Establishmentarians sad … Last night, conservative grassroots candidate Roy Moore destroyed Mitch McConnell’s establishment candidate in the Alabama Senate primary. It wasn’t even close. Afterwards, the establishment Republican chattering class, like Bill Kristol, started up with outlandish claims, like this tweet from Kristol: “Jones could have a shot at upsetting Moore in the AL general. Would be the Scott Brown-Martha Coakley special in reverse.” I know both Martha Coakley and Scott Brown. Let me tell you, Roy Moore is no Martha Coakley.
They think this was about Trump … Talking heads on the Left and Right think that the Alabama results somehow were about Trump. From Rick Wilson’s tweet: “Oh. Hello, #ALsen you just became a part of @ETTDFilm [Everything Trump Touches Dies]” to Time magazine’s Zeke Miller, who was perplexed that Mike Pence congratulated Moore. Last night wasn’t about Trump; it was about the grassroots fighting back against the Swamp.
It’s all about McConnell … Was Alabama Mitch McConnell’s Waterloo? Politico does a good job here of breaking down Mitch’s really, really bad day.
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A look at past journalism … Journalism and journalists sure have changed over the past half-century. Take, for example, this quick look by CRTV host Gavin McInnes. He juxtaposed how Walter Cronkite acted with Anderson Cooper’s NSFW activities at a Madonna concert. Here’s his tweet.
But those roads … North Koreans live under a brutal dystopian repressive regime. But that’s not what MSNBC host Chris Matthews decided to focus on. No, Matthews decided that what Americans really needed to know about was how “beautiful” the North Korean infrastructure was. No, really … the Daily Caller has the story.
NFL woes … While media “critic”/cheerleader Brian Stelter is opining in his daily email about how NFL ratings really aren’t suffering in the wake of protests, the real story is starting to come out. The NFL is taking a serious economic hit. The Wall Street Journal reports that AT&T’s DirectTV unit will let people cancel NFL Sunday Ticket packages if they “cite players’ national anthem protests.” The disconnect in MSM voices on this issue reminds me of the days leading up to the November 2016 election. The chattering class just doesn’t get vast swaths of America.
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Robert Eno is the director of research for Conservative Review. He is a conservative from deep blue Massachusetts but now lives in Greenville, SC. If you see something you’d like him to cover, tweet him @robeno.