Remember all the chivalry displayed by writers at the National Review and The National Review Online (NRO) in defending the honor of Michelle Fields when she accused the Trump campaign of mistreating her? I do. I remember dozens of pieces, like this one by David French, accusing the campaign of every sleazy, despicable deed under the sun, including fomenting a culture of violence and an all out war on women in propping up her dubious story.
Months later, of course, after her story and behavior have been revealed to be complete shams and Corey Lewandowski has been vindicated, I don’t recall any walk-back from French or the clowns at NRO, like Kevin Williamson or Charles Cooke, who relentlessly beat the Twitter drums on behalf of Ms. Fields.
But in the meantime, Messrs. Williamson and Cooke may have succeeded in getting one of my favorite female writers fired from Fox News: Andrea Tantaros. Great work, assholes. You’re perfecting that “white knight” role nicely in defense of women in the business. Good job proving to us that the Michelle Fields thing wasn’t all about Trump after all, right boys? Because, that’s what your beef with Tantaros was all about, the fact that she dared to be defensive of Trump.
And your criticisms were so high-brow and gentlemanly, like the times you accused her of lying after she responded to your criticisms of her for being ‘stupid.’ Not unlike the awesome RedState site who actually published “FoxNews Raises Average IQ of Outnumbered by Taking Andrea Tantaros Off the Air.” I especially like your retweet of this post which mocked her for being a terrible writer, when in fact, she is nothing of the kind:
I don’t even know what to make of this. Maybe it’s because I don’t have a degree in English, and I’m just a technical writer and humble rocket scientist. But, truthfully, I fail to see what’s so stupid about this snippet of Tantaros adequately describing a useful technical analogy. Is it just too technical for you boys? Is that it?
I’d prefer not to quote any more of those two youngsters, frankly, but I’ll wrap up with a wonderful quote from another New Republic genius that I used to admire before he became an offensive bigot, which I’d think would be a challenge for a talented Jewish writer from the upper west side of Manhattan who should know better. Thanks for calling me a stupid whore, Jonah Goldberg. I always find that to be most persuasive.
While my opposition to Trump is not primarily an argument about electability, I’ve been focusing on that angle lately because the establishment opportunists, quislings, sell-outs, pragmatists, and harlots are more persuadable on these grounds than arguments over principle. People open to principled arguments against Trump have already been persuaded.