Postmodern Conservative

The Trump-Christie Axis of Whatever

I can’t tell if the people freaking out about the Christie endorsement of Trump are being serious.  Trump knew he had a bad night and he was afraid that his opponents had found several effective lines of attack, and now he is – as everyone is saying – trying to change the story.  What is the recent history of insurgents getting saved by endorsements from well-known politicians?  As far as I can tell, not good.

The whole message of the insurgent is that politicians are a bunch of dishonest incompetents, and the insurgent is different.  Slobbering all over your politician endorsers muddles that message.  Endorsements from Al Gore and Iowa Senator Tom Harkin didn’t save Howard Dean in the 2004 Iowa Caucuses.  Sarah Palin’s endorsement didn’t turn things around for Trump in Iowa.  Hiding in Chris Christie’s bosom is not a good look for Trump.   

The key is for Cruz and Rubio to continue and sharpen their attacks on Trump.  Either they have found the right arguments with which to attack Trump or they haven’t.  Either they have the sand to continue the attack on Trump or they don’t.  Either way, Trump won’t be saved by using Christie as a human shield.     

Most Popular

Politics & Policy

Kat Timpf Chased Out of Brooklyn Bar

Fox News personality and National Review contributor Kat Timpf was forced to leave a bar in Brooklyn over the weekend after a woman she had never met became enraged upon learning she worked in conservative media. Timpf, who has twice previously been harassed while socializing in New York City, first described ... Read More
Film & TV

The Dan Crenshaw Moment

Given the spirit of our times, things could have gone so differently. On November 3, when Saturday Night Live comic Pete Davidson mocked Texas Republican Dan Crenshaw’s eye patch, saying he looked like a “hit man in a porno movie” — then adding, “I know he lost his eye in war or whatever” — it was a ... Read More

The Present American Revolution

The revolution of 1776 sought to turn a colony of Great Britain into a new independent republic based on constitutionally protected freedom. It succeeded with the creation of the United States. The failed revolution of 1861, by a slave-owning South declaring its independence from the Union, sought to bifurcate ... Read More

Florida’s Shame, and Ours

Conspiracy theories are bad for civic life. So are conspiracies. I wonder if there is one mentally normal adult walking these fruited plains -- even the most craven, abject, brain-dead partisan Democrat -- who believes that what has been going on in Broward County, Fla., is anything other than a brazen ... Read More

There’s No ‘Neo-Jim Crow’ in Georgia

In the overtime of the 2018 elections, the Left can’t decide whether it opposes casting doubt on election results or insists on it. In the case of the Georgia gubernatorial election, narrowly lost by African-American activist Stacey Abrams, it’s unquestionably the latter. A cottage industry has grown up ... Read More