Much as I love him, and you all know I do, I fear I’m gonna have to raise a quibble or three with Schlichter on this one.
We conservatives need to get our heads right about the mid-terms or liberals will end up guzzling patriot tears and their gloating will be flat-out intolerable. We’re not doomed in 2018 – I mean, it’s not like tax reform or pulling out of the Paris Climate Scam, which have already killed millions of people, including me and you. But, if we fail to get on course for victory then we’re going to see Nancy Pelosi and the Gropeocrats back in charge and trying to make America into California.
Trust me. You do not want to live in the United States of California.
Right as rain there, and nothing but the inarguable truth. Onwards.
So, the first step toward victory is some real talk about us normals – you know, conservatives who are more concerned with our country than with muttering about principles and trying to sell cruise cabins. We need to talk about how we’ve screwed up and how we need to change what we’re doing wrong. We got lazy after we vanquished Felonia Milhous von Pantsuit and installed what has turned out to be the most conservative president since St. Ronald. We had the House, and we had the Senate, so we relaxed. Sure, we’ve gotten some great things done, but every step has been a battle thanks to the enraged Dems, their lying media pals, and that cheesy bunch of Never Trump weasels who are motivated by rage at how we dissed them and their Conservative, Inc., cronies. The enemy is creating a sense of permanent chaos, and they intend to present themselves as a return to normality. “Vote for us liberals and everything goes back to normal,” they’ll lie. They’ll actually amp up the insanity with impeachment shenanigans and obstruction, and they’ll probably bumble their way into provoking a short and hilarious civil war.
Quibble One: “Vote for us liberals and everything goes back to normal” is a…umm, LIE? No, actually, that sounds like nothing but the naked truth to me. The problem here is, what they think of as “normal” IS pretty much accepted as normal now: a hamfisted, incompetent, bloated, meddlesome, and tyrannical government; a moribund, zombified socialist economy unresponsive to any and all attempts at “fixing” it; the scorn and contempt of governments around the world as our “leaders” bumble their way into foreign policy disasters one right after another; traditional American values and institutions, the long-cherished pillars of our strength and prosperity, now in smoking ruins; our soldiers’ lifeblood spilled on ground not worth holding—half-heartedly fought, miserable little wars we don’t intend to win against enemies we’re too squeamish to name, in places where we have no discernible national interest, our soldiers crippled by ridiculous ROEs that render them little else but walking targets; yielding the leadership role to a morally bankrupt and wholly corrupt UN that regards us only as a cash cow and a source of blue-helmeted cannon fodder to be squandered pursuing unworthy objectives and enforcing unenforceable edicts—and a sense of doomed hopelessness about it all enervating the Normals, who are rightly disgusted by the whole dismal tarpit and despairing of finding a means to extricate ourselves from it.
Yep, that would be Progressivist “normal” all right, and has been our unpleasant reality for at least a decade if not longer. It is by no means any kind of lie to say a vote for them is a vote to go back to that. After all, the restoration of that dysfunctional, destructive order remains the only program they have on offer.
We have to stop them, but stopping them starts with us fixing what we’re doing wrong. We can only change ourselves, so we need to do that.
Not at all sure I’m down with that one either, but I’ll leave it for now and come back to it.
Yeah, I know the Trumpaphobic True Conservatives™ are desperately trying to regain their power and prestige after we rejected them along with the rest of the Jeb!-loving Establishment Fredocons who never managed to conserve anything except the cash they raked in falsely promising to fight fight fight. But we’re not talking about them now.
We’re talking about us now. Let’s talk about what we did wrong. Let’s talk about what we need to change, because if we don’t change The Swamp is going to swamp us. Our opponents are motivated. They are organizing. They are targeting the weakest Republicans, and in Virginia and Alabama they snatched seats we should have kept or taken.
Quibble Two: we didn’t have any real chance of taking anything in Virginia. As basically the physical home of the Deep State, it’s long been as blue as blue states come. The recent Democrat-Socialist win there shouldn’t have come as any surprise to anybody, and the prospects for “taking it back” (actually, converting it) aren’t going to be any too good for a long while yet, most likely. Ambitions are fine and all, but tempering them with a bit of hard-nosed realism is probably the wise course.
In Virginia, we had a huge, bloody primary fight that left the winner weak going into the general. Ed Gillespie is an Establishment meat puppet, but he would have been okay, and “okay” is better than any commie Dem. We need to pick our fights. Here’s a news flash – the most conservative candidate won’t win every time. We need to figure out who is the most conservative candidate who can win, and back him/her – that’s the old Buckley rule. The purge of the squishes must come later. We need raw numbers, and if that means accepting the occasional Susan Collins, fine. She’s the closest thing to a win in Maine, so accept that and move on.
Um. Okay, let’s call it Quibble Three: I agree that insistence on ideological purity is likely to prove self-defeating sure enough, but Collins is probably a lousy example of a reasonable, worthwhile compromise which demands anything more of us in the way of “support” than simple resignation to the world’s imperfect nature. Truth is, she can be relied upon to vote against anything remotely “conservative” way more often than not (her almost shocking vote for the tax reform bill notwithstanding), and that just ain’t good enough. Any compromise that requires backing her is going to end up costing way more than we’ll ever get back. It ain’t a “compromise” at all, really. It’s closer to a surrender. Losing her seat to a Democrat Socialist wouldn’t make a difference worth discussing; as a practical matter, it’s a de facto wash.
A better example of effective realpolitik would be, say, Rudy Giuliani. You won’t find any electable soul more conservative than him in NYC, and nobody should be wasting any time looking. He’s far, far preferable to nearly any other New Yorker you could name—even with his stated enthusiasm for “assault weapon” bans and other such tramplings of the 2A thrown into the mix. And since there’s no more prospect of New York’s suddenly going from blue to red (or even a light-ish purple) in the near future than there is in Virginia, Giuliani is definitely somebody I could imagine supporting, maybe even for Prez should Trump suddenly become unavailable or disinclined. A fair bit more than reluctantly, too. Again: onwards.
I get mad too. I’m furious with the Elderly Mutant Establishment Turtle. But I’m an adult, not a child, and sometimes I have to delay my unholy vengeance. We worry too much about purging our ranks and not enough about making sure we still have ranks to purge. Oh, the accounting shall come – we will have our revenge. But today we need to keep control of Capitol Hill so Donald Trump can keep packing the courts, gutting the bureaucracy, and winning the war against jihadi dirtbags.
We can wait to get even.
Exhibit A is Roy Moore. Face it – we screwed that up bad. He was a terrible candidate, and terrible candidates lose.
Let’s concede he was treated unfairly by the lying media. Gloria Allred and her scuzzy minions lied about him. Team McConnell spent a ton of much-needed money trying to force a GOPe stooge down Alabamians’ throats so The Tortoise wouldn’t have to deal with the uppity Mo Brooks. Maybe there was some voter fraud. All that’s irrelevant.
Quibble Four: no, it most certainly is NOT. Not when Moore’s loss is directly attributable to the Deep State GOPe’s treachery: his margin of defeat appears to have corresponded almost exactly to the write-in votes encouraged by the Vichy GOPe (caveat: there’s some reasonable dispute about this, and not all of those votes have been counted yet as far as I know).
I’m perfectly willing to countenance throwing some (tepid) support behind a squish here and there when it’s necessary, just as a matter of recognizing certain sad realities about where we are as a country. Not so for treacherous Deep State shitweasels like Yertle McTurtle or Jeff Flake—or, yes, Juanny Mav. They’ve put knives enough into our backs already, will never be anything other than what they are, and my concern over whether a Democrat Socialist might replace them or not couldn’t be discernible with an electron microscope. One more time: onwards.
We have a lot of Senate races coming up. I like some of the more conservative folks – Dr. Kelli Ward in Arizona, Austin Petersen in Missouri. But here’s the thing – if they, fairly or not, allow themselves to be marginalized such as they are less likely (to) win the general than their GOP primary opponents, I’ll toss them over. Nothing personal, just business.
Quibble Five: they most certainly WILL be marginalized, and it will NOT be fair. Anybody who considers regaining the Alabama seat a gimme, a sure thing, is kidding himself. The Left WILL pull out all the stops next time. They saw how well their smear campaign against Moore, bereft of a shred of credible evidence behind it, worked for them: the Vichy GOPe accepted their premise and stampeded from Moore as if he’d been a leper, just like they’ve always done, and led a lot of others over the cliff with them.
If McConnell hadn’t piled on Moore from the very start—which, of course he did, having been in on the scam from go—and had instead gotten behind him wholeheartedly, we wouldn’t be talking about any Senator Jones right now. As such, announcing your willingness to “toss them over” beforehand—i.e., preemptively agreeing to accept the premise of their smear campaign before they’ve even ginned it up—seems like a terrible, terrible mistake to me.
And yes, I do in fact see the irony in being annoyed with McYertle over his refusing to do the very same thing I’m jumping on Schlichter for suggesting. In my humble defense, the difference—slight though it may seem—is that McYertle’s refusal got us Jones in Alabama. Whereas, all we get from going along with Schlichter’s proposal is…McYertle. Who do you think will wind up doing more damage long-term? Jones is a pipsqueak who’s already backpedaling a bit on his hardcore Marxism and declared his willingness to cooperate to at least some small degree with Trump. McYertle has smugly sabotaged most of Trump’s legislative agenda, Obamacare reform among other things, his unexpected ramrodding of the Gorsuch appointment via the so-called “nuclear option” being a highly laudable exception.
I firmly believe that, instead of “cleaning our own house,” it’s both more productive and more vital to crush the Left, and keep right on crushing them. Any time spent on walking around the battlefield shooting our own wounded is time not spent taking the fight Leftwards, although it’s surely true that we’re going have to fight the Vichy GOPers as well sooner or later.
Rather than debating whether we ought to be lending any helping hands to affirmed Deep State tapeworms like McConnell, McStain, or Flake, we ought to be attacking the Left every chance we get, with everything we’ve got, until they’re down to stay. To recycle one of my favorite old metaphors: after we’ve severed the head, burned the corpse, scattered the ashes, and salted the ground under the Left there’ll be time enough to deal with the traitor scum in our own ranks.
But all of this kind of misses the real point anyway: it’s now bootless to talk about Republican this or Democrat that, liberal me or conservative you, as if any of those terms still had much in the way of either relevance or meaning. As my old friend Chris Pfouts used to like to say, it’s worse than a waste of time. The real distinction is to be made elsewhere now:
One of the telling aspects about the Trump phenomenon was just how over-the-top many of these first wave alt-media types were in their opposition to Trump. Guys like Erick Erickson and Glenn Beck were such rabid Trump haters, it was assumed they were being paid to do it. PJ Media had a gaggle of unhinged Trump haters on their site. Red State turned itself into such a clown show, they endorsed Hillary Clinton. The hipster conservatives of a decade ago were now the squares wagging their fingers at the kids.
There are a couple of lessons here for the people forging ahead with alt-tech as well as alt-media. One is that to be an alternative, to truly challenge the status quo, the nature of the alternative has to be incompatible with the nature of the orthodoxy. Otherwise, the big fish eat the little fish, so the little fish of alternative media get gobbled up. This is why Andrew Torba is adamant about his stance on terms of service. He has correctly discovered that to be a challenge to Twitter, Gab has to be a break from the orthodoxy.
That’s something the Left quickly understood in their march through the institutions. What was set up to keep the old WASP elite in power, could easily turn them into shaggier versions of the people they replaced. That and those institutions failed to defend the old guard against the radicals. The Left has systematically altered the institutions of American life to maintain their dominance. The Left did not just march through the institutions. They altered them, like a virus alters the host’s healthy cells to replicate itself.
That’s another lesson. The people in charge are well aware of how they gained their position. They are not about to make the same mistakes as their predecessors. When Siaka Stevens gained power in post-colonial Sierra Leone, one of the first things he did was destroy the rail line between Bo and Freetown. The reason is it crippled the economy of his primary political rivals. Even though it damaged the nation’s economy as a whole, what mattered to Stevens is it helped him stay in power. The Left thinks the same way.
What that means for alternative media and alternative tech is they have to remain independent and hostile to the orthodoxy. A guy like Richard Spencer, racing to be on liberal media when they call, is going to be destroyed eventually. He’s not as clever as he thinks and Lefty plays for keeps. The same holds for technology. Again, Gab is a good example of how to do it right. They are building their own financing mechanism so they don’t have to sell their souls to the Silicon Valley oligarchs.
Finally, the PJ Media experience says something else. Even as these first wave populist outlets were absorbed by the blob, the audience continued to grow. This is another lesson of history. Once people break free from the old intellectual and moral restraints, they don’t go back to the old ways. We are in the midst of an intellectual revolution, where the old modes of thought are challenged by new modes of thinking about politics, society and the human condition. Old media has the money, but new media has the numbers.
In the end, it is always about the numbers.
Which means Old Media won’t have the money a whole lot longer, either. Back to Schlichter:
The lessons are clear. We need to understand that our enemy is serious, motivated and intent on finding and exploiting the weaknesses in our candidates. We need to be ruthless in deciding who is most likely to win, even if it means backing someone who is 80% with us instead of 90%. It means being coldly rational instead of over-heatedly emotional.
We need to win the midterms next year. We need to get our heads right to do it. Yeah, our enemies are horrible and politics is unfair. Boo hoo. We can’t change that. The only thing we can change is ourselves, and we need to or we’ll get crushed.
I won’t argue with that too much, other than to note that the only real change we need to make is to realize fully how the ground has shifted under everyone’s feet. The Left has been thrown into confused despair by it—those among them who are even aware of it at all, that is, which would seem to be a pitiful minority—and is lashing out in every direction both futilely and hilariously. It’s Liberal Sideshow Bob in his field full of rakes; he can’t help stepping on one no matter which way he turns.
I can see Schlichter’s point, I guess, just a little bit. But in the final analysis, as Kurt himself said, it’s the rough equivalent of the old Buckley argument: we must support the most conservative candidate who can win. That proposition got us McCain; it got us Romney, and it would have gotten us Jeb if we had yielded to its temptation last time around. And it’s never gotten anybody a single damned thing else.
Which is all the more reason why we need to keep our focus on seeding that field with more rakes for Liberal Sideshow Bob, over and above any other consideration. It ain’t no time to be navel gazing, therefore I don’t see any pressing need to worry about throwing away any effort in the direction of propping up untrustworthy mountebanks like McYertle, Flake, or any other Deep State puke just because they ain’t Democrats. Not if it means loosening our strangling grip on Lefty’s throat before he’s well and truly out, I don’t.
It’s beginning to look now as if the most positive thing likely to come out of any of this might be the final destruction of the Republican Party, with its Statist charlatans and con-men shuffling on off to the Democrat Socialists where they belong, and the rest of them joining the rest of us in inaugurating a real opposition party at last. That redrawing of the battle lines into something more accurately representing the situation as it actually exists would be welcome indeed as far as I’m concerned.
The creation of the Republican Party and its relatively rapid emergence as a viable alternative during the turmoil of the pre-Civil War period seems to me to be worthy of consideration here. Would anybody want to argue that the times we’re now living in are very much less turbulent, the struggle less existential, the stakes less consequential? Could be it’s another of those ideas whose time has finally come, as I always say. It’s a cinch that Republican perfidy and overall uselessness has made it a whole lot more likely.