The NeverTrump Nerds’ Quest to Save Mueller

By | 2017-06-02T18:30:05+00:00 November 2, 2017|
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The shrewd, erudite club of NeverTrump “conservatives” has finally hatched a plan to reclaim the Republican Party from Donald Trump and win the hearts and minds of Republicans across the country. Yes, this wily gang—who named themselves “Meeting of the Concerned” because it sounds better than “Republican AV Club of Geeks and Losers”—launched their first strike yesterday and holy sh*t, Trump and his allies in Congress are gonna be shaking in their loafers.

Here’s the MOC message: SAVE MUELLER!

Yes, these brave warriors wrote a harshly worded letter posted on an obscure website that calls for “House Speaker Ryan and Senate Majority Leader McConnell to make clear, both publicly and privately, that they support the Mueller investigation and regard any interference with that investigation, including dismissal of the special counsel or preemptive pardons of investigation targets, as completely unacceptable.”

The letter claims that with “indictments announced on Monday, the investigation by special counsel Robert Mueller into Russian interference with the 2016 election is now entering a new and critical phase.”

I can only imagine how this winning message will be embraced throughout Trump Country, from VFW halls in western Pennsylvania to country clubs in suburban Chicago: “Finally!” they will cheer. “Someone in the Republican Party is hearing us and voicing our biggest concern, which is to make sure a costly and potentially inconsequential investigation into last year’s election will continue. We don’t need Congress and the administration to tackle health care costs, or tax reform, or national security, or even investigate the corruption of the previous administration. No sirree, making sure Bob Mueller keeps his job is priority number one!”

A powerful mantra will ring from coast to coast: SAVE MUELLER!

So, who are these masterminds, these intuitive souls who have so adeptly captured the mood of an uneasy electorate and delivered this devastating blow to the pro-Trump flank? According to the Washington Post, the lucky newspaper that got the scoop and reported the explosive news yesterday, MOC was born last February: “With the shock of President Trump’s victory still fresh, a small group of libertarians and conservatives began meeting every two weeks to discuss their next moves.”

MOC started off with just a few sore losers, er, powerful political operatives, including Bill Kristol, founder of the Weekly Standard and the most vocal of the NeverTrump “conservatives” and Evan McMullin, the insufferable nobody Kristol drafted to run against Trump. “The meeting grew to include conservative columnists like Mona Charen, Max Boot and John Ziegler, and former U.S. House members such as South Carolina’s Bob Inglis and Florida’s David Jolly.”

Wow. Must be just like Davos.

But that’s not all. MOC has other heavy-hitters such as Mindy Finn, McMullin’s former running mate and an alleged GOP strategist. “GOP strategist” now seems to be the catch-all phrase for every NeverTrumper so they have some cred to appear on CNN and MSNBC. Finn told the Post,“there’s a leadership vacuum.” (Oh, Mindy, consider it filled!) “Ideally, we’d have more members of Congress standing up for the rule of law, being willing to challenge the president. Given that they’re not doing that, we felt that groups like this need to exist and need to speak out.”

Their stirring words were prompted by a Wall Street Journal editorial last week that raised legitimate questions about Mueller’s objectivity amid new revelations surrounding the so-called Trump “dossier.” The editorial was too much for these freedom-fighters to take. “That was surprising to me,” said columnist Mona Charen. “I didn’t regard them [the Journal] as part of the Trump right. When they wrote an editorial suggesting that Mueller resign, I felt that needed a response.” (Another signatory to the letter is Tom Nichols, an alleged conservative Russia “expert” who has expressed little concern about the Clinton campaign’s role in producing the Russia-sourced dossier, probably because he voted for Clinton.)

The threatening MOC missive was posted by the Niskanen Center, a D.C-based think tank whose “main audience is the Washington insiders—policy-oriented legislators, presidential appointees, career civil servants in planning, evaluation and budget offices, congressional committee staff, engaged academics, and interest group analysts—who together decide the pace and direction of policy change.” Although Niskanen is described as “libertarian” in the media, the content on its website reads more like a progressive non-profit. It advocates policies to address manmade global warming (the group’s chief counsel worked for the Sierra Club) and wants a carbon tax because “the atmosphere is a global, public commons.” The center also supports universal access to health care and posted an article the day after the New York City terror attack, defending the diversity visa program. “In fact, you are more likely to be killed by your own clothes than by a foreign-born terrorist.”

Apparently Niskanen’s co-founder, Jerry Taylor, thinks Trump a bigger threat to America’s security than a foreign-born terrorist or tightpantyhose. He told the Post that Republicans “risked going into the history books as the party of treason” if they didn’t protect Mueller. “Some of us feel that impeachable offenses have already been committed, and some of us are not sure. It seems to be unanimous on Mueller, but there’s always some hazard in identifying yourself as part of the Republican resistance.” Especially when nothing about you or your policy ideas is the least bit Republican.

And no worries. If the Mueller letter isn’t enough of a body blow to Trump and his supporters, MOC has more ammunition ahead. The group is now debating “a statement of principles, which has grown to three pages, but is still unfinished.” Not a statement of principles, dear God! How much more abuse can we take? What next, a weekend summit at the Mayflower Hotel?

If this is the best the NeverTrump “conservatives” can do, Trump and his congressional allies may rest easy when considering threats from that quarter. They are about as likely to be successful in effecting change through these efforts as they have been successful in affecting the politics more generally. If a NeverTrump conservative shrieks at the sky in horror at Trump while alone in the forest, does he still make a sound?

 

About the Author:

Julie Kelly
Julie Kelly is a freelance writer in Orland Park, Illinois, where she covers food, agriculture, science, and politics for several outlets including National Review Online and The Federalist. Her work has also been published in the Wall Street Journal, Forbes, The Hill and the Chicago Tribune.
  • This was fun and funny. Thanks for the chuckles!

    • Julie Kelly

      You’re welcome!

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  • Doctor Bass Monkey

    These twerps have proven themselves anything but conservative. More like crony, nepotistic parasites only interested in keeping the gravy train coming whereby they can advise the GOP to be Democrat-lite. They imagine impeachable offenses when they go to bed at night, but for the last eight years didn’t dare be vocal about actual ones for fear of being gauche and being associated with racist hicks.

    • Carl Eric Scott

      Your last sentence is spot on. Would be stronger without the hyperbolic slander language you load the second sentence with.

      • Doctor Bass Monkey

        You should look at who is related to whom in the Conservative commentariat and how many got their start because of who they’re related to. Nothing hyperbolic or slanderous. You’ll see the same names/families pop up at site after site.

        • acidulous

          Exactly. And some of them started out being far left.

  • rel0627

    Who do they have to save him from?

  • Carl Eric Scott

    Stay on the beat, Ms. Kelly. Your articles are needed. Charen, Boot, and Kristol should know better.

    But for the good of the nation, Trump should promise not to run in 2020, and to support whoever the GOP nominee is. Great way to serve out his three years with the maximum effectiveness possible. 8 years with him isn’t going to work out well for America.

    Sincerely, an anti-Trumper who rejects the Never-Trumper label, and who certainly rejects the kind of Never-Trumper leadership you report upon.

  • PackRatFan

    The NeverTrump group is exactly what’s been wrong with the GOP and I don’t see how they will ever be able to redeem themselves! I know I won’t ever forget them!

  • #NeverTrump means #4everHillary. The day they admit that and all its repercussions maybe I could give them the time of day. Probably not, though.

  • Peter63

    Meanwhile Breitbart informs us today (11/3/2017) that, when challenged by Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) in September to appoint a special counsel to investigate the 2010 Uranium One deal and Fusion GPS, Jeff Sessions ‘stood up, said he could not discuss the matter because he had recused himself, and walked out of the room, leaving them with a group of Rosenstein staffers “who showed no interest.”

    “He said that anything that had to do with 2016 election, or Russia, or the candidates in the 2016 election, fell under the scope of his recusal, and he left the room,” Gaetz said.’

    Could someone enlighten me on these issues ? (My plea is not rhetorical). [1] If it is entirely in order – in point of law and ethics – for the Department of Justice to investigate the newly elected POTUS on the ground that his team may
    have colluded with a foreign power to steal the election which won him the country’s highest office, why is it entirely out of order for the Attorney General to require the DOJ to investigate any other candidate who may actually have committed the same offence?

    [2] The Uranium One deal was not part of the 2016 election strategy on either side of the contest; and anyway, does
    running for office in an election give candidates a free pass to commit crimes?

    Suppose you run for POTUS one day and leave a bomb in a room with the intention – whether or not successful – to
    blow your rivals up, does that mean the law cannot charge you with bad behavior?

  • acidulous

    Bill Kristol keeps showing up at every last one of these endeavors.
    I’ll never forget the report that he was sitting in Israel and plotting to overturn the results of the primary. Like a kingmaker, the insider’s insider. So much for “conservatism” and democracy, eh Bill? So glad so many of them were outed this past election season. Or plenty of us would have continued to support their little magazines and their pretend efforts to provide an alternative voice.
    I take an unalloyed delight in imagining the misery Kristol suffers now.

  • Panope Vreeland

    More and more it seems ‘principles’ is a synonym for ‘source of funding’ among these bloated incompetents. (The neocons, though, have an element of the demonic with their eagerness to trade American blood for money.)