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Charlie Sykes

Charlie Sykes lost his influence after losing touch with reality

Former radio talk show host Charlie Sykes made a difference for a while. In Wisconsin, a truly politically competitive state, Sykes helped Republicans to top offices. But after a year of waving the #NeverTrump banner, his talk show is over and his role as an influential conservative long in the past.

Donald Trump goes to work in the White House each morning. Charlie Sykes goes to work at MSNBC.

Charlie Sykes MSNBC

To appreciate the paradox, you have to bear in mind that if not for Charlie Sykes, there’s a good chance Governor Scott Walker would not have prevailed over massive national-Democrat-led opposition — twice — in Wisconsin.

Sykes was a political force during those two battles, and he was reviled for it by the left.

Sykes also served as a key media ally of Wisconsin’s Paul Ryan.

Which makes us wonder, maybe karma is real after all. Or maybe Charlie Sykes just went nuts. He certainly did not become irrelevant all at once.

Sykes used his media platform throughout the 2016 presidential campaign all right …. to convince voters to vote against the Republican ticket. He even publicly asked the Democratic candidate to make a play for disenchanted Republicans.

And while thus working to put Hillary Clinton in the White House, he fancied himself such a paragon of righteousness that he lectured conservatives on how to be better conservatives.

Sykes worries about a biased American media …. working for President Trump.

Living in a delusion has a cost, which Charlie Sykes has now learned the very, very hard way:

“When you’ve devoted your whole life to certain beliefs and you think now they have been undermined and that you might have been deluded about things,” he began. “So. So. Um…”

His radio audience turned hostile and faded away, apparently having a clearer understanding than the host of what a “binary choice” actually means in a presidential election. Once touted as the guy who might single-handedly cost Donald Trump Wisconsin and the presidency, Sykes ended up the befuddled big loser.

….as former Wisconsin Democratic Chairman Mike Tate put it, “a guy who slowly fed poison to his dog for 10 years then, when the dog dies of poisoning, throws up his hands and says, ‘My God, how did that happen?’”

It is a sad tale. Sykes seemed to believe his #NeverTrump stance was going to put him on a pedestal of sorts, that there was “going to be a premium on conservatives” who turned their backs on Trump in November 2016.

That didn’t happen. And influence — or power, or pull, or whatever metaphor you want to use — which may not the the most important thing to political talk radio hosts, but once achieved is invaluable, is no longer part of Charlie Sykes’ resume, and likely never will be again. Delusion is hard to come back from.

Mark Steyn out at CRTV

Mark Steyn out at CRTV, #NeverTrump Deace gets top billing

Mark Levin’s Conservative Review TV has just fired Mark Steyn, which seems like an incredibly bad idea, although we on the outside have no way of knowing what went on. That’s the bad news. The ostensibly good news is that with Mark Steyn out at CRTV, the new featured talent in its lineup of celebrity conservatives is the notorious #NeverTrump Steve Deace.

But Conservative Review has always been a little dodgy, in our opinion, and recent personnel decisions suggest CRTV is yet another fixture in the Conservative Celebrity Industry, existing to extract cash from naive conservatives ($99 per year) and advertisers.

One could argue that Conservative Review’s history might make President Trump’s supporters leery of the new network, and that doubt might have been tempered by Steyn’s presence.

But Steve Deace moves the needle in the opposite direction.

Steve Deace CRTV
With Mark Steyn out at CRTV, #NeverTrump Steve Deace is featured on the front page.

Credibility-wise, therefore, one could argue CRTV just created a hurdle for themselves.

Clinton is cunning. Trump is a clown. This matchup was over before it began.

Steve Deace, October 15, 2016

Most people have no idea who Steve Deace is, but nearly all conservatives are familiar with the man CRTV let go.

That would be Mark Steyn, the columnist/humorist whose productivity level rivals that of many industrial nations.

Mark Steyn, the premier, go-to guest host for the most listened to radio talk show host in America, Rush Limbaugh.

Mark Steyn, author of several excellent books including the singular America Alone, which will be seen 100 years from now as an omen for the West.

Mark Steyn, soldier on our behalf, much more than a keyboard-and-green-room warrior, who goes repeatedly to the front lines of international debate, exposing himself to actual damage, to argue the case for reality-based, er, reality, on topics such as Islam and climate change.

Yes, Mark Steyn, whose January, 2016 report from a Donald Trump rally in New Hampshire made us, personally, take notice of what was really happening with the Donald Trump phenomenon.

Not having been to one of these events that already had given the indications of a true cultural phenomenon, we were grateful for Steyn’s summary. Steyn has the rare combination of policy and politics expertise along with a rich understanding of popular culture — and an equally rich sense of humor — so his imprimatur had us, and likely many other conservatives, taking Trump seriously before the first caucus votes were cast.

Conservative Review certainly appreciated what they were getting with Steyn when they got him. It was seen as a coup at the time, and CR capitalized on the PR.

Mark Steyn CRTV

When the channel itself was revealed last fall — as an outgrowth of Levin’s own television network — Steyn and Conservative Review Senior Editor Michelle Malkin were billed as the top talent. Current paying subscribers to LevinTV were ported over to Conservative Review Television

As recently as the evening of March 1, 2017, two days after Steyn’s firing, Steyn was featured prominently on the CRTV gift subscription promotion page.

Mark Steyn out at CRTV
MARCH 1, 2017, STILL FEATURED: Mark Steyn gets prominent billing in Conservative Review TV promotion days after being released by the network.

When he announced the CRTV launch, Mark Levin credited the expansion to “a movement with millions of liberty lovers”

This is much bigger than any of us. It is about our beloved audience.

That beloved audience apparently doesn’t feel so loved all of a sudden.

Welcome to Glenn Becksville, population Glenn Beck. And you.

unhappy CRTV subscriber after the network announced Mark Steyn’s firing on February 28.

Immediately after CRTV announced Steyn’s termination last night on their Facebook page, with zero explanation, many subscribers chimed in, the majority of whom do not seem pleased:

“Mark Steyn was the reason I subscribed to CRTV. I have little or no interest in the other shows.”

“I never missed Steyn’s show and it was a significant reason for my subscription. Not good…”

“Mark Steyn was the best on CRTV !!! He was the only reason why many viewers subscribed and me too.”

Mark Steyn out at CRTV
About all we know, with Mark Steyn out at CRTV, is that something went terribly wrong or they would never have given the boot to one of their premier draws.

Steyn has filed a lawsuit, so apart from noting yesterday morning that the termination with several years left on his contract was a complete suprise to him, it will probably be some time before we the public hear Steyn’s side of the story.

What else do we know of Conservative Review?

Continue reading Mark Steyn out at CRTV, #NeverTrump Deace gets top billing

#NeverTrump Steve Deace

#NeverTrump Steve Deace – Greatest Hits

#NeverTrump Steve Deace is now one of the top dogs at Mark Levin’s Conservative Review TV.

#NeverTrump Steve Deace

Deace is also one of America’s most over-the-top Donald Trump critics from the right, whose insults over the past year are voluminous, and quite often shocking — until one realizes that “conservative” nowadays means little more than brand positioning for the celebrity news media.

Before joining Levin’s CRTV, Deace was a talk show host in the Midwest, very active on Twitter, and frequent contributor at Conservative Review as well as other outlets.

For those unfamiliar with his work, here is a sampling of output from the mind of #NeverTrump Steve Deace:

Steve Deace on Trump’s supporters:

Long will we reflect upon the wretched hive of scum and villainy at the top of the Trump Cult. It has anointed sellouts, sycophants, and race-baiters to the status of Republican Party elite, while casting its faithful and principled grassroots into the abyss.

Deace prounounced Trump the biggest loser after the final debate with Hillary Clinton:

From supposed alpha male to mere gelding. From bully on the block to bruised and bloodied. From bigly to bite-sized. Trump is now the very embodiment of the degrading term coined by his crassest followers for those who have been weighed, measured, and found wanting.

Donald Trump has cucked himself.

CRTV touts Steve Deace as someone who “shakes up the media establishment” when, in truth, Deace’s writing for the better part of a year has been lockstep with the mainstream media and most other left wing outlets.

Here is Deace at The Blaze – another media outlet that toed the establishment line in all matters related to Trump: It’s time for Donald Trump to do what he does best: walk away

If I were one of the Trump kids hoping to continue living the lifestyles of the rich and famous by coasting off daddy’s fumes long after he’s assumed room temperature, I’d be afraid. Very afraid, in fact….

Clinton is cunning. Trump is a clown. This matchup was over before it began.

Trump, like Nebuchadnezzar, was a symptom of the people’s (in this case, the party’s) failures, which would in turn “lay waste” to them:

Election 2016 was eminently winnable if not for the GOP’s own treachery. Come November 9th, the finger-pointing for this lost opportunity will commence. And yes, the usual suspects of those who covered for and shilled for Trump despite the obvious conservative alternatives should be held responsible for the loss.

But let us not forget that if Republicans had kept their 2010 and 2014 promises to truly fight back against Obama, the environment wouldn’t have been there for a Trump in the first place. Instead, he would’ve been laughed off the stage like the carnival-barking con man he is.

Deace often argued that Donald Trump the candidate set the cause of immigration enforcement back through the clumsiest and most incendiary messaging possible on the issue

Thus creating a potentially devastating backlash among Hispanic voters (and many a white, college-educated voter as well)….

He took a contentious 50-50 issue and poured lighter fluid all over it to make it combustible. So we will have our work cut out for us to avoid a future when sanctuary cities evolve into a sanctuary nation.

Yes, Deace the Prognosticator has a knack for being wrong about the future on a par with Bill Kristol’s knack for being wrong about everything. Why, Evan McMullin was winning Utah, according to Deace.

Deace said he was pro-life, and therefore could not support Hillary Clinton, but he also did not trust Trump’s purportedly pro-life statements. So Deace is so rock-solidly pro-life that presumably he thought it made sense to work against Trump. Or at least that his listeners wouldn’t think too hard about Deace’s positions.

In short: This “binary choice” notion in presidential elections is a scam.

Steve Deace Twitter

Steve Deace Twitter

By standing on the “principle” of supposedly opposing both Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton in 2016, while dedicating virtually all of his public arguments from his public platform to denouncing Trump, Deace is one of those quasi-celebrities who depends on the stupidity of his audience to be taken seriously.

Deace may have claimed he supported neither candidate, but he did an awful lot to convince people not to vote for the Republican. That — a wee bit of logic reveals — means Deace was helping the Democrat. Period.

This type of breathtaking mendacity is common among the #NeverTrump group and, we believe, why so many of them have plummeted in public stature since the election. Normal people can see through the lies.

But. It strikes us as amazing that any supposed political expert could get away with such a disingenuous stance, let alone prosper in their field … but #NeverTrump Steve Deace did land the job at CRTV, so who knows, maybe there is a lot of dumb in the air. Or maybe CRTV has a soft spot for #NeverTrump, and is banking on nobody learning about Deace’s activities in 2016.

Of course, Deace in 2017 is still Deace. He now refers to President Trump as a “high energy Jeb.”

Continuing the comical stance he adopted last year as self-anointed arbiter of the “conservative movement,” Deace can be counted on to parrot the conventional media wisdom on most matters related to Trump, such as bemoaning the “fake news provocateurs and discredited conspiracists” now provided White House press access in place of the august traditional news outlets.

Again, following the media narrative, Deace reliably jumps on the “disaster for the Trump administration” du jour bandwagon, which was Deace’s modus operandi throughout the 2016 campaign. Only now, instead of insulting Trump and his family, Deace is telling the President how to be President, right down to advice on planning his day.

Sound crazy? Well, if you want a full-on experience of delusions of grandeur — in Deace’s case, we should probably call them delusions of relevance — by all means, read more by Steve Deace.

Now for a quick tour of Steve Deace’s Twitter output just before and after the 2016 election:
Continue reading #NeverTrump Steve Deace – Greatest Hits

Broken Joss Whedon has the sadz

A chubby, bald, angry man who in November said President Trump “cannot be allowed” to complete his term in office, just announced on Twitter that he has a problem. Poor, broken Joss Whedon doesn’t seem to have the zest for life.

Whedon implies that his sadness is of interest to other people.

Many Americans will react to broken Joss Whedon’s announcement with, “Joss who?”

We’re not going to bother answering that question, except to note that right after the November election, the man who is now very sad said he wanted to “human centipede” Donald Trump’s cabinet.

Then, Whedon suggested a coup against Donald Trump’s government, declaring “Trump cannot CANNOT be allowed a term in office.”

Without looking up his biography, therefore, most people probably will conclude that Joss Whedon is a real piece of shit.

Today, Whedon just tweeted, “I never ran smooth but I think I’m really broken, I’m sorry, I was funny for a while, good times, please keep fighting”

broken Joss Whedon

We assume there will be many who join us in responding to broken Joss Whedon and his most heartfelt self-disclosure:

Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha! Now go away and STFU, broken Joss Whedon.

Preview of America’s next Civil War

A feeling of displacement certainly seems to affect some Americans these days, what with the protesting and crazy talk, and even fuzzy pajama’d liberals have been making noises about buying guns and prepping for unrest. Two guys gave a talk yesterday on the possible next Civil War headed our way.

Two thoughts: First, when the citizens who are already gun owners and fairly prepared, are siding up with the federal government who are MAJOR gun owners and so much more, that sort of puts all the physical force on one side of the battlefield.

Second, if American progressives are indeed going to be one of the sides, this will be the shortest civil war ever.

Democrat arson attack

Help identify women in Democrat arson attack

The woman in the hat with the letters “NAT” pictured below was caught setting fire to a girl’s hair during Donald Trump’s inauguration on Friday in Washington DC. The woman in the yellow jacket appears to have assisted in the Democrat arson attack.

Women in Democrat arson attack
If you can identify either of these obese Hispanic women who were in Washington DC on Friday, January 20, please contact DC police. (Click photo for larger image).

Because the victim was white and the attackers appear to be Latino, this may be considered a hate crime.

If you can identify either of these women, please contact the DC police immediately.

The following video shows the attack, and images below zoom in on the arm of the woman in the “NAT” hat holding a lighter to the hair of the girl in the blue jacket. Click here to see more images from the attack.

Democrat arson attack
More images showing detail of the woman in the “Nat” hat holding a lighter to the hair of the girl in the blue jacket, just before her hair caught on fire. (Click photo for larger image).
Flaming NeverTrump diehards

Flaming NeverTrump diehards almost ready for the ash heap

With the fire of a thousand bags of shit on America’s doorstep, flaming NeverTrump diehards like Rick Wilson and Marybeth Glenn are reaching supernova on this, the eve of Donald Trump’s inauguration as America’s 45th president. The day they screeched mockingly would never come, is here. And boy, they sure seem mad.

And boy, are they about to become irrelevant. Not merely “less relevant than the more influential people” but racing off into insignificance, actively fading from the realm of the germane, they will become like black holes in the social world.

Tonight they are objects of laughter but tomorrow and in the days to come they shall be objects of indifference and perhaps pity, former politicos whom only the twisted or stupid would heed.

But before we run down the list of burning head NeverTrumpers, let us point out one positive story that may bode well for the state of Virginia:

Shaun “Hillary” Kenney, the useful idiot Republican who almost single-handedly delivered Virginia to the Clinton “win” column, has left the blogosphere. Gone. Poof.

After writing what was quite possibly the dumbest political post of 2016, when the shellshock of Trump’s victory apparently still rang in his ears, Kenney did what Kenney rarely seems to do, which is to shut the hell up.

Though he still mucks about on Twitter Kenney has largely abandoned the topic of Donald Trump. But what we really appreciate: No more bloviating, self-righteous, holier-than-thou and more-conservative-than-thou blog posts – in fact no blog posts whatsoever. This is a huge improvement for America, for Virginia Republicans, and probably for the fate of Shaun Kenney’s immortal soul. Maybe after a few years of self-reflection, he will reappear bearing the mark of humility that, thus far, seems utterly foreign to the oh-so-godly conservatives at that faux-Republican website who ultimately failed to put Hillary Clinton in the White House.

But you know who hasn’t shut up, but just keeps on keepin’ on like a man whose inner moron never sleeps? The bald, burning noggin of Rick Wilson – who just two years ago was, unbelievably, considered a witty, savvy GOP insider.

Today, Rick Wilson’s desperate attempts at wit consist of reposting items from left-wingers like Salon.com.

Rick Wilson twitter

Tomorrow, Rick Wilson will watch the Republican Party turn the bend far down the road and leave him behind, forever.

Our next smoking ember of melted brain tissue is the Wisconsin wabbit, Charlie Sykes, who quit his gig as a “conservative” talk radio host and disappeared into a hole in the ground, piping up occasionally feeble, ignorant comments about America’s president-elect.

Charlie Sykes twitter

Irrelevance, outsider status, and being generally wrong about everything are a challenging trifecta for any career in political commentary, so it may be a long time before Charlie Sykes makes it back into the funny papers, much less an op-ed page that anyone wishes to read.

We can’t really talk about flaming NeverTrump diehards without mentioning the brightest burning head of all, David Frum: former White House speechwriter, current “editor” at a once-relevant media operation …

…and tomorrow, just another dumbass in America.

Because when you claim that anything coming out of Merkel’s government qualifies as a “stiff warning” to Donald Trump, then you, my friend, have beclowned yourself. Hard.

David Frum twitter

From certain beclownings, there is no coming back. And sadly enough for David Frum, the the circus has closed.

Finally on our list of heads exploding in fire with the ascension of Donald Trump to the highest office in the land, is another Wisconsinite; Queen of the flaming NeverTrump diehards:

Marybeth Glenn
Marybeth Glenn, Wisconsin’s queen of the self-righteous

Yea, even Marybeth Glenn the Holier, who alone wields the authority of God on Earth for the judgment of Christians.

Marybeth: who alone knows good from evil. Marybeth: who alone recognizes Donald Trump as a monster.

Marybeth Glenn twitter

Marybeth, who in one human being encompasses the entire spectrum of whining-toddler NeverTrumpism like perhaps none other whom the Lord has sent down from Crybaby Mountain to yell at His people.

Many Americans are giving Donald Trump a chance to at least get into office before judging his presidency, and many Republicans who at one time did not support Trump have recognized that Trump has earned their support for now, and could turn out better than many U.S. presidents – including the last two Republicans.

But there remain a few rabid NeverTrump disordered personalities, unique in their willful ignorance and in their lack of self-awareness. We marvel at their self-destruction.

Today, we can actually begin to count down the hours until Donald Trump assumes the presidency, and the flaming NeverTrump diehards are but a distant, unpleasant odor.

dear conservative

Dear conservative critics of Donald Trump

[A few thoughts inspired by the sad implosion that is Marybeth Glenn] — Dear conservative NeverTrump diehards, who denounced Donald Trump throughout 2016 and cannot quiet your chatterbox brains long enough to understand what just happened in America:

We who have not suffered neurological short-circuits almost feel sorry for you, and if not for your willful ignorance we’d probably promote public sympathy for you with tender entreaties and pictures of teddy bears.

But because you insist on being so loud and dumb we’re going in a different direction.

What do normal people see when they look at you?

First of all, the NeverTrump holdouts appear twisted by bitterness and unaware of of the fact they are embarrassing themselves.

Marybeth Glenn
Some Trump critics saw his victory as a learning experience. On the other hand, there is Marybeth Glenn.

They think they are the conservative movement’s “remnant church,” the keepers of the flame of truth, when in fact they are the conservative movement’s crazy uncle.

They wear their bitterness like a soup-stained shirt. Their worldview, an alternate reality where everything Trump does is the Worst Thing Ever, becomes more tiresome each day.

When they talk, people don’t listen. What they write goes unread. They are the ones who fancy themselves kingly raconteurs of Facebook, but have long been unfollowed by most friends and left fulminating into the ether.

What brought them to this sorry state?

Their thought process got demented, pushing them to weird positions ungrounded in reality. Before the election, it was promoting Twilight Zone campaigns like Evan McMullin’s and promising a “final surprise” that would end Donald Trump; since the election, they waste everyone’s time with witless, empty criticism and petty blathering.

The NeverTrump lecturers share the familiar unhinged perspective that poses magical solutions to other people’s real-world problems, much like libertarians, Christian Reconstructionists, and other varieties of sociopathic egotists.

Of course, the world is full of Democrat kooks who will make surreal claims about any Republican, and whom many Americans find easy to ignore. But the NeverTrump crazies, we must admit, are actually knowledgeable about American politics and they present themselves as having a degree of expertise in their unending castigation of Trump.

They should, and probably do, know better.

They know that most presidents have made mistakes that have harmed the country. With presidents, we get problems. A Hillary Clinton presidency would have brought immense problems solely on the basis of what she said she would do, apart from the unintended or unstated consequences.

The NeverTrump conservatives know these things. They also know, therefore, that as far as we can tell at this point, Donald Trump could easily become one of the better conservative presidents. Might not happen, but it might. His cabinet appointments so far are promising. He might be better on immigration and federal spending than Reagan was. He might appoint better Supreme Court justices than did George H. Bush or his son. Could certainly be better than Nixon in many areas. And Trump surely may be better in every respect than every Democratic president going back half a century or longer.

From what we can see so far, there is no reason on earth to be pessimistic about Trump based on our experience with the Bushes or any other president of the past fifty years.

Yet, somehow, with Trump still weeks away from taking office, the NeverTrump critics – often boasting a mantle of Godly righteousness – find it worthwhile to expend effort tearing down his every move. They spend far more time on this than any of them spent criticizing Hillary Clinton – or, for that matter, Barack Obama, during the past few years.

Unlike Trump whom the NeverTrump egotists predict will fail, the Republican Congress has in fact failed miserably in living up to their pre-election promises for several elections now but, oddly, NeverTrump conservatives are willing to give that record a thorough whitewash.

An impartial observer would have to say that is some pretty nasty BS you are trying to dump on Americans.

So to you, dear conservative NeverTrump has-beens, let us say: We have you figured out. And your predicament is not complicated.

You are on the outside looking in. Your opportunities for greater fame, money, and especially influence, vanished on the morning of November 9. Your subsequent humiliation, and need to basically find a new reason for anyone to pay attention, signal your descent into irrelevance.

You bet on the wrong horse.

We get it: To any self-imagined conservative hotshot, this is Hell. And nobody should listen to the voices from the outer darkness.

Charlie Sykes exits

Charlie Sykes exits stage left with dolly, dishes

Today Charlie Sykes exits the Wisconsin radio hosting job he held for many years. Undoubtedly some of his fans will miss him, as will the few Republicans and conservatives whom Charlie has not written off as “broken” or “deeply compromised.”

For the vast majority of Americans, Sykes’ departure from the public stage will be met with a heartfelt “Charlie who?”

A vocal #NeverTrump conservative, Sykes is one of the diehard commandos who donned the cloak of self-righteousness when other observers began to take a realistic view of the Trump phenomenon.

Fitting perfectly the template of self-absorbed kindergartner, Sykes early on and after the election explained away “Trumpism” as the degradation of righteousness and character on a massive scale, afflicting everyone supporting the Republican presidential ticket.

Apart from a tiny group – a “small desert island” – of intact believers on the Right, including himself, Sykes sees conservatism itself as “damaged.”

A regular, unsurprisingly, on MSNBC, Sykes used the liberal platform of the New York Times to remind everyone that we was making good on his promise to take his dolly and dishes and bid the Party adieu.

I was under the impression that conservatives actually believed things about free trade, balanced budgets, character and respect for constitutional rights. Then along came this campaign.

I thought that I was well within the mainstream of conservative thought — only to find conservative Trump critics denounced for apostasy by a right that decided that it was comfortable with embracing Trumpism.

The American people, you see, have let Charlie Sykes down.

Which, incidentally, vaguely reminds us of someone else – we can’t quite put our finger on whom – whose grandiose sense of self seems almost like a learning disorder, causing him to vastly overrate his own competence to the point of being unable to acknowledge his own failures.

The future that Charlie sees is a frightening one, with a “weaponized media” aimed at Donald Trump’s critics – which sounds scary until one gives it a nanosecond of thought, whereupon one realizes that Charlie the media guy is actually projecting a teeny bit. After all, Charlie himself and his doggedly anti-Trump website served pretty consistent artillary duty attacking Trump and Trump’s supporters throughout 2016.

We’ll continue to read Charlie as a psychological case study, but we believe that America and the conservative movement will be fairly unaffected by his exit from the radio waves. We predict he will be found on MSNBC or similar left-wing media outlets with ongoing regularity. He may prove us wrong, but in our experience the narcissist requires an audience.