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Conservative columns: Niche sites and #NeverTrumpers

Written By | Jan 14, 2018

WASHINGTON, January 10, 2018: Now that we’ve provided you with out 2018 Top 10 list of conservative columns and site  (here and here), we’d like to mention a few additional conservative columns that are also worthy of note. One or two might very well appear in future Top 10 lists.

Best up and coming site: LifeZette. Good writers, consistently conservative columns and well reasoned pieces here but still developing.

Weirdly perspicacious site by a guy who’s actually not a conservative: Scott Adams’ Blog. Like Don Surber (above), longtime “Dilbert” cartoonist Adams has been eerily, almost 100 percent accurate on the ongoing Donald Trump phenomenon, and has bravely endured a lot of comment crap ever since he started in this extensively well-reasoned thread. To my great surprise, this cartoonist seems as well tuned in to the Washington Swamp and the brains of the deplorables as he has been for decades on the brain-numbing world of Dilbert and his fellow techy denizens of cube farms across the country

Uniquely conservative niche site: Da Tech Guy. Conservatism with a Roman Catholic touch, penned by Da Tech Guy himself, Peter Ingemi. I met him very briefly a few seasons back at one of the annual CPAC conferences in Maryland, back in the days when the clowns who run that show weren’t denying CDN writers press credentials. Ingemi is the real deal, an old-fashioned conservative ur-blogger working diligently on a shoestring budget to offer rock-solid conservative columns that more than occasionally tie in with Christian and specifically Catholic values. You know, the kind of values that only bitter clingers still support. He runs his well-written, old-style blog now with the help of several equally talented conservative miscreants. Give the guy and his associates a read, and hit the tip jar for God’s sake. (No plenary indulgences included.)

A fine column that reminds you of what real thinkers once were like: Belmont Club/Richard Fernandez. Launching his surpassingly well-written, reliably conservative columns many years ago under the pseudonym “Wretchard,” and penned by a Philippine-born, Australia resident named Richard Fernandez, Belmont Club gradually became affiliated with the Pajamas Media gang that also includes Instapundit. Written and edited on a level that even today’s copy-desk deficient Wall Street Journal would envy, Fernandez’ deep, detailed, yet eminently readable conservative columns and think pieces on contemporary political and social topics, often on the American political scene, are among the best journalistic pieces I’ve ever read during my increasingly long lifetime. Whatever the topic, Fernandez will make you an expert on its vagaries and complexities. This is the kind of stuff you used to look forward to in publications like The Atlantic, before it, too, succumbed to the plague of fake news and flapdoodle.

A pair of sad thumbs down for excessive #NeverTrumpism:

HotAir. I soured on this once attractive and reliable site last year. My change of heart was due in large part to the brain-dead anti-Trumpism that’s the stock in trade of the site’s godfather, the still nameless Allahpundit. Like that embarrassingly hubris-ridden Weekly Standard dinosaur Bill Kristol, Allahpundit’s sour attitude toward our demonstrably conservative president has become so predictable and boring that I no longer bother to read him. I do still read Jazz Shaw here. He’s a talented columnist who writes crisply and with an abundance of common sense.

RedState. Established largely by a self-important, conservative gasbag named Eric Erickson (who has since left the organization), this is a once reliable site that’s largely gone #NeverTrump. RedState writers in the main prize what they regard as “true conservatism” far more than they do winning elections. In other words, they prefer ideological purity over gaining actual power. Would we have gotten 8 ruinous years under America’s first Marxist president if Democrat supporters had behaved the same way? I wonder if most of these guys ever think of that.


Terry Ponick

Biographical Note: Dateline Award-winning music and theater critic for The Connection Newspapers and the Reston-Fairfax Times, Terry was the music critic for the Washington Times print edition (1994-2010) and online Communities (2010-2014). Since 2014, he has been the Senior Business and Entertainment Editor for Communities Digital News (CDN). A former stockbroker and a writer and editor with many interests, he served as editor under contract from the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) and continues to write on science and business topics. He is a graduate of Georgetown University (BA, MA) and the University of South Carolina where he was awarded a Ph.D. in English and American Literature and co-founded one of the earliest Writing Labs in the country. Twitter: @terryp17