Donald Trump will be beaten, but it sure as hell is not going to be the establishment that does it. Instead, it is hard-core conservatives like me and you who are getting out there and making the case that serious conservative renewal requires actual serious conservative candidates. You know, ones who never voted for Obama or gave money to Hillary – conservatives who were conservative before conservatism was cool.
For my trouble, I’ve been accused of being a RINO, which totally ruined last week’s Georgetown cocktail party. There I was, comparing Dockers creases with David Brooks and drawing Touché Turtle caricatures of Mitch McConnell on Karl Rove’s whiteboard, when all of a sudden I start getting tweets about how I’m figuratively – and sometimes literally – in bed with Jeb, conspiring to import millions of Mexicans and burn the POW-MIA flag. It made me so sad that I decided to drown my sorrows by doing shots of Glenlivet with John Boehner – big mistake.
Yeah, there really is a GOP establishment, a cadre of Washington insiders whose focus is solely their own power and position, and for whom conservatism is a useful mask to cover up the avaricious hunger for personal power that is their sole true motivation. But you are not part of the GOP establishment just because you oppose a guy whose focus is solely his own power and position, and for whom conservatism is a useful mask to cover up the avaricious hunger for personal power that is his sole true motivation when that guy’s name is Donald Trump.
Now, there are some people out there who will never, ever vote Republican – I know because they told me they won’t – and we need to just ignore them. They’re not worth the time since we will never win them over. But there are a lot of other people who are inspired by Trump’s willingness to say things the GOP elite doesn’t want said. The GOP elite, for example, expected us to keep our mouths shut about the rape and murder rampages of illegal aliens and quietly bury our children while they divvied up Chamber of Commerce donations. Nope.
Whatever possessed you Montgomery Burnses in the establishment and your Smitheresque enablers to think that we aren’t serious about conservatism is beyond me. Maybe it’s because you yourselves are not serious about conservatism. Instead, you’re in it for the power and prestige and position. We aren’t. And we’re mad as hell about your lies. Don’t think Donald Trump’s willingness to speak truth to fraudulence is something we don’t appreciate. Some of us just prefer the Republican candidate doing it be an actual Republican.
And some of us don’t give a runny dump about Republicans at all, having been burned by them enough times to learn from the experience at last. Some of us will never trust them again, no matter which empty suit they get to hold the football for us.
But some of us will keep right on clinging to the same old forlorn hope, and will get back in line to pimp for that empty-suit Lucy no matter what because hey, he ain’t a Democrat. And they’ll end up flat on their backs again after taking yet another swipe at that same old football, wondering what the hell just happened, going through the same old routine and expecting a different result yet again. Which is exactly what persuaded Burns and Smithers that they weren’t serious about conservatism in the first place. You can be loud, you can be angry, you can be brash, you can even be obstreperous about conservatism; doesn’t much matter to them, as long as you continue to be reliable.
Now tell me again, just who is it that’s “stubbornly resistant to facts and evidence” here?
Update! Steyn, still getting it:
In other words, as every functioning society understood until two generations ago, immigration has to benefit the people who are already here. Government owes a duty to its own citizens before those of the rest of the planet – no matter how cuddly and loveable they might be. The fact that it is necessary to state the obvious and that no “viable” “mainstream” candidate from either party is willing to state it is testament to how deformed contemporary western politics is. Trump may not be a “real” Republican or a “real” conservative, but most of his rivals are not “real” – period, as Carly Fiorina would say.
The retort that Trump is not a “real” Republican or a “real” conservative would of course be a devastating criticism had “real” Republicans and “real” conservatives” in Washington managed actually to “conserve” anything during their time in office. Fiscal prudence? Constrained welfare? Private health care? Religious liberty? There’s no point to a purity test for a party that folds more reliably than the White House valet. As I’ve said, for the Republican establishment the issue is Trump; for a large part of the base the issue is the Republican establishment.
Presumably, if you’re one of these bipartisanly extreme moderates, which of your incoherent positions is more pressing on election day determines your vote. The question then is whether large numbers of the electorate are as concerned about immigration as Trump purports to be. Via Mickey Kaus, for example, I found this nugget in a new paper by that David Broockman fellow quoted up above:
On immigration and abortion citizens tend to think the entire range of elite policy debate is too far to the left.
But on abortion one of the two parties at least talks the talk, even if it does nothing. On immigration both parties are engaged in a conspiracy against the American people. One party gets cheap voters and Big Government dependents; the other gets cheap labor and a chocolate on its turned down coverlet in the junior suite. The Democrats made a smarter deal. The Republicans signed a demographic death warrant. Yet Jeb! and the other alleged non-buffoons in the race have to be dragged kicking and screaming to get beyond the most ludicrous sentimentalist pap on the subject. If a “real” Republican is someone who toes the party line on a suicide mission, why be surprised that voters seek reality elsewhere?
Why indeed. And then there’s this:
Will describes Trump’s performance as “squalid,” and contends that he “coarsens” civic life. “Squalid,” with its connotations of filth and corruption—of something that requires sanitization—is a surprising choice of words. Surely, this is an overreaction. But then what kind of conservative would satisfy Will? Well, you’d have to go back 60 years, to a golden age when Bill Buckley made “conservatism intellectually respectable and politically palatable.” That would be the same Bill Buckley who, in a debate with Gore Vidal, exploded, “Now listen you queer. Stop calling me a crypto-Nazi or I’ll sock you in your goddamned face.” Even the most righteous of conservatives, then, have a coarse streak that emerges when they’re provoked. Rage is sometimes only a normal reaction, and the absence of passion in the face of slanderous provocation can be pathological.
Interestingly, Canadians are more tolerant than Americans of this sort of behavior from their politicians. In 2008, when Prime Minister Jean Chretien’s public address was disrupted and cut short by rowdy protesters, he plowed into the crowd, grabbed one of them by the neck and forced him to the ground. He then knocked the megaphone from the hands of a second protester, and went on his way. Canadians loved him for it. The neck-hold came to be known as the “Shawinigan handshake,” named for Chretien’s hometown. Today, an illustration of Chretien applying the famous handshake to a Canadian hockey personality graces the label of a microbrew, Shawinigan Handshake Pugnacious Strong Ale.
But then I recall Will sniffing his nose at another déclassé Republican candidate and his supporters as “kamikaze conservatives.“ That was Ronald Reagan, and Will invited him to form a third party and lead his mob of followers “into outer darkness.” Will acknowledged that while this “would cost the party some support…it would make the party seem cleansed.”
George Will is not the only Ruling Class Republican to express contempt for Donald Trump. And some express even more contempt for those who like him. Writing for National Review Online, Charles C. Cooke calls Trump a “virus.” (What is it with these misophobics?) and those who like him are ill, infected. You can recognize them because “by their dull, unreflective, often bovine behavior, they resemble binary and nuancless drones.” Nuancless?
Choosing Trump for the presidential nomination, explains Cooke, is “comparable…to a person’s choosing a disabled man to run in a marathon.” Who would do something like that? Oh, wait. The disabled do compete in marathons, and have done so with pride since 1972. I’m sure that Cooke didn’t intend to diss the disabled.
The problem for Ruling Class Conservatives like Will and Cooke, is that the Left has emasculated them. They tremble lest they let slip a faux pas that the Left can jump upon. They must at all times show that their Conservatism is “intellectually respectable and politically palatable,” and worry that Trump will make them look bad to the Liberals and their media. They are unable to grasp the fact that, notwithstanding all their efforts, the Left will never regard them as respectable and palatable. To achieve that goal, they must first become Liberals themselves.
Trump makes it clear that he doesn’t give a damn what Liberals think of us. And everyday people of all political persuasions applaud when he stands up to the self-important elitist media, just as they did with Newt Gingrich in 2012. It’s time for the Right to man-up. Emulate Donald Trump and the Canadians.
Emphasis on that key bit mine, and…bingo. We’re in a war with the Left for the soul of this country, one that with every passing day is becoming less of a metaphorical and more of a literal one; even some of your own Establishment candidates concede that, when it suits them and they’re in front of the right audience. Time to start acting as if we were. Lead, follow, or get the hell out of the way.
Right now, Trump is leading, in every sense of the word that counts. Want to be rid of him? Get your thumbs out of your mouths and your fingers out of the wind; stop the smarmy dissembling about “fighting” when you have no intention of doing any such thing; and stop rolling over for the Left–most especially including the “liberal” press–and showing them your yellow bellies. Abandon your phony “civility,” toss out the Marquess of Queensberry rulebook, and take the fucking gloves off and replace them with brass knuckles. Stop bringing knives to gunfights.
Either that, or step daintily to the side, sniffing about how unbecoming and uncivil it all is; go on whining about the “squalid” mud and blood being splashed all over your spats and monocle…and, as I said, get the hell out of our way.