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Republicans’ Internecine Conflict Is Mirrored in Conservative Media


William F. Buckley Jr., a founder of National Review, once famously described a conservative as “someone who stands athwart history, yelling ‘Stop!’ at a time when no one is inclined to do so.”“Stop!” is what many commentators have been shouting this week in the once-mighty organs of conservative media like National Review, imploring Republicans to resolve the acrimonious infighting that has paralyzed the House of Representatives for three consecutive days.“Sorry” and “performative” is how the editorial page of The Wall Street Journal described the far-right revolt against Representative Kevin McCarthy’s bid to become speaker.“An embarrassing spectacle,” National Review called it in an editorial.Sean Hannity of Fox News scolded one of Mr. McCarthy’s loudest antagonists, Representative Lauren Boebert of Colorado, on his prime time program on Wednesday, asking, “Isn’t it time for you to pack it in?”“The bottom line is you still only have 20 votes,” Mr. Hannity told Ms. Boebert as he interviewed her. He said that the resistance was counte …

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