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Tuesday, January 19, 2021

National Review is blue


Five years ago, National Review divorced itself from conservatism with its conceited and self-absorbed Against Trump issue. 

As Donald John Trump departs a presidency National Review tried to thwart, its staff is slowly recognizing that his successor is a bad guy. And so the staff protests.

In an editorial, National Review said, "Joe Biden has not yet been sworn in, but already, he is at war with American energy — which is to say, at war with American prosperity. Biden has promised to sabotage the Keystone XL pipeline, a privately financed, multi-billion-dollar project already under way, and cancel it on his first day, according to a briefing document cited by the BBC.

"The Keystone pipeline would, if it were allowed to, carry crude from the oil sands of Alberta to Nebraska, where the pipeline would link up with the existing distribution network to send that oil on to refineries in the Gulf of Mexico. This would benefit Canadian producers and their investors, American refineries and their large, excellently paid work forces — those good, high-paying, blue-collar jobs Biden talks about — and, most important, American consumers, who would have access to yet another source of fuel at attractive prices from a nearby friendly country. This sort of thing is the point of international economic cooperation."

This is the price paid for opposing Donald Trump with a contempt and anger deeper than that held against Osama bin Laden.

Was there an Against Biden issue? 

Compare the five years of constant rage against Donald Trump with the Keystone Cancellation editorial's admonition, "This is pure foolishness, and it will cost us."

As our liberties die to the applause of the media, Jim Geraghty of National Review is in denial. 

He wrote, "The Problem with Liberal Fantasies about Restricting Free Speech."

Note to Geraghty, the actual problem is those fantasies are becoming reality thanks in part to National Review's sellout of conservatism.

With no sense of irony, a subheadline in his column said, "Never Trump Columnist Forgets How the FCC and First Amendment Work." Geraghty referenced Max Boot.

Boot wrote in the Washington Post, "While we should expect better behavior from media executives, we shouldn’t count on it. CNN (where I’m a global affairs analyst) notes that the United Kingdom doesn’t have its own version of Fox News, because it has a government regulator that metes out hefty fines to broadcasters that violate minimal standards of impartiality and accuracy. The United States hasn’t had that since the Federal Communications Commission stopped enforcing the fairness doctrine in the 1980s. As president, Biden needs to reinvigorate the FCC. Or else the terrorism we saw on Jan. 6 may be only the beginning, rather than the end, of the plot against America."

Geraghty's counterargument was nyah, nyah, nyah, the FCC does not regulate cable TV.


But Geraghty's factual error is minor. His big error is believing that after vigorously opposing Donald Trump's conservative presidency, National Review can now reclaim its previous role as a defender of conservatism.

Nope.

And opposing Biden once he is installed in office does not make National Review conservative again. They can no more regain their standing as the heirs to Reagan than Madonna can regain her virginity.

But they try. Brad Palumbo wrote, "A $15 Minimum Wage Doesn’t Belong in a Covid Relief Plan."

He wrote, "There is little doubt that many of Biden’s supporters earnestly believe a $15 minimum wage will help uplift struggling Americans. But as the Nobel Prize-winning economist Milton Friedman famously quipped, 'one of the great mistakes is to judge policies and programs by their intentions rather than their results.' And evaluated from this perspective, Biden’s push to force through a $15 national minimum wage in the name of covid 19 relief fails woefully."

Well, Paul Krugman says it will work and he has a Nobel in economics, too.

Of course an economic policy change belongs in an economic policy plan. I am not arguing for a $15 an hour minimum wage. But its legality aside, the election decided the issue. 

Never Trumping helped de-legitimize a conservative president. The refusal to ignore his style and embrace the substance of his accomplishments is one of the cruelest things anyone has done to conservatives in my lifetime.

It also is very dumb.

Democrats never give up on a candidate. They stood by Raphael Warnock even when it was revealed he was a wife-beating, anti-Semitic loony tune. He got elected to the Senate.

Meanwhile, Republicans toss senatorial candidates to the wolves at will. In the past decade, Republicans abandoned Christine O'Donnell, Todd Akin, and Roy Moore. I really do not want to hear Republicans whine about not controlling the Senate. They did this, not me.

National Review has not learned. It posted an editorial that defended Liz Cheney's vote to impeach a president whom the state she represents overwhelmingly re-elected two months ago.

Things will get worse without President Trump to take Washington on.

But at least National Review will provide comic relief with its continuing surprise to learn that Democrats are going to do what they said they were going to do. The Truth and Reconciliation Commission may eat National Reviewers last, but they will be eaten because you never trust a traitor.

48 comments:

  1. The lying dogfaced pony soldier made a "farewell" speech to DE and mused upon his death.

    Sounds like Chlamydia was right waiting on her resignation from the Senate. I wonder what her funeral plans are.

    Paul Krugman says it will work and he has a Nobel in economics, too.

    So does Zippy.

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    1. The National Garbage Can has spoken. Achtung!

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  2. I’m surprised that the Keystone Pipeline XL has 1) not been completed and 2) can be cancelled if it is privately funded.

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    1. The Federal government "Leviathan" can literally do whatever it wants, without constraint; unless and until We the People form the NEW PATRIOT PARTY. Today is exactly the right day to go down to your county clerks office and LEAVE THE REPUBLICAN PARTY of traitors.

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  3. Let’s bury National Review right next to Fox News..... RIP

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    1. The word "Quisling" is getting plum worn out!

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  4. Let’s bury National Review right next to Fox News..... RIP

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    1. Forget RIP...They will be in Hell and never rest.

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    2. Amen. Not that you could read the thing in the first place: "The fact that" School of Journalism insduces instant medical comas, which must be a lot cheaper to create than the operating room contingency plan for car crash victims.

      And now for National Neurotic/Self-Destructive Behavior Day, tomorrow, January 20, 2021, last seen in 1944-45. Ain't We Got Fun!

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  5. NRO can't preach and show us what intelligent statesmen they are if Trump is President either preventing or enacting the very programs they complain about . They are the fools who write for fools.

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  6. I refuse to read National Review, Don, as the people the magazine employs are not very bright, Geraghty and McLaughlin especially.

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    1. Thank goodness Don reads it so we don't have to.

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    2. I second the motion. My brain cells thank Don S. and all those who sacrifice theirs so that we can get the scoop without being exposed to the poop.

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  7. The Democrats are very good at predicting the future. The said if DJT was elected, Washington DC would be turned into an armed camp. He was, it is. They said if DJT was elected, the economy would slide into a depression from which we might not recover. He was, and if they shut down pipelines and ban fracking, it will slide into a depression and if they use the same tactics as before, we will not recover.
    What I am really worried about, is they said if DJT was elected, we would get into a nuclear war. He was, and I am really afraid of what comes next.

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    1. "In 1964, people told me that if I voted for Barry Goldwater, there would be riots in the streets of America and we'd get into a war in Asia. Well, I did and there were and we did."

      - William F. Buckley at his best...

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    2. Biden just plagiarized these lines for his Inaug Speech tomorrow.

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    3. I would rather we all die in a nuclear war than live under the heel of marxist totalitarians.

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  8. We have to regroup and focus our efforts. Clearly supporting/subscribing to things like NR is a waste of time and money. I'm not sure what, if any national level organizations are worthy of support. At the state level, those of us in red states will need let state politicians know they need to resist Xiden's Californication of the rest of the country. Though my handle says CA, we're moving to Idaho, already bought a house there. I'm looking at https://idahofreedom.org/. I just wish the ID governor had half the cojones that Kristi Noem has.

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    1. Consider that she may be all hat and no cattle. She penned a piece in the federalist a couple weeks back that was just awful. 100% pap about how "our message didn't resonate, we need to refine it" and how it was golly gosh great that a farm girl from SD could become a governor! It was emetic saccharin. Nothing about the fraudulent election, or even about what is needed NOW - governors who will stand up for us and our Constitutional rights.

      Find me someone who understands the very different situation we have now and how we don't let the b*st*rds get away with trampling on our rights. NOW!

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    2. Ron DeSantis from The Free State of Florida.
      You're welcome.

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  9. I know NR still has some quasi-respectful spot in many people from sheer inertia of the years reading it pre-Lowry. But honestly, it's now time to IGNORE THEM COMPLETELY. No need to go there again...ever.

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  10. He will be our last one

    Gee now we're into crystal ball reporting! Hyperbole at its best. I'm willing to wager he has not changed one thing about his life in preparation for the Chinese ruling America.

    Not one.

    And if not then his statement is meaningless. Its just telling people what to believe versus informing them of facts.

    Makes ya wonder if Surber is a Q Anon wannabe.

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    1. Until 12:00 pm tomorrow, Donald Trump is still our president, so GFY and EADOD.

      And also remember that useless eaters like you will be amongst the first to be placed against the wall for your just reward.

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    2. Oh dear poor little Mikey cannot handle the least bit of dissent or criticism. It really upsets him. To relieve his anguish he pulls out his own crystal ball.

      Its the tell tale sign of a weak mind.

      You truly think they will line you up "against the wall"? Then what changes have you made in your life?

      None. Not one. Case closed.

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    3. I can take constructive criticism, but that's not what you spew.

      And I have made changes to my lifestyle and use of social media. But it's none of your business what they are.

      If you're still around in a year or so, let us know how you like the new regime.

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    4. AnonQAnon has spoken. Sounded like a fart.

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  11. The ONLY good thing about the Kung Flu is I don't have to worry about getting a spot on the next NR cruise.

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    1. Problem is, it takes place in 2021 in Chlamydia Harris's bathtub*. You want to be extra-special certain that you are not that Man Overboard! (if so, there's won't even be enough of a corpse that Dominion can use as a voting prop in 2024).

      *https://www.google.com/search?q=bathtub+companies+in+india&rlz=1C1EODB_enUS535US707&oq=bath+tub+companies&aqs=chrome.3.69i57j0i10j0i10i457j0i10j0i10i395j0i10i22i30i395l3.11444j1j15&sourceid=chrome&ie=UTF-8

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  12. Used to like Andrew McCarthy. He's gone Full Toolbag.

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  13. Buckley has to spinning in his grave

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    1. Exactly, God, that was a good magazine. All things must end, I quit 2 years ago.

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    2. Only 2 years ago? Not 2015 when they/it went NEVER TRUMP?

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  14. Convicting Trump will destroy the Party like no other has been. Its a slam dunk if they do it.

    And it won't change one mind about the Donald. Not one. It would more likely lead to more Trump supporters not less. In fact, it will likely inspire a few million of them to get politically active like never before.

    It would spark a political revival for a new party. The RINO's would be retired in short order. And if that's what it takes then I hope they go for it.

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  15. The never-Trumpers believe that now that he's gone, the working people of this country will be satisfied to go back to being subjugated by the PRC (Permanent Ruling Class or People's Republic of China, take your pick). I pray they're wrong. Trump has demonstrated that we don't have to look at the devastation of American industry and shrug and say "Those jobs are gone forever". America needs a manufacturing base, and certainly can't afford to depend on our mortal enemy to produce the necessities of life.

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  16. Trump is an all out American hero. The Left wants to cement him as a martyr. So do it, pricks. It will only further steel our resolve and love of him and what he accomplished for our nation in spite of you jackasses.

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  17. NR sucks.

    Sad to see Max Boot is still suffering from severe TDS.

    Wonder if George Will is dusting off his tuxedo getting ready for the cocktail circuit while firing up his IBM Selectric Typewriter for some columns on how wonderful Washington is again.

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    1. TDS is all they have now. Spiritually, they're chewing on sawdust and rusty bolts.

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  18. They are an endless procession of commentators and theorists about conservatism. They are not conservative warriors.

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  19. Metallica said it best....

    Says it feels right this time
    Turned it 'round and found the right line
    "Good day to be alive, sir
    Good day to be alive, " he says

    Then it comes to be that the soothing light at the end of your tunnel
    Was just a freight train coming your way!


    Personally, I like "Trump Train" better.

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  20. 51% of Likely U.S. Voters approve of President Trump’s job performance. Forty-eight percent (48%) disapprove.

    The final Trump Approval poll from Rasmussen.

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  21. Wormer—he’s a dead man. Marmalade: Dead! The National Review:…Dead!

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  22. The likes of NR want to go back to pontificating against socialism but reap all the benefits (for the elites) and pay none of its prices.

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  23. Even their Republican commenters are getting on on the bashing of Trump supporters. I got into it with one who insisted they didn't need us at all, that we were traitors and deserved to be shamed. I told her good luck ever winning an election again without us....

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  24. > "As Donald John Trump departs a presidency National Review tried to thwart, its staff is slowly recognizing that his successor is a bad guy."

    Do they? Really? Or are they just trying to claim the pole position in the race for cuckservative intellectual vapor-peddling?

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  25. National Review Is Blue: Should be black, as in black-balled. Black as the dirt it should be under, and should have been since 2015. Obviously, there are too many dumb people.

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  26. Even if they were considered Conservative they've proved to have a remarkably large blind spot that makes their opinions somewhat untrustworthy.

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  27. The republican party is dead. Apparently, they haven't gotten the memo yet. Their refusal to stand up for election integrity and a conservative President was the cause of death. Personally, I'd like to see McConnell recalled, even if for a democrat. I'm so done with the GOP.

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  28. Sign me up for a new conservative party. Leave the dead Republican party to the RINO's

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