Monday, January 08, 2007

National Review Has Lost Its Nose

National Review used to be conservative. We grew up with Buckley's voice in the wilderness. They used to be able to smell out the phonies. Not any more, apparently. As our friend John Haskins said, it's "really sad, what has become of National Review. It's sort of degenerated into an overblown student government debating club with little relevance to the real world and an obsession with pleasing their 'faculty advisors'." Look at their upcoming conference on "conservatism", headlining Mitt Romney as a "conservative"!

How come MassResistance didn't get invited to speak at this conference? We think we'd have a lot to say in a "frank debate and discussion of the state of the movement." Do they really think Mitt Romney can discuss the "social issues" from a conservative perspective?

Does Romney think there's any moral or public health problem with homosexuality? Does he still think same-sex couples have every legitimate interest in adopting that heterosexual married couples do? Does he still think Catholic hospitals should be forced to give out the "morning-after pill"? Does he still think "gay and lesbian youth" need special encouragement in our public schools? Does he still believe that the words in constitutions have little or no meaning?

[We noticed the conference is going to be at the D.C. Marriott Hotel, which reminded us of the story of that hotel chain's founder, Willard Marriott: He is Mitt Willard Romney's namesake. Mitt's father, George Romney, was best friends with Willard Marriott. The Marriotts are big in the Utah Mormon community. One Mr. "Michael Marriott" is a big homosexual activist in Salt Lake City, and got the homosexual community a big role in the Olympics -- managed by Mitt. We're still trying to determine if Michael is a Marriott family friend of Mitt's.]

Claiming the Future
Speakers include:Jeb Bush, Tony Snow, Mitt Romney, Newt Gingrich, John Boehner, John Bolton, Rich Lowry, John O’Sullivan, Kate O’Beirne, Mark Steyn, Laura Ingraham, Kathryn Lopez ...
Topics include:
Debates on the war in Iraq, the role of the Religious Right, immigration, and energy policy; panels on foreign policy, social issues, domestic policy, small government, and quotas, blacks, and the GOP.
Join fellow conservatives, leading writers, and top policy makers in a frank debate and discussion of the state of the movement.
January 26 - 28, 2007
JW Marriott Hotel, Washington, D.C.