11 thoughts on “Behind a Spoiler”

  1. 10 Cents:
    H/T Instapundit.com

    I am putting this behind a spoiler because of the bad language in a Tweet.  I find the normal language in this Tweet offensive enough.

    Poor Claire. She’s gone over to the dark side in the worst possible way. She seems to have deleted the tweet so perhaps she thought better of it.

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  2. Peaceful and idealistic like Tahrir Square? Where Lara Logan was attacked?

    I think Claire feels too much need to be fascinating and original.

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  3. Claire is one of those stupid people educated beyond their intelligence.  She got a fancy diploma and then wrote a book about Margaret Thatcher.  Since then she’s been wrong about every major thing she’s taken a stand on.

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  4. Mike LaRoche:

    Pencilvania:
    Did she ever finish writing that book that a bunch of Ricochet people put up money for her to write? just curious.

    Nope.  And I was one of those who donated way back in 2016.

    Mike, I lay no blame on you. That is to her shame, and says it all about her.

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  5. Damocles:
    Claire is one of those stupid people educated beyond their intelligence.  She got a fancy diploma and then wrote a book about Margaret Thatcher.  Since then she’s been wrong about every major thing she’s taken a stand on.

    I don’t think Claire is stupid at all; she is highly intelligent. The problem is that she has misapplied her talents over the past decade. During the first decade of this century, she wrote and published a pair of brilliant novels: Loose Lips and Lion Eyes. Those, along with her nonfiction books Menace in Europe and There is No Alternative are what attracted me to her. She and I used to correspond occasionally via Facebook PMs, and when she joined Ricochet as a contributor in 2010, she personally invited me to the site and gave me a free membership.

    However, when Trump announced his candidacy in June 2015, something began to go seriously wrong with her. I wish the old Claire I had gotten to know more than a decade ago would return.

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  6. Mike LaRoche:

    Damocles:
    Claire is one of those stupid people educated beyond their intelligence.  She got a fancy diploma and then wrote a book about Margaret Thatcher.  Since then she’s been wrong about every major thing she’s taken a stand on.

    I don’t think Claire is stupid at all; she is highly intelligent. The problem is that she has misapplied her talents over the past decade. During the first decade of this century, she wrote and published a pair of brilliant novels: Loose Lips and Lion Eyes. Those, along with her nonfiction books Menace in Europe and There is No Alternative are what attracted me to her. She and I used to correspond occasionally via Facebook PMs, and when she joined Ricochet as a contributor in 2010, she personally invited me to the site and gave me a free membership.

    However, when Trump announced his candidacy in June 2015, something began to go seriously wrong with her. I wish the old Claire I had gotten to know more than a decade ago would return.

    I really liked her dad, David Berlinski… I thought his math and science history books were great.

    I was always a bit skeptical about Claire though. She seemed so wrong on Arab Spring, the Turkey situation, the Euro-Muslim thing… everything she was writing about and supposed to be some kind of authority on.  I felt she was just repeating a lot of received opinions, the bien-pensant right thinking intellectual.

    Just IMHO from a distance though, since I never personally interacted with her.

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  7. When I look at Claire Berlinski, Jonah Goldberg, Bill Kristol, et al post-2016, I really feel like a fool for thinking they were insightful in any way. Say what you will about Donald Trump, but my God, he sure did expose a lot of these grifters for what they really are, and more importantly, what they think of the rubes.

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  8. Douglas:
    When I look at Claire Berlinski, Jonah Goldberg, Bill Kristol, et al post-2016, I really feel like a fool for thinking they were insightful in any way. Say what you will about Donald Trump, but my God, he sure did expose a lot of these grifters for what they really are, and more importantly, what they think of the rubes.

    Bingo! Shut up and buy our books and vote for whom we tell you. And don’t forget to catch our appearances on the Fox News All Stars on Special Report.

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  9. One tires of diversity, the loud elevation of the demonstrably incompetent, intellectually perverse, and congenitally inconsequential.

    If America is not your thing, Canada to the north is French Socialism digging up and cutting down their country while Mexico to the south is a perpetual tequila hangover presided over by butterball priests and drug lords.

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