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The “Reagan conservatives” at The Bulwark really hate Ohio Republican senate nominee JD Vance. (“Trump’s Hillbilly” — they literally called him that.) So this morning, Bill Kristol and fellow Bulwark Operative Tim Miller endorsed his Democratic opponent. “If you voted for Matt Dolan, a totally inoffensive Republican in this primary and don’t want literal authoritarianism advanced by a charlatan who is at the mercy of Donald Trump’s whims go ahead a sign up to support inoffensive Democrat@TimRyan.”
(Corrected and updated, below) As political prognosticators engage in their usual bourbon-inspired scenarios for filling a vacancy on the Supreme Court, an interesting question comes to mind. Preview Open
Bill Kristol was possibly the NeverTrumpiest of the NeverTrumpers, although Rick Wilson, Tom Nichols, and the rest of the North American Man-Boy Lincoln Project would beg to differ. Kristol has converted… or, more likely, simply come out of the closet … as a partisan Democrat. And like many religious converts he is going over-the-top in […]
He’s putting on his ridiculously big clown shoes now. Growing up and seeing him on TV, my gut feeling was, “here’s that guy who gets everything wrong, and gets paid for it.” Preview Open
Join Jim and Greg as they wince at the prospect of Sen. Kamala Harris being one of Joe Biden’s heart beats away from the presidency if the Democratic ticket wins in November. They also applaud Sarah Palin for her magnanimous advice to Harris based on her experience as John McCain’s running mate in 2008. And they hammer the “true conservatives” at the Lincoln Project for lavishing praise on Harris and laugh as Bill Kristol suggests only Harris and Pence should debate.
Ever since Donald Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign began to look like it was more than a promotional stunt for his reality show and began to take on the shape of a real run at the White House, there were voices on the Right condemning the whole idea of a Trump presidency. The Right’s most concerted effort took the form of National Review’s “Against Trump” issue, and most on the Right remain critical of the President’s failings even if they support him generally. (This is a marked difference from the last Democrat president, who received virtually no significant criticism from members of his party while in office.) But a sizable group of Republicans (excuse me, “former Republicans”) abandoned their party and became “Never Trumpers” – they were so exorcized by the idea of Donald Trump personally that they could no longer support their party. Some, like Max Boot and Jennifer Rubin, completely altered their beliefs and values because they hated Trump so much.
And from this sprang a whole new cottage industry of Republican-hating Conservatives. A niche craft that once belonged only to David Brooks and David Frum suddenly burst open with a whole field of carpetbaggers toting elephant guns: Charles Sykes, Mona Charen, Jonah Goldberg, George Will, Noah Rothman, Joe Scarborough, just to name a few. And with it has come two political websites to challenge the likes of NationalReview.com, CommentaryMagazine.com, and Ricochet.com: TheBulwark.com and TheDispatch.com.
Jim Geraghty of National Review and Chad Benson of Radio America congratulate President Donald Trump for appointing more judges to regional circuit courts than any president has at this point in his term. They also criticize big businesses that are supporting Democrats in 2018 because of Trump’s trade and immigration policies. And they think the only major support for a Bill Kristol 2020 presidential campaign would come from the Kristol household.
The refrain, “this how you get Trump,” has been circulating as a punchline for the Leftie excesses- the Berkeley riots, Meryl Streep’s diatribe, etc- since his upset victory in November. But it should apply to the conservative apparatchik -Claire Berlinsky, Kevin Williamson, Jay Nordlinger, et. al.- as well. Behold, as the ultra #NeverTrump-er Bill Kristol […]
I found Bill Kristol’s obnoxious reply to Donald Trump’s morning tweet to be especially irritating. Kristol’s response smacks of the snark and arrogance that has driven many people to Donald Trump. Kristol assumes Trump could not pick out an F-35. I don’t know if Trump can, but I wouldn’t bet against him. After this year […]
Harry Reid is spitting mad at FBI Director Jim Comey for having the unbridled gall to even attempt to hold Hillary Clinton accountable to the law. (Link goes to Trumpbart; I hope you have Ad Blocker) “Your actions in recent months have demonstrated a disturbing double standard for the treatment of sensitive information, with what appears to […]
Adams’ blog had an amusing Twitter interplay http://blog.dilbert.com/post/148152679301/experience-is-overrated between Sadams and Kristol on the value of experience when judging political candidates. While I am normally a Kristol fan, I think Adams won this round, and makes some logical arguments on Trump’s ability to learn. Your thoughts? Preview Open
Mr. James W. Caesar is one of the very successful political scientists who owe their education to Leo Strauss & who have educated generations of political scientists who need not be ashamed of their education, which is a rather rare thing. Well, Mr. Caesar is another, older kind of conservative–a learned man who contributes to his […]
Bill Kristol of The Weekly Standard has been on a mission to recruit a candidate to mount an independent White House bid as a conservative alternative to the presumptive Republican nominee, Donald Trump. (You know, in case there is anyone left who doesn’t already know that Donald Trump is the presumptive nominee.) In early May reports circulated that Kristol was courting former nominee Mitt Romney to make the bid. Around that same time, Kristol was also talking up a potential run by Nebraska Sen. Ben Sasse who has made his own call for an independent candidate. Presumably, Kristol has has touted or attempted to enlist others as well.
The latest reporting suggests that after being rebuffed by nationally recognized and politically accomplished figures the likes of Romney and Sasse*, Kristol has found his independent candidate in National Review’s David French, a constitutional lawyer, Iraq war veteran, and author who is little-known beyond the readership of conservative online media.
I like David French. He is currently one of my favorite political commentators. He is smart, a very good writer, a true believer in limited, constitutional government, and a great patriot. He is unquestionably qualified to be President of the United States on his own merits and all the more so when compared to the presumptive nominees of the Democrat and Republican parties. If you want to sample his writing to get a sense of the man, take a look at one of my favorite recent pieces, “Small Acts of Cowardice Are Destroying Our Culture.”
The current rumor is that David French is thinking of running for President. While tantalizing, nothing has been confirmed. I’d like to suggest two other possibilities: French might be considering running as the VP to whomever tops the ticket, or he might be helping whomever’s running put together a platform. Just something to mull over until […]
Bill Kristol has been trying to recruit someone to run against Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton in the General election. So far, though, he hasn’t gotten any takers. He’s pinning a lot of hope on Mitt Romney. Of course, in 2012, a lot of people were pinning hope on Mitt Romney, and that was a […]
This will be a quick post to reveal my frustration with something my Conservative friends tell me all the time: “I could support the Libertarian candidate, if it weren’t for their position on X; you know, they woulf be viable if they didn’t have such stringent purity tests” Okay, stop. The Libertarian Party selects a […]
Ricochet’s Own Titus Techera intrigued me months ago into reading Harvey Mansfield’s Manliness and has posted about him from time to time. Yesterday, Bill Kristol published this latest video of himself talking to Professor Mansfield about the book. How is manliness expressed throughout history? What do we understand by the word manliness and is it possible […]
I am trying something new this semester. I am teaching a course entirely devoted to one book, Tocqueville’s Democracy in America. One book courses are, as far as I can tell, exceedingly rare here at Skidmore College. There are lots of different reasons for this (that’s another post), but one is that students today get […]
Founder and Editor in Chief of the Weekly Standard, Bill Kristol, gave an exclusive interview on this week’s NRO’s War on Trump edition of the Harvard Lunch Club Political Podcast with hosts Todd Feinburg and your humble correspondent. Last week, Bill participated with 21 other distinguished conservatives in an issue of the National Review (a rival publication to the Weekly Standard), dedicated to criticizing Donald Trump’s status as a conservative or, indeed, as a worthwhile candidate for conservative voters. Having a deep interest in the subject myself (cf., my recent column in American Thinker) I was interested in hearing Bill’s take on the NR issue and on Donald Trump in general. To no surprise, we were not disappointed.
Bill Kristol began the interview by describing how the pundits have gone wrong in underestimating Trump.
I’ve been a skeptic about Donald Trump but he’s proven me wrong so far. I guess I remain a skeptic, I just don’t think he’ll be the Republican nominee. I think there are too many objections to him – legitimate objections by Republicans both in terms of character and … soundness in general. And then also is he really a conservative? But as I say I thought he would fall apart earlier and he’s clearly in it to stay. Those of us who’ve claimed we could say what was going to happen in this last year have certainly been wrong more often than not.