A thread on @KoriSchake, @AEIfdp and Jimmy Quinn's hit piece on Kori in @NRO, which I have now read. Here's the tldr: this is a form of conservative cancel culture that we should be super-savvy about.

Also @KoriSchake is a badass @nro is going to have a hard time intimidating.
For those who didn't read the piece, which I don't recommend and am not going to link to, it basically says the following: Hill staffers are complaining about Kori because she doesn't follow current GOP orthodoxy on a few discrete issues: Nord Stream II, the Iran deal.
None of the quoted staffers will put their names to the criticism of Kori, who is the only named source in the piece.

There's another important theme in the article: Kori has never buckled from her Never Trump stance.
The story is explicit on this being part of the supposed problem. Other AEI folks, whom the story names explicitly, came around eventually and fell in line. But Kori did not, the story says. This, I suspect, is the real issue. How can a conservative think tank be tolerating this?
I don't want to pretend to be unbiased here. Kori is a close friend, one of my favorite people actually.

But we need to be candid: what's going on here is a frank attempt at intimidation, a kind of brush-back pitch from the Trumpists at Kori and, particularly, at @AEI.
It's an anonymous warning, published in one of the organs that enforces Republican orthodoxy, that this sort of deviation from the expectations of the movement--on issues but also on Trumpism itself--will not be tolerated forever.
What are the consequences? The Hill staffers in the piece claim that AEI work product already comes to Capitol Hill with a presumption of non-validity. And they warn darkly of what really amounts to a boycott in the future.
Here's the good news: they picked the wrong woman to fuck with on this sort of thing. Here's what Kori will do (he says, not having consulted with her at all about what she will but infinitely confident of his rightness).
She will smile.
She will say something witty in private.
She will answer questions about @AEIfdp in public--as, indeed, she did in this article.

And she will go on and run her shop in exactly the manner in which she was doing before.

Because as I said yesterday, @KoriSchake is a great American.
That's all I got.

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