David French Is Not a Serious Conservative

 

The one area where we have had strong movement, gun rights, he attacks. Idolatry? Please. French wants to compromise and give up on progress made.

But, that is not the real reason he is not a serious conservative. No, this is just icing on the cake. Proof, if you will, of his nature. He proved he was unserious when he genuinely considered Bill Kristol’s plan to run for President and try to get the election thrown to the House. A serious conservative would never have courted a constitutional crisis because he did not like the GOP nominee.

So, of course, French is against standing our ground on guns. What else can we expect from a man who thought it would have been a good idea for our Republic to be selected President after 90%+ of the voters voted for someone else.

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  1. Hoyacon Member
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    Charles C.W. Cooke responds.

    (Warning: link is to NRO).

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  2. Bryan G. Stephens Thatcher
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    Hoyacon (View Comment):

    Charles C.W. Cooke responds.

    (Warning: link is to NRO).

    NRO and Mr. Cooke I can handle. Ought to be Sir Cooke.

    But, don’t have NR Plus and won’t get it so, no dice.

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  3. Western Chauvinist Member
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    Hoyacon (View Comment):

    Charles C.W. Cooke responds.

    (Warning: link is to NRO).

    Out of free articles. And I’m not reading The Dispatch, so, oh well. 

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  4. Bryan G. Stephens Thatcher
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    Western Chauvinist (View Comment):

    Hoyacon (View Comment):

    Charles C.W. Cooke responds.

    (Warning: link is to NRO).

    Out of free articles. And I’m not reading The Dispatch, so, oh well.

    Funny they make their big counter behind a pay wall. Really sad. 

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  5. Hoyacon Member
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    Bryan G. Stephens (View Comment):

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    Hoyacon (View Comment):

    Charles C.W. Cooke responds.

    (Warning: link is to NRO).

    Out of free articles. And I’m not reading The Dispatch, so, oh well.

    Funny they make their big counter behind a pay wall. Really sad.

    What?

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  6. Bryan G. Stephens Thatcher
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    Hoyacon (View Comment):

    Bryan G. Stephens (View Comment):

    Western Chauvinist (View Comment):

    Hoyacon (View Comment):

    Charles C.W. Cooke responds.

    (Warning: link is to NRO).

    Out of free articles. And I’m not reading The Dispatch, so, oh well.

    Funny they make their big counter behind a pay wall. Really sad.

    What?

    NRplus is something you have to pay for. Not gonna do it. Not while the official postion of their editor in chief is against me as poor Ole southern racist for not wanting monuments removed.

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  7. Hoyacon Member
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    Western Chauvinist (View Comment):

    Hoyacon (View Comment):

    Charles C.W. Cooke responds.

    (Warning: link is to NRO).

    Out of free articles. And I’m not reading The Dispatch, so, oh well.

    Apparently, French wrote an article for The Atlantic in 2018 that was pro-gun.  Cooke points out that nothing has changed since then, and that it is French who likely has changed, not “gun culture.”

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  8. Bryan G. Stephens Thatcher
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    Hoyacon (View Comment):

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    Hoyacon (View Comment):

    Charles C.W. Cooke responds.

    (Warning: link is to NRO).

    Out of free articles. And I’m not reading The Dispatch, so, oh well.

    Apparently, French wrote an article for The Atlantic in 2018 that was pro-gun. Cooke points out that nothing has changed since then, and that it is French who likely has changed, not “gun culture.”

    Yeah. But, what does one expect from an Anti republican?  Any mention of protecting democracy from this man is a joke. He is as anti democratic as is possible. 

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  9. Vance Richards Member
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    “I support the 2nd Amendment.”

    “You know, Trump supports the 2nd Amendment?”

    “I oppose the 2nd Amendment!”

    If you are looking for more intellectual depth than that, you’re not going to find it.

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  10. Bryan G. Stephens Thatcher
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    Vance Richards (View Comment):

    “I support the 2nd Amendment.”

    “You know, Trump supports the 2nd Amendment?”

    “I oppose the 2nd Amendment!”

    If you are looking for more intellectual depth than that, you’re not going to find it.

    I am looking for moral acumen. 

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  11. Percival Thatcher
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    Bryan G. Stephens (View Comment):

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    Hoyacon (View Comment):

    Charles C.W. Cooke responds.

    (Warning: link is to NRO).

    Out of free articles. And I’m not reading The Dispatch, so, oh well.

    Funny they make their big counter behind a pay wall. Really sad.

    What?

    NRplus is something you have to pay for. Not gonna do it. Not while the official postion of their editor in chief is against me as poor Ole southern racist for not wanting monuments removed.

    You’re lucky! You are a scion of the Antebellum aristocracy. I’m just a clodhoppin’ Midwestern yokel what ain’t never been in the big city afore.

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  12. Hoyacon Member
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    Bryan G. Stephens (View Comment):

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    Hoyacon (View Comment):

    Charles C.W. Cooke responds.

    (Warning: link is to NRO).

    Out of free articles. And I’m not reading The Dispatch, so, oh well.

    Funny they make their big counter behind a pay wall. Really sad.

    What?

    NRplus is something you have to pay for. Not gonna do it. Not while the official postion of their editor in chief is against me as poor Ole southern racist for not wanting monuments removed.

    I don’t know what their business model is admittedly.  I took the earlier comment to mean that they gave a certain number of free articles, usually five.   I would always defend your right to spend your $$$ as you see fit, as I would their own decisions about how to stay in business.

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  13. kedavis Coolidge
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    Hoyacon (View Comment):

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    Hoyacon (View Comment):

    Charles C.W. Cooke responds.

    (Warning: link is to NRO).

    Out of free articles. And I’m not reading The Dispatch, so, oh well.

    Funny they make their big counter behind a pay wall. Really sad.

    What?

    NRplus is something you have to pay for. Not gonna do it. Not while the official postion of their editor in chief is against me as poor Ole southern racist for not wanting monuments removed.

    I don’t know what their business model is admittedly. I took the earlier comment to mean that they gave a certain number go free articles, usually five. I would always defend your right to spend your $$$ as you see fit, as I would their own decisions about how to stay in business.

    Does any part of NR actually stay in business because of paying customers, rather than donors?

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  14. Bryan G. Stephens Thatcher
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    kedavis (View Comment):

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    Charles C.W. Cooke responds.

    (Warning: link is to NRO).

    Out of free articles. And I’m not reading The Dispatch, so, oh well.

    Funny they make their big counter behind a pay wall. Really sad.

    What?

    NRplus is something you have to pay for. Not gonna do it. Not while the official postion of their editor in chief is against me as poor Ole southern racist for not wanting monuments removed.

    I don’t know what their business model is admittedly. I took the earlier comment to mean that they gave a certain number go free articles, usually five. I would always defend your right to spend your $$$ as you see fit, as I would their own decisions about how to stay in business.

    Does any part of NR actually stay in business because of paying customers, rather than donors?

    I don’t think so

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  15. BDB Coolidge
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    Hoyacon (View Comment):

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    Hoyacon (View Comment):

    Charles C.W. Cooke responds.

    (Warning: link is to NRO).

    Out of free articles. And I’m not reading The Dispatch, so, oh well.

    Apparently, French wrote an article for The Atlantic in 2018 that was pro-gun. Cooke points out that nothing has changed since then, and that it is French who likely has changed, not “gun culture.”

    Yeah, well this is what we expect from the blow-with-the-wind NTs who went insane in 2016.

    The wind blows different directions in different places.  That’s how you know where he’s from.

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  16. Some Call Me ...Tim Coolidge
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    Hoyacon (View Comment):

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    Hoyacon (View Comment):

    Charles C.W. Cooke responds.

    (Warning: link is to NRO).

    Out of free articles. And I’m not reading The Dispatch, so, oh well.

    Apparently, French wrote an article for The Atlantic in 2018 that was pro-gun. Cooke points out that nothing has changed since then, and that it is French who likely has changed, not “gun culture.”

    Thank you for the synopsis.  

    There is something about the Beltway that warps a man’s thinking. Whether or not French is in the Beltway, the syndrome has affected him. 

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  17. Hoyacon Member
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    Bryan G. Stephens (View Comment):

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    Charles C.W. Cooke responds.

    (Warning: link is to NRO).

    Out of free articles. And I’m not reading The Dispatch, so, oh well.

    Funny they make their big counter behind a pay wall. Really sad.

    What?

    NRplus is something you have to pay for. Not gonna do it. Not while the official postion of their editor in chief is against me as poor Ole southern racist for not wanting monuments removed.

    I don’t know what their business model is admittedly. I took the earlier comment to mean that they gave a certain number go free articles, usually five. I would always defend your right to spend your $$$ as you see fit, as I would their own decisions about how to stay in business.

    Does any part of NR actually stay in business because of paying customers, rather than donors?

    I don’t think so

    Well, where is the tipping point?  Let’s assume that NR stays alive by donations.  But, depending on the level of donations, they may also stay alive by subscription.  In short, every little bit helps.

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  18. Hoyacon Member
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    Some Call Me …Tim (View Comment):

    Hoyacon (View Comment):

    Western Chauvinist (View Comment):

    Hoyacon (View Comment):

    Charles C.W. Cooke responds.

    (Warning: link is to NRO).

    Out of free articles. And I’m not reading The Dispatch, so, oh well.

    Apparently, French wrote an article for The Atlantic in 2018 that was pro-gun. Cooke points out that nothing has changed since then, and that it is French who likely has changed, not “gun culture.”

    Thank you for the synopsis.

    There is something about the Beltway that warps a man’s thinking. Whether or not French is in the Beltway, the syndrome has affected him.

    Unfortunately, as with most synopsis, it’s inadequate.   Cooke goes into any number of “gun statistics” to show that things have not changed over the years–and well before French was supporting gun rights.

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  19. philo Member
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    I clicked on the link provided but couldn’t make if past his subtitle. Forget “conservative”, he is not a serious thinker. Period.

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  20. kedavis Coolidge
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    philo (View Comment):

    I clicked on the link provided but couldn’t make if past his subtitle. Forget “conservative”, he is not a serious thinker. Period.

    I don’t know of anyone who thinks he ever was.  Except maybe on the left, but I don’t talk to them.

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  21. Victor Tango Kilo Member
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    Hoyacon (View Comment):
    Apparently, French wrote an article for The Atlantic in 2018 that was pro-gun.  Cooke points out that nothing has changed since then, and that it is French who likely has changed, not “gun culture.”

    Steve Jobs widow signing his paycheck is what has changed. 

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  22. Victor Tango Kilo Member
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    Challenge: Name a single “Never Trump Conservative” who has maintained his intellectual integrity.

    BY which I mean, someone who maintains the same conservative philosophy they espoused prior to the Trump administration, and/or has not supported or endorsed Democrat candidates or gone to work for Democrat media outlets with views antithetical to that conservative philosophy.

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  23. ToryWarWriter Thatcher
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    Victor Tango Kilo (View Comment):

    Challenge: Name a single “Never Trump Conservative” who has maintained his intellectual integrity.

    BY which I mean, someone who maintains the same conservative philosophy they espoused prior to the Trump administration, and/or has not supported or endorsed Democrat candidates or gone to work for Democrat media outlets with views antithetical to that conservative philosophy.

    Stephen Harper!  Oh you meant an American…

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  24. Sisyphus Member
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    Bryan G. Stephens (View Comment):

    Vance Richards (View Comment):

    “I support the 2nd Amendment.”

    “You know, Trump supports the 2nd Amendment?”

    “I oppose the 2nd Amendment!”

    If you are looking for more intellectual depth than that, you’re not going to find it.

    I am looking for moral acumen.

    Go for it. If you run into Diogenes, give him my best.

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  25. Sisyphus Member
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    Hoyacon (View Comment):

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    Hoyacon (View Comment):

    Charles C.W. Cooke responds.

    (Warning: link is to NRO).

    Out of free articles. And I’m not reading The Dispatch, so, oh well.

    Funny they make their big counter behind a pay wall. Really sad.

    What?

    NRplus is something you have to pay for. Not gonna do it. Not while the official postion of their editor in chief is against me as poor Ole southern racist for not wanting monuments removed.

    I don’t know what their business model is admittedly. I took the earlier comment to mean that they gave a certain number go free articles, usually five. I would always defend your right to spend your $$$ as you see fit, as I would their own decisions about how to stay in business.

    To find out how the paywall works on NR I would have to visit NR. Life is too short.

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  26. BDB Coolidge
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    Hoyacon (View Comment):

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    Hoyacon (View Comment):

    Charles C.W. Cooke responds.

    (Warning: link is to NRO).

    Out of free articles. And I’m not reading The Dispatch, so, oh well.

    Funny they make their big counter behind a pay wall. Really sad.

    What?

    NRplus is something you have to pay for. Not gonna do it. Not while the official postion of their editor in chief is against me as poor Ole southern racist for not wanting monuments removed.

    I don’t know what their business model is admittedly. I took the earlier comment to mean that they gave a certain number go free articles, usually five. I would always defend your right to spend your $$$ as you see fit, as I would their own decisions about how to stay in business.

    Does any part of NR actually stay in business because of paying customers, rather than donors?

    I don’t think so

    Well, where is the tipping point? Let’s assume that NR stays alive by donations. But, depending on the level of donations, they may also stay alive by subscription. In short, every little bit helps.

    I think the salient point is that if subscriptions do not keep the lights on, then it is not a proper for-profit business.  Sophisticated panhandling is not a business model.

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  27. Charlotte Member
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    BDB (View Comment):
    Sophisticated panhandling is not a business model.

    Tell that to all the hobos fouling up the intersections in Fairfax County. ;-)

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  28. EJHill Podcaster
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    French makes a living writing “The Conservative Case For (Fill in the Blank)” articles. He has become the Democrats defense attorney.

    That’s the beauty of niche publishing. He also piously publishes an article every Sunday bashing Christians who do not meet the standards set by The Pope of Tennessee™️. 

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  29. James Lileks Contributor
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    Hoyacon (View Comment):

    Charles C.W. Cooke responds.

    (Warning: link is to NRO).

    I’m biased of course, but I don’t get it. Warning: link goes to a site whose senior writer is one of the most effective and intelligent gun-rights advocates working in the media today. Are good conservatives supposed to reel away from NR on general principle, and only venture into the den when assured the headlines on the front page will not cause anger or distress? 

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  30. kedavis Coolidge
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    James Lileks (View Comment):

    Hoyacon (View Comment):

    Charles C.W. Cooke responds.

    (Warning: link is to NRO).

    I’m biased of course, but I don’t get it. Warning: link goes to a site whose senior writer is one of the most effective and intelligent gun-rights advocates working in the media today. Are good conservatives supposed to reel away from NR on general principle, and only venture into the den when assured the headlines on the front page will not cause anger or distress?

    I dunno, maybe reading NR occasionally isn’t so bad, as long as it’s done in a way that they don’t get money for.

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