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Monday, February 26, 2018

Ex-conservative Charen discovers liberal love

I was going to tweet this thought, but then I decided I don't work for Twitter.

I work for me.

Besides, I need more than 280 characters for this.

The background is simple. CPAC invited Never Trumper Mona Charen to speak, and she dumped on Trump -- and was booed.

The next day -- in what has to be a record turn around for her -- Charen wrote a column in the Sunday New York Times, "I'm Glad I Got Booed at CPAC."

Now my tweet was if your plan is to get booed at CPAC and brag about it in the New York Times, you stopped being conservative a long time ago.

In her case, it was at least two years ago, for that was when she was among the 23 writers who cast their lot against Trump in the National Review's "Against Trump" issue.

The magazine had stopped Patrick Buchanan in 1992, and Newt Gingrich in 2012. Both times, Republicans lost the election.

Bur the plan was a reverse Goldwater. William F. Buckley turned his magazine into the Goldwater Review as he pushed a candidate who truly was a racist. After his large loss to LBJ, Nelson Rockefeller Republicans regrouped. started winning congressional races, and barely elected Nixon in 1968.

Oh sure, Buckley later claimed Goldwater led to Reagan's presidency, but that was 16 years later after the damage was done: Vietnam. EPA. OSHA. Abortion on demand...

Buckley also made outcasts of Ayn Rand and the John Birch Society, as he sucked up to liberals.

When have liberals denounced its radicals?

Having failed to stop Trump, Charen and her colleagues at National Review find themselves as outcasts.

She is now sour grapes about the whole thing.

(Max Boot, another former conservative, wrote in the Washington Post: "If this is what conservatism has become, count me out." Boot now opposes conservative judges, repealing regulations, and tax cuts for the middle class. He won't be missed.)

According to Charen, she did not seek the privilege of speaking to CPAC.

"I was surprised that I was even asked to speak at CPAC. My views on Trump, Roy Moore and Steve Bannon are no secret. I knew the crowd would be hostile, and so I was tempted to pass," she wrote.

"But too many of us have given up the fight. We’ve let disgust and dismay lead us to withdraw while bad actors take control of the direction of our movement. I know how encouraged I feel whenever someone simply states the truth, and so I decided to accept CPAC’s invitation."

Given up the fight?

Since when?

Charen and her fellow counterfeit conservatives have continued opposition to President Trump with an intensity that would qualify them to wear pussy hats.

While she stated "I've been a conservative my entire life" in her Times column, is she still conservative?

People's opinions change over time. If a conservative is a liberal who has been mugged, could a liberal be a conservative who got tired of being mocked by her liberal friends?

"My panel was about the #MeToo movement, which was a natural for me since my new book coming out in June, 'Sex Matters,' grapples with the movement and other aspects of our fraught sexual ecosystem," she wrote.

"After every woman on the panel had a chance to speak and with 10 minutes remaining on the clock, the moderator threw a slow pitch right over the plate. She asked us about feminist hypocrisy. Ask me that at a cocktail party and I will talk your ear off about how the very people who had lectured us about the utter venality of workplace sexual harassment throughout the 1980s became suddenly quiescent when the malefactor was Bill Clinton.

"But this time, and particularly in front of this crowd, it felt far more urgent to point out the hypocrisy of our side. How can conservative women hope to have any credibility on the subject of sexual harassment or relations between the sexes when they excuse the behavior of President Trump? And how can we participate in any conversation about sexual ethics when the Republican president and the Republican Party backed a man credibly accused of child molestation for the United States Senate?"

What a doozy of a way to drum up publicity for a new book -- albeit four months ahead of its release.

To be sure, no conservative will buy her book. She burned that bridge.

But by dumping on President Trump, surely she has ingratiated herself among liberals, right?

D.R. Tucker of Washington Monthly threw a bucket of ice on that concept.

Charen also had dumped on a fellow CPAC speaker who was the grand-daughter of French nationalist Jean-Marie Le Pen.

"Ask yourself: is there really that much of a difference between the repulsive racial views of Le Pen and the raw racism Buckley and Reagan expressed during their heyday? If your answer is 'no,' then you’re laughing sarcastically at the horror Charen has expressed towards CPAC’s open embrace of the alt-right. Buckley and Reagan embraced the alt-right too, but Charen chose not to notice," Tucker wrote.

Rule No. 1 of appeasing liberals. You can't.

They hate you, and want you to die.


The media chose to go to war with Donald John Trump in 2017 rather than accept him as president.

The media chose poorly.

From Leslie Eastman's review at Legal Insurrection:
Surber, a recovering journalist with over 30 years of experience, has been cataloging the #FakeNews that has been regularly offered as serious analysis of President Donald Trump’s actions, policies, and opinions. He has brought his enormous collection together in the longest, most serious book he has yet written: Fake News Follies of 2017.
Fake News Follies of 2017 is available on Kindle and in paperback.

Autographed copies are available. Email me at for details. I am including a "director's cut." I will give you the original Chapter 1 that I cut because while the chapter was amusing, it really had nothing to do with the Fake News Follies of 2017.


  1. To a True Trump Conservative in today's toxic climate,
    "Liberal Friend" is an oxymoron.

  2. I have a couple of Charen's books from back in the 1990's or early 2000's. I think I'll burn them.

    Could use the shelf space.

    1. And you'll get a few extra BTUs to heat up the room to go along with the warm feeling deep down inside. - Elric

  3. Not supporting trump makes her a "counterfeit conservative." Nice to see the Republican party has room for different viewpoints instead of insisting on groupthink.

    1. Rick Moran, is that you?

    2. The name of the man is shorthand for a set of issues. Easy to see how some people can't see that. Especially when blinded by sheer hatred.

    3. Naw, I think it's Andrew Malcom or David Frum.

    4. Glenn Beck...

  4. Charen, Boot, George Will and the rest of the NeverTrump crowd are not 'ex-conservatives.' They were never conservatives. They were Judas goats. Their job was to convince real conservatives to adopt non-conservative values, a bit at a time.

  5. This post needs to be recorded as the most accurate portrayal of Buckley, and the glaring gaslight of Kristolista apologists we read today.

    In many ways, the NRO "23" were signatories of their articles secession. That was their intent. However, they also made a mistake of Rovian proportions when they walked out of their self-proclaimed TruCon congress--Just as Southern Democrats did in 1860. When they did that, guess what happened? A President representing an insurgency was elected.

    So, if history repeats itself, what we'll probably see is a reconstruction process where we carpetbag all their intellectual contraband while they scream "TruCons will rise again".

    Oh, wait....I think we're seeing that right now in all the people Don writes about. No "probably" about it.

  6. The never Trumpers are not the people you should ever choose to be with in a foxhole. They are conscientious objectors to reality. Trump is reality. He is kicking liberal ass, Mona would rather kiss it. She and her fellow travelers will end up in permanent exile, despised by both sides. A fitting end.

    1. As valuable as teats on a boar!

    2. What if the boar self identifies as a sow?

    3. Same thing, only now you know the boar has 'mad pig disease' a.k.a. "Rosie O,Donell Syndrome"

  7. Always look at who really pays the wages of these neverTrumpers. They are mercenaries and always have been. cdm

  8. I am troubled by your claim that Goldwater was a racist. What evidence of that do you have? Being a newspaperman that should be no problem for you. He voted against civil rights legislation because, as a libertarian, he did not believe the federal government should determine these issues. His department store employed blacks when no-one else in Phoenix did.

    1. I say this with the utmost respect for our host: I believe that Mr. Surber holds the Civil Rights Act of 1964 in unquestioned esteem. Several conservatives of his age group that I know in real life take a similar view.

      I think that people who were at an impressionable age during the political battle over the Civil Rights Act are unable to see far enough past the disgusting injustices the law was designed to remedy to recognize that the concept of "protected classes" under the law is no less institutionally racist than Jim Crow laws were.

      The USA took a shortcut, and the jury is still out on whether we will ever find our way again.

    2. I'd like to see that evidence, too.

    3. I agree. We are now realizing the slippery slope of the 1964 Act because Christians cannot refuse to participate in same-sex marriages. What other evidence does the guy have that Goldwater was a racist?

    4. Goldwater was widely seen, by those who opposed him, as a racist.

      Looking back, I'd say he was right all along, and now we're reaping the dragon seeds that were sewn by his loss and the election of LBJ.

      That 1964 Civil Rights Act had poison within it, and its passage marked the end of our freedom to associate with whom we please, and started the road to our ruin.

    5. The sentence needs to be re-written or footnoted with an explaation

  9. I'm glad that you got booed at CPAC too, Mona, because I was one of them. Have a nice day!

    1. Well done!

      More and more I'm wishing to return to a simpler age, where we could bring rotten eggs & tomatoes to throw at people who deserved it.

      Similarly, our political class would be greatly improved by judicious use of tar, feathers, and a split rail; even more improved if some lampposts had politicians dangling from them, "pour encourager les autres."

  10. I had suspected Charen's conservatism but didn't know for sure. She has now removed all doubt.

    Not seeing Lefty racism or sexism or whateverism, she holds the Right to a very high standard. You, Mona, are part of the problem in America, which is that only some of us are accountable; others get off altogether and in some cases actually get rewarded.

    Get about your business. It isn't with me.

  11. Mona is the kind of person background checks were invented for

  12. Yeah, all that aside. What I want to know is if she is going to be listed as one of the Trump Curse victims.

    1. Hahaha Tim! Not quite yet, but she'll never be invited back to The Show.

  13. The Atlanta Urinal and Constipation has Mona Charen as one of their "conservative" columnists on their "balanced" editorial page. This morning she was side by side with Paul Krugman both writing Trump bashing columns. - GOC

  14. If Trump has accomplished nothing else, he has flushed into the open, all the "rent a faux conservative for a day" crowd. I've filed Mona next to George Will in my Lake Wobegone folder.

    1. Well played, Don. That folder should get so big, you oughta alphabetize it.

  15. "Rule No. 1 of appeasing liberals. You can't.

    They hate you, and want you to die."

    Exactly. No crossing over. They hold grudges.

    Megyn Kelly is a perfect example.

  16. Simpler Max Boot(licker) "if Conservatism means being a, gasp, Conservative, then count me out!"