TOTD 2018-10-04: A Hill to Fight On

My friend has always been a snarky libertarianish conservative, very cynical about political causes.  However, when he talks about Kavanaugh, he is furious.  He voted already,and has been much more active in political discussions – even trying to get a job with a campaign.

The formerly squishy, comity-at-all-costs Senator Graham has been a font of righteous indignation.  In addition to his unloading both barrels on the Dem on the committee and calling out their blatant partisan exploitation, he has been getting really snarky off-the-cuff.  In response to a protestor whining about the need to give Kavanaugh  a polygraph, he dropped a Monty Python reference: “Why don’t we dunk him in water and see if he floats?”

On Ricochet, people who are normally moderate in tone are outraged.   Susan Quinn on the same page as Hypatia?  American Greatness and National Review on the same side?  Kurt Schlicter’s Bitey and Jonah’s dingo Zoe hunting democratic squirrels together?   I  have not seen this degree of conservative unity in ages.

Mitch McConnell is a now a snapping turtle.  He’s resolved to make this happen.  I think he takes this personally – judges are his thing, and he warned Harry Reid about what might happen if the filibuster got nuked.  He clearly gets the stakes.

Fundamentally, this is the hill to fight on.  (Not die on, I plan to follow General Patton’s advice)  Kavanaugh is a man of upstanding character and iron will.  The democrats are utterly despicable and lying like rugs.  (Perhaps Spartacus will get the Roman treatment?)  The allegations are completely discredited.

It’s time to put Never Trump to bed.   Their and our hashtag shall be #NeverSurrender

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12 thoughts on “TOTD 2018-10-04: A Hill to Fight On”

  1. There is nothing like a common enemy to unite people.

    I think the Right got some clarity. They have been going on that if we just would portray a nice image people would go to our side. They woke up to the fact that even someone as kind and nice as Kavanaugh was not safe. I don’t know if they realize that in the 2016 election this was going to happen to any Republican candidate. Trump took their ammunition away. He was like Rocky in that he took so many punches but still kept standing. He not only took it he landed some body blows.

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  2. That will never happen. Their defense of Judge K is about the importance of the Court and class. Go to that other site and read EJ’s piece about dying on this hill. They are with us now but they will never be with us.

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  3. I read something onReuters yesterday: Trump wins either way.

    Fox is saying the RNC had its biggest fundraisind day EVER last Sunday.   Would the GOP kinda cool down if K gets confirmed, whereas if not they’ll be more enthused about the midterms? Is he either gets a long-term win, or a midterm win!

    Let’s  say K didn’t get through.  I don’t agree with Graham that Trump should re-nominate him.  Put up Amy Barrett.  The Left won’t dare pull this shit again–or if they do, they’ll look as ridiculous as they truly are.

    Im’na go peek in the window at R> now.    But I hope you’re right:  maybe this devastating ideological earthquake  has shaken people off the fence, and everybody will now stand with feet on the ground on one side–or the other.

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  4. …I’m back after looking into the forbidden (to me) realm.  @omegapaladin,  GREAT piece you’ve got up!

    But my favorite phrase is Victor Tango Kilo’s: Dems have become “the party of incel women”.  Yes, yes yes, SO apt!!!

    i always kinda liked Susie Q; she was at least willing to consider my point of view and acknowledge my comments–and of course we were in lockstep re: Israel.

    Do ethe R> people know they are surrounded by “so great a cloud of witnesses” over here in the Mischief?   Tell ’em Hypatia sez hi!  (Although I reckon my ‘nym is now a CoC violation! )

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  5. Nope they are not united.

    The reality is, they like a Patton when the war is on, and the moment the war is over, the “Moderate” types distance themselves as fast as they can. With time, the person they liked becomes a monster.

    If Trump is truly successful, 20 years from now, all the “right” thinking people will revile him.

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  6. Bryan G. Stephens:
    If Trump is truly successful, 20 years from now, all the “right” thinking people will revile him.

    When he’s successful, those “right” thinking people will be wandering their nursing homes, consumed with nostalgia for the good old days Before Trump.  The rest of us will be enjoying the good new days.

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  7. Phil Turmel:

    Bryan G. Stephens:
    If Trump is truly successful, 20 years from now, all the “right” thinking people will revile him.

    When he’s successful, those “right” thinking people will be wandering their nursing homes, consumed with nostalgia for the good old days Before Trump.  The rest of us will be enjoying the good new days.

    I’d believe that, if so many people on the Right were not so unhappy with Trump. They are unhappy with his success.

    Let me put it another way, with Reagan: Today, Gorby is given credit for the fall of the USSR more than Reagan.

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  8. Bryan G. Stephens:
    Nope they are not united.

    The reality is, they like a Patton when the war is on, and the moment the war is over, the “Moderate” types distance themselves as fast as they can. With time, the person they liked becomes a monster.

    If Trump is truly successful, 20 years from now, all the “right” thinking people will revile him.

    That’s interesting and probably true to some extent. Perhaps there is a universal constant involved here. I just finished reading the book About Face by Col. Hackworth describing his experiences in the Army from just after WW2 all the way through Viet Nam. On one hand, an army needs to keep warriors well stocked and well trained. On the other hand, in times of peace there isn’t much room for things which in war can be benignly ignored or even covertly encouraged. Without the common enemy and immediate common mission – personalities begin to emerge and bump into one another when they aren’t busy fighting the enemy. Qualities which are desired in battle can become tiresome and counterproductive in peace. Qualities which serve peace can be devastatingly damaging should a battle emerge. It’s tough, I think, to maintain the right balance.

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  9. Graham has been one of my favorite Senators on this issue. McConnell has been solid. These are not really people I am used to saying good things about.

    That said Bryan is right. The left over reached and united us. It will not last.

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