Another enjoyable rip on the Loser GOPe.
George Will. Max Boot. Jennifer Rubin. David Brooks.
A few years ago, the names of these prominent columnists would have reminded us that while most mainstream newspapers do lean to the left, there were a few prominent conservative voices present in their pages. But in the era of Trump, these “conservative columnists” are anything but. They’ve jumped on the anti-Trump bandwagon and chosen the left’s adoration over their commitment to conservative principles.
Max Boot just wrote an op-ed entitled “I left the Republican Party. Now I Want Democrats to Take Over.” George Will, long a conservative icon, penned a piece encouraging people to vote against the GOP this November.
Jennifer Rubin’s WaPo column, ironically still labeled “Right Turn,” has devolved into a demented stream of Trump Derangement Syndrome. She’s rallied against President Trump, #resisted the tax cuts, and rebelled against the pro-life cause — yet Rubin still presents herself as conservative, or at least as right-of-center. This gets to the heart of the issue with the left’s faux-conservative columnists — they allow newspapers and big media alike to feign intellectual diversity while actually existing as an echo chamber on the issues that matter most.
Newspapers like the New York Times and the Washington Post aren’t explicitly ideological publications. Even if in practice they lean heavily to the left, in theory they dedicate their opinion pages to debate, discussion, and diversity of opinion. So it makes sense that they’re expected to employ at least a handful of conservative columnists—but right now, that’s not the case. Rubin, Boot, Will and others alike may not be liberals, but they’re not even close to conservative anymore.
With the few conservative voices in the mainstream media flipping sides, there’s almost no one in the opinion sections of many mainstream publications and newspapers espousing the ideology of half the country. The Washington Post employs socialists and the New York Times op-ed page has their fair share of radicals, which is fine, even admirable. All ideas, within reason, should be represented. But why isn’t there one obvious pro-Trump columnist at any of the major liberal publications that claim to value diversity of ideas?
The answer is right there in the one word: claim.
No need for puzzlement here, though. What’s happening is the clarifying and hardening of ideological differences, with those who have long straddled the fence and misrepresented themselves caught in a trap of their own devising. A natural, inevitable clash of incompatible ideals is on the horizon, and people are being forced into thinking very hard about just who they are and what kind of government they believe a free people ought to arrange for themselves.
More effete, timid types like Will, Boot, and Rubin, however, prefer to think of themselves as above such a dirty, uncouth fray, as is appropriate for self-proclaimed elites. In truth, they’re deathly afraid of any conflict more unruly and fraught with hazard than the blowhard bait-and-switch displayed on the Sunday morning liberal-network chat shows, where their Proggy masters allow them to pointlessly preen and pontificate as the housebroken token-neuters they always were.
They’re leashed, caged, gelded. Like their professional-politician GOPe counterparts, they’re accustomed to losing by long habit; it was part of the devil’s bargain they made long ago to gain a modicum of toleration for their very presence. The whole sordid mess was never anything but Opposition Theater, and it must be admitted that they had a good, long run—far longer than their performance merited, really. But the advent of Trump and the Real American Uprising that brought him to power disrupted this comfy kabuki and brought down the curtain on the whole show.
Everything for them now depends on their finding a way to pull the wool back over a now fully-woke public’s eyes. Tough noogies for them; try as they might, it can’t be done. There’s no unseeing the slime-pit of corruption, cowardice, and double dealing the Trumpening has exposed, no going back to the old way of quiet, clandestine DC business as usual. For real Americans, the only way forward now is to run right over the Uniparty hacks and their pet scribblers, which as it turns out they are quite damned willing to do. All in all, can anybody honestly wonder why all the Swamp creatures, Left and faux-Right alike, hate President The Donald with such irrational, obsessive, self-destructive zeal?
Oh, one more thing, about this bit from the excerpt above:
The Washington Post employs socialists and the New York Times op-ed page has their fair share of radicals, which is fine, even admirable. All ideas, within reason, should be represented.
It’s quite offensive, or it should be, that presentation of socialist ideas should be considered by any knowledgeable person as “admirable.” I very much doubt the author would say the same about Nazi ideas, say, or South African apartheid, or the CSA’s defense of the “peculiar institution” of slavery. Permissible? Sure. “Admirable”? Hell NO.
But socialism/communism/Marxism was responsible for far more deaths than all of those combined, and those deaths weren’t any more the result of misguided good intentions or plain “bad luck” than Hitler’s body count was. They were nothing less than systematically-planned-and-executed murders—in some socialist hellholes, actual, literal attempts at genocide. The single moral distinction between them and Hitler’s Holocaust that I can think of is that the Marxist death-machine didn’t usually discriminate along racial or religious lines, the Soviet Union’s own persecution of Jews excepted.
The Left has manufactured a bizarre pass for itself regarding its atrocities; their ongoing ability to evade accountability for the direct and predictable results of their preferred mode of misrule is nothing short of remarkable. That needs to end. The mountain of corpses created by Leftist ideology of right ought to be hung around the proper necks at last, if only for the sake of historical accuracy and simple justice, and espousing it should be considered every bit as provocative as openly sporting a swastika armband in public is.
Via Ed, who goes on to quote from an old Jonah Goldberg column, apparently unaware of the attendant irony. Even more ironic: Jonah makes a good point.
[Here’s] a short rule of thumb for how to tell who is a “respectable” conservative in the eyes of liberals: any conservative out of power or not seen as supportive of those in power. An even shorter rule of thumb would be: conservatives are respectable if they are useful to liberals. Pat Buchanan became respectable, even adorable, among a loose coalition of liberals leftists, from MSNBC’s Chris Matthews to Ralph Nader, when he turned on the GOP establishment. Kevin Phillips, David Gergen and John Dean have been “real” Republicans — though rarely conservatives — for decades because they are willing to confirm the assumptions of liberals. An even more telling example would be the “neocons.” Before the Iraq war, neocons were the nice conservatives, the good conservatives, the idealistic conservatives the un-racist conservatives, according to academics, The New York Times and others. This is not to say that they aren’t nice, good, idealistic and un-racist. Rather, it’s to point up the way in which conservatives become evil as they become influential, relevant, or otherwise inconvenient to liberals. John McCain was touted as a good choice for president by The New Republic and other liberal voices. Today, McCain is increasingly vilified by many of these same voices because, it turns out, he’s actually a Republican.
What McCain was and remains is a backstabbing, vicious, untrustworthy, self-serving professional politician. He’s a Swamp critter through and through—another “conservative” who never conserved a single thing. But Jonah is nonetheless on the beam: once McStain was no longer useful to the Left, they didn’t hesitate to crucify him. Later, when he was back to being no conceivable threat to them, he was rehabilitated as “reasonable” and once more worthy of (some) respect—mostly owing to his recent attacks on Palin, probably. On down the page, a commenter notes the irony Driscoll missed:
Goldberg has been on relatively high rotation on NPR’s smartypants weekend morning talk shows, and he always, very consistently, bangs on Trump for this, that, and the other. That’s about as respectable as any ‘conservative’ can get.
Meanwhile, I’ve never once heard Mark Levin or Mark Steyn on NPR…..it’s the strangest thing.
Ain’t it, though? Ain’t it just. At this point, I’m just about ready to pronounce a blanket rule here: if they’re appearing regularly on NPR, CNN, the broadcast networks, or in the WaPo or NYT, they’re part of the problem, and not on our side.
Update! Strong message follows. And I do mean STRONG.
So, you douches want to leave now that we’re routing the enemies of America on nearly every front, both at home and abroad?
Be still, my beating heart!
We should have pushed you douchecanoes out of the boat in 1993, but it took this long for your spots to show beyond a reasonable doubt. And it’s clear now they’re not leopard spots, but more like smallpox. Calling for voting in senile fruitcake Nancy Pelosi and Chuck U. Schumer is pretty much getting caught handing the British army the plans to West Point, you historically illiterate gasbag traitors.
Those calling for “punishing” the GOP for the sins of – let’s be clear about this – the overwhelming majority of the actual voters who comprise that party, and who have been spat upon, ignored, and derided by these same hacks for DECADES, unstintingly – are, and always have been, fifth-columnist Democrats in sheep’s clothing, and should be sent back across Traitor’s Bridge with all due pomp, ceremony, and public castigation, and heartily awarded the Benedict Arnold Trophies which they so richly deserve. They go from being big fake fish in a small pond, to being the turncoat lackwits in an ocean of communist traitors, and will gain the ignominy and derision from both sides they so richly deserve, and in full, glorious measure.
Much, much more, including some tasty Animal House riffs.
Hard truth update! “Media’s anti-Trumpers aren’t ‘leaving’ the GOP. They’ve been fired.” OUCH. Good, hard smack, that one.