As if yesterday’s kudos to FrontPageMagazine’s Daniel Greenfield weren’t enough, he comes storming back again today with yet another “ball out of the park” topic – that of why majority Republicans consistently fail to take advantage of their superior ownership of the White House, the People’s House, and the Senate.
Consider that the once-daunting National Review (originally birthed by William F. Buckley) has collapsed, as has the Wall Street Journal. The former is now barely a shadow of what its founder brought forth, and as for the latter, what does it tell us that Bret Stephens, the leading light at the Journal, turned his coat and is now working for the New York Times?
Trump’s candidacy revealed a surprise – that the conservative movement is a phony. Its intellectual leading lights all play for the other side when a battle is joined.
Trump is fighting for America, which is inherently a conservative concept – conservatism made manifest. You can’t be a conservative and not back Trump.
He is a man of action, comfortable enough in setting out on a path and dealing with the details as he goes along. So he is not always consistent about them. But In a fight, Trump is the aggressor, not the defender. Or as they might describe it in military terms, Trump practices ‘blitzkreig’ politics.
Something is definitely wrong with the Republicans in Congress and has been since 2010. In the House, they keep electing the most ineffective Speaker they can find – first Boehner and then Ryan. Ryan is not a war consigliere. Apparently McConnell has some capability in the Senate, but he seems to be a nose counter rather than a nose maker. Do they have pictures? Will we find out that everybody was on the Saudi payroll?
In the meantime let’s see what Daniel Greenfield opens up with this time…
Here’s the good news.
It’s 2017 and Republicans control the White House, the Senate, the House and more statewide offices than you can shake a big bundle of fake news papers at. And, potentially soon, a Supreme Court that takes its guidelines from the Constitution not Das Kapital and the National Social Justice Party.
Here’s the bad news, Republicans are still Republicans.
Whether it’s Flynn, Bannon, Gorka, Kushner, Clarke, they are all too eager to fall for the latest left-wing scandal. The media throws some chum in the water and watches the bloody fun as Republicans go after Republicans. Scandals are manufactured and strategically aimed to divide and conquer Republicans.
But the real target is the conservative agenda. Bogging down the White House in scandals keeps it from dismantling more of Obama’s regulations and orders. Every milligram of oxygen that foolish conservatives give the left’s narratives is a milligram taken from the lungs of the conservative agenda.
At the National Review, Jim Geraghty, who has loathed Trump since Day 1, seizes on the latest scandal targeting Jared Kushner. In recent days, the National Review has run four pieces on the fake scandal.
That’s an odd preoccupation for a conservative publication that ought to be more concerned with conservative policy priorities than parsing the shibboleths that the left is firing at President Trump.
But the National Review occupies a peculiar space between the Never Trumpers who have found cushy jobs on MSNBC and at the New York Times and mainstream conservative support for President Trump. It isn’t ready to leave the movement, but instead it insists on echoing media criticisms in a softer tone.
The Review takes the tone that it’s just asking questions. Those questions just happen to be the same ones that the media keeps on asking. If the mainstream media reads like an angry partisan blog, then the National Review sounds the way that the media used to when it was just biased instead of fake.
It just so happens that the Review is full of innumerable stories and posts about every media scandal. And its preferred pose is innocence. Like the rest of the media, it’s just asking questions.
What’s the big deal?
All hail the most cooperative, hapless enemy of all time: the Republicans. And remember folks, if Republicans are your enemy, who needs friends? And if Jim Geraghty is your friend, you have at least one enemy.
Geraghty comes from the Republican Club of Self-Righteousness. He’s right about everything, and if you don’t elect the person he anoints, he will snipe at whoever displeases him from behind his facade of moral and intellectual superiority. Who cares if the left destroys the nation because the right won’t unite? Geraghty’s ego was bruised and he can’t abide compromising his omniscience for the sake of the nation. An incandescent genius must have his priorities.
Only Republicans could squander the political fortunes they have been handed by a desperate nation. Only Republicans could lose their advantage to the motley crew of nitwits, mental cases, drug addicts, and fools who people the left. They are gutless, afraid to offend, obsessed with being accepted, willing to adopt any value to fit in, terrible at stating or defending their supposed principles, and always willing to aid the enemies of their supposed cause.
By process of elimination, if they are a worst enemy of anyone, they necessarily have to be their own because they certainly aren’t the worst enemy of anyone else. In fact, I believe the Republicans are everyone’s favorite enemy, and what more could one ask for than that?
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