Sometimes supporters of Donald Trump will point to the president’s limited accomplishments—the appointment of Neil Gorsuch; some executive orders—and angrily say to conservatives who hold on to their antipathy for the president and demand to know what, if anything, he could do for those who have yet to hop on the Trump Train to stop being “Never Trump.”
And the answer, if we’re being honest, is “probably nothing”? You can get a good sense why thanks to the way he’s behaved for the last couple of days. John Podhoretz brushes the broad strokes here; the big point is that it the lack of support, then and now, never really had to do with issues or with military strategy or anything like that. It had to do with temperament. Donald Trump is, simply put, temperamentally unsuited* for the job of “most powerful man in the known universe.”
Troubling news out of Silicon Valley, where Google—the company that knows literally everything about you and everyone you love—has been shown to employ people who think bad thoughts and, in a forum encouraging the free exchange of ideas, exchanged ideas that are Bad. I mean, can you even believe someone would write a manifesto with passages such as these?
I am on record as opposing efforts to nominate Wonder Woman—a film, for the record, that I quite liked in large part because it so successfully aped the aesthetic of Zack Snyder—for best picture at the Oscars. It’s a fine movie! It’s just not, you know, best picture material.
But, if I’m being totally honest, there’s a small, dark part of me that kind of wants it to get a nomination just to see Hollywood tear itself apart during the Oscar race. Because—again, if I’m being totally honest—the only reason that Wonder Woman would get a nomination is because a woman directed the film and this represents a step on the long, hard march toward equality and also this is a way to stick it to conservatives. Or, I dunno, something:
Spoilers for Game of Thrones through the fourth episode of the seventh season below. I was a bit confused to see this tweet from the New York Times‘ Ross Douthat regarding the use of dragons against Lannister King’s Landing: Has anyone written the dragons/King's Landing///atomic bomb/Hiroshima hot take yet? — Ross Douthat (@DouthatNYT) August 7, 2017 Confused …