Tuesday, April 13, 2021

Conrad Black's Tour de Force

Today Conrad Black has an outstanding take-down of the WSJ's foolish anti-Trump editorial (on Friday). The WSJ editorial is titled "The GOP's Trump Problem"--see, Trump is the problem. Black responds with some heavy artillery of his own:

The GOP’s Trump Solution

At some point, the former Republican establishment will have to familiarize itself with the consequences of being defeated by Donald Trump within its own party.

Black covers a lot of ground. I'll try to summarize the main points, while urging readers to follow the link--you won't regret it. Black talks turkey, explains the facts of political life in lucid terms.

Black's basic thesis is that the WSJ has things exactly backwards. Trump is not the problem for the GOP. Rather, the Never Trumps are the problem. Trump had a remarkably successful term, especially in light of the constant betrayals and the concerted Dem and Deep State assault on our constitutional order. The reality, contrary to the WSJ's view, is that Republicans want more of the Trump agenda--whether led by Trump himself or by a Trump approved proxy. In fact, the disastrous start and likely deepening national crisis we are experiencing under the Zhou Baiden regime (whoever or what cabal actually is pulling the strings) favor this solution for the GOP, in Black's view:

The present conditions are in fact quite conducive to that result. ... the shared mutual interests of all Republicans—and a growing number of Democrats and independents—to revive Republican congressional majorities and assure a strong challenge to the reelection of this administration.

In reaching that conclusion Black reviews some of the electoral betrayals. Naturally, he places special emphasis on Georgia, but we all know that those betrayals extend across numerous states. Just today, for example, the Nevada GOP has censured the Republican Secretary of State for her role in allowing massive fraud. Black emphasizes that none of the Trump lawsuits were ever actually adjudicated, and we know that many continue to go forward--in AZ, WI, MI and other states. It may be worth quoting his view of the judiciary's role:

The fact that the former Republican establishment fell in with the Democratic narrative and refused to accept the possibility of this, in the most tainted election in American history (except perhaps 1876), is a disgrace and a dishonor to them. ... 

The Trump campaign launched 28 lawsuits ... None of these cases was adjudicated—judges invoked technical reasons to avoid addressing the merits. The Supreme Court presumably ducked the Texas case because of the extreme controversy that would have arisen had it reversed the election result, and also to reduce in advance the prospect of a court-packing bill and to preserve the integrity of the court for possible challenges to the Democrats’ planned assault on the entire system of free elections in H.R. 1. 

Whatever their reasons, the judiciary abdicated.

Given the questionable results, President Trump had absolutely no reason to abandon his legitimate claims. ... 

It is not for Trump to bury his grievances, to be a good loser ... The real question is how and to what extent are Trump and his enemies within the Republican Party to be reconciled. 

What really stands in the way of the reconciliation that Republicans across the country clearly desire is what Black terms the "indecent haste" with which " anti-Trump Republicans stormed out of the closet." Prime among them, in Black's book, is Mitch McConnell. Reading Black, one gets the distinct impression that Black agrees--while not quite saying so--with Trump's assessment of McConnell as a "dumb SOB." Black cites chapter and verse of the indictment against McConnell's political malpractice in the wake of the election hoax.

Black's conclusion is direct and to the point:

Reconciling With Political Reality

It is now almost inconceivable that the 2024 Republican presidential nominee will not be either President Trump or a candidate favored by him. ... both the correlation of political forces and the normal political etiquette require McConnell and the others to abandon their open hostility to Trump and for all of them to align around a common program to defeat the Democrats. 

For the Wall Street Journal to expect the former president to forget that he and the majority of his fellow Republicans were betrayed ... is preposterous. ... 

At some point, the former Republican establishment will need to familiarize itself with the consequences of ... having been deliberately or negligently complicit in his unjust (if perhaps only temporary) departure from the nation’s highest office. ...


  1. Black nailed it. The WSJ has simply become unreadable--both the ostensible 'news' division and the op-ed page as well. Paul Gigot has worn out his CoC kneepads, but has plenty of company in Henninger et al. Even Strassel finally broke NeverTrump, presumably to preserve her cushy sinecure at least until her kids have matriculated to the cesspools of the Ivy League.

    Trump was the Deep State's last warning. Or, as Instapundit used to say, "If they don't like Trump, they're really not going to like who follows Trump."

  2. Yes, any party that maintains McConnell in a leadership position will not get one cent from me.

    -Last straws

  3. OT

    According to The Hill, "Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.) on Monday said that policing in the U.S. is 'intentionally racist' and 'can't be reformed'...'It wasn't an accident. Policing in our country is inherently & intentionally racist. Daunte Wright was met with aggression & violence...'...She also called for policing to end, writing that she is 'done' with people who 'condone government funded murder.' 'No more policing, incarceration, and militarization. It can't be reformed...'"

    Rep. Tlaib is a sitting representative in the United States House of Representatives. Apparently Rep. Tlaib is very upset. Because she is, she proposes abolishing the police.

    But consider: In the year 2021, in the United States of America, would you choose to live in a community with no police? Would anybody you know, regardless of their race? Would Rep. Tlaib? I wouldn't.

    So where, exactly, does that leave Rep. Tlaib? And where does it leave us?

    1. Silly Cassander. Tlaib and people like her will of course live wherever they want because they can afford personal security to guard them and their loved ones. The rest of us...not so much.

      -Tlaib me alone

  4. Are there "police" in Muslim countries? Or is it left up to the mullahs? Off with their hands, off with their heads, stone them! Maybe that's actually what she's after. 50% of The Squad is of that persuasion. Burqa King anyone?


  5. The elephant in the room is the lockstep resistance to audits of votes. That is the biggest poker tell I've witnessed. This and the continuing number of state court cases where rulings favor Trump's accusation that the election was stolen by democratic party operatives, e.g. AZ's Maricopa county and the MI state SoS's illegal decrees. As more information comes forward the pot will begin to boil over - and that scares the hell out of the socialist democrats which is why they are doing their best to federalize future elections.


  6. To call President Trump a loser is like calling the victim of an armed robbery the guilty party. In any case it is not he who lost, but the whole country including the Democrats. Trump actually lost money big time by being President. We now have no government and no country. You might argue that Washington will promulgate laws, and we have no choice but to observe them. We will, in our fashion. The bureaucrats, chosen for their sex, race and Party loyalty rather than ability, will enforce them, somewhat. We already see anarchy in various cities. When the responsible citizenry are hell-bent on preserving their families, their possessions and their religion in spite of government attempts to control everything it will be a brand new ball game, and I don't think anyone is betting on political parties to protect them.

  7. It's not the Deep State vs Trump, it's the Deep State vs. The People. The Deep State wants total control as a nameless, faceless dictator and plunderer of the country, and a larger and larger number of people have figured this out. Reagan, then Trump, were politicians who put a face to this populism, and people liked them for that. The traditional Republicans are part and parcel of the Deep State, going along to get along, and they will always be upset when a populist candidate comes along to use their "party" apparatus to get elected.

  8. Yep. No money for the GOP and only money for primary challengers to Mitt, Liz Cheney and the like.
    My donation money will be going to orgs which actually fight for me and all other "Traditional Americans" not GOPe. Please consider donating to lawfare groups like Judicial Watch, Election Integrity Project, Center for American Liberty, Pacific Legal Foundation, True the Vote and others.
    Way too many GOP politicians cannot be trusted.

  9. My money will be going to family, friends and worthwhile charities. It's up to the politicians to figure out that without patriotism and voluntary compliance the Ruling Class controls the Ruling Class. I bet the Proles in '1984' had razor blades, a luxury reserved for the top echelon of Big Brother's party members.

  10. Interesting how an artist can also put things in perspective in pop culture with just a few phrases, and make the restrictions, the faux leaders, Deep State, etc. look very 'uncool'!! Check out Easy Sleazy on youtube...Mick speaks out!

    1. So Mick Jagger's still making raucous noise. I stopped listening to him around 1968.

  11. Conrad Black is good, but he only captures part of the problem.

    The project Veritas video on cnn, and how they are targeting Gaetz is eye opening. Same thing happened with King, and Kavanaugh. Interesting how the gop establishment helped insure Kings defeat.

    1. True, but to hear it stated so baldly by the perps ...

  12. Conrad Black must be brilliant, and I know he's superrich, but he writes in the style of Wm F Buckley Jr and is almost unreadable. His chief aim seems to be to impress the reader with vocabulary and odd uses of the language. I quit trying to read him when all it ever did was tick me off.

  13. Gendry love your spirit but you need to appreciate Conrad Black his writing is exceptional!