George Will is one of the few prominent conservatives to garner respect and admiration from the liberal media. Part of it is his affinity for over-intellectualizing his columns, but most of it is his ideology. Will’s conservatism is the kind that liberals find palatable. It’s the kind of conservatism you see in David Brooks, the lone “other voice” at the New York Times. The kind of conservatism, in other words, that fails to understand that liberal Democrats (and their media allies) are killing the United States.
Of course, no – ahem – proper, respectable, intellectual conservative could ever support Donald Trump. “Trump would be the most unpopular nominee ever, unable to even come close to Mitt Romney’s insufficient support among women, minorities and young people,” Will wrote last week.
But Will isn’t telling Republicans to rally around Trump if he were to secure the nomination. He isn’t advising them on ways they could turn those support numbers around. He believes that if Trump becomes the nominee, Republicans and conservatives should do everything they can to make sure he doesn’t become president.
“Were he to be nominated, conservatives would have two tasks,” Will wrote. “One would be to help him lose 50 states — condign punishment for his comprehensive disdain for conservative essentials, including the manners and grace that should lubricate the nation’s civic life. Second, conservatives can try to save from the anti-Trump undertow as many senators, representatives, governors and state legislators as possible.”
Right. That’s what conservatives should do. Dedicate the next six months to putting Hillary Clinton in the White House. This advice is so foolish that it almost comes back around the other side to become wise. To win…we must lose! Jesus, maybe this is what elected Republicans have been thinking for the last eight years. It certainly would explain a lot.
We’re standing on the brink and Will wants to stop and talk about “manners and grace?” Are you serious? Out of all the “conservative essentials” that Will thinks Trump lacks, he chose that one to highlight? Take note, future Americans. We had a chance to put the brakes on the country’s rocket ride to socialism, but we passed because our great white hope lacked the poise and civility we prefer to see in our nominees. Hopefully, you can understand.
Conservatives have a host of reasons to legitimately worry about what a Trump presidency would look like. But there’s a very good chance that this is going to come down to Trump vs. Hillary. That’s all. Hillary has already told us what her presidency will be – another four years of the Obama Doctrine. In what universe could Trump be worse than that?
The universe of George Will, apparently.