October 15, 2020

Posted by orrinj at 8:53 PM

BUT WHO, OTHER THAN DONALD, IS GULLIBLE ENOUGH TO BUY IT?:

US officials warned the White House that Russian intelligence was using Rudy Giuliani to funnel disinformation to Trump (Sonam Sheth, 10/15/20, Business Insider)

The paper cited four former officials familiar with the matter who said the warnings were based on several sources, including intercepted communications. The communications are said to have showed that Giuliani communicated with multiple people who had ties to Russian intelligence during a December 2019 trip to Ukraine. The former New York mayor made the trip as part of his effort to dig up dirt on the Democratic presidential nominee, Joe Biden, and his son, Hunter, related to the latter's work for the Ukrainian natural gas company Burisma Holdings.

The Post reported that the intercepted communications raised red flags with US officials who worried that Russian officials were using Giuliani as a conduit to feed disinformation to Trump. After the White House was warned about the possibility, the report said, national security adviser Robert O'Brien told the president that he should approach any information Giuliani gave him with caution.

One source told The Post that the message to Trump was, "Do what you want to do, but your friend Rudy has been worked by Russian assets in Ukraine." The warning was especially stark because officials wanted "to protect the president from coming out and saying something stupid," the paper reported, especially because he was in the middle of an impeachment at the time over his efforts to force Ukraine to launch politically motivated investigations into the Bidens and Burisma.

Posted by orrinj at 6:26 PM

IMPORTING THE SUPERIOR AMERICANS:

New Research on Illegal Immigration and Crime (Alex Nowrasteh, 10/15/20, Cato)

Andrew Forrester, Michelangelo Landgrave, and I published a new working paper on illegal immigration and crime in Texas. Our paper is slated to appear as a chapter in a volume published by Oxford University Press in 2021. Like our other research on illegal immigration and crime in Texas, this working paper uses data collected by the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) that records and keeps the immigration statuses of those arrested and convicted of crimes in Texas. As far as we've been able to tell, and we've filed more than 50 state FOIA requests to confirm, Texas is the only state that records and keeps the immigration statuses of those entering the criminal justice system. Texas gathers this information because its runs arrestee biometric information through Department of Homeland Security (DHS) databases that identify illegal immigrants. Unlike other states, Texas DPS keeps the results of these DHS checks that then allows a more direct look at immigrant criminality by immigration status.

The results are similar to our other work on illegal immigration and crime in Texas. In 2018, the illegal immigrant criminal conviction rate was 782 per 100,000 illegal immigrants, 535 per 100,000 legal immigrants, and 1,422 per 100,000 native‐​born Americans. The illegal immigrant criminal conviction rate was 45 percent below that of native‐​born Americans in Texas. The general pattern of native‐​born Americans having the highest criminal conviction rates followed by illegal immigrants and then with legal immigrants having the lowest holds for all of other specific types of crimes such as violent crimes, property crimes, homicide, and sex crimes.

Posted by orrinj at 6:23 PM

CRUSADER STATE:

A Crusade for Something Noble: Americans are coming together to save our Republic, right now. And it means something. (JAMES CARVILLE  OCTOBER 15, 2020, The Bulwark)

We are constantly told that America is too divided, too hopelessly stricken by tribalism to come together anymore. Well, I'm here to proclaim that this received "wisdom" is just plain wrong. If you were to run a cable wire through the heart of America right now, you would see an image of an exceedingly diverse coalition of people who challenge that assumption at its core. You'd see suburban woman from a once-Republican stronghold in Maricopa County, Arizona, standing alongside a retired grandfather in Florida, a college student in Brooklyn, a Latina mom in Raleigh, a Black computer programmer in Houston, and yes, standing alongside even a former Trump voter in Wisconsin who has now changed his mind. This coalition is exactly why an incumbent president is on the precipice of a catastrophic defeat.

Because this is more than a campaign. This is a crusade for America.

Long after Trump has gone, this unity forged in his opposition should be remembered.

My participation on this site, which is operated by many of my former Republican rivals, is evidence of this unity in and of itself.

This article, posted right here, is evidence that this is a moment that carries extraordinary consequences much more profound than victory or defeat for a candidate.

Like the majority of people that read this news site, I am white and affluent and--you know what else?--I love my country. Collectively, what I know to be true among so many like us, is that we understand we have existed on an advantaged and privileged perch in our slice of America.

But if you're like me, you have been haunted by the fact that because of this privilege, many of us have never, in the late John Lewis's words, made enough "good trouble," or fought hard enough in the good fight.

Now, maybe that's because, quite frankly, many of our own backs have never really been against the wall. What this moment has done for all of us--for all those who have sat on the sidelines of history or never were presented with something that held as much gravitas--is that it has given us, for one fleeting moment--the moment we're living right now--a sense of common purpose. Common purpose of which we will be able to recall forever: that when our country and our Republic were on the brink of collapse, when our fellow Americans needed us, we took a blow torch to our past differences, our former conflicts and our old rivalries, and we fought together.

In less than two weeks, I will be 76 years old. I was a boy raised near some of the poorest banks of the Mississippi River and I've now had the overwhelming honor to help elect senators, governors, and my dear friend Bill Clinton as president of the United States. I've seen my face flash across the silver screen too many times and have flown around the world twice over practicing the profession I love.

All of this was wildly unimaginable to that little boy skipping rocks in Louisiana 70 years ago. But as I sit here, wonderstruck in retrograde, I can say with certainty that in all my years, joining in this crusade to take America back from the brink of destruction is the greatest thing I have ever been a part of in my life.

This crusade is something noble.

Posted by orrinj at 6:16 PM

THE TRUMP BRAND:

Trump's Rallies Are Overflowing With Racism: He's inciting bigotry in the run-up to the election. (WILLIAM SALETAN, OCT 15, 2020, Slate)

Scrambling to save his reelection campaign, Donald Trump is trying one last-ditch con: He's pretending to care about people of color. "I love the Hispanics," the president declared last month. "I'm doing so well with African American, with Asian American, with Hispanic American, and with women," he said. But in front of white crowds on the campaign trail, Trump hasn't changed a bit. He's slandering minorities to exploit fear and bigotry.

At his rallies, Trump routinely tells white voters that Democrats would "destroy your suburbs" by installing "low-income housing projects." When critics interpreted this as a racial dog whistle, Trump added a riff about nice nonwhite suburbanites. He was doing OK with that pretense until Sept. 30, when he slipped up at a rally in Duluth, Minnesota. "Thirty percent of the people in the suburbs are low-income people," he blurted out, before correcting himself to "30 percent of the people in the suburbs are minorities."

Another giveaway in Trump's shtick about suburbs is the list of villains he blames for the plot to build low-income housing: Sen. Kamala Harris, Sen. Cory Booker, and former President Barack Obama. If Democrats were to win the election, he warned at a rally in Ohio on Sept. 21, "You know who's in charge of the program? Cory Booker. Cory Booker. Cory Booker." A week later in Duluth, Trump said he had overruled Ben Carson, his secretary of Housing and Urban Development, to block these "low-income" projects. On Wednesday, at a rally in Iowa, Trump repeated his attack on Booker and his story about overruling Carson. It's not hard to figure out what Booker, Harris, Obama, and Carson have in common.

Excellent pod with Jonah Goldberg this week.  A reminder that Republicans have more in common with Democrats than either has with the Left/Right.

Posted by orrinj at 5:48 PM

THEY WARNED US THEY WERE HIJACKING FLIGHT 93:

How Trump Sealed the GOP's Suicide (RICHARD NORTH PATTERSON,  OCTOBER 15, 2020, The Bulwark)

As president, Trump has pushed the boundaries of our constitutional democracy to achieve unprecedented executive power. Not only do his followers support this, but elected Republicans have done nothing to stop him.

The GOP is no longer about ideas like limited government, or the higher ideals of inclusiveness and an American Dream open to all. Its toxic compound of raw anger and nativist passion is, at bottom, about subjugating the demographic "other."

Before Trump, the GOP's better angels were already enfeebled. In 2016 he killed them off.

It is barely possible now to imagine the GOP had Trump been different. He came without ideology, propelled by a gift for embodying a potent but undefined populism. He might have become an agent of constructive reinvention, eschewing racism and xenophobia in favor of offering embattled middle-class and blue-collar workers genuine economic uplift. He could have reinstated fiscal responsibility by disdaining tax cuts for the wealthy. He might even have taken steps--if not to drain the swamp--at least to reform it.

But that would have required real talent, sustained attention, and a genuine interest in governance. Instead this irredeemably vicious, vacant, and narcissistic demagogue unleashed white identity politics and the endless overreach of Republican donors. This leads inexorably to the deadest of ends--a demographic death knell for his party and, for our democracy, the most grievous of wounds.

Fittingly, they're crashing in rural oblivion, killing Americans, but not impacting Washington.

Posted by orrinj at 5:43 PM

RIGHT MEANING RACIST:

IS THE SLIDE OF EUROPEAN POPULISM PERMANENT? (Sam Jones, Miles Johnson and Guy Chazan, 10/15/20, OZY)

It's an "infinitely painful" result, says Herbert Kickl, a leader of Austria's rightwing populist Freedom party, the FPÖ. "Any attempt to gloss it over is doomed to failure."

Kickl is speaking about Sunday's municipal elections in Vienna that saw the FPÖ's share of the vote collapse from 31 to 9 percent. "This time it wasn't other parties that defeated us: the FPÖ did our opponents' work for them," he tells supporters.

The FPÖ is emblematic of a broader trend. Across Europe, far-right populist parties that once seemed unstoppable are stumbling, riven by infighting and challenged by upstart rivals. They have watched in impotent fury as the coronavirus pandemic has boosted governing parties such as Angela Merkel's Christian Democratic Union and incumbent leaders such as Giuseppe Conte in Italy, pushing them to the political margins.

Matteo Salvini, leader of Italy's anti-immigration League party, exemplifies the populists' difficulties. He has been unable to dominate the domestic political agenda the way he used to before the pandemic and is leaking support to a rival rightwing party, Giorgia Meloni's Brothers of Italy. 

"People vote for populists when things are going well ... but, when things get serious, they vote for parties they can trust, that will get them through the crisis," says Armin Laschet, the CDU leader of North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany's most populous state. "That's one of the reasons why the CDU is on 35 percent."

Nowhere has the populists' decline been more striking than in Germany, where the rightwing Alternative for Germany (AfD) has descended into civil war. Last month, Germans witnessed the bizarre spectacle of two AfD parliamentary groups in effect imploding, in circumstances that highlighted the stark ideological divisions tearing the party apart.

The AfD regional branches in both Lower Saxony and Schleswig-Holstein have long been split between hardliners and moderates. But the internal tensions climaxed in September when moderates quit the AfD parliamentary groups in both states. They were then forced to disband because they lacked the statutory minimum of MPs, and AfD lawmakers suddenly found themselves stripped of their privileges.

Dana Guth is one of the defectors in Lower Saxony. "The AfD must finally decide what ideological direction it wants to take," she says, "because these constant power struggles between the opposing camps are paralyzing the whole party."

Latest polls put the AfD at 9 percent, down from 13 percent at the last national election in 2017, when it emerged as the biggest opposition party in the Bundestag. Kai Arzheimer, a political scientist at Mainz university, says the internecine feuding had turned off voters, "as has the realization of how many extremists there are in the AfD and how many ties there are between [them] and the classic far-right movement in Germany."

Beyond the power struggles and scandals, another decisive factor in the decline of rightwing populism is the diminishing importance of immigration among voters' concerns. 

Posted by orrinj at 5:38 PM

DEATH SQUADS ARE THE TRUMP BRAND:

Donald Trump Sounds So Happy Describing How His Government Killed a Man (Tim Murphy, 10/15/20, Mother Jones)

Trump, speaking at a rally in Greenville, North Carolina, on Thursday afternoon, described the death of Michael Reinoehl, an antifa activist who had been suspected of shooting a Trump supporter in Portland in late August and was confronted by US Marshalls a few weeks later. What exactly happened in that confrontation is still unclear, but there are significant reasons to be skeptical of the official government narrative; the New York Times reported last month that "[i]n interviews with 22 people who were near the scene, all but one said they did not hear officers identify themselves or give any commands before opening fire" and killing Reinoehl.

"I said, 'What happened?' 'Well we haven't arrested him,'" Trump said, recalling his conversations with local authorities.

"Two days, three days went by, we sent in the US Marshalls, took 15 minutes it was over. Fifteen minutes it was over, we got him," Trump continued. "They knew who he was, they didn't want to arrest him, and 15 minutes that ended."

Posted by orrinj at 4:08 PM

THE DEER HUNTER:

Team Trump humiliated as Rudy Giuliani's attempted 'October surprise' backfires (Amanda Marcotte, 10/15/20, Salon)

 His latest apparent effort to smear former Vice President Joe Biden with false accusations of Ukrainian corruption has imploded, as the narrative has morphed into questions about what kinds of shenanigans Giuliani might be involved with and the legalities thereof rather than anything Biden has done. On the contrary, the story ends up painting Biden in a glowing light, making the current Democratic presidential nominee look incorruptible.

For that, thank the House Democrats for impeaching Trump back in December. If it weren't for the impeachment trial, there's a very good chance that Giuliani's efforts to get the mainstream media to elevate baseless smears against Biden would have worked.

To quickly recap the latest in Giuliani's impotent machinations: Steve Bannon, the former Trump strategist currently indicted on federal money laundering and obstruction charges, tips off the New York Post that the former NYC mayor has had in his possession what they claim are emails from Biden's son, Hunter Biden. Giuliani's story of how he got these emails is, to put it charitably, implausible. He says they were obtained from a computer supposedly left at a Delaware repair shop which the owner then turned over to him, for some reason. Perhaps a likelier explanation, as New York magazine's Jonathan Chait suggests, is that the emails may have been sourced from Russian agents that Giuliani knows.


Posted by orrinj at 3:54 PM

hISTORY eNDS EVERYWHERE:

Venezuela's 'Socialist Revolution' Just Made a U-Turn (Wes Michael Tomaselli, October 15, 2020, Vice News)

A WOMAN WALKS PAST A MURAL DEPICTING LATE VENEZUELAN PRESIDENT HUGO CHÁVEZ IN CARACAS ON APRIL 17, 2020. CREDIT: FEDERICO PARRA / AFP) (PHOTO BY FEDERICO PARRA/AFP VIA GETTY IMAGES.
In a major flip-flop, Venezuela's socialist President Nicolás Maduro is now preparing to privatize state-run businesses that were once nationalized by his predecessor and founder of the country's 'socialist revolution,' Hugo Chávez.

A new piece of legislation known as the "anti-blockade law" will help Maduro's government further consolidate power by allowing some foreign private investment into the country's beleaguered oil sector. The legislation also allows the creation of permits that sell parts of state businesses such as beer-brewers and food-producers to raise money for social programs.

"Those on the left are decrying the opening of the door to private investment and privatization as a violation of sovereignty and a betrayal of 'Chavismo,'" said Paul J. Angelo, a Latin American fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations.

Posted by orrinj at 1:45 PM

WHAT A SAD LITTLE MAN:


Posted by orrinj at 8:43 AM

HIS SUPPORTERS DON'T EVEN KNOW WHAT "OPAQUE" MEANS:

Trump Is Suffering From Trump Derangement Syndrome (John F. Harris, 10/15/20, Politico)

Recent days have raised an arresting possibility: Trump himself appears to be suffering from Trump Derangement Syndrome.

This isn't really surprising. A practitioner of germ warfare would need to wear an airtight suit to avoid being infected by the virus intended for his or her enemies. Unless Trump has been very careful in the lab, it's not hard to imagine that his various experiments in conspiracy theory, self-mythologizing, insult, grandiosity and fact denial might be seeping into his own consciousness. At a minimum, there are plainly a lot of people living in his head, and it's hard to believe he is collecting rent from all of them.

When it comes to discussions of Trump's mental health, there are always two questions. One relates to measurement. He's been saying wild stuff for a long time. Is any particular new statement really more daffy than things he has said before? The other question relates to motive. He says things all the time that sound bonkers, or at least would sound that way from any other politician. But, at least some of the time, he is doing so because such behavior is the essence of his brand as an anti-establishment political disrupter. Trump's efforts to sound like he may really be losing his mind may be evidence of his rationality.

But this binary framing--yes, he is nuts; no, it's just an act--could be a false choice. In the pathology of TDS, living in the agitated psychic state required to make his performance convincing may over time lead to the performance no longer being a performance at all. Trump has gaslit himself.

At a minimum, his words lately follow a logic that is opaque even to many supporters.

Posted by orrinj at 8:38 AM

ANTI-SLAVERY MANIFESTO:

 I won't work in Attorney General William Barr's Justice Department any longer (PHILLIP HALPERN, OCT. 14, 2020, san Diego Union Tribune)

Unfortunately, over the last year, Barr's resentment toward rule-of-law prosecutors became increasingly difficult to ignore, as did his slavish obedience to Donald Trump's will in his selective meddling with the criminal justice system in the Paul Manafort, Michael Flynn and Roger Stone cases. In each of these cases, Barr overruled career prosecutors in order to assist the president's associates and/or friends, who potentially harbor incriminating information. This career bureaucrat seems determined to turn our democracy into an autocracy.

There is no other honest explanation for Barr's parroting of the president's wild and unsupported conspiracy theories regarding mail-in ballots (which have been contradicted by the president's handpicked FBI director) and his support for the president's sacking of the U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York, whose office used the thinnest of veils to postpone charging the president in a criminal investigation along with Michael Cohen (who pled guilty and directly implicated the president). It took federal Judge Alvin Hellerstein to stop Barr's unprecedented "retaliatory" demands to silence the president's former lawyer as a condition for staying out of jail.

Similarly, it took federal Judge Reggie Walton (who sharply criticized Barr for a "lack of candor") to at least temporarily stop Barr from dismissing all charges against Flynn, the president's former national security adviser, who admitted lying to the FBI about conversations he had with the Russian ambassador. Rather than representing the interests of the American public, Barr chooses to act as Trump's lap dog.

More recently, Barr directed federal officers to use tear gas in Lafayette Park to quell what were, at that time, peaceful protesters. Barr's assertion the square was not cleared due to the president's desire for a Bible-carrying photo op is laughable. It is certainly a case that Barr would lose before a jury (again, though, this may not be clear to him due to his unfamiliarity with jury trials).

Barr also turned his back on the rule of law by supporting the president's selective use of federal troops to assault citizens protesting the killing of George Floyd in Portland, Oregon. Yet he stood silently by when armed right-wing protesters stormed the Michigan state Capitol building to protest the Democratic governor's public health orders.

Barr's longest-running politicization of the Justice Department is the Durham investigation -- a quixotic pursuit designed to attack the president's political rivals. Confirming his scorn for honest apolitical prosecutors, Barr refers to some as "headhunters" who pursue "ill-conceived charges against prominent political figures." It does not appear to be a coincidence that all of these prominent political figures happen to be friends of the president. However, if I'm a headhunter because I charged and convicted disgraced local House members Duncan D. Hunter and Randy "Duke" Cunningham, so be it. It's a badge that I will wear with honor.

Posted by orrinj at 8:33 AM

AN OUNCE OF PREVENTION:

US intelligence analysts feared Russia would dump hacked and forged Burisma emails targeting Biden as an 'October surprise,' report says (Sonam Sheth, 10/15/20, MSN)

After US intelligence identified plans to dump stolen emails, analysts contacted "several people with knowledge" of the Burisma hack, The Times reported.

The paper said the analysts were concerned "Burisma material would be leaked alongside forged materials in an attempt to hurt" the candidacy of the Democratic presidential nominee, Joe Biden.

Earlier Wednesday -- the month after US intelligence was said to be aware of plans to release the hacked and forged material -- the New York Post published a dubious story about a "smoking-gun email" between Biden's son Hunter and a top Burisma executive.

Posted by orrinj at 8:28 AM

GOLD AND GREY:

THE AGATHA CHRISTIE CENTENNIAL: 100 YEARS OF THE MYSTERIOUS AFFAIR AT STYLES: Christie's debut novel was famously rejected by a host of publishers. Many, many editions later, it's an iconic mystery. (J. KINGSTON PIERCE, 10/15/20, Crime Reads)

Styles was an early and influential contribution to what's now called the Golden Age of detective fiction, a period that stretched arguably from the 1920s through the 1940s. The book tosses us into the company of Captain Arthur Hastings, a soldier who's been invalided home from World War I's Western Front and has accepted an invitation to spend part of his sick leave at Styles Court, the Essex country estate of his boyhood acquaintance John Cavendish. However, his peace there is soon upset by the slaying of Cavendish's elderly, widowed, and wealthy stepmother, Emily Inglethorp--an incident that awakened the household near the close of a summer night. Afterward, Hastings seeks help with the investigation from Hercule Poirot, a retired but once illustrious Belgian police detective Hastings had met before the war, and who has recently been living as a refugee in a cottage near Styles.

In short order, Poirot confirms his suspicions that the deceased was done in by strychnine, "one of the most deadly poisons known to mankind," though precisely how she was dosed with that bitter neurotoxin is unknown. As is the identity of her killer. The suspects, however, are plentiful, among them John Cavendish and his younger brother, Lawrence, whose claim on their stepmother's fortune is in doubt; Emily's most recent and significantly more junior husband, Alfred Inglethorp, described as "a rotten little bounder"; Evelyn Howard, the late grandame's hired companion, who exhibits singular animus toward Alfred; Mary Cavendish, whose love for husband John has suffered severely amid his dalliances and her own drab flirtations; and Cynthia Murdoch, Emily's protégée, who happens to work in a dispensary. It's up to Poirot, with aid from Hastings and Scotland Yard Inspector James Japp, to weigh motives and opportunities and finally suss out who among the Styles Court habitués was responsible for Mrs. Inglethorp's premature dispatching.

Although Christie's prose here is quite economical, her efforts at misdirection are masterful and her plotting elaborate. The idea of using strychnine as a weapon came, of course, from the author's hospital experiences. It "could not have come to her otherwise," explains Laura Thompson in her 2018 biography, Agatha Christie: A Mysterious Life, "as it depends upon a knowledge of poisons. In fact it is impossible to reach the solution to Styles without this knowledge: the reader may guess right as to the culprit, but the guess cannot be proved without knowledge of the properties of strychnine and bromide. So Agatha's first detective novel was, in a sense, her only 'cheat.'"

Over the last century, myriad editions of The Mysterious Affair at Styles--the first of Christie's 33 Poirot novels--have reached print, some of them quite handsome, while others make you wonder what their designers were thinking. To commemorate this month's anniversary, I've gathered examples from all points on that spectrum.

And David Suchet owns the filmed versions.



Posted by orrinj at 8:21 AM

NOTHING BETTER COULD FOLLOW TRUMPISM THAN NEO-LIBERAL GLOBALISM:

Warren Buffett spoke to Joe Biden about America's opportunity to 'lead the whole damn world' (Theron Mohamed, Oct. 15, 2020, Business Insider)

Joe Biden spoke to Warren Buffett about America's global leadership and boundless potential, the Democratic presidential nominee revealed at a virtual fundraiser on Wednesday.

"Just got off the phone with Warren Buffett, talking about how we have position unlike 50, 70, 80 years ago to lead the whole damn world in a way that no one else can," Biden told the group of Wall Street executives, according to Bloomberg.

"There's no limit to America's future," the former vice president added.

The crushing of this Administration was barely even a skirmish in the Long War.

Posted by orrinj at 8:15 AM

THE nATIONALIST MONOCULTURE:


Posted by orrinj at 7:13 AM

CAN'T BE BOTH:

Christian Group Hits Trump: 'The Days Of Using Our Faith For Your Benefit Are Over' (Ed Mazza, 10/15/20, HuffPo)

A new bipartisan Christian super PAC is taking on President Donald Trump with a new ad that accuses him of hypocrisy when it comes to matters of faith.  

"Mr. President, the days of using our faith for your benefit are over," the ad from Not Our Faith warns. "We know you need the support of Christians like us to win this election. But you can't have it."

The spot also accuses Trump of "using Christianity for his own purposes," and shows footage of his Bible-toting photo op in front of St. John's Episcopal Church, across from the White House, after having peaceful protesters teargassed to clear the area for him. 

Posted by orrinj at 7:04 AM

TWENTY YEARS BELOW THE MASTHEAD:

The GOP Is Not Destined to Be Dominated by Cranks (ISAAC SCHORR, October 15, 2020, nATIONAL rEVIEW)

In Delaware, Lauren Witzke is channeling the ghost of Christine O'Donnell. Witzke is the Republican challenger to incumbent Democratic senator Chris Coons, who has won his past two elections by double-digit margins in a state that has not sent a member of the GOP to the upper chamber since 1994. Following in the footsteps of O'Donnell, the controversial candidate who faced off against Coons in 2010, Witzke is doing everything she can to damage not only her own long-shot bid, but the GOP brand across the country.

Last Wednesday, Witzke tweeted "Most third-world migrants can not assimilate into civil societies. Prove me wrong." This wasn't the first time she made plain her disgustingly disparaging views on immigrants. On October 4, Witzke granted an interview to the white-supremacist website VDARE in which she lamented that "people are so worried about being labeled a white supremacist when we are giving our country away to foreigners" before going on to blame them for "dismantling our culture," "taking down our historical monuments," and "voting against our interests." She's also defended the QAnon conspiracy theory as "just a bunch of people who want pedophiles and sex traffickers to be arrested" and insisting that "there's a place" for them in the Republican Party.

Witzke's tweet commanded quite a bit of attention -- Republican loons tend to command quite a bit more than their Democratic counterparts -- and her brief, regrettable moment in the spotlight comes after the nominations of the similarly execrable Laura Loomer and Marjorie Taylor Greene for Congress in Florida and Georgia, respectively. My esteemed colleague Jay Nordlinger, responding to Witzke and recognizing a trend that he and I have both been discouraged by, asserted that "in all likelihood, there will be more of this, not less of it, in GOP and conservative politics." Very rarely do I find myself in disagreement with Nordlinger, but I break with him on this prediction.

The disagreement might be easier to accept if you weren't writing in a magazine that publishes Nativists who laid the the groundwork for Donald--Mark Krikorian, Yoram Hazony, etc.--and is edited by a guy who wrote a book in defense of Nationalism--Rich Lowry. National Review is part of the problem, not part of the solution.