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August 22, 2022

Kurt Schlichter: It's Not 2005 Any Longer, and The Situation Is Too Desperate to Continue Indulging Weak and Feckless Men Like Mike Pence and Tim Scott Who Don't Know What Time It Is

Apart from his error in transcribing 2003 as "2005," this is spot-on.

Your problem is that you live on forever in a world that no longer exists, if it ever did. You live in a world where there are norms. You live in a world of rules and guardrails, where the institutions are at least nominally neutral and where we all share some basic premises that provide common ground. But we don't. They hate America. They hate believing Christians and Jews. They hate the idea of free speech, freedom of religion, the right to due process, and not killing babies three seconds before they poke their heads out. They think kids should be mutilated to conform to gender delusions. They want us normals disarmed, disenfranchised, and, more often than you softies will admit, deceased.

You both want to run in 2024, but you think it's still 2005, and you both talk like a pre-failure Weekly Standard article about "empowerment" and "opportunity." Buzzwords like that are worse than meaningless in an environment where our basic liberties are under constant assault by these communist bastards. There's a war on and you people want to sing Kumbaya. That's why you cannot be allowed anywhere near the levers of power in 2024.

You just can't accept what time it is. The FBI, Crusty Joe's personal Stasi, invades President Trump's home -- they rifle through his wife's panty drawer -- and Tim Scott tells CBS News that we need to wait for all the facts. All the facts? Like the FBI hasn't spent the last six years trying to frame our president and everyone around him? "Sure, they made up a lot of things in the past to imprison Trump and his staff, but this time it might be totally true -- let's give them the benefit of the doubt!"

Mike Pence then tells us we need to go easy on the Bureau flunkies who did the deed because, after all, the institution is full of good apples. Yeah, good apples. Where are these good apples? Who's the guy who quit because he refused to be part of the Democrats' political hit squad? What's his name? Jim Jordan says 14 whistleblowers have come forward. Awesome -- 14 out of 35,000. That's a good apple tart, not even a good apple pie, much less a good apple barrel.

You always want to give the benefit of the doubt to the institutions because to not do so pushes you outside of your comfort zone. You desperately want the system to work. But so do we hardcores. The difference is that our response to the manifest proof that the system is totally broken to the point where only drastic reforms under a ruthless leader like a Trump 2.0 or Ron DeSantis 1.0 can save our country is to accept the harsh reality. We have made peace with the fact that there is nothing left to conserve, that we must loot and pillage and fight to rebuild upon the ruins.

But you softies, you cannot get your heads around the truth of the situation because to do so would require you to go hard, and going hard is not in your wheelhouse. It's not your brand. So you simply ignore reality and pretend that it is 20 years ago and that if you are only a good person, good things will happen.

Ned Beatty in "Deliverance" was a good person too.

It's time to accept reality and embrace the suck. The suck is that we are in a fight. It's not going to be over when we pass a few laws or overturn some terrible precedents; those are necessary but far from sufficient actions. No, we are in a long and brutal political struggle where the stakes are our liberty, and while you want to figuratively clutch your pearls and worry about whether this is who we are, we know who we are. And we are the guys and gals who want to figuratively don our plate armor, sharpen our broadswords, and get some, Knight Templar-style.

But it's not true that these people don't want to fight.

They do want to fight. It's just that they want to fight actual conservatives.

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell just said the quiet part out loud -- he's throwing Trump-endorsed Republican candidates under the campaign bus.

"I think there's probably a greater likelihood the House flips than the Senate. Senate races are just different -- they're statewide, candidate quality has a lot to do with the outcome," he said last week in Kentucky. "Right now, we have a 50-50 Senate and a 50-50 country, but I think when all is said and done this fall, we're likely to have an extremely close Senate, either our side up slightly or their side up slightly."

I suspect it's a calculation on McConnell's part that if Trump's candidates lose, it will end a 2024 presidential race. It's despicable, but it's exactly what we've come to expect from the Establishment wing of the party.

President Trump rightly called out McConnell.

"Why do Republicans Senators allow a broken down hack politician, Mitch McConnell, to openly disparage hard working Republican candidates for the United States Senate," he wrote on Truth Social. "This is such an affront to honor and to leadership. He should spend more time (and money!) helping them get elected, and less time helping his crazy wife and family get rich on China."

McConnell is behaving just like an old-school Establishment Republican. They expect conservatives to bend over backwards to campaign for the establishment. But when it comes to doing the same for conservatives, the establishment is nowhere to be found.

Similar thoughts from Jeff Crouere:

What did he mean by "candidate quality?" He implied that many of the Republican Senate nominees are too conservative, too affiliated with President Donald Trump and too likely to support "Make America Great Again" (MAGA) policies.

McConnell prefers establishment Republicans, the moderate "country club" candidates who cherish the Deep State, bureaucracy, growing government and raising taxes. They just want to do it slightly less than their Democratic colleagues.

These Republicans are globalists and open border supporters who are unconcerned that millions of illegal aliens have entered the United States during Biden's term. These McConnell Republicans also do not oppose government COVID-19 mandates or attacks against our children in the classroom with curriculum that is sexualized and infested with anti-American poison.

McConnell is 80 years old and has spent most of the last six decades of his life in Washington D.C. as a member of the "Swamp." He started working in Washington D.C. as a U.S. Senate intern in 1964 at the age of twenty-two. Over the next twenty years, he held political positions in both Kentucky and Washington D.C. before being elected to the U.S. Senate in 1984.

It is no surprise that McConnell supports moderate Republican candidates. He despised the Tea Party movement and truly hates everything associated with MAGA and Donald Trump.

McConnell is the type of Republican who is comfortable with U.S. Senators Mitt Romney (R-UT) and Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), Congresswoman Liz Cheney (R-WY) and the members of the Bush family. He is the epitome of the party's problem.

Mollie Hemingway has had enough, too:

Herschel Walker, Mehmet Oz, J.D. Vance, and Blake Masters are successful and impressive people in a variety of careers. Even the more traditional politicians running for re-election -- Ron Johnson and Marco Rubio -- are among the better senators in office. Adam Laxalt, running against an incumbent Nevada Democrat, is a highly decorated former Naval officer and Iraq War veteran. He was an incredibly successful attorney general in Nevada.

These are not bad candidates! If you can't work with this level of quality, you can't work with anyone. And they're running against a crop of extreme and discredited candidates that a competent Republican leader should have no problem talking about, given the slightest opportunity. John Fetterman, an ostensibly grown man running for the Senate from Pennsylvania, is still supported by his parents. Raphael Warnock, trying to keep his Georgia seat, is a troubled man with an extreme voting record. Mark Kelly has envious funding but an extreme voting record and the personality of a fish.

More importantly, the Republicans won their nominations by running on the policies that have so reinvigorated and expanded the party. They have clear messages about helping out middle-class workers and their families, protecting the country from open borders and wasteful wars, and defending American values and freedom against leftist authoritarians.

It is political malpractice to pout and run them -- and the voters who selected them -- down. Republican voters came out in droves to nominate these candidates. They like them! McConnell, who is unfortunately quite politically unpopular -- but who is the top elected leader of the party -- should be taking every opportunity to sing their praises and push a unifying and expansive message nationally.

McConnell has a reputation for being a pessimistic individual, but he is more than capable of singing praises when he feels like it. He went out of his way to praise and congratulate Liz Cheney -- not even a senator -- when she initially defeated an effort to oust her from Republican leadership on account of her obsessive opposition to President Donald Trump. That obsession grew so extreme that Republican voters took matters into their own hands and decisively crushed her re-election bid this week in the Wyoming primary.

If McConnell can praise the politically toxic House member Cheney, surely he can take every opportunity to praise the men and women currently trying to help Republicans take back the Senate, no? To do otherwise risks seeming petulant about McConnell not getting his preferred pick in some of these tight primaries.

Who's vote should matter, the actual voters' vote or Mitch McConnell's?

You know Mitch McConnell's actual answer to that question.

McConnell would love all populist, anti-Establishment Republicans to lose because then his control over the minority in the Senate would be guaranteed, and he could argue in 2024 that we just can't take any chances with these Non-Corporate Approved, Non-Mitch-McConnell Selected All-Stars like Richard Burr in 2024.

He doesn't give a shit about conservatives winning. He only cares about keeping power for himself and his corporate, establishment backers and the Uniparty wing he represents.

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