Senior Editor At National Review Jonah Goldberg joined Fox News Radio's Guy Benson and Harf to discuss the death of Jamal Khashoggi and midterms.
On his piece in the LA Times: Part of it is we don't have a lot of diplomatic personal in Saudi Arabia and we basically relied on Jared Kushner as this envoy and Donald Trump with this personal relationship and there weren't a lot of people in the room or on the ground over there to lay out a clear understanding of just how far you can take this new wonderful relationship we have with Saudi Arabia and we know that the Crown Prince is an ambitious guy who has taken some bold or aggressive steps to consolidate power... The Saudis have behaved buffoonishly beyond anyone's reckoning. This idea that basically they've settled on the argument that someone punched this guy so hard he dismembered himself. And now there are no good options and it's a mess all across the board. (2:18)
On the threat of violence by partisans: It's getting worse and I think it's going to get worse before it gets better. I honestly think if the Democrats don't win the House you'll see a lot of people convinced that conventional democratic politics, you know the system is rigged, or it's not a viable legitimate avenue any longer. I think you'll see the left making more arguments about 1960's style violence. You've got elements on the right, these proud boys which are buffoons, glorifying violence. This stuff goes back further than the Kavanaugh. (4:47)
On his overall thoughts heading into midterms: If you do a straight line projection from today, I think the Republicans, I think the Kavanaugh brouhaha saved the Senate for the Republicans and they will probably pick up one or two net seats in the Senate. The House, I'm still inclined to say that the Democrats take the House. If you just look at the map they just need to win like one out of three of the competitive races to get over the top. (12:05)
On Trump saying he is a nationalist: I'm of mixed minds about it. On the one hand, as a conservative who cares about keeping the torch of traditional modern American conservatism alive I kind of like that he is ashuwing the label of conservative and choosing nationalist because it creates an inherent tension and dichotomy. I think there is a difference between a conservationism and a nationalism. You can be a conservative with some nationalist sentiments, but at the end of the day, particularly in the American political tradition, there is a difference between nationalism and patriotism. (14:09)