Dr. Theodore Roosevelt Malloch, author of DAVOS, ASPEN & YALE: My Life Behind the Elite Curtain as a Global Sherpa, Chairman and CEO of The Global Fiduciary Governance LLC, and great-grandson of President Theodore Roosevelt, told the Breitbart News Saturday audience that the Beltway-entrenched, right-leaning pundit class revealed how out of touch it’s become after National Review published a special issue dedicated to attacking GOP frontrunner Donald Trump’s populist and nationalist pitch for the presidency.
Malloch told Breitbart News editor-in-chief and host Alex Marlow that he has been a lifelong reader of National Review and was a friend of its founder, William F. Buckley. “I think I grew up watching every single episode of Firing Line.”
“What I said basically… I wasn’t surprised by these old, tired voices, including George Will, and all those in the NR, anti-Trump campaign. It’s essential a last-ditch effort to try to stop the inevitable. The whole thing is rather foolish. It’s vitriolic,” he said. “I think they’ve actually handed Trump the fastest route to the presidency, and this will increase his poll standing by more than 10 percent. Because National Review is really not significant anymore. It’s readership has dwindled. Its editor surely ain’t no Bill Buckley in any way, shape, or form. But it is interesting to see what these old, inside-the-Beltway bandits have to say and frankly, what they have to lose. Because that’s what this is all about: They all backed other candidates, right? They backed Cruz, Rubio, and Bush. And they’ve lost. So they will — they don’t have a horse.”
“The GOE as I call it, the Grand Old Establishment, no longer represents real conservatism or the evolving GOP,” Malloch added.
Marlow asked why Malloch thought voters so roundly rejected the pundit and consultant class entrenched in D.C.
“Well, I think this is the pendulum swing. People are just sick and tired of the same-old, same-old, and this class whether it’s on the Left or the Right frankly don’t understand the term …. They don’t understand economic anxiety that is experienced by middle class people, and they — to put it in a nutshell, they don’t live in the flyover zone. They’re captives of Washington, D.C., which is a one-factory town. I lived there myself for a period. It is a one-factory town. It has an insidious culture. And these people have become complete insiders. I would actually say they’re complicit in the malaise of governing. They go along to get along. And they’re, in fact, part of the problem. So they actually fear Trump or that whole movement, because they will be excised.”
Executive chairman Stephen K. Bannon asked Malloch to give some details on his journey from being an insider’s-insider to more of a Jacksonian. “You write with the voice of an intellectual from the nationalist, populist movement,” he told Malloch.
“Well, I am a movement conservative,” Malloch said. “I attended an evangelical college and did a doctorate under Straussians. I studied with Allan Bloom [author of The Closing of the American Mind] and that whole cast. I’ve been in dozens of conservative causes and served in many think tanks. I was an early-age foot solider in the State Department under Ronald Reagan… I was appointed by Reagan and served under Bush 41 in a high-ranking U.N. post. I’ve been an intellectual, I guess, my whole life. I’ve written a number of books on global strategy, international economics, more recently on management, spiritual capital, even a book on the value of generosity… I do political economy as the Brits call it, but I am intellectually basically a Presbyterian from Philadelphia.”
When Bannon asked if Malloch cancelled his subscription, Malloch laughed and replied, “Well, they need all the subscriptions they can get…. so I cut them a break there.”
In a blistering essay published at The Gateway Pundit, Malloch compared D.C. Beltway conservatives and Bushworld to Tammany Hall and wrote they’re long overdue for an upset:
[George] Will, NR and their Bushie buddies on K Street, who are very much Inside the Beltway, can’t stand the possibility that Outsider business-savvy Trump would upset their cushy little applecart and gravy train. All the clubs, fancy lunches — paid for by lobbyists, and the Republican coziness cum cronyism would be swept away like the end of Tammany Hall, were Trump to succeed. Will would have to close his swank salon in upscale Chevy Chase and come to the realization that we no longer inhabit the quaint 18th century world that so enthralls Will and his toney, all talk, no action ilk. His brand of politics and talk shows ad nauseam would come to an end. He might have to sell all his dated bow ties at the Episcopal Church secondhand auction—if there were any takers (he IS an atheist) or go back to the professoriate.
Will, NR and the Grand Old Establishment (GOE) are not the GOP — as they are now discovering. Will may not like Trump’s TV shtick but he will not be able to rid us of him or drive him from the Republican Party. Indeed, Donald has pledged not to run in a Third Party—would Will and his likes make the same pledge now? Do they play by the same rules?
Trump is succeeding precisely because the Will-types have failed to govern, caved into the welfare state and become likeable iconoclasts who achieve nothing. Will was the mock-debate candidate for George W. Bush and we all saw how that transformed him into a real conservative. Kristol was the hack behind Dan Qualye and that bombed.
It appears that the Establishment Republicans will apparently go to any distance to stop Trump. Why? Because he is outside their ranks in much the same way that Buckley was outside the norm when he ran for mayor of New York. Bill too could be acidic, tempestuous and cutting in his own unique, yes, urbane way. Get used to Trump. This is a new era.
Only Trump has the credibility to speak to this liberal globalist “superstition” which was Buckley’s firm point. Trump gets it in a way Will and his new world order types never did.
Trump may in fact be a paradox: he is a conservative who seeks to ensconce liberalism with a small L, i.e.; limited government, a free economy, and a big stick. He is doubtless loud, populist, takes the offensive, and most importantly, he can win!
George Will, NR and the political class should stop with the name-calling and re-enter the world of reasoned argument and support a big tent Republicanism.
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