obama was very very good to them because they could hit up donors who wanted to stop and rollback Obamacare.

But just as the reason National Abortion Rights Action League died on January 23, 1973 -- when abortion became a national "right" -- so to the need for conservative activism died on November 8, 2016. Republicans won everything. And now, who needs the National Review and the think-tank columnists that fill its pages and online feed?

The money may dry up if President Trump succeeds.

They are desperate.

From National Review:
NRO is in the midst of an end-of-the-year webathon, seeking to raise $150,000 to bankroll a complete rebuild of the website (plus to cover our 2017 student-intern costs). We are hoping our fans — exasperated maybe by the site’s glitches, but admirers of the relentless wisdom dispensed by our terrific writers — will contribute. You can make a donation here. Or here for PayPal fans. We’ve received over $50,000 so far, and comments galore.

Put up a paywall, or sell ads, but just don't beg. You are not St. Jude's Children's Hospital, which does some actual good. You are an opinion magazine that backed the wrong pony.


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  1. Their world has been turned upside down and gravity is in full force. Let's see if they land on their feet or their head. - Elric

  2. Lately, this song has been running through my head a LOT...

    Well I went home with the waitress
    The way I always do
    How was I to know
    She was with the Russians too

    - Warren Zevon (RIP), Lawyers Guns and Money

    Basically the lyrics reveal a spoiled brat who messed up big time yet refuses to take responsibility. Sound familiar?

  3. They know Trump will rein them in and they can't stand it.

  4. I believe the phrase "beating a dead horse" is applicable to NRO. I used to like them.

    That "Label: Mediacide": I don't recall seeing you label posts before. Going to continue this?

  5. This is a lot like when Patton was accused of trying to reestablish Nazi rule because he used former Nazis to administer the occupation. He did so because he needed the best talent and that was where he got it.
    Saying that because someone has worked for an organization that has done bad things that they are then disqualified from a position is more than a little disingenuous. You have heard me rail against huge university health megacorporations. I also used to work for one. Would I be disqualified from a post that involved oversight of them?
    Where do these critics propose Trump gets his financial people? From their hometown local bank? A libertarian think tank? The guy who does your taxes (bad movie)? Choices like these make sense if you are consciously acting to destroy the agencies involved. But if you are going to use what is already in place to try and make things better, you need experts at the wheel. If you destroy the big banks that are the cornerstone of the Federal Reserve System you destroy the system itself. This is what Andrew Jackson did and the result was economic chaos (from what I've read, I understand that the writers could be prejudiced). I don't think economic chaos is what Trump has in mind. You don't get beneficial reform by taking radical steps.
    My own preference to get the reform done would be to render the Fed irrelevant over time by simply repealing the legal tender acts. Doing so would have no immediate impact, but what would happen slowly over time would be the inability of the big banks to manipulate the value of money because the public would then be in control of what currency they would use. If it became a problem, people would go to the trouble of using foreign currencies to pay for stuff and demand payment for their work.

  6. Funny how they are all up in arms about the S of S pick but Branstead (SP?)is ok.

  7. "US Secretary of State John Kerry has been given the Legion d'Honneur, France's highest honour, with his French counterpart calling him "the most French of American officials"."

    Am I alone here in considering that "most French of American officials" shtick fightin' words?

    1. Not for Johnny, they're not. Now he's a Legionnaire.

    2. "Hmm nice medal. with Cong rice bag cluster..."
      TG McCoy

    3. Kerry is such a contrast to newly-elected Clay Higgins.

  8. Word has it that a dragged-up Krauthammer is set to reprise Tina Turner's Mad Max role as Aunty NT.

  9. Don-'Baying at the moon?"
    More like peeing on our leg...
    TG McCoy

    1. Or maybe mooning at the bay?

      Nothing a horse-kick wouldn't fix.

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