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Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Never Trump is Never Gorsuch

Dennis Prager of Investor's Business Daily tried to figure out "Why Conservatives Still Attack Trump."

Jonah Goldberg of National Review immediately objected to Prager; how dare anyone criticize him.

I am not surprised.

First, what Prager wrote:
After investing so much energy in opposing Trump's election, and after predicting his nomination would lead to electoral disaster, it's hard to for them to admit they were wrong. To see him fulfill many of his conservative election promises, again in defiance of predictions, is a bitter pill. But if they hang on to their Never-Trumpism and the president falls on his face, they can say they were right all along.
That means that only if he fails can their reputations be redeemed. And they, of course, know that.
But there is another way.
They can join the fight. They can accept an imperfect reality and acknowledge that we are in a civil war, and that Trump, with all his flaws, is our general. If this general is going to win, he needs the best fighters. But too many of them, some of the best minds of the conservative movement, are AWOL.
I beg them: Please report for duty.
Goldberg's response:
I’m not going to try to psychoanalyze Dennis’s motivations here. But I will say that this essay reads more like an effort to affirm what a talk-radio audience wants to hear than a good-faith effort to understand and persuade conservatives that he claims to admire. If Dennis is truly interested in persuading the very diverse group of conservative Trump critics on the right, my advice would be to call them on the phone and ask them why they — we — say what they say and do what they do. Insinuating that conservative thinkers and writers are vain elitists who are betraying their cause by not becoming spinners (never mind soldiers) is not, to my mind, the best way to persuade them — or me — of anything.
My call is that Prager is much too kind to people who were willing to throw away the Supreme Court for two generations out of spite.

Goldberg never made an intellectual case or well-reasoned argument against Trump.

Instead, Goldberg just spat out insults.

From "Trump the Press":

“Donald Trump has a long record of clownishly pretending he’s going to run for president, and people take him seriously — including a lot of people at this network, which drives me crazy. I think Donald Trump is a bane of humanity,” Jonah Goldberg of the National Review said on Fox News on April 20, 2015.

“Poor Donald Trump. It wasn’t supposed to be like this. For years, wherever The Donald went, he met people who told him he should run for president. His retinue of sycophants surely saw little to gain from explaining that birthers, celebrity worshippers, and devotees of The Apprentice are not a statistically meaningful sample of the electorate. Nor did it dawn on him that some people say ‘you should run for president’ the way you tell your long-winded uncle ‘you should write a book.’ History is full of failed men who mistook flattery for insight,” Goldberg wrote on July 8, 2015.

“What I find so gaudy about Trump is his constant reference to the fact that he made a lot of money, and his expectation that it somehow makes him immune to criticism or means that he’s a better person than his GOP competitors, never mind yours truly. Moreover, I find it horribly disappointing that his fans like this about him. If you met someone in real life who talked this way, you would think he’s a jerk. But somehow he’s awesome when he does it on TV?” Goldberg wrote on July 11, 2015.

“I truly, honestly, and with all my heart and mind think Donald Trump’s most ardent supporters are making a yuge mistake. I think they are being conned and played. I feel like a guy whose brother is being taken advantage of by a grifter. I’m watching helplessly as the con artist congratulates him for taking out a third mortgage,” Jonah Goldberg of the National Review wrote on July 11, 2015.

“Of course Trump wouldn’t hesitate to attack John McCain’s war-hero status. Trump’s bottomless insecurity cannot countenance the idea that his critics have any legitimacy. Of course Trump won’t apologize — because his dog-and-pony show is predicated on the idea that he ‘tells it like it is’ and ‘fights.’ He’s the omniscient master of The Apprentice. He can’t behave like the Biggest Loser,” Goldberg wrote on July 22, 2015.

“It’s obviously too soon to tell for sure, but I think we’ve reached Peak Trump,” Goldberg wrote on August 15, 2015.

And that was just two months into the campaign of “a bane of humanity.”

Butt hurt is not liberal or conservative.

It's just butt hurt.

Donald Trump is an accomplished man who began the renaissance in mid-Manhattan that continues today, who wrote best-sellers, who married beauties, who had hit television series, and who in his first political campaign won the presidency. Failure? Sure, he's known that. Henry Ford bankrupted a couple of car companies before he founded the Ford Motor Company.

But the Never Trumpers only saw him as a gaudy grifter because, hey, why find out about who the man really is, right?

Now, four months into President Trump's presidency -- with a conservative majority on the Supreme Court likely guaranteed for at least a decade -- with the rollback of Obama regulations by the score -- with a 10-year budget proposal that will rein in entitlements while rebuilding the military -- with the annihilation of the Islamic State near -- with America first again -- what do we get from the Never Trumpers?

Obstinate refusals to admit President Trump is a conservative who spared us Hillary.

They stand athwart history and yell, Hillary -- just like the resistance.

Well, Dennis Prager tried.

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  1. No, they are not butt-hurt. Oh, sure, probably some are -- but the majority of the "top thinkers" like Goldberg are observably traitors and double-dealers and charlatans. They have their iron rice-bowl, which is to be the political version of the Washington Generals. Put up a good fight but always lose.

    You can tell it even now. Look at Goldberg's response. "I’m not going to try to psychoanalyze Dennis’s motivations here." No effort to defend his postion, just immediately attack Prager's motives. This is just what the leftists do. Just what the liberals & Democrats do.

    1. There you have it. There are trillions at stake for the uniparty and the affiliate nevertrumpers.

      They are all cut out of the same broken mold as Kristol. Total irrelevance.

  2. As Prager put it, Goldberg and company would be just fine with Hillary as President. To them, the country was doing ok, albeit more left than they like, but still something to be weathered and not rock the boat.

    My take is similar except that I accuse them of having the same basic goals as Democrats, thus Hillary would be a fine President.

    Who knew it would take a liberal Republican who was not long ago a registered Democrat to release a conservative administration and agenda.

    Trump makes Goldberg and friends appear to be pathetic poseurs.

    1. This could also refer to the republicans in congress who "pretend" to be conservative to get elected but always have an excuse why they can pass laws with meaning and undo some of the damage done by democrats.

    2. Yup, Trump's biggest sin is showing those RINOs never intended to do what they promised. They have nothing to run on anymore thanks to Trump.

  3. I was knew someone like Goldberg once. Always making snide remarks about those who were better off, those who commanded more attention, etc.
    Jonah Goldberg is a jealous, bitter person, just like the bitchy, unappreciative woman I divorced.

  4. I used to read NRO, and liked Jonah, but then he and the NROnics destroyed it and my trust in them.

    1. Me too, Sam. Pin the tail on Rich Lowry, Captain of the NRO Titanic. Cue Celine Dion...

  5. Goldberg can eat shit and die for all I care. The #NeverTrumpers are as irreverent as their queen Hillary.

    1. Agreed. He can sip his chardonnay with his shit.

  6. Trump is not the reason we have a new conservative justice. Any of the leading Republican contenders for president would have picked a conservative.

    Goldberg is correct that non-Conservatives who converted to populism do not understand the mindset of dedicated and motivated conservatives. You simply cannot throw the baby out with the bathwater. And "never" will always mean never where a man as dangerous as Donald Trump is involved.

    When the dust settles and the fog lifts, conservatives will be there telling you "I told you so!"

    1. Yeah. Harriet Miers. When the fog lifts, cuckservatives will be fossilized.

    2. None of them would have beaten Clinton.

    3. OMG, y'all should be standing alongside Trump fighting the good fight.

      But, since he does not sup from the globalist cup and demands America ti be concerned with Americans, he is vilified and demonized by Dem and Repub alike.

      Modern conservatism lost its moorings long ago. Today it is a movement whereby national sovereignty is abrogated for multi-national corporations that think laying off Americans is good thing.

    4. Please, horsefly, educate me on what exactly is the mindset of a dedicated and motivated conservative. Thanks in advance.

  7. Goldberg and his brethren, like the progressives, are having trouble processing that time and events have passed them by threatening both status and paychecks. What the future holds is yet to be determined but the past is just that past.

  8. Jonah Goldberg is a small petty man. Trump said he needed help to buy pants.

    Obviously this must be true for JG to hold his grudge over it for so long. He's not just butthurt, he's naked butthurt.

    Principles so self-serving no longer count for principle.
    ~Carolina Kat

  9. Goldebrg is one of the most illogical conservatives I have ever read or heard speak. Totally irrelevant, no followers or audience. Put a fork in him..he's done!

  10. You forgot to mention Pres Trump's family.
    They are a credit to him.

  11. FWIW - this was my addition to the comments thread on the NR article:
    May I explain what is going on. The NR folks had hoped that Hillary would have won so they could maintain their sinecures as official gadflies. Since that didn't happen, they have to do the best they can with Trump even when it sounds goofy. The folks at the NR also don't realize that the Conservative Movement in the United States is dead, having "conserved" nothing. Trump is a flawed President without question but what is going on - with the help of Democrats, "establishment" Republicans and "official" conservatives - is nothing less than a "soft coup" against a duly elected President.

  12. The swamp has thrived because of people like J G. He and his ilk sit in plush leather chairs smoking their pipes with a balloon of brandy pontificating on what a "true" conservative is.
    These types blew it big time by scoffing at the remote possibility Trump could win. now they are stuck with it. They must be very butt hurt to see they have no relevance any longer.They are part of the elitist swamp dwellers and part of the old guard. Out of touch and out of favor.