The other day I turned on Fox News and was presented with Britt Hume
opining on the state of conservatism and where it goes after the
election. I’m going from memory, but he said something like,
Conservative Movement was about low taxes, small government, muscular
foreign policy and opposition to abortion, among other things.” He then
went on to point out that Trump is none of those things and that those
issues are not featured in his campaign.
What struck me about what he said is there was no trace of
self-awareness. No mention of the fact that the Conservative Movement
lost on all but the foreign policy stuff, and that has been a disaster.
The tax bite has not changed very much since the 50’s, despite endless
rounds of tax cuts and tax reform. Government has grown like a weed and
social issues have all moved in one direction, with amazing speed at
A theme here over the years has been the fact that the Conservative
Movement has managed to conserve nothing. The reason they are in a
crisis is the same reason a losing ball coach finds himself in jeopardy.
People will tolerate only so much losing. A salesman, who cannot close
deals, gets fired, even if he is the nicest guy in the world. What’s
happening today is Official Conservatism™ is being fired.
Official Conservatism™ hates Donald Trump and they hate the people
voting for him. That’s been a bit of an eye-opener for people. When Hume
detailed Trump’s deviationism, he was dismissive and condescending. He
then had that gold plated phony George Will come in and dismiss Trump
and the people supporting him as knaves and fools. The segment was
ostensibly about Official Conservatism™, but it was really just an
excuse for the two of them to bash Trump