Baseball Crank
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August 13, 2015
POLITICS: Trumpathon

My two most recent posts at RedState:

1. My quick reaction to the first debate (it seems from post-debate polling that many viewers disagreed with me about Ben Carson, who I thought had a very weak debate but who finished strong.

2. Laura Ingraham Gets Punked By Donald Trump, on the recklessness of conservative talk radio in boosting Donald Trump.

Posted by Baseball Crank at 1:01 PM | Politics 2015 • | Politics 2016 | Comments (3)

It has been a while since I checked in on your website, which I used to read very frequently when I was actively maintaining my own website,

I have to say, I was a little surprised by how far to the right your opinions seem to have swung. I don't agree with you politically, but as a generally proposition I thought you seemed thoughtful and erudite. Your Jefferson Jackson bit seems a bit muckraking to me, the sort of thing someone writes because they know it will be well-received even though they know they are making a mountain out of a molehill - you know, saying people who renamed a dinner are erasing Jackson and Jefferson from history, and leding with a famous picture from Stalinist communism.

That said, awesome to see you writing for Red State.

Posted by: Asher at August 21, 2015 10:07 AM

Humorously, no sooner than I had criticized your Jackson Jefferson bit did I read the following sentence:

"As conservatives and Republicans, we need a battle plan that has an endgame that gives Trump a way out of the primaries without running a third-party campaign, and brings his current supporters into the fold to not only support the Republican presidential nominee, but ideally help us select a more conservative nominee, party and platform."

It seems I was critical too soon. This is exactly the sort of thoughtfulness I was alluding to. Most commentators are caught either the "he is great because he speaks his mind" trope, or the "he is a disaster for the party" trope (with the occasional "how is this happening" hand-wringing), but I think yours is an excellently realist perspective - a very precise look at how this is going to play out, and what the real concerns and tensions are.

So, ignore me. You're doing fine.

Posted by: Asher at August 21, 2015 10:09 AM

The Mets' season isn't enough to get you writing about baseball again?

Posted by: SteveH at September 1, 2015 10:37 AM
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