No longer your Dad’s (or WFB’s) National Review

National Review turned me on to conservatism in the mid-80s.  It was refreshingly anti-establishment and full of all kinds of thought-provoking stuff.

A lot of the rebels of those days have left the magazine.  William F. Buckley passed on through the pearly gates.  And the magazine has been turned over to a bunch of 20- and 30-something hipsters who think Manhattan is the end-all be-all.

NR was hardcore anti-Trump during the 2016 election.  Now, in the era of Trump, they are continuing those practices — apparently even stooping to bringing in Obama cronies to the pages of their magazine. 

A lawyer friend of mine called my attention to this article bashing Attorney General Jeff Sessions that appeared recently in NR.

Here’s how NR identifies the authors of said article:

 “Joyce Vance is the former U.S. attorney for the Northern District of Alabama and will join the University of Alabama School of Law in August as a distinguished visiting lecturer in law. Carter Stewart is the former U.S. attorney for the Southern District of Ohio and currently a managing director at Draper Richards Kaplan.”

My big-city lawyer pal points out that National Review left out some key details about the authors.  First, both Vance and Stewart were appointed US attorneys by Barack Hussein Obama.

Second, Stewart is married to the associate director of the ACLU in San Francisco.

Not exactly a couple of movement conservatives.

Letting Obama-ites and likely Hillary voters into the pages of the alleged conservative Bible to attack a Republican president? 

Sadly, it looks like the magazine that rallied around Barry Goldwater in 1964 against the Rockefeller crowd and helped Ronald Reagan rise to national prominence is long gone.  

4 comments for “No longer your Dad’s (or WFB’s) National Review

  1. JBP
    September 15, 2017 at 9:57 am

    “NR was hardcore anti-Trump during the 2016 election. Now, in the era of Trump, they are continuing those practices…”
    I hope you don’t pretend to think that Trump is a Conservative! He is even negotiating DACA with the Democrats – NOT his GOPers.

  2. bobby poon
    September 15, 2017 at 12:27 pm

    Trump is not elected to make the republican party great again,but to Make America Great Again. The GOP has played Americans for fools long enough. The so called conservatives of the NR have provided cover for the establishment weasels who have led the country down the primrose path. They reap the rewards of TV appearances,paid speeches,so called conservative foundations that non stop pan handle with phone calls,ship conferences,mailings,magazines and various solicitations all the while supporting the very policies that only damage the very conservative principles they claim to espouse.
    The phony baloney debt ceiling is the worst case. The past 25yrs it has only gone up over 600% and been used as a tactic to keep true conservatives a state of paralysis. The real problem is not Trump it is Ryan and McConnell and the rest of the leadership who don’t know leaderships address and are apparently working against what Trump was elected to do-which is conservative.
    If Ryan and McConnell and half those elected republicans are “conservative” then I’m a Russian astronaut.

  3. September 15, 2017 at 3:24 pm

    It’s worth looking at who contributed to the “Against Trump” issue of National Review: Erick Erickson, John Podheretz, William Kristol, Brent Bozell, Ed Meese, Rich Lowry, Dana Loesch, David Boaz, Cal Thomas, David McIntosh (Prez of the Club for Growth), Thomas Sowell and Glenn Beck.

    Pretty much a who’s who of conservative thought leaders for the last few decades. Add George Will and Jennifer Rubin, who are also critical of Trump, and you have a very impressive list.

    JBP has an excellent point. Perhaps these critics of Trump are not liberal, but is Trump who is not conservative.

    • GUWonder
      September 16, 2017 at 8:02 am

      George Will is as establishment as you can get. Jennifet Rubin, a Washington Post columnist, tries to present herself as a conservative, but she is a huge fake. Anyone who has read her column “Right Tuen” in the Post would recognize that. She is an establish liberal when it comes to policy and viciously attacks conservative leaders.

      Jeff Sessions is far and away the best conservative currently in the cabinee, and publishing an attack on him from a couple of Obama liberals shows that NR has gone to pot.

      On a side note, it is crirical that conservatives retain the Sessions seat in the special election primary runoff in Alabama. That despicable worm McConnell is putting millions of dollars into trashing the conservative frontrunner former Chief Justice Roy Moore, just as McConnell did in the first round against conservative congressman Mo Brooks. If McConnell lap puppy Luther Strange should win the runoff after McConnell’s dirty ads, I would sit on my hands in the general election if I were an Alabama conservative voter.

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