On the Bright Side: Conservatives have a Future. The Trump GOP Does Not.

The Wilderness | Issue 66 | 5 . 10 . 2016 |

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People rarely grasp history while they’re living through it. Watershed moments are rarely recognized for what they are while we’re in the middle of them. If your mind can’t process the gravity of what you’re witnessing, it’s because what you’re witnessing right now with the end of the GOP p̶r̶i̶m̶a̶r̶y̶ and the nomination of reality TV entertainer Donald Trump is one of those moments. Careers and conservatism will be judged based on where those in the arena stood at this moment. Believe it.

With the Supreme Court up for grabs, a Senate now about to tilt back to the Democrats, and a state legislature majority not seen in 75 years, the GOP base simply threw it all away. And now they are about to get everything they’ve claimed they were mad as hell about over the past four years. Why? Because they were mad, or rather told to be mad. They’re mad about “comprehensive immigration reform” that never passed, they’re mad at budgets that will be vetoed by an uncompromising president in Barack Obama. They’re mad about the national debt, whatever the hell they think that actually is. They’re mad about trade, again, whatever that means to them. They’re mad at whatever Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity have told them to be mad about between pitching iced tea and soda streams.

Donald Trump is the perfect Fox News Nominee; a nonsensical congeries of every clichéd talking point the political Left has poked conservatives with for the past decade. He seemingly has formed his ideology from Greta polls and Breitbart comment sections. He’s your grandfather sitting in his favorite Archie Bunker rip-off chair screaming about how This Country Is Goin’ To Hell, but with about a billion extra dollars to burn and enough spray tan to lacquer an entire Real Housewives cast three times over. He’s the perfect soundbite candidate, and 40 million dollars’ worth of free soundbites is what carried him to the nomination.

Trump clinched a major party nomination based almost strictly on the short attention spans of his audience. Remember that unsubstantiated National Enquirer blockbuster exclusive about Ted Cruz’s purported five mistresses? Trick question: neither do Trump’s supporters. Trump is dependent on conspiracy theories, internet pontifications and outright trolls to maintain his flight of sensationalism. With Trump, the explicit strategy is to say the most outrageous thing he can about whoever opposes him and then make them prove the negative. This is the inevitable result of what happens when a mainstream media once tasked with finding truth is now more interested in finding narratives and clicks. 2008 changed everything — it was the moment when the network media decided they were all in for the magical story of Barack Obama and his promises of hope. Readers went elsewhere and voters turned to something else when hope never came. Truth no longer mattered. 

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This was how Trump became the first official social media nominee in history, a viral maven proving that high-profile celebrity and a high profile Twitter account can carry you to the Presidential nomination of a major party on the cheap. Barack Obama used social media and politics in a similar way: a great branding team basically told him to go out and say the right thing in the right way and they would do the rest. But Trump is social media. Barack Obama merely adopted the Twitter. Trump Bane was born in it, molded by it.

This will change politics more than even our own media can currently imagine in 2020 and 2024. It won’t matter if Hillary Clinton is a 74-year-old out of touch Miss Daisy wandering around the White House kitchen at 4am and attempting to microwave her Apple hologram texting device. The team around her will run her brand, advertise for her on Twitter and Facebook, and she will have the power of the White House brand behind her as well. Any opposing candidate will have to automatically have a social media following to even remotely stand a chance. The next 16 years of President Kanye and President Clooney are going to be awesome.

And herein lies the problem for Trump:

He now finds himself facing  a general election opponent who has already survived tabloid accusations that she birthed a space alien and that her husband hired the 3-breasted hooker from Total Recall as an intern. She’s been through all of this before, back in the 1990s. And I hope you enjoy reruns, because over the course of the next 6 months we are going to relitigate Vince Foster, Chelsea’s “real” father, Bill’s illegitimate black kids, and whether Aliens Back Clinton this time, or are Trump-curious. Roger Stone, Jr. will be shouting “Webb Hubbell!” from the rooftops and resurrecting stories about Mena, AR cocaine deals, and Trump’s anonymous goon army will dutifully hashtag it and send it out. 

The Info-Wartainment and National-Enquirerism has now been legitimized and will be allowed to fester because it will satisfy a part of the Republican base who wants to see Hillary take a beating for her sins. Trump exploits this with a barrage of cheap threats and call-in appearances where he is not made to account for his breathless declarations. What if Ted Cruz is Canadian? I’m just asking questions about Obama’s birth certificate. Hey man, Rafael Cruz never denied hanging out with Lee Harvey Oswald, it’s just a theory I read man. His online horde of Scavino-bots then pick these messages up, run with them to get them into the Breitbart bloodstream and voilà: a narrative is born.  These are the stories Trump is allowed to nurture into existence and drop at a moment’s notice because journalists fail at their duty to hold him accountable for any of it. 

This is the lifeblood of Trump’s batshit army of chainmail conspiracy enthusiasts, screaming into the Twitter tubes that they are mad as hell because no one listens to them anymore.

Here’s the thing: we stopped listening after their fourth forwarded meme from cryingeaglepatriot.tumblr about Frank Marshall Davis being Barack Obama’s real father or the CIA plot to assassinate Bristol Palin. These are our fathers, mothers, our uncles, our grandparents and our co-workers, and we let them get away with spreading such nonsense into the bloodlines of conservatism because we just didn’t want to deal with the drama of telling them how absolutely insane they were. We simply added their e-mail address to our spam folder and went about our day.

Well now the drama has found us and it has to be dealt with.

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We have no interest in winning you over anymore. You don’t want serious policy solutions or explanations of why Paul Ryan allowed the Ominbus to pass. It’s much easier to tune out while Sean Hannity screams “Traitor!” into his microphone. You don’t want a physics lesson on how, barring the acquisition of a Kryptonian terraforming space machine, Trump’s big beautiful wall will remain a myth. You want to scream with outrage that lowbrow, quasi-thinkpieces like this one do nothing but “insult the base.”

Well guess what? You’re right. Because a base that chooses a Cheeto-dusted con-man hellbent on proving every lazy Salon.com cliché the Left has ever spouted about the “Tea Party” is a base that not only deserves to be insulted, but outright ignored and shunned going forward. No matter how loud and no matter how many in number.

Cliff’s Notes conservative establishment authors and entertainers have decided that anger sells and have millions off of it. They’ve spent a goodly amount of time making sure you’re angry and afraid of the Kenyan Obama and scary Mexican hotel workers. You’re angry listening to them in your car. You’re angry listening to them in your garage. You’re angry reading them before bed. We’re done trying to change it. We’re simply bidding adieu. The GOP is yours. Do what you will with it. We’re done fighting for the soul of it. It deserves to die along with most of Trump’s baby-boomer base.

You want your speeches about Big Gulps and the white noise of your AM Radio and you want to be left alone for the remainder of what’s left of the past 30 years of your wasted political lives. And you’re going to get your wish.

Fox News pocket catheter spokesman and Footloose preacher Mike Huckabee has told us kids to get off his lawn. In fact most of Fox news in general has made it quite clear through Twitter fights and ghostwritten quickie books that they are not interested in a non-Trump audience. For all of this raging against the dying of the light by millionaire TV and radio hosts, it’s time to ask a very simple question: What are you getting out of it? The “base” is really, really upset that they fucked everything up, and now they are going to do something about it!

There’s another facet to all this that is not only fascinating but downright comically bewildering: the online alt-Right has fallen into line with the same position as the establishment of Bob Dole, John Boehner, Jan Brewer, Mitch McConnell, Dick Cheney and Newt Gingrich. Yes, this plucky anon army of anime-bots is apparently totally fine with standing shoulder-to-shoulder with that special brand of God, grits, guns and crazy. Failed ideologies make for strange bedfellows and they both agree: conservatives and moderates who will not support Trump are no longer needed. This a declaration passed down from the lint headed God-Emperor himself. And that’s fine with us as well. We’re tired of defending the culturally illiterate Mike Huckabees, the bobble-headed caricature that is now Sarah Palin, the over-the-hill Ann Coulters and the incompetent Reince Priebus.

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But know this: you cannot have it both ways. If we are told to pack our bags and go, we’ll go, peacefully without argument. We’ll go our way, you will go yours and that will be that. But you’re responsible for what happens next. There will be no MUH ESTABLUSHMUNT to blame this time. Trump is the candidate Rush Limbaugh has been screaming about for the past 20 years, and he finally got him. There are other fights in culture and media worth the time and effort. The 2016 election is no longer one of them. Madam President.

The GOP brand is now effectively the Trump brand, and the Trump brand is a garbage heap made to look classy and expensive. Those of you happy to scoop gold-leaf litter to cover the smell of the fanta colored cat turds are welcome to continue doing so; we are under no obligation anymore to explain, intervene, nor mitigate your desperate bullshit. And we won’t.

With Trump at the head of the party, the GOP has effectively become Trump University, and candidates looking to emulate Trump, Like Paul Nehlan, will begin popping up. These people are Frank TJ Mackey wannabes, more bent on proving their physical prowess than the soundness of their policies. A Ponzi scheme of jockhead fanatics all hoping to replicate Trump’s image of success, no different than a Jordan Belfort seminar. “You too can rise to the top of your primary field like Trump following these 12 easy steps and for just 9 easy payments of $39.99!!!1!!”

The Grand Old Party just became the Sell Me This Pen Party.

If all  of this sounds hopeless and lost. It’s not. Not in the least. Being excommunicated out of a party and ideology is not despair. It’s an opportunity. It’s where all snakes and charlatans once under the ideological clan of protection can be purged. In the wilderness, new ideas can be nurtured and new talent can be grown and new allies can be found. Supporters can be recruited without the culturally leprosied shackles of people like Rick Santorum and his family’s matching outfits hindering us. Even if the Republican Party survives Trump, it will never escape accounting for him. The GOP has been demolished. Long live the counter culture of conservatism.

Let those that demolished it sift through the wreckage, then. A new pirate ship can and will be built without them and must be maintained without them. The Democrats spent 12 years sailing those rough seas throughout the Reagan/Bush years. They regrouped, found their footing with help of an outdated media paradigm, and have remained in the mainstream of culture and politics using that message since. Whereas it appears that the GOP and its unhinged base would have done better to study how Democrats and cultural liberals made it through those twelve long years without caving to the first snake-oil salesman to come along and hijack their ideas. They accepted the reality staring back at them from the White House and branched out into culture and academia and after a long 20 year slog, a broken and angry group of Republican voters is their miraculous coup de grâce. But what they’ve given us is an opportunity to shed an old outdated skin.

Trump isn’t the bold, fresh face of a new movement. He’s the shriveled, aged mask of a dying one. 

He was able to complete such a rapid insurgency because the foundation of the party had become weak. The RNC became a circus tent propped up by TV and a leadership team who thought Fox News ratings were more important than big data, targeted voting, inner cities & college campuses. A white nationalist uprising filled the void that the party left open and for that the RNC should be held responsible–if not by us, then by Trump’s shenanigans for the next six months. Ah, nemesis.

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The nomination of Trump is a signal that the RNC, Reince Priebus and primary voters have zero interest in the future of cultural conservatism. What they want is a celebrity endorphin. They want their own guy on ESPN & the Ellen Show screaming about how that group of shady Mexicans gathered around the entrance of the Home Depot is the end of the Republic as we know it. This is how Barack Obama changed the fundamental nature of what the presidency is, and once again Republicans find themselves as cheap imitators. Voters bought into it. They never wanted liberty or principled constitutional opposition. They want their own reality TV king to explain in as little detail as possible how great their country and their whiteness is. And for that reason alone they should be ridiculed as much as Deray McKesson is for his racial identity politics of loving his blackness and yours. 

But ridicule aside, Avenging Conservatives cannot simply depart from the party without messaging and without goals. The goal should not be a third-party candidacy for the presidency, as some conservative elders recommend. (Notably, many of them also helped deliver this mess to our front doorsteps in a flaming paper bag) The only thing a third-party run invites is an opportunity for  Trump and his merry horde of Reichbart commenters to blame anyone other than his rank unpopularity and political gameshow ideology for his inevitable November swan-dive at the ballot box. They will place blame anyway, but why give them a legitimate excuse like splitting a general election vote. 

Conservatives who become Social Justice Warriors themselves, on behalf of Trump, are giving into a chintzy fad, one which ultimately only serves the interests of the man running the show. Worshipping a cult of personality still makes you a cult member, and make no mistake: no matter how many “TRUMP 2016” chalk-markings you leave on university sidewalks–and admittedly we all enjoy winding up the new squares of the “trigger”-happy generation–realize that you’re shifting exactly zero narratives in media and culture. Crusading over someone’s missing blue check mark is not moving the Overton window. There is no virtue to be found in living and dying by the news cycle or viral tweet. Any casual attendee making a face at a baseball game today can accomplish that. Social Justice Warriors on both the left and the right thrive on capturing the viral rage of a single moment in time and attempting to hit the home run with it. #NeverTrump is as pointless as #BringBackOurGirls.

The home run isn’t going to bring us back. This is what those that push Trump as an online meme do not and will not understand. “Crooked” Hillary Clinton has successfully clung to power and influence for over 20 years: she’s not going to be suddenly felled by One Brilliant Tweet or one Instagram video. Bold promises about a border wall that will never exist may make Trump fans feel better but it takes them no closer to Making America Great Again. It’s admirable that Twitter has become just another RPG video game, a distraction for some, and it’s good to look at that to a certain extent. It feels good to pound out the word “CUCK” from the keyboard of your clever /pol/ meme avatar, I’m sure. But it doesn’t change your miserable shitty life. No matter how many times you troll the staff of Commentary with frog-Twitter gas chamber memes for the lulz, you are not leveling-up in life.

In the end, in a country of three-hundred million people, choosing two that are hated most amongst the majority suits us perfectly at this moment in time. Another celebrity-built election on the back of those we loathe. We don’t follow Kanye West on Twitter because he’s a swell human being. We don’t watch the Kardashians argue about Caitlyn’s junk because we love and admire them. And we don’t nominate Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump because we love what they say about tax policy. We do it because it makes ourselves feel better. That’s the level of apathy we find ourselves in. But it can’t last and something has to take its place when we find ourselves at the end of this tunnel of shit. That’s the lesson to be learned from Trump and those that enabled him. Conservatives, now battling ideological opponents on both flanks, have to decide what that’s going to be, but if they’re going to do it, it has to be without any of the voices who have embraced, enabled or facilitated this catastrophe and that includes the Republican Party.

This is a once in a lifetime opportunity. Don’t waste it.

 

 

 

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  1. BDub Reply

    Your most quotable work, Mr. Miller. Outstanding, memorable and RIGHT to the bleeding-edge point.

  2. JefeinOC Reply

    Well said. I tire of being called a traitor because I point out the policies of insanity.  That while Smoot Hawley is dead, Trump has managed to raise the spectre for us all.  Sadly as an enrepreneur that has embraced the idea of building a future rather than destroying the personality, I am deemed dead to the world.  I am told that I am not needed by Trump, but “Trump people” (those strange people who push the equivalent of intellectual online shopping carts and smell funny) I am a traitor because I am not needed and acted accordingly.  Your words ring truer than Trump’s conspiracy theories, and are more substantiated than his threats.  Not since the betrayal of Republican principles under Hayes, has the party taken such a hit and become that which they loathed, the other party.jefe

  3. Tequila Sheila Reply

    Wow.  I only wish I  could write this well.  Thank you.

  4. cgray Reply

    The Trump Nazi Hayseeds on HotAir are not amused by your little piece. For what that’s worth.

    • Darren Reply

      So let me get this straight — you are supporting a NY liberal, crony capitalist, with a long history of contributing to progressive politicians, who wants to undermine the first amendment so he can attacks his critics in the press, who supports Kelo vs. New London so the government can seize property from private citizens and turn it over to businessmen like him, and who openly scorns conservative voters (e.g. “it’s called the republican party, not the conservative party”), and you somehow imagine that YOU’RE the conservative? Really? Lat time checked, to be conservative in America meant standing for limited government and constitutional principles, for the rule of law, for individual liberty, human rights, and the sovereignty of the people, and your chosen one doesn’t stand for ANY of that! I swear, you Trumpanzees are so drunk on the kool-aid that it’s made you incapable of rational thought. I’ve never seen anything so backward. A “cuckservative” is a phony conservative, one who sells out, who has bought into the key premises of the left, who is enthralled with liberal values — in other words: YOU, since you have chosen to line up behind a man like Trump, who is the very opposite of a constitutional conservative.

    • Myron Falwell Reply

      Good to know that the hate-filled white supremacists have decided to show up.

  5. Judith Sears Reply

    You say no third party for this election, which I happen to agree with, but then in the last paragraph you say conservatives “have to decide what that’s going to be” – what is “that,” btw? – without the voices that facilitated this, including the Republican Party. This sounds like a grand, deeply felt sentiment, but no plan, no concrete recommendations for next steps. Are you saying, long term, build a new party? Or, long term, come up with a manifesto that lots of conservatives rally around? Or, what?

  6. Ho Lee Phook Reply

    Wow…what’s delusional author…

    Trump owns and will reshape the GOP.

    • Myron Falwell Reply

      Trump owns a rotten corpse, and is intent on reshaping it into an entity that everyone who isn’t an Angry White Anglo-Saxon Protestant Male under the age of 55 will never vote for ever again. WTG.

    • Perseus Reply

      Delusional : an idiosyncratic belief or impression that is firmly maintained contrary to reality or rational argument.

      Look in the mirror, HO LEE PHOOK. You and your mob of unprincipled, constitutionally illiterate reactionaries are the real enemy of the Republic. 

  7. Laura Denton Reply

    Not holding anything back, huh. Well, good for you. I’m bookmarking this article – and I’m not afraid to use it. Thanks for voicing the utter disgust and the inevitability of our present situation.

  8. TheMadKingII Reply

    This rant is a laundry list of why Donald Trump is winning, and a testament to the willful ignorance and blindness of so-called conservatives who get bounced from office by conservative voters and wonder why. And who gives a damn what the political left thinks? Hint, Mr. Clueless: the political left in America will hate you and all you stand for no matter what you do. You and your elite conservative buddies stand there and shiver over the thought while Trump demolishes them every chance he gets. Maybe conservatives don’t have a future after all. They’ve certainly done nothing to distinguish themselves opposing Obama and far too much to aid him. What have they done? Aren’t true conservatives against illegal immigration, federal budget busting and sinking in debt? What have they done to stop any of it? And now they all whine like spoiled children. Go on and form your own party. You can call it the liberal right or conservative socialist party. Good luck with that. PS I was a loyal Reagan Republican for 29 years, cast my first vote for the Gipper in 1980. I left the party in disgust in 2009n after TARP. If Reagan were alive today, he would tell you there is no party left for him to go to. The Dems swung too far left, and today’s GOP doesn’t have the courage to stand up to Obama for fear of being called racists. Like Dan Rather used to say, “Courage.” WHo needs you anyway? Buh-bye!

  9. Shawn McElhinney Reply

    Wow!

    I have not read something that distilled so much of what I am feeling into words not written by myself before. Well done!

    Well done sir, well done!!!

  10. Kevin M Sacco Reply

    This Guy knows how to rant!  But in a good way.   Spot on sir!

  11. Nexialist Reply

    Conservatives have a future precisely because Donald Trump has destroyed the phony narratives the country has been living with under Obama.

  12. Jason Siebold Reply

    That sir is the best thing I’ve read about this whole mess. Thanks for raising a flag, a rallying point. Hopelessness was trying very hard to set in. As usual, you see right to the heart of the matter.

  13. California Conservative Reply

    So… You bitched and moaned for far too many words, stating the obvious and offering no solutions. Then you ended with “This is a once in a lifetime opportunity. Don’t waste it.” 

    That’s just about as disjoint a rant as you could possibly make. You could use the services of a good editor.

    Face facts. We are about to be presented with two less than ideal choices. It won’t be the first time (Don’t you remember Dole v. Clinton? McCain v. Obama?) The choice may be painful but it is also clear.  Hold your nose and choose Trump, on the hope he does the right thing with the Supreme Court.
    Everything else is recoverable. The Court is for life. Don’t give Hillary that choice.

    • Myron Falwell Reply

      Quit this bullsh*t about the election being a choice between two people, because it isn’t. I will not vote for either one; rather, I will cast my lot with the libertarians instead.

      And as for the Supreme Court… Reagan (O’ Conner), GHWB (Breyer) and GWB (nominating Harriet Meyers before Alito) struck out badly. You HAD only one candidate who would have made reliable conservative picks for the courts, and you rejected him for an orange-skinned charlatan.

    • FYTW Reply

      Hope is not a strategy, and picking up a turd by the clean end is a metaphysical impossibility. Even assuming that Donald Trump somehow, miraculously, prevails in November, there is absolutely no reason to believe that an authoritarian egomaniac who is casually contemptuous of the First, Second, Fourth, and Fifth Amendments will make better judicial appointments than Hillary Clinton.

      The Court is lost. That ship sailed when the Cretin Caucus made Trump the nominee. Time to move along.

  14. GOP_Voter Reply

    Nobody cares what your twisted view is and good riddance to neocons.

    • Myron Falwell Reply

      So why post here? Go back to watching and listening to the Trump Echo Chamber composed of Fox “News?” and AM talk radio instead.

  15. David McKissack Reply

    I’ve read a lot of post-mortems analyzing our journey to our present state of Mussolini running against Eva Peron, but this is without doubt the best. I wish you’d write another column analyzing how the word “conservative” has become an epithet in the minds of many people who should be agreeing with us. This is perhaps the most surprising thing to me this political season. All the GOP Congressmen who ran as conservatives and then betrayed the base have actually made many, many Trump voters think of conservatism as just another sham political promise..

  16. Alex Reply

    Dream on, Miller. If Conservatism is about mass migration and turning the western world into the third world because you like cheap labour, then get use to the end of conservatism. Even most of the third world migrants you allow in want handouts. Is that “conservatism?

  17. Darren Reply

    I agree that it’s wise to avoid the temptation of a third party run in a desperate attempt to save this election from Trump or Clinton. It’s too late for that now. This election is lost for those of us wanting a true, constitutional conservative. Mr. Miller is right that a third party candidate who will siphon off votes from Trump will only convince the Trumpanzees that it’s OUR fault he lost, not theirs for nominating the most unelectable candidate in American history. The party may have to split, and conservatives may have to spend years wandering in the wilderness. They should make use of that time, gathering their strength, and organizing a new party to take over from the GOP, just as the GOP once took over from the whigs. And conservatives need to learn to play the long game that progressives have played for years, taking over the culture. Progressives are about to run amok. Let them do their damage, and let them own it. As things get worse, and as ordinary Americans get wearier of it and more disenchanted with it, let conservatives work to offer a real alternative philosophy, and learn to communicate it effectively.

  18. Hugo Steglitz Reply

    I detect an air of grandiose superiority complex. The California Conservative is spot on. You are right about one thing; you don’t know what it is you’re looking at. 

  19. Steven Seward Reply

    Excellent article.  Something that points out the utter insanity of Trump supporters is the fact that Trump has done an entire about face on the idea of deporting illegal aliens, and none of them seem to notice or care.  Deporting illegal aliens and keeping them out was the original idea that attracted people to Trump.  Now he says he wants to legalize ALL illegals just as long as they have not committed a crime. 

  20. Barbara Winfree Reply

    The author of “All Hail Fuckface Von Clownstick RIP GOP” seems to have torn a page out of Trumpster’s dictionary of “Rant and Rave” trash. Not impressed. 

  21. Kelly M. Long Reply

    Excellent article, Stephen. I feel the same rage you expressed against the Trumpsters/Trumpkins, aka “the base”.  In order to not
    give them an excuse to say we “avenging conservatives” split the general election vote, what do we do? Not vote? I’m confused. How
    do we not waste the moment? I was considering voting Libertarian at this point. 

  22. Adam D Reply

    So when the conservative base gets fed up with the GOP serving lobbies and corporations over the people who elected them,
    and says “Sorry, we aren’t buying your lies anymore” and votes for an outsider, your response is to excoriate them for not just bending over again?

    Staggering.

  23. bitterclinger Reply

    I tried to cull some of the “money-shot” lines as a tease to those I forwarded this to, but there were too many.

    Well played, Mr. Miller.  Well played.

    Let us hope that this will become “a thing” amongst The Resistance.

  24. Jim Allen III Reply

    Sounds like the Republican party realized that being strict conservative would never win an election, to me.  After 10 years of lies and abject back stabbing of its supporters for the last 7.5 years.  It’s time for folks to realize the party needed to change to grow, so here comes Trump filling that void.  Now the crybabies want to take their votes and go home.  Seems I was told to buck it up and vote for McCain and then Romney when I was ready for a true Third Party.  So listen you litlle hurt conservatives, if you want a say you have to play and this time that means pulling the lever for Trump and the new true Republicans.  No more RINOS and WHINOS, please.

  25. gus Reply

    Odds that Mr. Miller will be Trump curious as November approaches? Then reluctantly succumbs and supports him?

  26. Bill Hickey Reply

    I’m wondering – in addition to being revulsed by the style of the man and his “tendencies,” most #NeverTrumpers also say they are jumping ship – or building their own pirate vessel – out of fidelity to the core conservative principles of small, limited government  and faithfulness to the Constitution. So I’m curious if you supported Ron Paul over the author of Romneycare in 2012. 
    Not too many of this year’s principled conservative opinion leaders seemed to think a decades-long fidelity to constitutionally limited government was very important 4 years ago. 

  27. Eric Reply

    After voting Republican all my life I am done with the GOP establishment and your definition of ‘conservatism.’ Your ‘conservatism’ is just another word for surrender. It is the essence of defeat. Your purity of conservative doctrine achieves absolutely nothing.
    Your conservatism is to blame for Trump winning the nomination. McClellan conservatism does not win wars. We need Shermans. Lincoln fired McClelland because he refused to fight. Not because his conservative doctrine was tainted or heretical. 
    “War is cruelty. There is no use trying to reform it. The crueler it is, the sooner it will be over. War is the remedy that our enemies have chosen, and I say let us give them all they want.” -Sherman
    Why am I going to vote for Trump? I no longer care about the purity of your conservative arguments. I don’t care about being the most correct. The betrayals of the GOP establishment have robbed me of the capability to care about your disgust and butt-hurt. The worst of it is that you’d rather lose to the left than allow anyone to actually fight back against the subversion and destruction of this country.   

  28. JerseyGirlsOne Reply

    All Hail Stephen Miller (I’m a Miller as well)!  I’d build you an altar to worship you at but that’s not really what you need. You have perfectly and succinctly put into words just what this election has come down to. I so fear for our country and what it will become after 4 or 8 years of another Clinton presidency. Bill Clinton, like him or not knew he had to move to a more centrist position to politically survive not only his second term but to also set himself up as the “elder statesman” of the Democrat party. He has pretty much accomplished that goal. Hillary is neither that pragmatic nor that willing to move in that direction. She will be arguable even more left of center then even Barack Obama is because she will have a larger mandate from ostensibly the American people as she will have a historic electoral college win. Something Barack Obama was never able to pull off even against 2 of the worst choices from the Republican  Party in recent memory. Donald Trump is going to make those choices look like we put up Lincoln and Jefferson. This should have been a cake walk for the Republican Party. A failed 2 term presidency and the architect of Benghazi as the nominee. It shouldn’t have even been close. Which begs the question and as each day passes I more and more think this was a set up from day one. I truly believe Donald Trump is a plant. How could someone who supposedly has such disdain for Hillary Clunton make so many gaffes that allows Hillary to open up such a commanding lead? Every Friday during the last 12 mos since Trump announced his candidacy we had numerous email dumps by the State Dept of Hillary’s emails. That should have been the topic covered ad nauseam for the weekend news cycle. Yet invariably just as this would heat up, Donald Trump would not only go off the reservation, he would literally jump off Mt Everest into crazy town and talk about banning Muslims or would say something so shatteringly stupid that even the MSM was collectively shaking their heads in utter amazement. Would the talk be about the 5,000-10,000 emails? Oh hell no. The MSM had to talk about the Trump crazy train and do so they would the entire weekend. The emails weren’t even a second thought they were a fourth, fifth or tenth thought and were barely mentioned. Glorious after glorious opportunity passed by time and time again that it got to the point where I actually believed as Donald Trump said that he “could shoot anyone in 5th Avenue in NYC and get away with it”. It’s that kind of avoidance that truly made me think that If not Hillary certainly Bill Clinton talked to their good friend (just remember the smiling wedding photos of the Trumps & Clintons and it all makes sense. They got exactly the candidate they wanted to run against. Anyone else (within reason) would have wiped the floor with Hillary and rightfully so. Could you imagine for a minute a debate between Rubio or Cruz and Clinton? Aside from the visuals of a tired looking former First Lady against a young, vibrant, polished speaker that both Rubio & Cruz are. The Clinton camp did NOT want that narrative. Aside from the carnival atmosphere that will be the Trump v Clinton debate it would have been no contest for Clinton against either Rubio or Cruz. However now we have Trump v Clinton. Or do we? I still believe that the “short fingered Valerian” will not take to weekly explanations on why he is losing in the polls and may drop out of he can’t see a clear path to victory. I’m sure he could spin it to the fact  that “I’m just not getting the support I need from the a Republican base” and I am ending this farce” or something geared towards all the responsibility being on the Republican Party and not with him being a horrid candidate. I agree that he isn’t in it to win it. If he were to do that I think it could salvage the election but it would need to be done relatively soon (like tomorrow would be great in light of the Lewendowski dismissal today). I’m sure that Bill and Hillary wouldn’t be pleased but it would give Conservatives and the Republican Party at least a fighting chance in November. Absent that resignation then defeat looms and in the balance lies the United States. 

  29. Ambrose Benkert Reply

    I don’t know why you call Priebus incompetent. Under his leadership, the party has made substantial gains both in Congress and in state legislatures. He is certainly not responsible for the rise of Trump, but as party chair he has no choice but to support the nominee. Party chairmen are like concierges at a hotel, but instead of dinner reservations or theatre tickets they provide logistical support in the form of pollsters, media consultants and donor lists to candidates. I also know that Priebus and his team worked assiduously behind the scenes to prevent a repeat of the 2010 fiasco in which poor candidates such as Akin, Mourdock, Angle and O’Donnell squandered winnable seats. It sems to me that Priebus has played the hand he’s been dealt as best as he could.k

  30. Scarlett Reply

    A whole lot of words to express the sentiment of “BOOOOOOOO HOOOOOO HOOO HOOOOOOO!!!! WAAAAAHHHHH!!!111” (et cetera)

    You think people don’t remember how enthused you were about Governor Romney? All the excuses you made for his lameness? No, we’re not all that stupid. Admit you like Hillary and be done with it, lol

  31. Henry Louis Reply

    It’s awkward for me to write this because I am, or was, a big fan of yours; but you’ve become a parody of yourself since the Primaries began. I probably can’t articulate this quite as well as I’d like but I’ll give it a whirl.
    We get it. Trump isn’t Conservative, he’s a knucklehead and a blowhard; conversely, you’re smart, his supporters are dumb/crazy/misguided. Your entire identity as a writer has sadly devolved into designated megaphone reminding everyone ad nauseam how frigging cool you are for railing against him every goddamn column. I’m sure the people you grew up with in CO think you’re a big deal now that you eat bagels in Brooklyn but I think you’re typical of pretty much any other townie who’s ever pitched a tent in NYC — which means, the over/under before you slink back to the Midwest is about 3.5 more years.
    You’re out on an island here and similar to other NRO contributors, you’ve sorta been left in the dust. You don’t really speak for as many people as you’d like to think you do. If it wasn’t for coining the Ash Carter/CIC gag, I’d rate you as downright useless. Fast forward 10 years and it’s you muttering from a barstool WhereverTheFuck, CO about how you wily and insightful you were because you didn’t vote for Trump. Congratulations.

  32. Russell Crow Reply

    And 60 years later, The Right has a “Howl”. Thanks, SM!

  33. Dizzy Reply

    I am a conservative. I grew up in NYC, and Donald Trump was always in the news for one stupid thing or another. So I had no illusions about him. I think he would have run as a Democrat if that was the only slot open. But I’m not yet willing to leave the GOP, even though it’s now light years away from my parents’ GOP.

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