2/22/17, "A Young Conservative Defends Milo," Rush Limbaugh
Rush: "By the way, the conservative movement today is so fractured that I think you’d have a tough time actually defining it and pointing to it.
Who is the conservative movement, where is it located, and who runs it, and who’s in charge of it? They can’t even agree within the conservative movement who is a conservative and who isn’t."...
Added: The conservative movement is where Trump voters are:
Laura Ingraham: “The next governing coalition that calls itself conservative will have to reflect the views of the pro-Trump voters,” and reject Bush era policies around immigration and trade. NY Times, July 16, 2016
7/16/2016, "Donald Trump Forces G.O.P. to Choose Between Insularity and Outreach," NY Times, Alexander Burns, Jonathan Martin .......
"Laura Ingraham, a conservative radio host supportive of Mr. Trump, said the party’s future base would have to be made up of “working-class nationalists,” who have been drawn to Mr. Trump and reject the Bush-era policies around immigration and trade.
“The next governing coalition that calls itself conservative will have to reflect the views of the pro-Trump voters,” she said."...(8 parags. from end)
Added: CPAC-ACU ranks Trump cabinet most conservative:
2/9/17, "CPAC-ACU: Trump's Cabinet the most conservative, surpassing Reagan," Washington Examiner, Paul Bedard
"Now, how are Never Trumpers gonna deal with that? No, seriously! Trump has appointed a more serious cabinet than even Reagan, according to the American Conservative Union." Rush Limbaugh, Feb. 23, 2017
Added: Members of the "Conservative Entertainment Complex" have exposed themselves "as the irrelevant creatures they truly are."...
For example, National Review's Gang of 22:
1/21/16, "NATIONAL REVIEW cover, “AGAINST TRUMP: THE EDITORS … Glenn Beck … David Boaz … L. Brent Bozell III … Mona Charen … Ben Domenech … Erick Erickson … Steven F. Hayward … Mark Helprin … William Kristol … Yuval Levin … Dana Loesch … Andrew C. McCarthy … David M. McIntosh … Michael Medved … Edwin Meese III … Russell Moore … Michael B. Mukasey … Katie Pavlich … John Podhoretz … R. R. Reno … Thomas Sowell … Cal Thomas Thomas.” 1/21/16 issue
...Doug Ibendahl, Former Gen. Counsel of Illinois Republican Party
1/22/16, "National Review just handed Donald Trump the Election," Republican Newswatch, by Doug Ibendahl "Doug Ibendahl is a Chicago Attorney and a former General Counsel of the Illinois Republican Party."
|11/9/2015, Trump in Springfield, Illinois|
"National Review’s publication of the collective anti-Donald Trump missives from 22 self-appointed conservative potentates has caused quite a stir in Republican circles.
The nationwide responses range from, “Wait, I thought National Review went out of business years ago,” to “Ed Meese? Seriously?”
The Gang of 22 have officially become parodies of themselves. One would have to reach back to the days of Richard Nixon and Spiro Agnew to lift an adequate quote to describe them.
“Nattering nabobs of negativism,” “vicars of vacillation,” “pusillanimous pussyfooters,” “the decadent few,” “ideological eunuchs,” “the effete corps of impudent snobs,” or “the hopeless, hysterical hypochondriacs of history” – take your pick, because they all apply about equally well to each and every one of them.
So clueless is the Gang of 22 they can’t even see how they’ve stumbled right into the narrative Trump’s been communicating so successfully for months. Just like the elected officials from both parties, the Gang of 22 has been GREAT at complaining about stuff, year, after year, after year.
But getting anything accomplished? Not so much.
Many of the Gang of 22 have been hanging around and chattering for decades, and some are active cogs in the Conservative Entertainment Complex, deriving their income by pandering to conservative anger while offering no real solutions.
Donald Trump represents a threat to these ineffectual poohbahs in the same way he represents a threat to do-nothing public officials.
Jealousy is also seriously at work here. Trump is inspiring and exciting a broad spectrum of the country like no member of the Gang of 22 ever has, or ever will.
In just seven months of campaigning, Trump already has more Americans listening to a Republican message than the entire Gang of 22 could muster over decades. Trump understands that before you can advance the ball, you have to convince people to take time from their busy lives to listen. No one on the GOP side since Ronald Reagan has accomplished that like Trump.
No one else has come close, and certainly no one from that “effete corps of impudent snobs” to which the National Review thinks we should defer.
The Gang of 22 had their chance. They’ve done a lot of bitching over the years, and it paid well for some.
But Americans care about results. They can plainly see that all of the empty talk from the Gang of 22 got us eight years of Barack Obama, and a loss in pretty much every conservative battle there was to lose.
At the same time when Americans look at Donald Trump’s life they get a lot of assurance that here is finally a man who shares their focus on actually getting results. And Trump returns the respect by recognizing regular hard-working Americans are a lot smarter than any of the “ideological eunuchs” in all of their pontificating glory.
The “pusillanimous pussyfooters” love to nitpick Trump’s words, but what voters are looking for this year is competence and accomplishment. Donald Trump has an actual record of delivering both in spades.
The Gang of 22 is right to be terrified. A President who could get things done would expose them as the irrelevant creatures they truly are.
It can’t happen fast enough."
Doug Ibendahl is a Chicago Attorney and a former General Counsel of the Illinois Republican Party." image via Republican Newswatch
Comment: "Professional conservatives" who did nothing to help us save this country are 100% invested in a definition of 'conservative' that has proven to be nothing but conversation for decades. We listened to these people as long as we did only because we thought they were going to help us save the country. But they didn't. We allowed them to waste our time for years, to pander to us, the only tangible result of which was big money for themselves. In failing to get fully on board with Trump voters, they gambled and missed. So, no, we're not interested in their new tv shows/ventures. (Some might include Rush Limbaugh in this group. As long as he continues to be on board with Trump and Trump voters, to be uniquely informative, and to provide daily transcripts of his programs, I don't include him in this group).