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February 20, 2020

The Soyciety Pages: NeverTrump Has the Sadz Post-Debate!!!

NeverTrump is dejected -- dejected that they will not have some kind of Democrat that they can vote for that they can pretend is "moderate."

They all now realize that they will vote for Sanders. Megan McArdle straight-up said so. But she ginned up some pride by also offering that she would not lie about what he is, that is, a socialist.

Well. Take your moral victories where you find them, "Libertarian."

But that's not what really bothers them.

A friend pointed out to me that the NeverTrump posture last night was Ironic Detachment as far as the eye could see. Just a lot of snotty old people pretending to be Millennials on Twitter, making wannabe cool kid jokes about SMOD and how they're "looking forward" to the contest between a socialist and a game show host.

Ironic Detachment:

Ironic Detachment:

Ironic Detachment:

Ironic Detachment:

With a Bonus Hot Take about a Marvel and/or Star Wars movie:

Ben Howe: Delivering you all the hottest takes from 2017, Today.

He's like the Magic 103 of punditry. All the hits of yesterday and today. But, you know, 99% yesterday.

Matt K. Lewis -- a permanent Welfare Queen on the leftwing press' support system for liberals pretending to be conservative -- started the night off boosting Bloomberg and claiming that he was standing up the attacks perfectly....

...before changing horses mid-trot and deciding upon a New and Exciting Democrat Savior:

Oh, and also -- Some Ironic Detachment:

None of them was funny, as usual. Twitter is a 24/7/365 Open Mic Night in Hell's worst dive.

But I don't know that being funny was the main point. I think the main point was showing how Snarkily Disengaged they were, and how Nothing Matters, but they're still the Coolest Geeks at the Daily Twitter Nerdprom.

You know what their tweets are like? Remember "Goth Talk" on Saturday Night Live, with Circe Nightshade and Azrael Abyss?

Yeah, they all sound like they're guests on Goth Talk, here to talk about a thousand year Reign of Sorrows and a hot new nail polish they bought at Hot Topic called Drowned Man's Tongue.

The "Nothing Matters" pose will be important later as all these True Conservatives line up to swear that Bernie Sanders is "the true conservative alternative to Trump that patriotic, principled conservatives must choose."

They didn't want to have to do this, as I keep mentioning. Not that they have any aversion to socialism.

No, the Conservatism, Inc. media-political class has been selling itself for years not as those who would fight socialism, but those who would be the most efficient managers of a socialist system.

What upsets them is that that their selfish careerist concerns require them to remain plausibly "conservative" for media booking purposes.

They cannot become liberal pundits and analysts -- the liberals have all the plum spots taken, and have long waiting lists for all of those spots.

There's no way Matt K. Lewis is going to rise to the top of that pyramid.

No, Matt K. Lewis can only hope to succeed in capturing one of the special Affirmative Action berths for Liberals Who Pretend They're Conservative in Liberal Media Outlets.

The NeverTrumpers' future career prospects depend on two things: On remaining both very, very friendly to liberal media outlets -- which is easy for them, because they are liberals themselves -- and remaining in some way plausibly wink-wink "conservative."

That's the tricky part.

Endorsing the socialist Bernie Sanders -- which they will all have to do, to keep Pierre Omidyar's checks coming (and the checks from the Koch Foundation, too, laundered through AEI) -- will be the end of the "plausibly wink-wink conservative" credential.

They'll be exposed as liberals, plain and simple.

Which means that they'll have to compete for liberal talking heads spots based on their own merits, as well as fidelity to liberal priorities.

Now, I think they can and will swear their loyalty to hard left woke liberal priorities easily enough.

But it's the first part that's going to be rough for them -- having to rise and fall on their own merits, without the special category, available only to the twenty or thirty media NeverTrumpers, of being both very friendly to liberals and allegedly, plausibly wink-wink "conservative" (for media booking purposes only).

And that's what's got them in a real funk.

Not the idea of abandoning all their alleged past "principles" to endorse a socialist, but knowing that from here on out they will not have the special Affirmative Action Plus Factor of being "conservatives" that liberals can pay to bash other conservatives.

Nope -- fat Jonah is gonna have to do something he's never done before now.

He's gonna have to actually work for a living, without the cushion of family connections or Affirmative Action for NeverTrumpers hiring practices.

By the way: You'll be happy to know that The Rick Wilson and The Tom Nichols have been added as Very Important Twitter-Based Guests to the Meeting of the Welfare Dependents on Pierre Omidyar's Grift conference.

At least Charlie 3-Wive Sykes describes the gathering correctly as "Human Scum."

The best of the best. Bow before your Cognitive Elite.

One more thing:

Do any of these guys read anything but the liberal establishment media?

Oh: And Baseball C**k still thinks that the decision by himself and 1000 other twitter-addicted virtue-signalling nobodies to "walk away" from the GOP was and is really "powerful."

We're doing pretty well without you. We're leaner and no long bogged down by liberals and lifetime champions at "losing gracefully."

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posted by Ace at 06:06 PM

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