I'll say this about the man: he fights.
Stop me if you've heard this one before...
GOP candidate is in a close and important race. The days are growing short and then - unexpectedly - a gaffe happens. Maybe it's an old tape or an off-the-cuff remark during an interview.
The actual substance doesn't matter - what does matter is that the media trumpets it as a critical, career-ending fail, even though it really isn't. The candidate could probably recover, but then the GOP Establishment, Inc. jumps in and joins the ritual denunciation.
Elder Statesmen of the party condemn the remarks, and donors are urged to boycott because, as the Conservatism, Inc. shills put it: "That's not who we are as a party."
The Dems win, and the GOP Establishment, Inc. blames the loss on a "flawed" and "insufficiently vetted" candidate. "Next time go with a moderate, professional standard-bearer," they say.
Yeah, I know you've heard it before. You hear it every single election year.
It's what Conservatism, Inc. and GOP Establishment, Inc. do for a living. It's how they get paid.
Once upon a time, I actually believed the official line. I thought that these fails really were the fault of the candidate. Funny how we'd get oh-so-close and thing things would collapse. Better luck next year, right?
Now I see that it was all part of the plan. Conservatism, Inc. doesn't actually want to win because then its money would dry up. If we truly had limited government, what would those glossy mags do? Their entire reason for being is to be the polished voice of the Established Opposition.
Okay, maybe that isn't fair. Maybe they do want to win, but are simply in thrall to the liberal establishment, and constantly seek to curry favor with people they subconsciously consider their social betters.
In any event, Trump isn't playing that game.
He's in it to win it and he understand that the Dems cheat. The rules are stacked against him so he doesn't have to play by them.
Now Conservatism, Inc. would argue that what makes the GOP Great and Good is that they Always Play By The Rules. I disagree. I one sides cheats, wins, changes the rules into their favor, cheats again, wins, further skews things, and their opponent goes along with this, the opponent is complicit in the cheating.
I saw a tweet that Jonah Goldberg is sad that Trump's brutal counterstrike means he won't quit and that Dump Trump is over.
On October 9 he says this.
National Review wants Hillary to win. They want to claim the mantle of virtuous loser and enjoy taxpayer funded abortion, 15 million new voters and the end of most of the Constitution.
Because Trump made some pussy jokes.
Marvelous principles, they have, huh?
I've said it before, but if Hillary wins, the GOP proles are not going to tug their forelocks and go back to obeying the landed gentry of Conservatism, Inc. and GOP Establishment, Inc. Whatever happens, they picked their side and will live with the consequences.
FEARLESS PREDICTION: National Review's post-election cruise will have deeply discounted tickets this year.