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Friday, December 14, 2018

Weekly Standard gone, Trump still standing

The SS Weekly Standard sank today. Fittingly, CNN got the scoop on the story. The magazine served as a Judas Goat that led conservative sheep to slaughter.

But as he has done so often, Donald John Trump served as a red pill that revealed the magazine for what it is: junk conservatism.

Better make that last verb was.

Its co-founder and till recently editor, Bill Kristol, cast the anchor that would sink it by joining National Review's "Against Trump" tribute to out-of-touch cruise ship conservatism. In that 2016 issue, Kristol wrote, "Let us, as conservatives, seek guidance from those we admire.

"The Federalist (No. 39) speaks of 'that honorable determination which animates every votary of freedom to rest all our political experiments on the capacity of mankind for self-government.' Hasn’t Donald Trump been a votary merely of wealth rather than of freedom? Hasn’t he been animated by the art of the deal rather than by the art of self-government?

"William F. Buckley Jr. proclaimed, in the founding statement of this journal, that conservatism 'stands athwart history, yelling Stop, at a time when no one is inclined to do so, or to have much patience with those who so urge it.' Hasn’t Donald Trump always been a man inclined to go along — indeed, impatient to get along — with history?"

Standing athwart history is a loser move made by people who seek irrelevance.

After Buckley purged rival conservatives from the movement, no one was left to stand athwart Lyndon Johnson's Great Society of socialist programs. Nixon was stuck appointing liberals to the Supreme Court because Democrats overwhelmingly controlled Senate confirmation.

What Buckley lacked in numbers he made up in verbiage. He stood athwart the railroad tracks as the locomotive headed our way.

But Buckley got respect and a gig on PBS, didn't he?

Kristol showed his true self after we elected Donald John Trump president. Kristol and his sidekick Stephen Hayes railed against President Trump.

Just three months ago, CNBC reported, "One of President Donald Trump's most vocal opponents is creating a political war machine to take on the commander in chief when it comes time for him to run for re-election in 2020.

"Bill Kristol, who served in the administrations of Republican presidents Ronald Reagan and George W. Bush, says his nonprofit organization Defending Democracy Together is seeking a GOP candidate to run against Trump in 2020."

No mention was made in the 700-word advertisement to send money to Kristol of Evan McMullin, the man whom Kristol used to front efforts to stand athwart the Trump Train.

President Trump carried 30 states -- the most by any Republican since Reagan was president (his vice president carried 40 states in Reagan's final year as president).

The day before the 2016 election, New Republic mocked him in a story, "Bill Kristol can wipe the smirk off his face."

Nicole Narea wrote, "Earlier this year, Kristol tried and failed to persuade Mitt Romney, Sen. Ben Sasse, retired Marine General Jim Mattis, and conservative columnist David French to run as an alternative to Trump. 'Bill Kristol is making himself look ridiculous,' Pat Buchanan riffed on The McLaughlin Group."

While she then dumped on conservatives as what Hillary called the whole bag of deplorables, Narea showed that Kristol brought liberals and conservatives together.

We all delight in the demise of his creation.

The publication already is on the Trump Schadenfreude List. But we can never have too much Trumpenfreude, can we?

UPDATE: Ace gives a Hangman's Eulogy to T-W-S.


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  1. Good bye to the weakly (sub) standard.

  2. "Cruise ship conservatives." I love it!

    Trump's greatest superpower is showing conservatives who their friends aren't. All he has to do is start talking. Watching these cruise-ship conservatives perform synchronous back flips and about-faces on positions they've literally championed themselves for decades made me realize they were never conservative.

    James Burnham, who wrote for National Review when it was still good, said liberalism is the ideology of Western suicide. Conservatism, then, must be the ideology of acquiescing to it.

  3. Hey, I'm so old I subscribed to the WS back when it didn't advocate voting for left wing Dems.

    Moar winning!

  4. Next is the NR Istill don't know why they are still around..

    1. Years and years of good will built up during the Buckley era. My subscription ran from 1972 to about 2007. I cancelled it when that obnoxious gasbag John Derbyshire reviewed Ben Stein's movie, "No Intelligence Allowed," condemning while proudly proclaiming he hadn't bothered to watch the movie.


  5. This is a WIN.
    I want more.
    Shut down D.C. please!

  6. Ahoy! Man the lifeboats, this is not a drill. We've hit iceberg Bill and we're listing terribly to the left, therefore swamping is inevitable. That is all.

  7. CNN got the scoop. They used a pooper scooper.

  8. Soon to be followed by Sports Illustrated I suspect, who had Blasey Ford give an award this week.

    Beats me why sports media think they should insult their conservative readers, then expect them to buy their magazines.

  9. The Weekly Standard exemplified this from 1897:

    "Northern conservatism. This is a party which never conserves anything. Its history has been that it demurs to each aggression of the progressive party, and aims to save its credit by a respectable amount of growling, but always acquiesces at last in the innovation. What was the resisted novelty of yesterday is today one of the accepted principles of conservatism; it is now conservative only in affecting to resist the next innovation, which will tomorrow be forced upon its timidity and will be succeeded by some third revolution; to be denounced and then adopted in its turn. American conservatism is merely the shadow that follows Radicalism as it moves forward towards perdition. It remains behind it, but never retards it, and always advances near its leader."

    --Robert Lewis Dabney on Conservatism in 1897

    1. Wow. That reads like a history of the Republican Party.

    2. That's the GOPe all right!

      Growling until the inevitable defeat which they did nothing to prevent, then groveling to keep their snouts in the trough.

      My only surprise is that it's been going on for so long. I guess we really don't learn!

    3. The business of Progressives is to go on making mistakes. The business of Conservatives is to prevent mistakes from being corrected. Even when the revolutionist might himself repent of his revolution, the traditionalist is already defending it as part of his tradition. Thus we have two great types -- the advanced person who rushes us into ruin, and the retrospective person who admires the ruins. He admires them especially by moonlight, not to say moonshine. Each new blunder of the progressive or prig becomes instantly a legend of immemorial antiquity for the snob.
      G.K. Chesterton

  10. I will always appreciate President Trump for exposing these clowns for who they really are.

  11. Buckley will be remembered; Kristol and what is left of that rag will not. Good riddance of it-got-bad rubbish.

  12. Ace has been great at spanking the Vichy republicans. Puts a smile on my face every time.

  13. TR: "Among the free peoples who govern themselves there is but a small field of usefulness open for the men of cloistered life who shrink from contact with their fellows. Still less room is there for those who deride of slight what is done by those who actually bear the brunt of the day; nor yet for those others who always profess that they would like to take action, if only the conditions of life were not exactly what they actually are. The man who does nothing cuts the same sordid figure in the pages of history, whether he be a cynic, or fop, or voluptuary. There is little use for the being whose tepid soul knows nothing of great and generous emotion, of the high pride, the stern belief, the lofty enthusiasm, of the men who quell the storm and ride the thunder. Well for these men if they succeed; well also, though not so well, if they fail, given only that they have nobly ventured, and have put forth all their heart and strength. It is war-worn Hotspur, spent with hard fighting, he of the many errors and valiant end, over whose memory we love to linger..."

    They kept calling the totally-rigged system a "free market". No--*this* is the free market, the free market of ideas. And that's why they're now unemployed. The Free Market worked.

  14. Clack!

    And another bead goes across on the ol' pool scorekeeper.

    You playing to 75 or 100, Don?

  15. Kristol and his ilk are what used to be called "Country Club Republicans." They're wealthy, elitist, socially liberal, and only really care about low taxes and free trade.

  16. Ace, in his get-lost-and-stay-lost farewell, turns his blistering gaze in an unexpected direction.
    'And oh right -- nearing the end, the sudden zealotry with which the Weekly Standard's staffers defended the honor of George Soros, accusing his critics of being antisemites.'
    Sounds like a desperate, last-minute move to get on the Sorosfundme list.

  17. WFB also advocated voting for the most conservative candidate who could win. Go Trump!

  18. Of course I revel in the WS going down. However, my criticism of Kristol goes deeper than his anti-Trump hysteria which is considerable. Just before the 2016 electon, Kristol was on MSM and actually said the white working class needs to be replaced by immigrants of color and eliminated. I totally despise Kristol for his genocidal intentions and pray he is eliminated in the same way as he hoped for the working class.. He is a disgusting creature.

  19. I don't think the list of subscribers to the Weekly Standard would be very valuable. The list of former subscribers, on the other hand ...