Tag: Kevin Williamson

A Petulant Kevin Williamson: Trump Deserves No Credit for the Dobbs Decision


Hoo-Boy. Roe v. Wade was overturned last week in no small part due to Trump-appointed Justices Comey-Barrett, Kavanaugh, and Gorsuch. If Hillary had prevailed in 2016 (as Never Trumpers would have preferred*), all three of those justices would have been replaced with ideological clones of Ruth Bader “Populations We Don’t Want to Have Too Many Of” Ginsberg. (Which, incidentally, means the gun rights and religious schools cases would have gone the other way as well).  The Babylon Bee brilliantly as usual captured the spirit of the thing.

What’s the Matter With Oz?


Kevin D. Williamson is a good writer whose work is always informative and interesting. Williamson recently penned an essay that heaped scorn on Dr. Mehmet Oz, who is running for the U.S. Senate in Pennsylvania. Oz is a representative of what has been called Trumpism, that is, help for the working class vis-à-vis immigration, job offshoring, industrial decline, etc., being skeptical of elites and experts. Williamson’s complaints about Oz are the complaints of the intellectual media elite. There’s not nearly enough intellectual rigor in Oz’s policy proposals to suit Williamson. Williamson has never had much sympathy for the working class, who he thinks is mainly to blame for its own troubles. He appears to deplore the idea of hitching the Republican wagon to the deplorables.

“No matter what happens to Trump, Trumpism is not going away,” said Thomas Frank.

For Trump


To make it clear, I will vote for Trump in November, waiting until Election Day to mark our absentee ballots. I am a firm believer in having an actual day for voting, instead of the months-long smear that is now the practice.

However, this missive is not for the purpose of examining our current election practices, but to make the case for Trump as I have come to understand the matter. I did not vote for Trump in 2016, mostly because it was not clear to me what his policies might be. Sure, there was the “build the wall” issue and other matters but at the time it did not seem to make a coherent whole.

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Today, @jamesgawron kicked of a conversation about The Lincoln Project (“TLP”), of which I know little.  I just read its clarion op-ed, published in the NYT on 12/17/19, to see if it contained any fact based or policy based arguments for the defeat of Donald Trump.   https://www.nytimes.com/2019/12/17/opinion/lincoln-project.html  I’ll save you some time.  It does not. […]

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Goldberg v. Klavan


I’d like to say that I’ve been dying for a Goldberg/Klavan (of the Andrew variety) long-form podcast for almost three years, all about Trump.  I don’t want a “debate,” despite the intentionally incendiary (or at least flammable . . . or at the very least dyspeptic) title.  I’d like to hear two sides of a divide discuss their differences because I firmly believe most conservatives aren’t Trump purists or Trump haters.

Perhaps I am an anomaly.  Nonetheless, for almost four years now I’ve scratched my head trying to understand one side of the conservative movement that I have always respected (and still respect).  I imagine the feeling is mutual.

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Gracy Olmstead of “The American Conservative” and other outlets has provided us with an interview with the not easily categorized Wendell Berry in today’s New York Times. Olmstead is someone I’ve read with pleasure over the last several years and have seen her work promoted here at Ricochet. One of the things that makes this […]

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Where Is Kevin D. Williamson?


I followed the story in depth of Kevin’s hiring and firing at The Atlantic, so no, I’m not some yokel who’s asking a basic question that everyone else knows the answer to. And I’ve seen some pieces he’s written since then on NR, where he is credited simply as “a Texas-based writer” as opposed to his old handle as NR’s “roaming correspondent.” He currently exists among the living, I am quite sure.

So where are the new episodes of Mad Dogs & Englishmen? Perhaps if he had a contractual obligation while working at The Atlantic that he could no longer record podcasts with Ricochet, I might understand. But he seems to be a free agent at the moment, and while NR I’m sure would roll out the red carpet again for him to come back to work, he hasn’t taken them up on that just yet. Perhaps I should explain why I care.

Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America salute UN Ambassador Nikki Haley for her clear language and strong defense of American priorities on the world stage.  After briefly condemning The Atlantic’s firing of Kevin Williamson, hey also groan as President Trump and China exchange threats of even more aggressive trade action against one another.  And they scratch their heads as former two-term Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty runs for the job again.

David French of National Review and David French of National Review welcome more good economic news, including weekly jobless claims at the lowest level since January 1973 and the highest consumer sentiment in 14 years.  David fights back against the intolerant liberal mob that wants former National Review columnist Kevin Williamson ousted from his new position at The Atlantic in the latest example of demands for ideological purity in journalism on the left.  And they fume at a Planned Parenthood chapter in Pennsylvania for not only tweeting that Disney needs princesses that have had abortions, are undocumented, are union members or transgender, but they unload at the radical social justice warriors who insist pushing an extreme agenda in the face of small children.

NOTE: There will be no Three Martini Lunch on Friday, March 30, in observance of Good Friday.  Jim and Greg will be back on Monday, April 2.  Happy Easter!

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The “Calexit” referendum campaign has died in infancy after its leader decided to become a Russian citizen. The terminology is confusing. This proposed 2018 state ballot referendum, which Nigel Farage supported, would divide California along cultural lines into two smaller states. There is a separate campaign for California to leave the U.S. altogether called Yes […]

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Trashing Kevin Williamson


This post is to criticize Kevin Williamson for a recent column at National Review.

There was a previous post that was undertaken by another Ricochet member, in which he criticized Kevin Williamson for the same column. That post became to heated with emotional responses and unhelpful rhetoric.  Factiousness emerged.  Hopefully we can do better and consider the column on its merits at this post.  The column is deserving of criticism.

A Conversation with Kevin D. Williamson


Kevin — co-host of our own Mad Dogs & Englishmen podcast — and I sat down to discuss political punditry in 2016. Though he believes that “armageddon sells” in political discourse and that there are economic problems on the horizon, things aren’t as bad as they’re made out to be. As an original Never-Trumper, his opinion of the Republican Nominee is unwavering. I ask if he and his likeminded colleagues have painted themselves into a corner. He also answers those on Ricochet who suggest SCOTUS is a legitimate reason to pull the lever for Trump in November.

Simple Solutions?


shutterstock_331061750I just finished reading Kevin Williamson’s latest piece at NRO, The Stupid Psychopath Problem. Before I continue, I’d like you to have this Reagan quote in the back of your mind: “They say we offer simple answers to complex problems. Well, perhaps there is a simple answer—not an easy answer—but simple.”

Williamson argues that Trump and people like Trump suffer from a severe case of what he calls “The Stupid Psychopath Problem:

The Stupid Psychopath Problem is the political distortion resulting from the fact that a great many people — some of them on barstools, some of them dangerously close to the levers of real power — believe that there are obvious, simple, straightforward solutions to complex problems such as the predations of the Islamic State or the woeful state of U.S. public finances, but that these solutions are not implemented because people in government are too soft, unwilling or unable to get tough and do what needs to be done.

A Pundit’s Prerogative


I noticed that this article by Mark Steyn has already received 2,000 likes on his Facebook page and hundreds of shares, whereas usually when Steyn links to his articles on Facebook, they only receive a couple hundred likes and dozens of shares, if that.

It’s interesting that readers seek out particular pundits during particular scenarios. After an Islamic attack in Europe, people apparently look to Steyn. If a city declares bankruptcy, perhaps they would look to Kevin Williamson.

Nobody Gets Off In This Town


shutterstock_316792295“The Greyhound stops and somebody gets on, but nobody gets off in this town.” – Garth Brooks

Kevin Williamson recently set off the journalistic equivalent of a nuclear device at NR in his article about the travails of the white underclass. The article has been mischaracterized by many as Williamson expressing hatred for the subjects of the article, and some outlets blatantly mischaracterized the piece and tried to demonize its author. Williamson’s basic thrust is that — for those living in dead and dying small towns — the best option is to avoid self-destructive behavior and to move to where opportunity can be found. The response to the article has been intense and it raises some real questions about what can be done, if anything, for those left behind.

This is not a new problem. Towns have been dying since at least the beginning of the industrial revolution. Most towns came into being for  economic reasons: proximity to a port or railway line, access to a natural resource, to support local farms, to support workers at local factories or mills, etc. But once that economic reason is gone, the town dies.