WaPo columnist asks that the #NeverTrump Weekly Standard be ‘applauded for holding on to their dignity’

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First things first: we wish only the best for the writers at the Weekly Standard who find their future in jeopardy as it looks like the magazine might fold while the Washington Examiner’s new “pro-Trump” magazine, helmed by Seth Mandel, gets ready to launch.

Anyone who’s followed the Weekly Standard knows that it was the magazine for the #NeverTrump crowd, so of course, the Washington Post had nothing but praise for the publication, applauding the writers for holding on to their dignity.

Columnist Megan McArdle writes:

Some of the movement’s stalwarts did turn into Trump boosters, if only half-hearted ones. What was stunning was how many refused, including those at the Weekly Standard.

That refusal came at substantial personal cost. Staying #NeverTrump meant losing lucrative television contracts and prestigious administration appointments. It meant that conservative authors could no longer plug their books on previously friendly television and radio shows. It meant trouble with donors who didn’t like to hear Trump-bashing at the institutions they supported, and with angry readers who canceled their subscriptions. And still, those #NeverTrump conservatives kept saying what they thought was true, instead of what the people with the money wanted to hear.

Liberal readers are probably not ready to feel much pity for their plight. But risking your livelihood for distant ideological goals deserves some recognition. You can think those goals are all wrong while still admiring these conservatives’ dedication.

“Some of them may lose their jobs next week,” she concludes, “But they should be applauded for holding on to their dignity.”

That piece inspired a rant by the Wall Street Journal’s James Taranto:

Consider, of course, that the Washington Post still thinks its columnists Max Boot and Jennifer Rubin are conservatives, even after Boot encouraged Republicans to vote a straight Democrat ticket in the midterms for all offices.

In short, if Trump is so bad, it shouldn’t have taken much of an effort to draw conservatives into the #NeverTrump fold. But it didn’t happen.

Our first thought isn’t of a Weekly Standard writer but of national scold and “political independent” Matthew Dowd who has not tweeted a single conservative principle in two years.

Like we said, when it comes to the point where you’re actually rooting for Republicans to lose control of the House and Senate to spite Trump, the burden’s on you to spell out what “true” conservatism is.

We’ll be honest: remaining a dedicated #NeverTrump conservative after Trump was elected could not have been easy — unless you took the easy way like Rubin or Boot and just switched sides. Maybe they could give up their spots at the Post to the Weekly Standard’s best writers.


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