Friday, August 21, 2015

Anathemizing Trump.

Second in a series. We must go to press so soon after our last offering because the Torrents of Calumny respecting Mr. Donald Trump are only increasing in force.

This is a cultural phenomenon that must be recorded.

After Mr. Trump announced his views on illegal immigration, rivulets of establishment conservative and lefty disdain instantly became streams of outrage which became mighty obloquonious torrents crafted to dash, drown, and destroy He Who Had Dared to Stray Off the Semantical "We Will Die Without Foreigners" Reservation:

  • His long record of piggish comments about women -- Jonah Goldberg, National Review, 8/8/15.
  • Buffoonery -- Kevin Williamson, National Review, 8/7/15.
  • Ungallant behavior -- Kevin Williamson, National Review, 8/7/15.
  • All bluster and Babbit -- Kevin Williamson, National Review, 8/7/15.
  • F bombs -- Dennis Prager, National Review, May 3, 2011.
  • Virus – Charles C.W. Cooke, National Review, 8/10/15.
  • One of the most execrable clowns in the history of these United States – Charles C.W. Cooke, National Review, 8/10/15.
  • Conversing with a Trumpite "akin in nature to conversing at length with a moon-landing denier" – Charles C.W. Cooke, National Review, 8/10/15.
  • Provokes otherwise intelligent people into an ugly form of civil confusion – Charles C.W. Cooke, National Review, 8/10/15.
  • Prone to disastrous conflation when pressed to explain himself – Charles C.W. Cooke, National Review, 8/10/15.
  • Mistake boorishness and vapidity for courage and the common touch – Charles C.W. Cooke, National Review, 8/10/15.
  • Muddles together self-interest and public spiritedness – Charles C.W. Cooke, National Review, 8/10/15.
  • Fatal weaknesses – Charles C.W. Cooke, National Review, 8/10/15.
  • Lacks crucial government experience – Charles C.W. Cooke, National Review, 8/10/15.
  • Appalling behavior – Charles C.W. Cooke, National Review, 8/10/15.
  • Ideological indiscretions – Charles C.W. Cooke, National Review, 8/10/15.
  • The cheapest of P. T. Barnum knockoffs – Charles C.W. Cooke, National Review, 8/10/15.
  • The first sign of disruption that has come along – Charles C.W. Cooke, National Review, 8/10/15.
  • A shopkeeper – Kevin Williamson, National Review, 8/9/15.
  • The reality TV presidential candidate – Janice Min, The Hollywood Reporter, 8/28/15.
  • "[A]n affront to anyone devoted to the project William F. Buckley began six decades ago with the founding in 1955 of the National Review — making conservatism intellectually respectable and politically palatable. – George Will, Washington Post, 8/12/15.
  • An unprecedentedly and incorrigibly vulgar presidential candidate – George Will, Washington Post, 8/12/15.
  • His squalid performance and its coarsening of civic life – George Will, Washington Post, 8/12/15.
  • Counterfeit Republican – George Will, Washington Post, 8/12/15.
  • Semi-groveler – George Will, Washington Post, 8/12/15.
  • A recipe for deserved disaster – George Will, Washington Post, 8/12/15.
  • His vituperation and aversion to facts – George Will, Washington Post, 8/12/15.
  • Aversion to reality – George Will, Washington Post, 8/12/15.
  • Offers apoplexy as an argument – George Will, Washington Post, 8/12/15.
  • Interloper, cynical opportunist deranged by egotism – George Will, Washington Post, 8/12/15.
  • His shtick – George Will, Washington Post, 8/12/15.
  • Source of "weird vibrations pulsing from the GOP" – George Will, Washington Post, 8/12/15.
  • Disastrous plan for a diplomatic and trade war with Mexico – Robert Tracinski, The Federalist, 8/20/15.
  • Demagogue on immigration – Robert Tracinski, The Federalist, 8/20/15.
  • His modern know-nothing agenda – Robert Tracinski, The Federalist, 8/20/15.
  • Appealing almost entirely to knee-jerk conservatives – Robert Tracinski, The Federalist, 8/20/15.

2 comments:

  1. I had a modicum of respect for George Will at one time. Gone.

    I am frequently guilty of "verbal" (written) diarrhea", but Cooke appears to accompany verbal diarrhea with mental constipation.

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  2. The outpouring of vitriol is quite interesting to observe. Those jokers (the supposed "rightists") don't express one-quarter of that for any Democrat. Trump has chosen the right approach to this. What can you do except ignore it. "No, no. I'm not a misogynistic racist. Really!" is a loser of a response under any circumstances.

    I didn't dislike Will in the past but he fit the label of cuckservative. They latter seems to have no starch or fire in them. I can't recall Will ever being really furious about anything. More like, "it has come to my attention that . . . ." That's a clever point made by someone else about Englishmen who write into the Times and begin their letters with that. I think had a similar reaction to them as I do to Will.

    I used to read National Review cover to cover in the '80s. I think it was when Buckley banished Sobran to the Outer Darkness that I finally gave up. I remember reading Buckley's rambling and turgid essay vaguely having to do with some vaporous "anti-Semitism." I started to read it with interest thinking that he might shed some light on the bedrock feature of Wasp culture but it was not to be. I put that piece down and sought greener pastures. Btw, the WSJ was like that too. I used to read it with great interest but when I could see it was in the bag for open borders I quit reading it regularly. I don't think I read more than two articles a year and then only with a generous helping of disdain.

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