WASHINGTON, Aug. 23, 2015 – Donald Trump is not a conservative. At least that is what Republican commentators, politicians and reader emails tell me. They say New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, House Speaker John Boehner, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, Fox News political analyst Karl Rove and Sponge Bob are conservatives.
I added Sponge Bob because if the others can be considered conservative, so can Sponge Bob.
Squishy, moderate Republicans tell us not to hold them to “purity” tests. The reason, of course, is that they are ideological mongrels; they have no principles. That’s why they are loved by the mainstream media.
Republicans John McCain and Mitt Romney come to mind. Both men were emotional flat-liners and profoundly unelectable. Both told us they were “conservative.”
Their brand of conservatism – today’s Campbell Soup version – is dead.
And Trump is its pallbearer.
The New York billionaire is a single-issue candidate. More than that, he is unapologetic about his stance on immigration, refuses to accept the premise of media condemnations masquerading as questions and will not allow the guardians of politically correct speech (censors) to dictate his vocabulary.
According to the New York Times, “A review of public polling, extensive interviews with a host of his supporters in two states and a new private survey that tracks voting records all point to the conclusion that Mr. Trump has built a broad, demographically and ideologically diverse coalition, constructed around personality, not substance, that bridges demographic and political divides. In doing so, he has effectively insulated himself from the consequences of startling statements that might instantly doom rival candidates.”
In other words, Donald Trump is the genuine “post-partisan” politician. That’s because he is not a politician at all. America’s newspaper of record says Trump lacks “substance” because, like Americas’ governing elites, the Times is deaf to the concerns of frustrated and increasingly angry Americans.
Texas Sen. Ted Cruz – a favorite of the tea party – is languishing amid the herd of GOP presidential candidates because weak, establishment mongrels have diluted and emasculated Ronald Reagan’s brand of conservatism.
Sadly, conservative voters have no one to blame but themselves. They foolishly bought the nonsense that says Republican politicians claiming to be small-government conservatives should not be subjected to litmus or purity tests.
Polluted, feckless and unelectable Republican nonentities are what has become of those who call themselves “conservatives.”
That may have a little something to do with Trump’s growing appeal among GOP voters.
And so, to the Karl Roves of the Republican Party I repeat the headline for Time magazine’s cover story on Donald Trump: “Deal With It.”