A whole bunch of stuff, all mixed up together.
It is easy for people on the left and center to see the rightward end of US conservatism as an undifferentiated lump of homogeneous political consensus. However, that is an error akin to seeing a surface as being smooth at a distance but when seen at magnification is revealed to be full of pits and craters.
With the Sad and Rabid Puppies this often led to confusion. Note I do not accept the claim of Sad Puppy leadership that they were a wholly separate movement from the Rabids – the connection are too well documented for that to make sense – but there were strong differences in outlook and flavor between the two campaigns.
In 2016 there will be a US Presidential election and if you have been living in a remote valley in Bhutan then it is possible that you may not be familiar with the poll success of Donald Trump in his campaign to gain the nomination as Republican Party candidate for President. His poll success has been remarkable, although this has yet to translate into any actual delegate numbers. It has been predicted by numerous pundits that each of his controversial pronouncements will lead to voters dropping him like something icky but each outrageous claim seem to have only gained him more support among Republican-leaning voters.
So how are notable Puppies reacting to the turmoil in the Republican Party?
Firstly off to Vox Day. Vox hasn’t directly endorsed Donald Trump per-se but in multiple posts he has been boosting Trump as preferable to the rest: http://voxday.blogspot.com.au/search?q=Trump
This makes sense given Vox Day’s view of American conservatism as bankrupt and moribund. Notably Trump has taken an extreme and fanciful position on immigration which is Vox Day’s main political issue currently. Without going into much depth it is fair to say that Vox (and hence Rabidonia) is leaning towards Trump. Trump is cynical, effective at gaining publicity via controversial statements and also not afraid to make use of personal attacks – the match with Day makes sense.
John C Wright has said less about the nomination process. Back in November he did post this message expressing support for another notable outsider candidate, Dr Ben Carson http://www.scifiwright.com/2015/11/ben-carson-just-won-my-support/
Wright’s message was at a point when Dr Carson was doing well in the polls. Unfortunately for Dr Carson that level of support did not last and after some bizarre issues and a bit of a breakdown among his staff, Dr Carson’s polling fell badly. I don’t know which candidate JCW now prefers but Dr Carson was a plausible match: in one sense intellectual but with some very odd ideas but also a man of deep religious commitments.
More recently there has been input from the Sad Lands upwards from Rabidonia. Sarah Hoyt has written a long post heavily critical of Donald Trump. http://accordingtohoyt.com/2016/01/24/trumped/
Hoyt sees Trump as an opportunistic conman and his supporters as ‘low information voters’. I could make some snide remarks about all sorts of ironies here (particularly in the comments where assorted Puppies bemoan that there is isn’t a ‘None of the Above’ option in the voting) but I shan’t. Many of the observations are spot on but there is an obvious cognitive struggle going on to explain how US conservatism got itself into this pickle. Naturally the blame lies with the left and the media because the blame is always on the left and the media even in this occasion when it would appear to be Fox News watching conservatives backing Trump.
Hoyt also carries a lengthy quote from Larry Correia, she doesn’t provide a link and I assume it is from his Facebook page. Correia is equally scathing about Trump and scathes in Larry’s trademark style:
Trump is a populist clown, an empty vessel for the wishful thinking low information types to ignore his history and behavior to put all their fondest wishes on. Make America great followed by mumble mumble bullshit is just Hope and Change all over again. Yeah, we elected an unskilled narcissist once before and how’d that work out? There were plenty of clues how Obama would operate, and the wishful thinking types ignored them all too.
Ouch ! 🙂 So, fair to put Larry C and Sarah H as leaning towards Cruz and being definitely anti-Trump? I think so (no that doesn’t mean I think they agree with everything Cruz says, just that they’d prefer Cruz to Trump and that they don’t seem keen on the less-wingnutty choices e.g. Rubio and definitely not Jeb! )
The comments are worth reading too for those interested in the cognitive issues around people trying to make sense of what is going on with their own ideology. Unfortunately Hoyt says something pretty stupid at one point:
Yes, she probably didn’t mean that literally but rather like making jokes about bombs or smuggling drugs at airports, it is just not wise to make comments like that about obvious terrorist targets.
Less face-palm-awful comments from other regulars there also. Commenter ‘Res’ (not one I’m familiar with) makes some good comments and also includes a You Tube clip of the monsters-from-the-id bit of Forbidden Planet.
But doesn’t quite connect the dots – the analogy is apt but US conservatism has been channeling that Krell machine for sometime and we’ve all been putting up with monsters from their id for awhile now. It is only when the big orange monster heads towards Dr Morbius’s home does he work it out…
Anyway current state of play:
- Vox Day: pro-Trump
- JCW: pro-Carson (as of November 2015)
- Sarah Hoyt: pro-Cruz, anti-Trump
- Larry Correia: pro-Cruz, anti-Trump
Caveats for the above apply. Looking at that list it all sort of fits character/ideology wise. I don’t think Brad Torgersen will say much about any candidate but I suspect he isn’t keen on Trump either.