My post title actually has little to do with the topics raised during the 6.5 hours (!) of discussion panels NR offered yesterday (which was an at sea day). Having gotten to know fairly well the panelists’ different personalities, however, I was struck by the West’s tight focus on individual personalities. Keep that concept in mind, because I’ll get back to it after a very quick rundown of yesterday’s afternoon events and the personalities I’ve come to know on the cruise.
First, the afternoon’s seminars:
The War on Cops. John Miller moderated a discussion with David French and Sheriff David Clarke. The bottom line was simple: Yes, there is a war on cops, one so severe that in many inner city neighborhoods, police have ended proactive policing, leaving the neighborhood to the hoodlums. Oh, and BLM is a con.
Tales from the Campaign. Rich Lowry had a discussion with Eliana Johnson to see what the takeaway lessons were from this last campaign. We got a reminder that Trump won by small margins, that the down ballot Republicans often won by larger margins, that Trump targeted disaffected working class people while the down ballot Republicans targeted the generic Republican voter, that Hillary was a simply awful candidate, and that Trump may be sui generis so that it’s difficult to draw too many future conclusions about his candidacy.