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Tuesday, May 01, 2018

Never Trumpers for Morrisey

I like Attorney General Patrick Morrisey, but he does not make it easy to vote for him.

The latest problem for him is his promotion of an endorsement from the National Review. It is difficult to lay claim to being for Donald Trump while bragging about an endorsement from the magazine that stood Against Trump, and has never attempted to climb down from that limb.

The Never Trump Review's editorial endorsement came on a day when its top story was "Don’t Be Mad at Wolf’s Sanders Jokes if You’ve Never Been Mad at Trump."

Seriously, why brag about an endorsement from a magazine that stood staunchly Against Trump?

The National Review no longer is conservative because instead of praising Trump, it still opposes a president who has delivered on tax relief, regulatory relief, conservative judicial appointments, a tough foreign policy, and many, many other things.

I get that Trump is not above criticism -- but he also is not beneath contempt as most National Review writers want the public to believe.

This is the magazine that employed Kevin D. Williamson, who disparaged white people in rural areas who support Trump (or as the magazine called him in that issue, "The Father-F├╝hrer.")

"If you spend time in hardscrabble, white upstate New York, or eastern Kentucky, or my own native West Texas, and you take an honest look at the welfare dependency, the drug and alcohol addiction, the family anarchy — which is to say, the whelping of human children with all the respect and wisdom of a stray dog — you will come to an awful realization. It wasn’t Beijing. It wasn’t even Washington, as bad as Washington can be. It wasn’t immigrants from Mexico, excessive and problematic as our current immigration levels are. It wasn’t any of that," Williamson wrote in March 2016 for the magazine.

"Nothing happened to them. There wasn’t some awful disaster. There wasn’t a war or a famine or a plague or a foreign occupation. Even the economic changes of the past few decades do very little to explain the dysfunction and negligence — and the incomprehensible malice — of poor white America. So the gypsum business in Garbutt ain’t what it used to be. There is more to life in the 21st century than wallboard and cheap sentimentality about how the Man closed the factories down."

Ah yes, "the whelping of human children with all the respect and wisdom of a stray dog." What a way to describe one quarter of the population.

Congressman Evan Jenkins has a 97% Trump score according to 538, which is two points above Senator Shelley Moore Capito, as well as 37 above Joe Manchin.

Plus he is not endorsed by a magazine that hates President Trump.

The endorsement is not a deal breaker but Morrisey is far from being the only true conservative in this race.


  1. It seems Mr. Morrisey may have a slight case of cognitive dissonance. - Elric

    1. Morrisey probably has never read NR, LOL.

  2. A National Review endorsement is a deal killer. Drain the swamp, WV, don't add any more establishment RINOS.

  3. Don, you left out the best part of Williamson's tirade:

    “The truth about these dysfunctional, downscale communities is that they deserve to die. Economically, they are negative assets. Morally, they are indefensible. The white American under-class is in thrall to a vicious, selfish culture whose main products are misery and used heroin needles. Donald Trump’s speeches make them feel good. So does OxyContin. What they need isn’t analgesics, literal or political. They need real opportunity, which means that they need real change, which means that they need U-Haul. If you want to live, get out of Garbutt [a blue-collar town in New York].”

    He just wants poor whites to die, that's all.

    I'd rather wipe my butt with cactus than read National Review.

    1. And if I lived in WV, this endosement would be a deal-breaker, for sure.

      Morrisey describes himself as an "independent-minded conservative," which is a weasel way of saying he's NeverTrump. He's dead to me.

  4. Don - some of us here in WV CD3 are trying to figure out who to vote for in the primary now that Evan Jenkins is running for Senate. Do you have any thoughts on the CD3 Republican primary candidates, or can you direct me to any good discussion of the candidates. Whenever I try to Google this topic, all the results point to the GOP Senate primary, which has garnered a lot more interest. PM me if you prefer.

  5. We have to give poor Kevin Williamson some slack, after all, in saying:

    "the whelping of human children with all the respect and wisdom of a stray dog."......

    After, all, he only knows his own family, his own 'whelping'.

    Back when I thought the NR was actually conservative, I wondered why they retained this jerk. Now I know.

  6. OK, Morissey’s out. Shit, Big D. Maybe you should jump in the race as a “favorite son” candidate. Why is this voting stuff so hard?

  7. An NR endorsement - Like the kiss of death.

  8. Debate ended. Blankenship, you son of a bitch Big D.

  9. It looks like your Mr. Morissey is running to be the next Flakey Jeff or Sassy Ben, or the next John McCain minus legit war hero credentials, or maybe a powerless replicant of Mitch McConnell. Choose wisely West Virginia, please choose wisely.