Tagged: establishment

(Probably) Final Observations on THE ELECTION, and Beyond

The old “binary choice” fraud is universal truth in America at last; that’s the real fraud in all of this, Trumpsters, and it is a fraud that your idol’s operators have perpetrated against you, as they have been scheming to do for a generation. Consider: Trump vs. Biden, as advertised, never existed. On election night (or its months-long early ballot surrogate), polls and slogans...

Bill Kristol identifies as a Democrat

What a bore Bill Kristol has become. For years, he was the leading popular spokesman for the Leo Strauss-inspired political advocacy alliance dubbed “neoconservatives,” a bipartisan clan with dreams of reforming a corrupted constitutional republic into a paternalist intellectual’s petri dish — equal parts cherry-picked Platonic moralism, progressive-Hegelian nanny-statism, military adventurism as domestic social engineering project, and (largely feigned) American-grassroots social conservatism. The...

The Man Who Knew Too Much

Jeffrey Epstein, the wealthy, well-connected financier who provided underage girls for the entertainment of many rich and powerful men in Washington and beyond, has died in prison of an alleged suicide. Everything about this story is so absurdly over the top in its exposure of the ugliest elements of the power elite that it seems fitting he should die this way, apparently taking...

Matt Drudge is the “Conservative Media”

Right Scoop reports that on Sunday and into Monday, the banner headline story on The Drudge Report — and on TDR, the headlines are the stories — was seemingly an attempt to imply that Beto O’Rourke, the young leftist challenging Ted Cruz for his senate seat, is a serious contender and an up-and-comer. In other words, that Drudge is seeking to create momentum...

Dr. McConnell and Mr. Trump Part VI: The Press Conference

Donald Trump and Mitch McConnell, falsifying my Jekyll and Hyde hypothesis that they are actually the same person, have appeared together at a press conference, where they reassured everyone…that they are actually the same person. I understand your doubts: McConnell is a mealy-mouthed, vowel-swallowing, conniving turtle, whereas Trump is a crude, thought-disintegrating, pinwheel-hat-level vulgarian. Ergo, Jekyll and Hyde. So when it’s time for...

Dr. McConnell and Mr. Trump Part V: The Strange Case

Conservative commentator Erick Erickson is responding to the failure of the Senate’s health care reform bill by calling for the GOP to replace Mitch McConnell as leader, on the grounds that McConnell is thwarting President Trump’s agenda. Perhaps Erickson is trying to be ironic, but let’s get this straight once and for all: Mitch McConnell is Trump’s agenda. A quick review of the...

Is Trump Going Neo-Con Now?

Throughout Donald Trump’s scene-stealing star turn through the Republican primaries, his fans showed a remarkable ability to filter out the fifty percent of everything he or his surrogates said that did not comport with the “Make American Great Again” populist nationalism that they happened to like. In fact, it was this self-censoring talent, developed to pitch-perfect levels, that led some of us to...

Dr. McConnell and Mr. Trump (Part I)

Well, ladies and gentlemen, I hate to say “I told you so,” but…. Alright, enough of the false modesty. Let’s start again. AHEM! What was that I was saying eight months ago about Donald Trump being the Republican Party establishment’s perfect front man in this year of strong challenges to its power from the grassroots conservative movement? A totally unprincipled cipher ready to be...

U.S. Election Aftermath (Part II): The Alt-Establishment

Even after Donald Trump’s election victory made the whole “NeverTrump” debate irrelevant, Trump’s supporters, both establishment and (allegedly) anti-establishment, have taken to every forum available to them to decry, mock, and condemn the evil NeverTrumpers who supposedly missed the boat so badly on America’s great heroic man-of-the-people/savior. “The little whiny sniveling negative cowards who are Never Trumpers are beneath our paying attention to...

The Strawmanning of NeverTrump

A constant theme among Donald Trump’s most ardent defenders in the commentariat is the idea that the NeverTrump movement is comprised of old GOP establishment pansies who are just too effete to handle Trump’s uncouth manner, and therefore wish to blacklist him from the finest parties. This refrain constitutes a classic straw man argument, and it allows the thick edge of the Trump-supporting wedge, his...