Was it only a few months ago that Never Trumpers were claiming that The Donald was a liberal Democrat in disguise?
“Just you wait!” they shrieked. “He’ll betray you all!”
Of course the paid mercenaries of Conservatism, Inc. know all about betrayal. They’re experts at it.
The routine goes something like this:
- Campaign as a true conservative and heir to the sainted Ronald Reagan. Whip the grass roots into a frenzy that you will finally do big things like shrink government and appoint judges to overturn Roe v. Wade. Also, claim you believe in a strong national defense, protecting Western culture and defending our borders.
- Upon getting elected, immediate do none of these things, and instead claim that the best one can hope for is “incremental change” which in practice means enacting Democrat policies a little slower than the Dems would if they were in charge.
- Campaign on the same platform and say that if you just had a few more seats, you’d get it done this time for sure.
All during the transition, I saw Never Trumpers pointing out that the day of the Big Betrayal was on its way and we should have voted for True Conservative Egg McMuffin or Hillary.
And yet, here we are only a week into his term, and he’s doing pretty well.
That isn’t enough for the GOP Surrender Caucus. John Podhoretz actually argues that the Million Cat Lady March should be a wake-up call for Trump.
To do this, he has to ignore the fact that not one of these people voted for Trump and would never do so. They are the hard core of the leftist base. Reaching out to them is like putting your hand in a woodchipper.
This is exactly what Conservatism, Inc. does – come up with excuses to surrender. “Gosh, these women dressed like vaginas are really thoughtful, nuanced people who surely represent great swathes of Middle America. We should find common ground with them! How about taxpayer funding for abortion?”
Meanwhile, Mike Pence is the first sitting vice president to join the March ror Life. You know, that core conservative issue? The one the GOP Establishment keeps wanting to put off until after the next election (and like tomorrow, the “next” election never actually gets here).
It’s strange to be proven correct so quickly, but Podhoretz has already validated my previous post. Like the rest of his Never Trump bitter-enders, he knows that if Trump actually does what he promised, the whole elaborate kabuki structure of Conservatism, Inc. will collapse.
Their only hope is to get Trump to sell out. So far, he doesn’t seem interested.