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National Review: “they lived long enough for us to see them become the villain.”
Redstate ^ | 12/14/2011 | Erick Erickson

Posted on 12/15/2011 10:13:00 AM PST by TBBT

One of our co-founders, Ben Domenech, produces one of the best daily reads in my inbox. It’s the Transom. If you do not subscribe, you should. And if you do subscribe, today you got Ben’s thoughts on the two big conservative endorsements for Mitt Romney.

I think he hits the nail on the head and it is very much worth sharing.

Today the Washington Examiner and National Review endorse Mitt Romney. The Examiner does so honestly and forthrightly – you can read their rationale here. http://vlt.tc/1k1 I disagree with them, but as I’ve said before, I limit my assessment of candidates to what they actually do, not what they say – others are of course free to take a different path.

But the Examiner’s approach stands in stark contrast to NR. http://vlt.tc/1kb Most observers presumed the magazine would endorse Romney again – they did so in Photoshopped glory in 2008 – but instead of just doing so straight up, they wrote an editorial which is 80% reasonable if severe criticism of Newt Gingrich’s candidacy and 20% insulting rant at the conservative base. The NR editors eliminate every other candidate with flippant dismissals, in the end deeming only Jon Huntsman and Rick Santorum as possibilities other than Romney – two incredibly long shots with, at the moment, no realistic paths to victory. @baseballcrank: “Why NR thinks that Perry should be counted out of the field but not Santorum… indefensible.”

(Excerpt) Read more at redstate.com ...


TOPICS: News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: nationalreview
Down with NR.
1 posted on 12/15/2011 10:13:08 AM PST by TBBT
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To: TBBT

Iowahawk with his T. Coddington Van Voorhees VII columns http://iowahawk.typepad.com/iowahawk/t-coddington-van-voorhees-vii/ skewers them.


2 posted on 12/15/2011 10:18:04 AM PST by 2ndDivisionVet (You can't invade the US. There'd be a rifle behind every blade of grass.~Admiral Yamamoto)
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To: TBBT
"Down with NR."

Rich Lowry - "Smitten with Mitten".
(Man-crush?)

3 posted on 12/15/2011 10:18:16 AM PST by Psalm 73 ("Gentlemen, you can't fight in here - this is the War Room".)
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To: TBBT

I can’t get the NR page to load. I must have my spam filters set too strong LOL...


4 posted on 12/15/2011 10:20:06 AM PST by rockrr ("I said that I was scared of you!" - pokie the pretend cowboy)
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To: TBBT

All I have to say is... if they push Romney on us.. I didn’t leave the Republican party, that Republican party left me


5 posted on 12/15/2011 10:31:14 AM PST by TexasFreeper2009 (Newt Gingrich 2012!)
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To: TBBT

I dumped my NR subscription of many years over the last presidential run-up. There are other sources where I can read the few worthwhile authors who are featured there.

Lowry is a turd and makes no pretense of liking actual conservatives. He proudly disses the TEA party base as a bunch of yahoos. He is part and descendant of the wall-eyed, hemophiliac, Izod-wearing, old-money, sailing yachtie New England crowd of RINO Torries who should have been extirpated from this continent after the Revolutionary War.

The scales fell off my eyes when I found about the treatment that Christopher Buckley’s illegitimate child got from his father and grandfather. I burned all of their books.

Buncha toads.


6 posted on 12/15/2011 10:44:47 AM PST by SargeK
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To: TBBT

I quit the NR during the last presidential campaign when almost every cover depicted Obama. They lost their way after Buckley died.


7 posted on 12/15/2011 10:52:10 AM PST by Albion Wilde (A land of hyper-legalisms is not the same as a land of law. --Mark Steyn)
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To: Albion Wilde

Amen to that!

I would say Buckley is turning in his grave but he was not a fan of cliches. So...I’ll just say RIP Buckley


8 posted on 12/15/2011 10:55:20 AM PST by Def Conservative
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To: TBBT
National Romney Online (NRO) has gotten as bad as Fox News (We Romney, You Decide).

I am so damn sick of this. The grassroots has for FIVE YEARS said “NO MITT ROMNEY, just give us ANYONE but Mitt Romney (within reason) and we'll support them!”

What does the Establishment GOP and the GOP media do? They all circle the wagons and thrust the ONLY unacceptable candidate upon us: Mitt Romney. I have never seen this much uniformity from them.

I have always criticized people for talking about leaving the GOP rashly, or their arbitrary “last straw” stances, or refusing to support the Primary winner when the dust settles. Because of the fair warning the Establishment was given - and the limitless options available as acceptable alternatives - I will be among those changing my registration away from Republican to Independent, and voting Third Party this election - and I have NEVER done so before. That is IF Mitt Romney wins the nomination.

This is the last straw for me. It's not like the grassroots said, “hey, either you nominate ONLY Rick Santorum or we're leaving!” They (we) gave LIMITLESS options and only ONE veto: Mitt Romney. For the Establishment to forcefully thrust a HATED candidate upon us despite FIVE YEARS of warning and LIMITLESS alternatives is unforgivable betrayal. It is them kicking us out of the GOP without admitting it.

They kick us out by nominating Romney, they have only themselves to blame when the Third Party candidate we walk the pavement for gets 7-8% and costs the Establishment the chance to change Obamacare into Romneycare. Who knew they just wanted to take ownership of Socialized medicine, not defeat it?

9 posted on 12/15/2011 11:01:35 AM PST by TitansAFC (I will never, EVER, under any circumstance, EVER support Ron Paul over ANYBODY.)
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To: TitansAFC

somewhere someplace, buckly is pissed.


10 posted on 12/15/2011 11:18:03 AM PST by longtermmemmory (VOTE! http://www.senate.gov and http://www.house.gov)
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To: TBBT

Wow.....what planet do I get?.....is Kim Karwhatsherface on it?


11 posted on 12/15/2011 11:26:46 AM PST by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

That’s great. I’ll use that on a Romney fan soon.


12 posted on 12/15/2011 11:30:15 AM PST by FreedomPoster (Islam delenda est)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

That is a masterpiece.


13 posted on 12/15/2011 11:34:03 AM PST by Colonel_Flagg (Why, yes. I AM in a bad mood.)
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To: Colonel_Flagg

Check out his earlier ones, but be prepared to split your sides laughing!


14 posted on 12/15/2011 11:35:15 AM PST by 2ndDivisionVet (You can't invade the US. There'd be a rifle behind every blade of grass.~Admiral Yamamoto)
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To: TitansAFC
Thankfully, the people on The Five and Red Eye don't all bow down to Milt. Shepard probably voted for Obama.
15 posted on 12/15/2011 11:37:30 AM PST by 2ndDivisionVet (You can't invade the US. There'd be a rifle behind every blade of grass.~Admiral Yamamoto)
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To: TBBT

Lowry and K-Pez (or whatever she’s calling herself nowadays) are bootlickers for the upper-class Progressives.


16 posted on 12/15/2011 12:16:25 PM PST by Dr. Thorne (Fall on your knees before Christ, your only salvation!)
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To: TBBT
Historically, the National Review served as the de facto official right-wing gatekeeper--defining the margins of acceptability for conservatives. "Extreme" John Birch Society and Joseph McCarthy-type conservatives were thereby banished to the fringe.
17 posted on 12/15/2011 12:17:59 PM PST by mas cerveza por favor
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To: mas cerveza por favor

I think it says something when NRO and the JBS are on the same page regarding the “threat” Newt poses.


18 posted on 12/15/2011 2:07:16 PM PST by newzjunkey (Republicans will find a way to reelect Obama and Speaker Pelosi.)
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To: newzjunkey

>> “I think it says something when NRO and the JBS are on the same page regarding the “threat” Newt poses” <<

.
Not sure what.

JBS has always been a reliable source of inconvenient facts, but the NRO is a total enigma.


19 posted on 12/15/2011 2:24:46 PM PST by editor-surveyor (No Federal Sales Tax - No Way!)
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To: SargeK

Tell me about Christopher “Obama” Buckley’s child out of wedlock; I haven’t heard of this.


20 posted on 12/15/2011 6:03:24 PM PST by Theodore R. (I'll still vote for Santorum if he is on the March 6 ballot.)
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To: SargeK

Tell me about Christopher “Obama” Buckley’s child out of wedlock; I haven’t heard of this.


21 posted on 12/15/2011 6:05:16 PM PST by Theodore R. (I'll still vote for Santorum if he is on the March 6 ballot.)
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To: Theodore R.

I’ll be happy to.

Christopher Buckley reportedly had an affair with a book publicist, Irina Woelfle. The child’s name is Jonathan.

According to the New York Post, before WFB died, he explicitly cut the child out of his will, saying, “I intentionally make no provision herein for said Jonathan, who for all purposes . . . shall be deemed to have predeceased me.” IOW - ‘that child is dead to me.’

What class! What a humanitarian! What a model of responsibility!

This, and the execrable Rich Lowry are why I have given up on NR as any sort of standard or arbiter of things conservative.


22 posted on 12/16/2011 7:08:27 AM PST by SargeK
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To: TitansAFC
The grassroots has for FIVE YEARS said “NO MITT ROMNEY, just give us ANYONE but Mitt Romney (within reason) and we'll support them!”

Well said, and proclaiming my own thoughts with gratifying precision.

23 posted on 12/16/2011 7:25:00 AM PST by MortMan (Americans are a people increasingly separated by our connectivity.)
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