Supposedly conservative media judgement in the US election

The media with few exceptions is all-in for Joe Biden. Biden was chosen for a number of reasons but part of it I think is to pick someone so unelectable that when he won it would be more than just a preference for, but an absolute declaration of how bad Donald Trump is. Biden is the ultimate anti-Trump candidate since there is nothing there to vote for. A choice for fools and idiots. Incomprehensible why anyone would prefer Biden, but there we are. Nevertheless, let’s look at two of the more well known of the magazines one might once have included on the right side of politics.

Let’s start here with the late William F. Buckley’s National Review as he spins in his grave: Hell, No – “The case against Trump in 2020 is a lot like the case against Trump in 2016 but bolstered by the accumulation of evidence and experience.” The entire article lacks any seriously coherent thread, but the shame is on the magazine for even including it in its pages. I will try to find a sample of what he argues that makes at least a veneer of sense.

One of the many perversities of Trump’s presidency is that Donald J. Trump’s core deficiencies as a chief administrator — his ignorance and his laziness — are the chief practical virtues of his presidency. He doesn’t know what he doesn’t know and doesn’t want to know, and this has created the opportunity for some of the people in his administration to get some useful things done. For this reason, the conservative advances that have accompanied the Trump presidency (and it won’t do to pretend that these do not exist) mostly have been in the fields in which the president has the least engagement and interest, whereas the catastrophes of the Trump presidency (and it won’t do to pretend that these do not exist) are strongly associated with those few areas of policy in which he takes an active interest or is personally and strongly engaged with ex officio….

The Trump administration has succeeded most where Trump has the least to do with it. The nat-pops may turn up their noses at “Conservative Inc.” but that is who has delivered such benefits as we have received from the Trump administration. All Peter Navarro and the rest of those crackpots has done is bankrupt a lot of farmers and drive up the expenses of beer brewers and manufacturers.

Make of that what you will. The case against Trump must be the Case for Biden. And here we have The Economist stepping up to the plate: Why it has to be Joe Biden.

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Our cover this week  sets out why, if we had a vote, it would go to Joe Biden. The country that elected Donald Trump in 2016 was unhappy and divided. The country he is asking to re-elect him is more unhappy and more divided. After almost four years of his leadership, politics is even angrier than it was and partisanship even less constrained. Daily life is consumed by a pandemic that has caused almost 230,000 reported deaths amid bickering, buck-passing and lies. Much of that is Mr Trump’s doing and his victory on November 3rd would endorse it all. Mr Biden is Mr Trump’s antithesis. He is not a miracle cure for what ails America. But he is a good man who would restore steadiness and civility to the presidency. Were he to be elected, success would not be guaranteed—how could it be? But he would enter the White House promising the most precious gift that democracies can bestow: renewal.

This election is a political judgement test and like most of the media, The Economist has failed badly. If there is a case for Biden, it has not yet been made. If I hadn’t long ago cancelled my subs to these publications, I would do it again right now.

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45 Responses to Supposedly conservative media judgement in the US election

  1. Gavin R Putland

    So the conservative media outlets that have not yet disappeared into the QAnon alternative universe are now only “supposedly conservative”.

  2. Bruce of Newcastle

    NR and TE aren’t remotely conservative.

    NR famously did a whole issue called “Against Trump” in 2016. They are never-Trumpers with a double dose of TDS. And The Economist is now far-left. I used to subscribe, but in the 2000’s they swallowed the green scam hook line and sinker, and they went quite Marxist in their economic editorials and etc. I persisted for a while because the foreign news section remained reasonably readable, but even it then went bonkers. I sad they went to the dark side because it used to be good reading.

  3. Lee

    After almost four years of his leadership, politics is even angrier than it was and partisanship even less constrained.

    And whose fault is that?
    The Democrats!
    The Democrats and their supporters have never for one moment, even before Trump took office, accepted him as president, but instead indulged in an orgy of hatred, lies, protests, violence, looting, vandalism, and vindictiveness.

  4. tombell

    let’s look at Joe’s creds:-
    1. abuser of girls/women
    2. corrupt
    3. stupid beyond belief
    4. senile
    5. almost certainly will lead USA into an unnecessary war
    6. apologist for Iran
    7. high taxer
    8. union flunky
    9.and there’s more

    what’s not to like – apparently?

  5. a happy little debunker

    In 2016 Democrats were divided and unhappy – they only had a choice between Hillary and Bernie.
    So the DNC decided that in 2020 Democrats would not have a choice – yet still they remain divided.

    The Republicans are less divided in 2020 than they were in 2016 – because of Trump, rather than despite him…

  6. Scott Osmond

    This just proves the conclusion I’ve come to over the last couple of years. Conservativism isn’t fit for purpose. Captured by the left or quite possibly defective from the start. The 20th century has been the testing cauldron for several ideologies. Some like national socialism self-destructed in an orgy of violence. The soviet union fell apart when the money ran out. Multiculturalism and globalization although still being pushed are on their last legs. Conservatism has discredited itself. Now can we get back to what works? Tradition, rule of law, property rights, equality before the law, personal responsibility and accountability both at the individual and government level. But most importantly polocies based in reality and not hopeium and unicorn farts.
    On the US election. When Trump wins lots of people will have egg on their faces and will have a lot of explaining to do.

  7. Ed Case

    The biggest story of 2020 is blacks rioting and looting.
    Who started imprisoning blacks for minor Drug Crimes and abolished Federal Parole in the 1990s?
    If you answered Senator Joe Biden, go to the top of the class.
    Who was the most anti black DA in the history of California?
    If you answered D.A. Kamala Harris, you’re right again.
    Now, would someone please explain how Trump has any path to winning Tuesday’s Election, because I can’t see it happening.

  8. Fat Tony

    Scott Osmond
    #3638645, posted on October 31, 2020 at 12:36 pm

    Conservatism has discredited itself. Now can we get back to what works? Tradition, rule of law, property rights, equality before the law, personal responsibility and accountability both at the individual and government level. But most importantly polocies based in reality and not hopeium and unicorn farts.

    I thought that was what conservatism actually is….
    If that’s not it, what then is conservatism??

  9. cuckoo

    I lost count of the number of opinion pieces in the Australian this morning that were about why Joe Biden has to win or we’re doomed.

  10. Hoogan

    Joe Biden is a good man? Maybe the National Review should ask Thomas Clarence (an actual good man) his opinion on Sleepy?

  11. Up The Workers!

    Creepy Old Dementia Joe (aka Beijing Biden)’s mind might be well and truly addled, but like all Leftards, that hasn’t prevented him from speaking it whenever there is: a). a microphone, or b). a stuffed Aldi-bag full of dirty unmarked Yuan, Rubles, Hryvnia or Greenbacks in the vicinity.

    He’d make a good A.L.P. Leader, in that regard.

  12. Fat Tony

    cuckoo
    #3638702, posted on October 31, 2020 at 1:11 pm

    I lost count of the number of opinion pieces in the Australian this morning that were about why Joe Biden has to win or we’re doomed.

    I think the “doomed” will be those involved in the Deep Swamp – there would be plenty of them in Australia.
    If Trump wins and embarks on a draining of the Swamp – the prosecutions and gaolings will extend all round the world – extradition treaties work for criminals at all levels.

  13. John Bayley

    The E-communist supported Kevin07, too.

    It has for literally decades been shilling the ‘climate apocalypse’.

    No surprises this time around then.

  14. Farmer Gez

    All Peter Navarro and the rest of those crackpots has done is bankrupt a lot of farmers and drive up the expenses of beer brewers and manufacturers.

    The EU is way ahead of Trump on that and has been distorting world Ag trade for nearly fifty years. Their latest trick is to force crackpot environmental standards onto other farmers to protect the poor people from carbon or whatever else they nominate.

  15. FelixKruell

    He doesn’t know what he doesn’t know and doesn’t want to know, and this has created the opportunity for some of the people in his administration to get some useful things done

    Quite right. His achievements on tax cuts and deregulation have been designed and implemented by Congress, not Trump. Trump struggles to explain the detail of what was done.

  16. Rob MW

    Bottom line: The forces arrayed against the Trump administration are absolutely enormous from the totality of the MSM, the communist /socialists, the military/war complex, the intelligence inta-agencies, the feckless Hollywood has-been’s, the billionaire socialists to socialist State & local officialdom.

    At this point I think that repulsive old Joe together with that dried up hag-bag Pelosi are the least of Trump’s problems to overcome. It seems incredible that will even get one vote considering that repulsive old Joe has done fuck all campaigning and has offered absolutely in the way of policies, other than to grease the shackles on the plantation.

    For Trump to win this one I think will be a herculean effort.

  17. Rob MW

    Sorry- Fixed/phara

    It seems incredible that repulsive old Joe will even get one vote considering that has done fuck all campaigning and has offered absolutely nothing in the way of policies, other than to grease the shackles on the plantation.

  18. John A

    FelixKruell #3638750, posted on October 31, 2020, at 1:41 pm

    He doesn’t know what he doesn’t know and doesn’t want to know, and this has created the opportunity for some of the people in his administration to get some useful things done

    Quite right. His achievements on tax cuts and deregulation have been designed and implemented by Congress, not Trump. Trump struggles to explain the detail of what was done.

    Ahem, you have disingenuously skated over the detail of how the US system works.

    The Executive branch proposes the legislation and the Legislative branch negotiates it then adopts it.

    An important aspect of good leadership is knowing what you are not good at and employing someone who is better at it than you. That gives the President good scope to find excellent Cabinet members from outside the Congress – something which would be highly beneficial to the Westminster system, particularly given the parlous lack of talent within our Federal and State houses.

  19. EllenG

    Kates outdoes himself. Now he asserts the Dems chose Biden to lose? Or does he say Trump is so bad even Biden can win? He doesn’t read magazines. Yet he publishes excerpts.
    Safe to say Kates is the epitome of Trumpism. Totally incoherent.
    Meanwhile US approaches Fauci forecast of 100,000 infections a day.

  20. Eddystone

    Which Australian journalist wrote this demented swill?

    “It is a dark victory of Trump’s that he has convince his opponents to behave as badly as he does.”

    What example does he use to illustrate this?

    Biden’s emails “seemingly implicating Biden in schemes…to sell access to the then vice-president…”

    Get that? Trump’s bad behaviour convinced Biden to act corruptly even before Trump got to be President.

    And that was one of the more “balanced” articles.

  21. Rex Anger

    Kates outdoes himself. Now he asserts the Dems chose Biden to lose? Or does he say Trump is so bad even Biden can win? He doesn’t read magazines. Yet he publishes excerpts.
    Safe to say Kates is the epitome of Trumpism. Totally incoherent.
    Meanwhile US approaches Fauci forecast of 100,000 infections a day.

    Change your socks, Richard Bender.

    This one smells mouldy…

  22. FelixKruell

    John:

    Ahem, you have disingenuously skated over the detail of how the US system works.

    Not really. My point remains that Trump seems to barely grasp the talking points of what has been done in his name. The hard work was done elsewhere.

  23. JC

    Quite right. His achievements on tax cuts and deregulation have been designed and implemented by Congress, not Trump. Trump struggles to explain the detail of what was done.

    Cruel has been a mind reader for the longest time. World renowned in fact. Even from 12k miles away he’s able to determine that Trump had zero grasp of the tax cuts and the entire responsibility fell on the Congress. Not even Mnuchin could understand it, according to this mind reader.

  24. mareeS

    The Economist went off my reading list decades ago.

  25. Rob MW

    Not really. My point remains that Trump seems to barely grasp the talking points of what has been done in his name. The hard work was done elsewhere.

    You’ve made no point, merely expressed a fortune tellers opinion. Fucking moron, go and get the proper license to practice. Bloody quack !

  26. Rob MW

    Meanwhile US approaches Fauci forecast of 100,000 infections a day.

    And a much reduced death toll. See the problem Darth ?

    How many more people felt sick yesterday that didn’t feel sick the day before ?

    Idiot.

  27. Bob

    It’s a sad reality that a solid portion of Americans will vote for a proven criminal (mountains of evidence) and proven pedophile (White House video evidence) with stage 4 dementia (that’s a no-brainer – literally).
    Why?
    Because they’re still consumed with hatred for a man who proved them so wrong, time and again.
    It’s all about hate.

  28. covid ate my homework

    There is no such creature as an economist, instead what we have are dickheads who can’t figure out what just happened and have even less idea whats going to happen next. Coffee grounds, tea leaves, same shit!

    Certified idiots.

  29. H B Bear

    Hard to think of a reputation more tarnished by the march through the institutions than Teh Ecommunist.

  30. covid ate my homework

    Baz and Joe had no idea where the corruption was. It was the administration without scandal, 8 years of perfect governance.

    Yet Trump inherited a deeply divided nation and divided it further? What is the limit of derangement?

  31. duncanm

    laziness

    I didn’t get past this.

    The man is a machine. To call him ‘lazy’ is a blatant lie.

  32. covid ate my homework

    It’s a war of words, lies and sophistry, you know total bullshit delivered in an authoritative and reasoned tone.

  33. Rockdoctor

    The Economist went off my reading list decades ago.

    Same mine, I used to buy it in Asian international airports for something to read to pass the time. Used to be pretty good especially with the international news & commentary side of the house. I no longer touch it when I see it, full of BS on climate change & articles from a well left of centre view.

  34. FelixKruell

    JC:

    Cruel has been a mind reader for the longest time. World renowned in fact. Even from 12k miles away he’s able to determine that Trump had zero grasp of the tax cuts and the entire responsibility fell on the Congress. Not even Mnuchin could understand it, according to this mind reader.

    They have this thing called ‘twitter’ and ‘TV’ whereby we can figure out what Trump knows, and doesn’t know, from 12,000 miles away! It’s like a telegram, just faster. Maybe ask the grandkids to show you how it works.

  35. Natural Instinct

    Why is the Australian MSM (and this blog as well) fixated on a USA election?
    Is it because it is a made-for-TV circus with two and half players that is simplified down to: “I d0n’t like him/her. I do like him/her”, and then confirming that set-in-concrete view every 24 hours, or so.
    .
    As the cafe owner from Longreach said to the ABC early this morning, we all have an opinion on the Presidential election, but no one has really covered the local issues for the QLD election.
    .

    “When I heard [there was a Queensland election], I was incredibly surprised that I didn’t know or I hadn’t heard,” she said.
    “I have been seeing so much content about the US election — to not see anything [about Queensland] is just crazy.
    “Talking with my friends, we have a lot of conversations about the US election and US politics and not very many conversations about our own state or even federal politics.”

  36. covid ate my homework

    Sky after dark have been banging on about the QLD election for many weeks which means little to me as I’m already in hell here in VIC. Why is US politics important? We are in no position to protect ourselves from a friendly or hostile US Gov’t.

    Give that some thought.

  37. They have this thing called ‘twitter’ and ‘TV’ whereby we can figure out what Trump knows, and doesn’t know, from 12,000 miles away! It’s like a telegram, just faster. Maybe ask the grandkids to show you how it works.

    Then I suggest you use it for yourself. Plenty available on the ‘tubes’.
    Donald Trump has been talking about “his policies” since the mid 80’s when he was revered and tauted as a future president.
    Numerous television hosts, including Oprah, asked DJT about the type of things he’d do if he was president and if he’d think about running.
    His answers then are exactly the same as his policies today as president.

    Never Trump cock heads claiming all the good things that have happened in the last 4 years are up to others and the bad things up to Trump are just blowing smoke out of their asses.

    The never Trumpers are whining because their easy money avenues have been turned off.
    In US politics, there are things called “vendors”. These are the various entities that help political parties during elections (which happen every 2 years at the Federal level and plenty more at the state and local level).
    Vendors get inflated amounts of money from their party for things like ads, legal advice and many other services. They then kick back some of that money to the candidate.
    Presidential elections now attract upwards of $2 billion dollars. Donors to party aparatus to vendors to candidtes is the route that money takes. The likes of David French, Bill Crystal and others lost their share of that money. That’s why many are working with Democrats.
    It’s the money, not the policies.

  38. yarpos

    “Trump seems to barely grasp the talking points of what has been done in his name. The hard work was done elsewhere.” Seriously? And you think this is somehow unusual in politics or high level leadership anywhere? Just sounds like more TDS

  39. Judge Dredd

    The Economist has failed badly

    That’s because The Economist, like the rest of the media, is actually in the hands of the wicked, who have the Devil whispering in their ears. This is not just a moral battlefield, it’s a spiritual one.

  40. FelixKruell

    Duncan:

    The man is a machine. To call him ‘lazy’ is a blatant lie.

    Yeah, a machine at doing ‘executive time‘.

    He’s lazy when it comes to informing himself about the parts of the job he doesn’t find interesting. Like those daily intelligence briefings.

  41. FelixKruell

    Yarpos:

    Seriously? And you think this is somehow unusual in politics or high level leadership anywhere? Just sounds like more TDS

    Very unusual.

    You think Morrison wasn’t across all the key items in the budget? The tax cuts?

  42. FelixKruell

    Baa humbug:

    His answers then are exactly the same as his policies today as president.

    Baa humbug.

    He was a registered Democrat voter. He advocated tax increases. And reducing the budget deficit.

  43. And Another Thing

    I’ve been watching the election coverage on the ABC, which would love to see Biden elected. But just looking at the vision of the rallies and the much sharper Trump it’s hard to imagine he hasn’t got it in the bag. Either it’s my lying eyes or Trump is headed for a handsome victory.

  44. Rob MW

    Sky after dark have been banging on about the QLD election for many weeks which means little to me as I’m already in hell here in VIC. Why is US politics important? We are in no position to protect ourselves from a friendly or hostile US Gov’t.

    Give that some thought.

    China (belt & road) – Globalism & corporate communism – U.S falling into a socialist State – Keeping the Mullahs at home – relative Middle Eastern peace – not having the Yuan as the reserve currency – Keeping Chinese submarines out of Port Melbourne 🙂

  45. Chris Harper

    The alternative view and explanation of how Trump is that he is demonstrating his skills as a capable Chief Executive. He appoints someone to a role, sets out the policy objectives, and lets them get on with it without micromanagement.
    I call this a strength, not a failing.

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