“Were he to be nominated, conservatives would have two tasks. One would be to help him lose 50 states — condign punishment for his comprehensive disdain for conservative essentials, including the manners and grace that should lubricate the nation’s civic life. Second, conservatives can try to save from the anti-Trump undertow as many senators, representatives, governors and state legislators as possible.”
Reading the entire article there are some criticisms of Trump made we can appreciate, indeed we have made them, but in the context of not allowing a Hillary to be President if we don’t get our way. Apparently George Will cares not about what would happen for sure under Hillary. To reconfigure John Maynard Keynes dictum with regard to Hillary, “in the short-term, we are dead.”
Did George Will suggest letting the assured liberals win in the face of so much Republican apostasy over the years, apostasy not limited to Trump, but perpetrated by the establishment (and supported by Trump)? Precisely why now in the face of a Hillary is he all principle? Did he suggest no renomination for GW Bush who added steel tariffs in bis first term? Did he insist as the only thing left for the party to do after his second term was to repudiate Bush for bailouts and “too big to fail” and all the Republicans who went along with it, to not sully ourselves any longer with them?
Did he demand all Republican honors to GW Bush be withdrawn because he abandoned his backers on the political field of battle as regards Iraq policy? Bush was arguably an incompetent servant of the conservative cause. If Trump ends up being the nominee and there is a viable conservative that does not give us Hillary, we will consider joining that effort, otherwise it seems better to build an effort to stop the inculcation of Trumpism into the party. If that means a third party well so be it.