Bulwark: Jon Gabriel Is the ‘Worst of the Worst’

 

In a big change for The Bulwark, Editor-at-Large Charlie Sykes is complaining about conservatives. This time, he’s upset at conservatives criticizing Rep. Liz Cheney for criticizing conservatives because Cheney is more conservative than the conservatives she’s criticizing. It’s all a bit recursive and my brain’s a bit logy from the second Pfizer dose. But if I read correctly, Never Trump wants Cheney to remain in leadership because her voting record is more pro-Trump than Elise Stefanik’s. I think.

After slamming Dan McLaughlin, Eliana Johnson, Byron York, Henry Olsen, Mark Hemingway, and Kurt Schlichter, he finally made the big announcement:

But, this, from Jon Gabriel, may be the worst of the worst. (And it is not a parody.)

“On substance,” he writes, “I agree with Cheney. The election was not stolen and Trump’s Jan. 6 incitement merited impeachment. But all that is history. The GOP’s job today is to stop Joe Biden, Nancy Pelosi, and Chuck Schumer. In that fight — the only fight that matters six months after the election — Cheney is AWOL.”

He then critiques my admittedly brilliant analogy of why it’s better for the party to focus on future goals instead of past grievances.

Of course, we know the real reason Mr. Sykes is upset. It’s not my fault that I’m smarter, funnier, a better writer, more handsome — nay, sexier —  than him, not to mention humbler. But I assure him that such a cross is uneasy to bear.

My first job out of high school was splitting the atom. When I entered the Navy, the Cold War was raging; when I left, we had won it. I then graduated summa cum laude, and not just at any university, but Playboy‘s “#1 Party School” Arizona State (i.e., the Stanford of the West).

My life continues to proceed from victory to victory. I host the best podcast ever. I edit the finest website in existence. Even a tossed-off article on a Wyoming congresswoman goes viral. Men fear me and women want to be with me.

But of all my successes, perhaps my favorite is being named “Worst of the Worst” by Charlie Sykes and The Bulwark Dot Com. Risking immodesty, I have added the title to my Twitter bio. Since he follows me, I hope it brightens his day.

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  1. Basil Fawlty Member
    Basil Fawlty
    @BasilFawlty

    Jon Gabriel, Ed.: It’s not my fault that I’m smarter, funnier, a better writer, more handsome — nay, sexier —  than him

    He.

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  2. Jon Gabriel, Ed. Admin
    Jon Gabriel, Ed.
    @jon

    Basil Fawlty (View Comment):

    Jon Gabriel, Ed.: It’s not my fault that I’m smarter, funnier, a better writer, more handsome — nay, sexier — than him

    He.

    I blame all errors on the vax. #TeamLogy

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  3. David Foster Member
    David Foster
    @DavidFoster

    “The insults of an enemy are a tribute to the brave”

    –old Afghan saying (maybe)

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  4. Eustace C. Scrubb Member
    Eustace C. Scrubb
    @EustaceCScrubb

    “The King of Stuff” is a fine title, but “Worst of the Worst” might be better…

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  5. Charlotte Member
    Charlotte
    @Charlotte

    Jon Gabriel, Ed.: Men fear me and women want to be with me.

    Or possibly vice versa.

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  6. Tyrion Lannister Member
    Tyrion Lannister
    @TyrionLannister

    I don’t read the Bulwark, so I missed the “friendly fire”.  Though I am not sure it would qualify as “friendly” if it isn’t coming from the same side.  The Bulwark, Lincoln Project crowd no longer represent conservatives.  They just represent TDS.  

    I admit unfamiliarity with Stefanik, but if this https://www.govtrack.us/congress/members/report-cards/2020/house/ideology is a fair representation,  then she’s “more conservative” by about 10 points than Cheney.  But that doesn’t matter to the Bulwark because she’s too pro-Trump.  I care more about the overall beliefs of the person replacing Cheney than I do about her fealty to Trump.  

    Can we get a more conservative replacement for Susan Collins in Maine?  No- therefore keep her.  Can we get a more conservative replacement for Cheney? Yes.  So it’s fine if she’s gone.  The Buckley standard: “I’d be for the most right, viable candidate who could win.”  The Bukwark and their ilk have forgotten this old bromide.  

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  7. Steven Seward Member
    Steven Seward
    @StevenSeward

    Jon Gabriel, Ed.:

    “On substance,” he writes, “I agree with Cheney. The election was not stolen and Trump’s Jan. 6 incitement merited impeachment.

    And for all that brilliance, you still think Trump was deservedly impeached for telling crowds to “peacefully protest.”

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  8. She Reagan
    She
    @She

    LOL.

    1.  All publicity is good publicity.
    2. Given the vast numbers of people who (don’t) read The Bulwark, I’m not sure this latest broadside will garner you much.  More people have probably already read your Ricochet post than read the original piece.

    So good on you for laughing at them.  That’s always best.

     

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  9. DrewInEastHillAutonomousZone Member
    DrewInEastHillAutonomousZone
    @DrewInWisconsin

    Jon Gabriel, Ed.: In a big change for The Bulwark, Editor-at-Large Charlie Sykes is complaining about conservatives.

    I hope that was sarcasm. Sykes made it clear right from the start in a piece in The Atlantic that the goal of The Bulwark was to attack conservative Republicans.

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  10. DrewInEastHillAutonomousZone Member
    DrewInEastHillAutonomousZone
    @DrewInWisconsin

    Watching the Bulwark Cult turn on conservative stalwarts like Mollie Hemingway has been rather revealing. But you’d think they wouldn’t aim their fire at their fellow Nevers like Dan McLaughlin. I wonder what he did to get excommunicated?

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  11. Charlotte Member
    Charlotte
    @Charlotte

    DrewInEastHillAutonomousZone (View Comment):

    Jon Gabriel, Ed.: In a big change for The Bulwark, Editor-at-Large Charlie Sykes is complaining about conservatives.

    I hope that was sarcasm. Sykes made it clear right from the start in a piece in The Atlantic that the goal of The Bulwark was to attack conservative Republicans.

    Pretty sure ’twas sarcasm. 

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  12. Henry Castaigne Member
    Henry Castaigne
    @HenryCastaigne

    Charlotte (View Comment):

    Jon Gabriel, Ed.: Men fear me and women want to be with me.

    Or possibly vice versa.

    Whatever your into. 

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  13. Hoyacon Member
    Hoyacon
    @Hoyacon

    Sykes isn’t really worth the effort of a response.  I was more interested in the part about “January 6 incitement merited impeachment.”

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  14. EJHill Podcaster
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    @EJHill

    Somehow he missed that the President of the United States retweeted his clone-stamp happy Photoshop that, in reality, is probably what got him banned from Twitter. Do better, Jon.

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  15. John Davey Member
    John Davey
    @JohnDavey

    STAND ASIDE! He takes LARGE STEPS!!!

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  16. Doug Watt Moderator
    Doug Watt
    @DougWatt

    I give anyone the Bulwark criticizes the benefit of the doubt. Congrats, ask them for an autographed copy of their critique, frame it, and display in your trophy case.

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  17. DrewInEastHillAutonomousZone Member
    DrewInEastHillAutonomousZone
    @DrewInWisconsin

    The Bulwark is just The Lincoln Project with fewer pedophiles anyway.

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  18. RufusRJones Member
    RufusRJones
    @RufusRJones

    The actual issue is, who should be in that leadership position given the political structure of the GOP House. You can say this or that about any of these people, but that’s where you have to end up at.

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  19. C. U. Douglas Thatcher
    C. U. Douglas
    @CUDouglas

    I appreciate this statement from The Bulwark. It lets me know that they still exist or something.

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  20. Franco Member
    Franco
    @Franco

    Jon Gabriel, Ed.: He then critiques my admittedly brilliant analogy of why it’s better for the party to focus on future goals instead of past grievances.

    I have no idea how they criticized your analogy but your analogy was badly flawed anyway.

    The wife didn’t wreck your car, she wrecked the car giving her boyfriend oral sex while she let him drive.

    It’s not a Party anymore  – or a marriage. I – and many more – filed for divorce. It’s just a matter of who gets custody of the kids. Looks like your side gets the donors, and we get the voters.

     

     

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  21. Doug Kimball Thatcher
    Doug Kimball
    @DougKimball

    Wort of the worst?  They obviously do not read Riccochet.  You are the best of the worst.

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  22. Misthiocracy got drunk and Member
    Misthiocracy got drunk and
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    Basil Fawlty (View Comment):

    Jon Gabriel, Ed.: It’s not my fault that I’m smarter, funnier, a better writer, more handsome — nay, sexier — than him

    He.

    “lol” is more customary these day.

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  23. Misthiocracy got drunk and Member
    Misthiocracy got drunk and
    @Misthiocracy

    Jon Gabriel, Ed.: …Charlie Sykes…

    Never heard of the guy. He have any credentials other than being editor-at-large of a glorified blog I’ve never read?

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  24. Franco Member
    Franco
    @Franco

    So the new face-saving narrative ( GOP are always masters at this, lotsa practice?) is that it’s not her vote to impeach, it’s her inability to let go of the bone(!) That’s because they miscalculated ( again) and went against voters (again!)

    They want to heal the ‘wound’.
    See, now their interests are at stake,  “Hey, wait a minute, can’t we just forget all this and fight the Biden Administration?” ( so quickly forgetting how they gave aid and comfort to the Biden campaign)

    No, I think we just need to amputate before the gangrene infects the whole body. 

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  25. David Foster Member
    David Foster
    @DavidFoster

    Regarding the election: at a bare minimum, the results were distorted by the systematic under-reporting of anything which could harm Biden (the Hunter Biden laptop story being a prime example) and hysterical over-reporting of anything which could harm Trump.  This was true across probably 80% of the media, weighted by readership/viewership.  So, whether one uses the term ‘stolen’ or not, I don’t see how this could possibly be called a fair election.

    And regarding the voter authentication, eligibility rules, timing windows, and actual counting:  I’ll just ask, if you were CEO or CFO of a publicly-traded corporation, required to personally sign your company’s financial results…and your financial results had been accumulated and consolidated analogously to the way this election was conducted…would you sign those results?  Or would you decline and tell the SEC they would be delayed while you audited them?

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  26. RufusRJones Member
    RufusRJones
    @RufusRJones

    David Foster (View Comment):

    Regarding the election: at a bare minimum, the results were distorted by the systematic under-reporting of anything which could harm Biden (the Hunter Biden laptop story being a prime example) and hysterical over-reporting of anything which could harm Trump. This was true across probably 80% of the media, weighted by readership/viewership. So, whether one uses the term ‘stolen’ or not, I don’t see how this could possibly be called a fair election.

    And regarding the voter authentication, eligibility rules, timing windows, and actual counting: I’ll just ask, if you were CEO or CFO of a publicly-traded corporation, required to personally sign your company’s financial results…and your financial results had been accumulated and consolidated analogously to the way this election was conducted…would you sign those results? Or would you decline and tell the SEC they would be delayed while you audited them?

    Also ballot controls. Georgia admits that they had 400,000 ballots without any controls.

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  27. Judge Mental Member
    Judge Mental
    @JudgeMental

    David Foster (View Comment):

    Regarding the election: at a bare minimum, the results were distorted by the systematic under-reporting of anything which could harm Biden (the Hunter Biden laptop story being a prime example) and hysterical over-reporting of anything which could harm Trump. This was true across probably 80% of the media, weighted by readership/viewership. So, whether one uses the term ‘stolen’ or not, I don’t see how this could possibly be called a fair election.

    And regarding the voter authentication, eligibility rules, timing windows, and actual counting: I’ll just ask, if you were CEO or CFO of a publicly-traded corporation, required to personally sign your company’s financial results…and your financial results had been accumulated and consolidated analogously to the way this election was conducted…would you sign those results? Or would you decline and tell the SEC they would be delayed while you audited them?

    At the risk of 20 years in federal prison if an audit shows them a) incorrect, and b) that you could have done anything to prevent the error.

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  28. Headedwest Coolidge
    Headedwest
    @Headedwest

    Send him a copy of your January column. He will immediately adopt you.

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  29. Bryan G. Stephens Thatcher
    Bryan G. Stephens
    @BryanGStephens

    I’m with Jon!

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  30. E. Kent Golding Member
    E. Kent Golding
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    DrewInEastHillAutonomousZone (View Comment):

    The Bulwark is just The Lincoln Project with fewer pedophiles anyway.

    How can you be sure it has fewer pedophiles?   Not saying it does or doesn’t but how can you know?

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