The Corner

Politics & Policy

The Absurd Presumption of Seb Gorka

Seb Gorka wrote a letter saying he’d concluded that, with subversive forces taking over the Trump administration, he would be more effective fighting for MAGA outside the White House — a conclusion that happened to coincide with his firing from the White House. It’s not clear what Gorka was actually doing inside the White House besides appearing on cable TV and doing the bidding of Steve Bannon, whose own firing heralded Gorka’s inevitable ouster. So it may be correct that Gorka can be more effective on the outside because he was such a non-factor on the inside. And he is a true believer compared to, say, Gary Cohn. But is he — together with Bannon — really the keeper of the flame of Trumpism? Trump was Trump long before Seb Gorka showed up, and Trump will be Trump long after he’s gone. At least Bannon, together with Kellyanne Conway and Dave Bossie, helped Trump get over the top last November, a significant feat. As Trump never tired of pointing out, though, Bannon officially joined the campaign after Trump had vanquished the rest of the Republican field with the help of a rank amateur, Corey Lewandowski, and a sleazy insider, Paul Manafort. The constant was Trump, and so it will remain, for better and for worse.

Rich Lowry is the editor of National Review. He can be reached via email: comments.lowry@nationalreview.com. 

Most Popular

White House

The Impeachment Clock

Adam Schiff’s impeachment inquiry is incoherent. Given the impossibility of a senatorial conviction, the only strategy is to taint the president with the brand of impeachment and weaken him in the 2020 election. Yet Schiff seems to have no sense that the worm has already turned. Far from tormenting Trump and ... Read More
Economy & Business

Who Owns FedEx?

You may have seen (or heard on a podcast) that Fred Smith so vehemently objects to the New York Times report contending that FedEx paid nothing in federal taxes that he's challenged New York Times publisher A. G. Sulzberger to a public debate and pointed out that "the New York Times paid zero federal income tax ... Read More
Immigration

The ‘Welfare Magnet’ for Immigrants

That term refers to a controversial concept -- and a salient one, given the Trump administration's efforts to make it harder for immigrants to use welfare in the U.S. A new study finds that there's something to it: Immigrants were more likely to come to Denmark when they could get more welfare there. From the ... Read More