Breitbart's populist condemnation of George Will was swift, unmistakable, characteristically tacky, and yet admirably concise. CNN Politics and PJ Media (itself a conservative outlet) reported that Will spoke at "a Federalist Society luncheon" last Friday, announcing that "This is not my party" any longer, thus he has re-registered in Maryland from Republican to "unaffiliated." Breitbart reported the same, but with a pitchfork: Will spoke at "a fancy luncheon at the Federalist Society" (emphasis mine).
Unlike CNN and PJM, Breitbart was also careful to remind its Idaho-militia subliterates that the Federalist Society is housed in Washington, D.C.. How fitting that Will would announce his "Democratic Party-sympathizing" apostasy in that foreign outpost of centralized oppression. Still, although Breitbart was compelled to note that Will was schmoozing with Washington's elitist supermen of tyranny, his political-commentary stature was in simultaneous need of mildly ridiculing diminishment: "The bespectacled baseball aficionado has mostly been a non-factor this election cycle."
Breitbart left it unclear how a solitary columnist could be an imposing factor in a presidential election cycle, even if its hypersensitive reporting on Will provided a countervailing hint. I'm a trifle surprised that Breitbart failed to simply disallow Will's apostasy as a nothing-to-see-here non-story, which is how Breitbart treats most news of any significance.
On the other hand, Will's flight from the torch-lit madness did offer Breitbart yet another excuse to remind its priapic readership that "Trump’s populist nationalist campaign has galvanized voters and taken over Will’s once-genteel party." (No percentage was assigned to those "galvanized voters," just as no date was assigned to the GOP's last-seen "gentility.") "Trump has failed to lock up the support of some Beltway and establishment conservative types," continued Breitbart quite contentedly, "despite the fact that he is running on an extremely right-wing platform." If that didn't give Breitbart's readers an ideological stiffy, I don't know what could.
That last passage was Breitbart's most comical. Trump has failed to lock up establishment conservative types not "despite" his "extremely right-wing platform," but, obviously, because of it. Establishment types, whether conservative or liberal, possess an unmysterious fixation on actually winning national elections, which is done pretty much straight down the middle — not on the extremes of left or right. This simple, electoral phenomenon is so empirically verifiable one wonders how even Breitbart could miss it.
But is Breitbart missing it? Is Rush Limbaugh missing it, along with Drudge and Hannity and nearly the entire, right-wing flimflammery complex? I am skeptical. I am rather more confident that Breitbart's scribbling imbeciles and the stentorian windbaggery of Limbaugh & Co. uniquely understand that their profits lie not in a Trump presidency — which would necessitate quotidian defensiveness — but Hillary Clinton's — which would happily incite daily, over-the-top hostility.
And hostility sells.