The Captain Joe Hazelwood Award for Excellence in Navigation goes to: Captain Bill Kristol

The cruise ship USS Weakly Standard

I saw this article by McKay Coppins at The Atlantic and immediately thought I must have smoked more weed than I realized last night.

From the Department of AYFKM?:

Naming and Shaming the Pro-Trump Elite
The Bulwark’s writers are the new outlaws of conservative media.

Charlie sykes is sitting behind a desk in a sparse, disheveled office—blank walls lined with empty filing cabinets, windows covered with crooked blinds—as he tries to conjure the perfect metaphor for The Bulwark, the anti–Donald Trump conservative news site he recently helped start.

“We are the ultimate wilderness!” he declares to me.

But that doesn’t sound quite lonely enough for the political niche they’re occupying, so he tries again: “We’re on a desert island.”

Sykes continues to riff like this in his chirpy, midwestern accent, comparing The Bulwark’s writers to a band of “Somali pirates,” and then to a contingent of “guerrilla fighters.” He’s so enthusiastic about the exercise that before long I am tossing out my own overwrought suggestions. Perhaps, I muse at one point, they are soldiers on the final front of the Republican Civil War—making one last stand before the forces of Trumpism complete their conquest.

Sykes nods eagerly, and for a moment he seems caught up in the romance of this imagery. But then reality reasserts itself.

“The analogy [I’m] really afraid of,” he confesses, “is that we’re the Japanese soldiers who don’t know the war is over, and we’re still hiding out in the cave.”

A certain quixotic quality pervades The Bulwark. Launched last month by former staffers of the defunct Weekly Standard magazine, the site is headquartered in a rented cluster of cubicles in downtown Washington, D.C. To keep overhead low, the team is small—fewer than 10 full-time writers and editors—and many of them work remotely. “We’re basically camping here,” says Sykes, a former talk-radio host who edits the site while commuting back and forth from Wisconsin.

The modest trappings have not kept them from grandiose ambitions. In the site’s founding manifesto, Sykes wrote that The Bulwark would stand in defiant opposition to President Trump, and “push back against the moral and intellectual corruption that now poses an existential threat to conservatism as a viable political force.”

This kind of righteous Never Trump flame throwing has been a regular feature of intra-GOP debates for years now. But The Bulwark is entering the fray at a moment when the war seems all but finished. Republican voters overwhelmingly support the president. Party leaders have followed suit. And while Trump once faced a noisy chorus of detractors in the conservative media, most have either quieted or converted since he took office. Glenn Beck dropped his long-held opposition and donned a red MAGA cap on his radio show last May. National Review, which crusaded against Trump’s nomination, now routinely publishes pro-Trump writers. Most recently, Erick Erickson, the conservative blogger who helped popularize the #NeverTrump hashtag, announced that he would vote for the president in 2020.

These developments have helped crystallize a consensus in the center-right media: For a conservative outlet to hang onto its audience—let alone any influence in Republican politics—it must plant itself firmly in Trump’s camp.

But The Bulwark is pursuing a different kind of relevance. Rather than crafting coverage that aims to turn rank-and-file Trump voters against the president—an effort that would almost certainly fail—it wants to shame and stigmatize the “bad actors” in the conservative elite, as Sykes puts it.

Scroll through the home page on any given day, and you’ll find one lively polemic after another calling out Trump-friendly politicos by name—often in witheringly personal terms.

In recent weeks, the site has run a scornful piece on the former White House official Sebastian Gorka (“a ridiculous figure”), and another on the high-profile #MAGA activist Candace Owens (“not a serious person”). When Trump failed to secure funding for a border wall with his government shutdown, The Bulwark compiled a meticulous list of conservative commentators who had cheered on the strategy. And in a particularly biting essay, the writer Andrew Egger examined how a radio interview between Milo Yiannopoulos (a “loathsome and tiresome egotist”) and Eric Metaxas (a “pop theologian”) highlighted “the political corruption of the modern evangelical movement.”

Sykes admits that some of these early targets have constituted “low-hanging fruit.” But in the coming months, he tells me, The Bulwark will home in on a specific class of “grifters and trolls”—those opportunistic Trump enablers who still get invited on Meet the Press and write for prestigious newspapers. To Sykes, these are the true sellouts, and he wants to ensure that their public flirtations with Trumpism leave a stench on them.

“A lot of folks have had a free shot to get in bed with some of the most disreputable [people] out there, and they still have a veneer of respectability,” Sykes says. “We want to raise the opportunity cost.”

Asked for examples of prospective targets, Sykes doesn’t have to think long before rattling off a list of high-status commentators (Marc Thiessen, Hugh Hewitt), think tankers (Henry Olsen, Victor Davis Hanson), and politicos (Bill Bennett).


The publication has attracted both fans and enemies early on thanks to the involvement of Kristol and Sykes—two high-profile Republicans whose Trump bashing has earned them plaudits from the left in recent years. Kristol, a prominent neoconservative, helped lead an effort to recruit an independent challenger to Trump during the last election. (He ended up voting for the former CIA officer Evan McMullin.) Sykes, a longtime host on Milwaukee talk radio, became a national figure in 2016 after sparring with then-candidate Trump on air. Since then, he has left radio, written a book criticizing the conservative movement, and joined MSNBC as a contributor. At The Bulwark, he hosts a daily podcast that he says generated more than 500,000 downloads in its first month. By its own count, the site racked up 1.4 million page views in January with 680,000 unique visitors.

The audience is comparatively small, but staffers say they are pleased with the impression they’ve made so far in political and media circles. Bulwark stories are often seen bouncing around Twitter and newsroom Slack channels. For its project to work, it doesn’t need the massive reach of a Fox News or a Rush Limbaugh—it just needs to make D.C. dinner parties and greenroom visits uncomfortable for the Trumpist elite.

Wow. The NeverTrumpers’ cluelessness is only exceeded by their hubris. One of the main problems with the NeverTrumper media is that its members were way too comfortable with D.C. dinner parties and greenroom visits. As the Brits used to say, they had “gone native.”

I am reminded of a married couple I knew from back when we were all in high school together.  After a few years of marriage they were both miserable. Luckily they didn’t have any kids together because she eventually left him. I ran into her a couple years later. She was a changed woman. She had remarried to a really nice guy, they had a kid together, she looked younger and thinner, and she looked really happy. She never even mentioned her ex-husband.

By coincidence, I ran into him a couple weeks after that. He still had his job but his social life seemed to consist of sitting home alone every night drinking vodka. (He hadn’t hit bottom yet – he was still drinking the vodka from a water glass and not straight from the bottle.) She hadn’t talked about him but he talked about her. The gist of what he said was that one of these days she would realize how good she had had it and she would come crawling back to him.

I didn’t tell him that I had recently seen her, I just wished him luck and went on my way.

Big Bad Don defeats Sir NeverTrump

About Dr. Myiq2xu

Unless President Donald J. Trump pulls a hat out of a rabbit real soon, on 1/21/21 I will wake up in a socialist banana republic.
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160 Responses to The Captain Joe Hazelwood Award for Excellence in Navigation goes to: Captain Bill Kristol

  1. Myiq2xu™ says:

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  3. Venus E. Lee says:

    Funniest thing yet on Smollett (and that’s saying something because there has been some hilarious stuff)

    • DeniseVB says:

      The investigators studied that interview and found several red flags especially when he stated if he were attacked by minorities people would have believed him. I bet Robin Roberts wants to take that interview back. Kinda like Oprah took James Frey to the woodshed for promoting his book of LIES !! 😀

  4. Venus E. Lee says:

  5. Myiq2xu™ says:

  6. Venus E. Lee says:

  7. Mothy67 says:

  8. taw46 says:

    The Bulwark plans to go after Victor Davis Hanson? Seriously, VDH?!!! Those people are eat up with hate. Oh, and they are just like the Marxist left. If you don’t agree with us, we will smear and destroy you. Good luck with that.

  9. Dora says:

  10. votermom says:

    Oh, tomorrow is a Day of Mourning fir abortion. Wear black, don’t shop.
    I can do that

  11. Venus E. Lee says:

    This is a hilarious thread & has pictures!

  12. Venus E. Lee says:


    Go hungry or eat with your hands if you’re that desperate

  13. Dora says:

  14. Mothy67 says:

    And the dow closing over 26,000!

  15. Venus E. Lee says:


    Please for the love of God tell me this is a joke. Please.

  16. lyn says:


    • DandyTIger says:

      The idea of an updated GOP that now includes and helps working class must feel just awful to these failure country club GOPers. Just the idea of being around grubby people that work for a living. Oh my.

      • Venus E. Lee says:

        During the primary Trump said he wanted to expand the GOP make it a party for workers & the middle class –these irrelevant NeverTrump always wrong assholes laughed at him.

    • Venus E. Lee says:

      • Myiq2xu™ says:

        Back in 2015 the CW was that Jeb was the frontrunner, but outside of the GOPe punditocracy he had zero support. On social media he had no buzz. The only thing smaller than his fan club (My mom likes me) was his enemies list. Even his friends didn’t like him.

    • swanspirit says:

      And they started their endeavor, with this, Bul. I don’t mind going for the low hanging fruit. Let’s just call it what it is. The Bullshite. 🐂💩
      The smelly droppings of a large hooved ruminant animal, that is good for fertilizer. 🐃💩

  17. taw46 says:

  18. Cisco says:

    Ah. Here we go.
    A built in alibi.
    “I didn’t know what I was doing.
    Still a lying sack of 💩

    • lateblum says:

      Sociopath. He’s gonna throw those brothers under the bus until they stay there.
      This time he says they sold him drugs. He lies and lies and lies. I saw an interview on tv earlier in which a reporter was asking a black woman – dressed as if she were on a red carpet. She said not only did she realize Jussie lied, but it was fine with her to lie in order to get whatever one wants. She said she has lied several times over to get what she wants. It’s fine with her.

  19. Mothy67 says:

    Season 2 ep1 of Empire has a bogus concert fo r a multiple murders incarnation? Cold bloodrd kille rs shouldn’t be jailed. Sharpton had a cameo. So absurd!

  20. Venus E. Lee says:

    Imagine this as your obituary


    • Venus E. Lee says:

      Twitter is censoring story. KTLA anchor man Chris Burrous who died before Christmas–coroner says cause of death is drugs –he shoved some up his butt & put on a leather slave mask laced with poppers during an encounter with a guy he met on Grindr.

      Lol what freaks.

      • Mothy67 says:

        His poor daughter. I read the story . Don’t see why the companion didn’t face drug charges. GHB okay straws not so much

      • DandyTIger says:

        Livin’ la Vida Loca in el Culo

        • Myiq2xu™ says:

          The religious right used to be good for a few laughs every year. Remember that closeted College GOP guy who was found dead from auto-asphyxia? The coroner said he was wearing two wetsuits and had a dildo shoved up his ass. (Or was it one wetsuit and two dildos?)

          Remember Larry Craig? The senator from Airport Mens Room? I’ve always had a phobia about public restrooms but now I also worry about what the guy in the next stall is doing.

          “Are you okay there, buddy? It sounds like you’re choking. Do you need someone to Heimlich you?

          Then there was that televangelist who had a thing for gay hookers and meth.

          Anyhoo, it was about the time when Rick Santorum was predicting that gay marriage would lead to legalized man-on-dog sex. Poor Rick, he really lacked imagination.

      • Venus E. Lee says:

        Found a tweet with link

      • Island Girl says:

        Got breaking news on that today from my KTLA app, sugar coated as always.
        Great job on calling out the liars Venus, I salute you!

  21. Dora says:

  22. taw46 says:

    I don’t even like her, but I laughed at this video. The left and the brainwashed kids, do it for the children! The left is pissed at her for this, lol.

  23. DandyTIger says:

    “Another note for the “woke” folk. Some of us have seen this movie already. We know how it ends.”

  24. Mothy67 says:

    Trump doing exec order and nipping peepee at the same time? Wonder what MOAB he has up his sleeve.

  25. Myiq2xu™ says:

    I am misappropriating black culture.

  26. Myiq2xu™ says:

    I think I’m gonna move to Portland and pretend to be an aging DFH SJW while secretly undermining and sabotaging the Antifanutters.

  27. Mothy67 says:

    Season 2 episode 6 of Empire the younger brother of juicy omelet gets kidnapped and they use bleach on him.

  28. Venus E. Lee says:

    There is crazy shit on insomnia Twitter.

  29. mothy2017 says:

    More from Charles Barkley

    MUST WATCH: Charles Barkley savagely roasts Jussie Smollett all night long on @NBAonTNT… and they tried to cut away from it, but he wouldn't let it go. Shaq couldn't stop laughing. 😂"Do not commit crimes with checks… GET CASH MAN!"— Tim Young (@TimRunsHisMouth) February 22, 2019

    • lateblum says:

      This Charles Barkley stuff was the funniest thing I’ve seen on tv in ages! And it seemed spontaneous – unrehearsed and absolutely hysterical.

    • Jadzia says:

      It’s like nobody learned a thing from Jerry Springer, whose political career ended after he paid a hooker with a check.

  30. mothy2017 says:

    I can’t copy a tweet anymore on kindle????

  31. mothy2017 says:

    Void tweet in moderation twitter is being strange

  32. Dora says:

    He did it.

  33. Dora says:

    Construction begins on 30-foot-tall border wall in San Diego

    SAN DIEGO (AP) — Construction has begun on the fifth border wall project of Donald Trump’s presidency, replacing up to 14 miles of barrier in San Diego.

    U.S. Customs and Border Protection said Tuesday that the first panels are in place to replace a steel-mesh fence with steel bollards up to 30 feet high. SLSCO Ltd. of Galveston, Texas, was awarded the $101 million contract in December.SAN DIEGO (AP) — Construction has begun on the fifth border wall project of Donald Trump’s presidency, replacing up to 14 miles of barrier in San Diego.

    U.S. Customs and Border Protection said Tuesday that the first panels are in place to replace a steel-mesh fence with steel bollards up to 30 feet high. SLSCO Ltd. of Galveston, Texas, was awarded the $101 million contract in December.–foot-tall-border-wall-in-san/article_c68f9433-9beb-5f01-b6bb-07327346193d.html

  34. taw46 says:

  35. Dora says:

    Instead of people being horrified at this killing (like me) the idea seems to be spreading. Yikes!

  36. Dora says:

  37. taw46 says:

    SHE’s in charge, and don’t you forget!

  38. Shez ZK says:

    WP seems to be acting up today. I keep getting an error.

  39. Venus E. Lee says:


  40. DeniseVB says:

    They just keep coming…..

  41. Venus E. Lee says:

  42. Shez ZK says:

    My bad. I laughed, knew someone would do this:

  43. Venus E. Lee says:


  44. Dora says:

    • swanspirit says:

      It’s worse than racist, it’s totalitarian. The government seizing control of an entire potentially incredibly lucrative industry, for the purpose of giving it away? If you believe that, I have an Empire State Building to sell you.

  45. Dora says:

  46. Dora says:

    • DandyTIger says:

      Ah, South Africa, where they’re murdering and confiscating property and wealth from white residents. Must be like a dream come true.

      • Mothy67 says:

        On whose dime?

        • Somebody says:

          On hours no doubt, pffft you don’t expect them to pick up the tab do you? Oh, I see it was paid for by a non-profit that fights poverty. Bet you a dollar to a donut we fund that non-profit through tax dollars.

          Way for an anti-poverty non-profit to piss away 💰. How many people could they have fed for the price of this junket?

  47. Mothy67 says:

    Anyone else having a problem copying a tweet? Neither of !y kindles will let me.

  48. lateblum says:

    Just reported… bond set for R Kelly at $1M. It was set by the same judge who set bail for Juicy.

  49. taw46 says:

    Thread of protests and defections of soldiers in Venezuela. Maduro still will not allow aid to be brought into the country.

  50. Dora says:

    Oh My!

  51. Dora says:

    Has the world gone mad?

  52. DeniseVB says:

    Cripes Suzette is back and retired now. Hopefully she’ll be blogging more since I’ve been a fan of hers since her Jersey days and her trademarked Michelle Obama “Fashion Icon and Busy Mom” posties in the early Obama arena. She burned out on the Obamas, but still riffed on other stuff that was my political break. (growing a lemon tree on her Jersey back deck, months of the city ripping up her backyard to improve the drainage creek behind her home, took months! etc…) She doesn’t do politics much anymore, probably a good thing 🙂

  53. Underwhelmed says:

    And the mask slips, revealing the naked wannabe tyrant behind the crazy eyes. This is why some people should never be given even a sniff of power.

  54. foxyladi14 says:

    74 years ago today, Marines on Iwo Jima raised the flag atop Mount Suribachi.

    Semper Fidelis.

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