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After more than 20 years in New York you’d think I’d have learned just a little bit about the surrounding lay of the land. I confess, I’m still not quite clear on where New Hampshire even is, in relation to where I’m sitting in NY, as I type this, but I signed up for the […]

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Is it often the case that one of our own posts on the main feed clashes so violently so immediately with someone far more important, viz. Mr. Kevin Williamson, the avenging sarcastic of the free market libertarians-conservatives? How does he loathe us, let me count the ways! All of us who worry about the sort […]

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I’ve heard frequently from the Wall Street Journal editors that National Review is reaping what it sowed with the candidacy of Donald Trump. In the latest Journal Editorial podcast, Kim Strassel said the NR editors “have been militant” over immigration. “They they inflamed that issue out in the public…now they sort of opened up the pathway […]

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Just recently the National Review ran a special edition assaulting Donald Trump, joined by many Conservative and Libertarian figures (Indeed, getting David Boaz and Bill Kristol to unite in something is no small feat.) . This follows an endorsement of Donald Trump by Sarah Palin, which (in my opinion) tipped the scales in Donald Trump’s […]

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NRO Standing Athwart Trumpism

 

NR-Against-TrumpNational Review, the venerable conservative institution founded by William F. Buckley, has just released an unprecedented special issue titled “Against Trump.”

Editor Rich Lowry reached out to a wide variety of conservative writers to register their disagreement with the GOP frontrunner. Authors include Thomas Sowell, William Kristol, Glenn Beck, Erick Erickson, and of course NR’s editors who prefaced the issue with a blistering editorial:

Donald Trump leads the polls nationally and in most states in the race for the Republican presidential nomination. There are understandable reasons for his eminence, and he has shown impressive gut-level skill as a campaigner. But he is not deserving of conservative support in the caucuses and primaries. Trump is a philosophically unmoored political opportunist who would trash the broad conservative ideological consensus within the GOP in favor of a free-floating populism with strong-man overtones.

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Someone should let Mr. Mark Steyn know about this. It’s 53 years now since Linus Pauling–super-scientist extraordinaire–sued National Review for defamation. This was not the first nor the last of the intended victims of his sense of justice, but the one that put an end to its litigious manifestation. 50 years ago, the lawsuit more or less […]

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Down with the State of the Union

 

Screen Shot 2016-01-13 at 8.43.09 AMThat may have been the dullest speech from President Obama I have ever heard; certainly, the worst since his last State of the Union. Like his policies and ideas, his rhetoric has lost its luster. I used to watch his speeches and get nervous about how his smooth-talking and charming style could sell the country on his destructive, big government agenda. I don’t feel that worry anymore. When I watch his speeches now, I feel bored and unstimulated. Perhaps he’s gone to the well too many times. Perhaps the “hope and change” optimism is finally gone. All I hear are the same old ideas, talking points, and rhetorical devices we’ve heard repeated ad nauseam throughout his presidency.

I tuned in with the intention of finding material to counter and assumptions to challenge. Honestly, though, I found myself so uninterested while watching that I gave up on whatever policy discussion I was aiming for. The only observation worth mentioning is how utterly pointless the State of the Union is.

The whole event has devolved into a pep rally. It’s embarrassing to watch old men and women — elected officials in the highest offices of the land, no less — cheer like teenagers at the mere mention of a topic. Not a solution to a problem or a method of implementing a policy mind you, just a mere reference to an issue is enough to earn raucous cheering and a standing ovation. It makes me wonder who this is event is for. Well, no it doesn’t. It’s obvious. The president stands and delivers a shallow speech and is inundated with applause after every phrase. We know exactly who this event is for.

RIP, Florence King

 

Florence KingI was saddened to see this morning that Florence King had passed yesterday. I don’t have time to write much here. National Review Online has a proper obituary.

When I was young and a budding conservative, I devoured the old National Review magazines, and one column I could not miss was the Florence King column, which I believe was on the back end of the issue. When I proclaim the rightful superiority of traditional conservatism, Florence King was one of those writers that had an impact on my thinking. Here’s how her Wikipedia entry characterizes her conservative philosophy:

King was a traditionalist conservative, but not a “movement conservative,” and she objected to much of the populist direction of the contemporary American Right. King labeled herself a “misanthrope.” She was an active Episcopalian (though she often referred to her agnosticism), a member of Phi Alpha Theta, and a monarchist.

Planned Parenthood, Be Proud of Who You Are

 

I recently read an article on National Review that reflected on a recent episode of Scandal, which featured the main character aborting her baby. The description of the scene – a woman on an operating table, prepped for an abortion, while Silent Night plays in the background – was more than enough for me to read. I have not watched, nor will I watch, this or any other episode of the show.

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Allow me to offer you some notes for an analysis of the wishful thinking that underlies at least some versions of what we call libertarianism, which I take to mean the most coherent or radical or thought-through belief in the free market or in economics. The writer is a Mr. Kevin Williamson, who I suppose […]

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National Review’s Debate Problem

 

National-Review-Donald-Trump-CoverByron York, writing for the Washington Examiner, raises a serious problem surrounding the February 26 debate, which until recently was to be hosted by NBC in partnership with National Review. Following the embarrassment that was last week’s CNBC “debate”, Reince Priebus has called into question the involvement of NBC in this debate. National Review, however, will participate regardless.

“While we are suspending our partnership with NBC News and its properties, we still fully intend to have a debate on that day, and will ensure that National Review remains part of it,” Priebus wrote in a letter to NBC.

As the debate approaches, however, it’s likely that critics will raise questions about the participation of National Review, the venerable conservative publication, because of a number of comments made by its writers and editors about Donald Trump. (I should put in a disclaimer high in the story: I worked for National Review from 2001 to 2009 and know, like and respect many of the people involved in this matter.)

Is Obamacare Really Dead?

 

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There’s currently a lot of talk about Obamacare heading into a “death spiral,” which most of Ricochet’s readership predicted before Barack, Nancy and Harry whipped, bribed, and bamboozled a Democrat-led Congress to drag ACA across the reconciled finish line.

National Review’s free market proponent Kevin Williamson wrote a great article “Obamacare is Dead” which is being joyfully retweeted among the conservative Twitterverse.

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Here’s NR’s Mr. Geraghty writing about how Mr. Trump learned his shtick from the goddess herself. He is very vague about the connections, because there is no reporting to be done here of facts, it’s just talking about moods & attitudes, aided by the terrible fall of the goddess, who now supports Mr. Trump. That […]

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Here’s a guy writing in National Review who wants Mr. Pollard to die in jail for the crime of treason. Mr. Pollard’s crime was giving information to Israel. The story I have heard is, Capital-l-A America got so angry with Israel for bombing Saddam Hussein’s nuclear reactor, that the CIA stopped giving Israel some satellite […]

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Donald Trump is, the conservative commentariat agrees, a problem. The flagship outlet of conservative thought National Review, no small portion of which is represented here on Ricochet, is filled with articles against and about the man and are virtually universal in condemnation of the candidate and anyone who would tell a pollster they’d vote for […]

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