We look forward to the print version of the National Review (NRODT). They have been on a roll lately with the special issues on socialism and capitalism Despite the article below you should subscribe in some manner.
We have started a category for Josh Hawley because he has been the most disappointing GOP Congress critter in recent memory and the only person obviously running for the ’24 GOP presidential nomination. The National Review puts him in the spotlight with Josh Hawley’s Virtue Politics by John McCormack. We were disappointed that it turned out to be a hagiography.
Sidebar: We understand that Josh is a rising star in the GOP and the National Review can hardly do a MWG piece on him. On the other hand, John and his editors could have been more even handed. End Sidebar.
Our disappointment started early when John described him as a “conservative intellectual.” We find him neither although, to be fair, we do find him “a populist with a paternalistic streak” that shows up in the same sentence. We see the two descriptions as mutually exclusive but not collectively exhaustive in case you thought we were going to make a connection to binary choices. Still you should subscribe and read the whole thing, online if you prefer. You will learn he is up to other mischief beyond our reporting. He and Florida senator Rick Scott have introduced legislation that would prevent drug firms from charging more in America than they do in Canada or some European countries. The “some” is from the article. We don’t understand it either. Anyways, we are highly disappointed that two GOP senators are fighting markets and attempting to micromanage drug companies to the detriment of our children and grandchildren. He Rick don’t think it will stifle innovation. They are wrong. Even worse, Josh suggests he knows what profits should be: “Pharma is turning a nice healthy profit in Europe.”
Josh seems like the worst possible presidential choice for the GOP in ’24. Worst? Well, we hope they can do much better. On the other hand, he is just fine as the senator from Missouri.