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March 19, 2019

Seb Gorka on the Pseudo-Conservatives
The Bulwark's Latest Declaration of Eternal Conservative Principles: Conservatives Are Ginning Up Fake Fears About Socialism

Blistering.

[The Subsidized Fake Conservatives] moved from gullible conservative donors to taking money from hardcore left-wing billionaires. They rebranded themselves under a new masthead, and as The Bulwark--sounds manly right?--and decided the best thing is to outdo the Daily Beast and Buzzfeed in anti-Trump sentiment. No more pretending to be the heirs of Kirk and Chambers while enjoying tony parties in Adams Morgan with their MSNBC, NPR, and Obama Administration pals. No, they will rebuild America by giving in to their inner Arianna Huffington and unleashing their hidden Glenn Thrush.

Although Iíve been through the wringer, having lived through the consequences of working in the White House and all that entails in terms of media "coverage," the results of their targeting have surprised even me.

Whether it's attacking Salena Zito for not being a "real American" (I guess because her name isnít WASP-y enough), or mocking the appearance of a veteran conservative commentator who just ended chemotherapy, these people who say--and this isn't a put on, they actually had this on their masthead--that they are "Conserving Conservatism" have sunk as low as it is possible to go. Or at least that's what I thought until this week.

...

The day after the outrageous calumny [against Victor Davis Hanson] was dropped, I attended the launch of the good professorís book at the D.C. satellite of his professional home, the Hoover Institution...

At the end of the superb event, the pieces all fell into place. As I said my goodbyes, the gentle professor turned to me and said: "You know, Trump is the one thing standing between them and America going socialist."

As if by prophecy, the next article the Bulwark posted was: "Is Socialism Really that Big of a Threat?"

But Gorsuch.

But the economy.

But the border.

But abortion.

But anti-semitism.

But... capitalism?

The Defenders of Eternal Conservative Principles sure are willing to toss a lot of ancient wood on the bonfire to keep the anti-Trump fires burning.

The Bulwark's article actually says socialism is NBD, really:

But upon closer inspection the right's bashing of socialism rings a little hollow--and not just because of Gorka's bombast. Yes, AOC's proposals are misguided but they are unlikely steps toward a planned economy, show trials, or the gulag system.

"Misguided"? And then come the claims that just because she's advocating socialism, it doesn't mean she'll bring about the bad parts of socialism.

Hey, remember when True Conservatives believed that all the parts of socialism were the bad parts of socialism? Now apparently a lot of socialism is good, as long as we stay away from the bad parts, like totalitarianism.

Which, as history tells us, can be easily extracted from socialism, and in fact is successfully extracted from it almost every time it's tried.

That's sarcasm, if I'm not laying it on thick enough. Every socialist says "This time, we'll implement socialism without the show trials, gulags, and political prisons!"

And they tend to be liars on that point.

The left made the same claims about Obama, that he was merely introducing some incremental changes and beginning much-needed discussions, not pushing the country towards socialism.

The Eternal Defenders of Sacred Conservative Doctrine used to dispute the left on that point.

Now they join them in apologetics for socialism.

Well, I'm sure the writers at The Bulwark don't have to worry about show trials -- they've let the left know they are trustworthy and useful allies who, if they are to be eaten at all, should certainly be eaten last.

Update: A friend tells me that the Bulwark Remnant (including the #SalonHot25) has exhausted even the patience of the rest of the NeverTrumpers, who now despise them. Partly maybe for embarrassing them by giving the game away (in as much as the Bulwark guys don't even hide the fact that they're partisan Democrats now), and partly because the Bulwark Remnant is always attacking the regular NeverTrumpers as sell-outs not sufficiently pro-Democrat enough to defeat the Drumpfenkoenig.

Keep on telling us how good you are at politics and the art of persuasion, guys.

I'm going just start calling these guys "The Winners Club," because that's all they do, they win. And they club cancer survivors and pro-lifers.


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