Monday, December 18, 2023

Williamson Channels Schlichter

Kevin D. Williamson seems to be trying his hand at channeling Kurt Schlichter. The Wall Street Journal has included the result among their opinion columns. 

There are some touches of brilliance but he is too long winded compared to the original. What follows is one of the good chunks:

The dreadful and contemptible 2024 presidential election, which almost certainly will be fought out by Donald Trump, a depraved game-show host who tried to stage a coup d’├ętat when he lost his 2020 re-election bid, and Joe Biden, a plagiarist and fabulist first elected to public office 53 years ago who is going to be spending a lot of time this campaign season thinking about his family’s influence-peddling business and the tricky questions related to it, like whether you can deduct hookers as a business expense.

Williamson says this contest is our fault. The other clever bit is the following, with a surprise ending.

The No. 1 issue in the 2024 presidential campaign is not the debt, the economy, Ukraine, Israel or crime—the main issue is, beyond any doubt, immigration. At least, it’s the one at the top of my agenda and foremost in my own thoughts.

I just haven’t settled on where to go.

I like Switzerland a lot, but I'm not wealthy enough to live there.