PAUL RYON AND MITT ROMEY WANT TO ENSURE THAT THE GOP WILL BE ABLE TO SELL OUT TO DEMOCRATS AS THEY HAVE BEEN FOR THE LAST 12 YEARS!
Many of America’s leading conservatives are behaving as though someone walked through their front door smelling of manure. They are loftily disapproving of Donald Trump, who does not pass their ideological sniff test and who nonetheless is the presumptive Republican nominee. My advice: get over it. Your guy lost and, as Obama so famously said, elections have consequences.
What is it that so offends GOP grandees? They brand Trump a “populist.” That’s a term often used by the New York Times and other elitist liberal organs to describe somebody low and common, referencing George Wallace or some other discredited figure. However, the dictionary defines the term as a “member or adherent of a political party seeking to represent the interests of ordinary people.” How can that be a bad thing? Some might say that the problem in the U.S. is that both Republicans and Democrats have ignored “ordinary people” for too many years – and those folks are out for revenge.
The push-back to Trump from the conservative wing of the GOP is part ideological, part snobbery and part plain old peeve. The National Review went all out last January, devoting an entire issue to demolishing Trump, and set back the billionaire…not at all. The editors of the journal wrote that Trump is a “philosophically unmoored political opportunist who would trash the broad conservative ideological consensus within the GOP in favor of a free-floating populism with strong-man overtones.”
Here’s the problem: there is no “conservative ideological consensus” within the GOP or anywhere else, for that matter. That’s why Republicans have never nominated a staunch conservative to carry the GOP banner, and never will. Far-right candidates like Rick Santorum or Mike Huckabee always make a solid showing in states like Iowa or South Carolina, but they cannot make it to the finish line. Ted Cruz went farther than most, but only because he became the vehicle by which many hoped to derail the Trump train. On social issues like same-sex marriage and abortion, in particular, Trump is more in sync with American voters than Ted Cruz.
What the editors of National Review failed to understand is that tens of millions of Americans don’t see Trump’s politics as “free-floating” at all. They see him targeting issues that have incensed the nation but received but short shrift from the Obama White House or from the GOP leadership. They actually are offendedthat our border is wide open, a reality brought home in spades in 2014 when tens of thousands of people from Central America simply walked into the U.S. unimpeded. READ MORE