The Lone Conservative Weekly: February 21


Sunday, February 21, 2021

Dear readers,

We hope you are having a great weekend.

With the passing of Rush Limbaugh earlier this week, the conservative movement lost an influential voice. At National Review, Jack Fowler reflects on the life and career of Rush Limbaugh, aptly describing the larger-than-life figure as “A consummate patriot, a happy warrior and a Cassandra too, an entertainer, the man of shtick and humility who day in and out, over decades, informed and formed millions, who connected with them in such numbers never before experienced…” Rest in peace, Rush. 

How the mighty have fallen. In a matter of months, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo went from Emmy-winning media darling to being accused by his fellow home state Democrats of federal ‘obstruction of justice’ in a letter urging the State Assembly to strip him of his emergency powers. In a one-party state, accountability for a politician is a rarity, even more so when one is a Democrat. Nonetheless, Cuomo has seen a dip in his approval ratings. At Spectator USA, John Fund ponders over the consequences the governor might face. 

Credit to Democratic Senators Joe Manchin and Kyrsten Sinema for endangering President Joe Biden’s plans to raise the minimum wage federally to $15/hour. However, as the push grows to include a minimum wage hike in the COVID relief package, the harm it would cause to small business and consumers alike is all too real. As union leaders blame “reckless capitalism” for such consequences, Bill McGurn reminds us in his Wall Street Journal column that it is far from the truth. 

On the foreign policy front, President Biden regurgitates platitudes about rebuilding alliances and restoring American leadership, with the hopes that this would restore a multilateral world order. However, the start has been anything but promising, as Walter Russell Mead notes at the Journal.

Though Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell voted to acquit Donald Trump in his second impeachment trial, he issued a forceful statement lambasting Trump on the Senate floor following the vote. Naturally, the former president hit back at the Senator by launching an incendiary attack of his own. While Trump might retain the loyalty of the base even after losing a Republican trifecta in two years and the disgrace on January 6th, time is on McConnell’s side in this rift, writes Rich Lowry at Politico

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The Newsletter Team


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