Monday, January 24, 2022

The Reneglicans

First, from the Urban Dictionary, a definition you'll be needing in a few minutes:  

Negging:  Low-grade insults meant to undermine the self-confidence of a woman so she might be more vulnerable to your advances. This is something no decent guy would do.  
And here, from the Lincoln Project, is the most sublimely ridiculous Tweet I've seen in awhile  --
-- in which the Alert Reader will notice that serial electoral failure (remind me again, what was the last election Rick Wilson actually won?) castigates "Democrats" for "airing their intraparty grievances in public"... 










Which Wilson does pretty much on a daily basis.

In case you are unfamiliar, the Lincoln Lads are a political ad company which sprang into existence in 2019 on the theory that Democrats are terrible, stupid and generally "holistically bad at politics".  

That's one year after Democrats stomped the living fuck out of Republicans the 2018 elections, but this did not affect the Lincoln Lad's business model in the slightest.  Instead, they leaped straight into action...insisting Democrats sucked so badly at politics that the republic was doooomed unless Liberals forked over tens of millions of dollars to this gang of recently-former Republican ad makers because they and only they know how to win!

The results of this investment of 67 million precious dollars in the Lincoln Lad's magic rather than, say, Democratic candidates and local races were as awful as they were predictable.  

Well, some of us predicted it.

Lincoln Project 'Epically Failed,' Say Progressives as Trump Wins Bigger Share of Republican Voters Than in 2016

"Turns out there were no 'Biden Republicans.'"

From The Hill:

Sirota: Lincoln Project election efforts to swing GOP votes from Trump 'epic failure'
“In a sense, they went to liberals and said ‘give us money to help us defeat Republicans, that’s our job.’” Sirota said. “So, when Donald Trump actually increases his share of the Republican vote in 2020 versus 2016 when there wasn’t the Lincoln Project, that’s just statistically an epic failure.” 

Sirota further said that the group raised more money for “ineffective ads and expensive stunts” than the Democratic party spent to try and win key state legislatures. He noted that those losses could change the course of Congress for the next decade. 

“So imagine if that $67 million had gone into winning state legislatures, it could be a totally different ball game for the next ten years,” Sirota said. “But, instead it went to Republican operatives at the Lincoln Project, to produce YouTube videos that made MSNBC-watching liberals feel smug, but didn’t actually move any voters.” ...
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez slams The Lincoln Project as being in 'scam territory' after it raised $67 million to try to persuade never-Trump Republicans to vote for Biden

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez had harsh words for The Lincoln Project on Friday, accusing the group of being in "scam territory" over its promise to persuade "never-Trump" Republicans to vote for President-elect Joe Biden.

In a Twitter thread, Ocasio-Cortez argued that The Lincoln Project, which raised $67.4 million according to Federal Election Commission data, diverted resources from organizers and groups who were more effective in driving votes in for Biden.

"It's not too late for them to do the right thing. Lincoln Project should take the L and publicly pledge to give a lot of their fundraising to the people who actually made a big difference," Ocasio-Cortez said.

From  Brother Charlie Pierce over at Esquire:

The Lincoln Project Didn't Move 10 Votes in This Election 
Never Trump conservatives are about as relevant to the actual election results this year as are the Whigs or the Free Soil Party.

From my own blog, in which I dare to use arithmetic to measure the Lincoln Lad's post-2020 election performance against their own, publicly declared metrics.  

Y'know, it's almost as if Never Trumpers are holistically bad at politics.

So what's really going on here with the constant barrage of negging insults coming from these recent-former Republicans?

These Reneglicans?

How is it (as I'm sure you, the Alert Reader will have noticed long ago) that pretty much all Never Trump "advice" amounts to little more than Maoist denunciation rallies or "struggle sessions" in which they encircle Biden and/or the entire Democratic party and/or the Left and rage endlessly that we're all doomed because the Democratic party sucks because it won't transform itself into the 2014 GOP.  

Here is a very tiny sampling of just one catch-phrase from the lexicon of what passes for helpful advice from our Never Trump allies every day:

Our allies continue to insist that this constant political negging is, in fact, sound advice based on their fetishistic delusion that there exists some vast, invisible, subterranean reserve of Reasonable Republican bipartisanship just waiting for Joe Biden to tap into if only he would use just the right Magic Conjure Words. And an equally fetishistic belief in some huge, silent army of Centrist voters who 1) are mopes who pay no attention to anything, but 2) could be persuaded to vote against fascism if only Joe Biden would just punch enough hippies or something (Tone Cop!)

To justify their constant, whiny public complaints about the Democrats not being sufficiently responsive to their whims, a number of Never Trumpers have just reverted back to their factory-default Both Sides Do It settings.  

So, once again, what's really going the these Reneglicans?

For the Lincoln Lads, I thinks it's strictly mercenary, with top notes of "protection racket".  They need a steady flow of credulous Liberal money to keep the lights on, so they continue to toss bricks through our windows...

...and then show up to reproach us for 1) letting out windows get broken and 2) warn that they and they along know how to fix 'em

For the Never Trump professional pundit class more broadly -- as well as the Beltway media -- what's happening is pre-positioning for the 2022 election.  If Democrats do better than expected, well thank God they sobered up in time, ditched the crazy Left and listened to the wisdom of the Never Trumpers!  If Democrats do poorly, well, we told you you shoulda listened to the Never Trumpers.

Nice work if you can get it.


No Half Measures


Robt said...

Are they saying Democrats are horrible at lying and need to learn how to lie better like republicans?

Jason said...

What is this "holisitically bad at politics" meme? It's like Wilson and Nichols are collaborating to get trending. I think Tom Nichols is holistically bad at being honest with himself about his historically bad takes about politics so I could care less what he thinks.

GrafZeppelin127 said...

I am sick, sick, sick, sick of hearing about how bad Democrats are at "messaging."

There's nothing wrong with the Democratic "message" of solidarity, compassion, investment, and accountability for giant, wealthy, powerful corporations and industries for the harm they cause cause to the public, workers, consumers and the environment.

The problem is that the Both Sides™ media can't "balance" that message with the Republican message of selfishness, cruelty, ignorance, religious fanaticism, belligerence, and full corporate/industrial ownership of the nation and everything in it.

Because Republicans are so self-evidently awful that their perfidy, malevolence and bad faith are not even newsworthy anymore, that's the only way the Both Sides™ "news" media can "report" on things. Just look at all the pearl-clutching over Biden's speech criticizing Republicans for being against voting rights and "for" absolutely nothing. When Republicans say bad [untrue] things about Democrats, it's "good politics" and "effective messaging"; when Democrats say bad [true] things about Republicans, it's "partisan" and "divisive."

Republican "policies," to the extent they still have any, are thoroughly appalling, designed to hurt far more people than they help, but the Both Sides™ media can't "report" that nor can they "report" on Democratic policies that actually help people because Republicans don't have any that they can point to for "balance." Since Republicans can't be given credit for their policy achievements but have to be given credit for something, the only thing the Both Sides™ media can give them credit for is "messaging."

So, Democrats have policy, Republicans have "messaging." See? Balance! Both Sides™!

pagan in repose said...

All the so-called never Trumpers and so-called ex-republicans are "holisitically bad at being both never Trumpers and ex-republicans."

Just about all current republicans including never's and ex's, (for I believe all the never's and ex's are just republicans in waiting), are not credible with anything they say or write. So, I turn off the sound when any of them start yapping their gaping maw's on the idiot box.

Great work Driftglass.

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