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MSNBC Contributor: “Public Policy Does Not Matter”

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MSNBC Contributor: “Public Policy Does Not Matter”

MSNBC Contributor: “Public Policy Does Not Matter”
May 24
14:46 2018

Max Boot recently appeared on CNN’s New Day morning show to be interviewed by Alisyn Camerota. Since Boot is not a household name, a brief biography may be useful.

Boot is a journalist, author and by his own description a “natural contrarian.” Biographically, he can establish some credibility for his claim to being – or at least has been — a conservative Republican. He started out writing for the student newspaper at the University of California, Berkley – claiming to have been the only conservative writer in the publication’s history.

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He has worked for the Wall Street Journal, the Christian Science Monitor and has been a contributor to the Weekly Standard, Bill Kristol’s conservative – but vehemently anti-Trump – publication. His specialties are military history and foreign policy.

Boot has not been a dogmatic conservative in that he sees himself as a social liberal, with his most obvious apostasy being his lifelong pro-abortion position. He seems to be a member of the used-to-be-Republicans that have morphed into a category best described as “establishmentarians” – those Republicans who long for the old status quo.

As I watched the interview, I was again struck by the arrogant contempt Boot and Camerota have for a good half of the American public. Their only explanation for those of us who see positive policies emanating from the Trump administration is that we’re somehow uninformed. Why aren’t we getting it, Camerota inquired? After all, “we are doing our (cable news) job,” she declared. I did not know that the incessant Trump/Republican/conservative bashing was part of the actual job description. Silly me.

According to Boot, educating the public is hopeless. There is just too much information for we common folk to absorb. The only solution, Boot said, is political. We must all vote for Democrats to take over Congress – and then he dropped this bomb – “no matter what you think of their polices.”

What Boot blurted out is the essence of the #NeverTrump resistance movement. Issues and policies be damned. Do not consider Supreme Court appointments. Do not consider deregulating and reducing the size of the federal government. Do not consider an improving economy. Do not consider the potential of denuclearization. Do not consider the fight against terrorism. Do not consider trade with China. And so forth.

According to Boot, the ONLY thing to be considered is the political in-fighting between Trump and his critics. In that one comment, Boot sacrificed a life-time reputation as an intellectual on the altar of expedient political partisanship.

To Mr. Boot, I say: Policies do matter. And for many of us, who you malign as uninformed, policies matter more than some crappy personality and political hijinks.

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Larry Horist

Larry Horist

Larry Horist is a conservative activist with an extensive background in economics, public policy and politics. Clients of his consulting firm have included such conservative icons as Steve Forbes and Milton Friedman, as well as the White House. He has testified as an expert witness before legislative bodies, including the U. S. Congress, and lectured at major colleges and universities. An award-winning debater, his insightful and sometimes controversial commentaries appear frequently on the editorial pages of newspapers across the nation. He can be reached at lph@thomasandjoyce.com.

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4 Comments

  1. jim
    jim May 25, 10:38

    Amen, brother!

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  2. DW
    DW May 25, 11:21

    Put Boot in the group who believe who believe the earth is flat. He is just as idiotic.

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  3. Menoceras
    Menoceras May 25, 13:06

    This guy is correct…trump and his ilk are dangerous traitors to america and its staggering democracy.We stand at the edge of a cliff…and trump is pushing us closer to the edge.Anyone but trump..or his evil twin putin.

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  4. Trevor
    Trevor May 28, 12:14

    Boot needs a boot up his arse.

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