After two disastrous presidential election cycles, 2016 was to be the conservatives’ dream. With a lineup where a Bush was the weakest conservative, including superstars like Bobby Jindal, Scott Walker, Rick Perry, Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz, it had to be a shoe-in.
Running against Hillary Clinton, it should have been the U.S. 2012 Olympic basketball team playing against the Dominican Republic–the LeBron James, Kevin Durant, Kobe Bryant, Kevin Love, Tyson Chandler lineup. They were unbeatable.
Until–for the GOP at least–they weren’t.
“Black Swan” candidate Donald Trump came in surfing a wave of voter discontent that he neither created nor supported. Instead, Trump was a loose cannon who used any ammunition against any contender with the only goal to win by humiliation, domination, and outright dirty tricks, the party be damned. And the party be damned happened.
The GOP that conservatives built–the carefully crafted dream team built through primaries and tough campaigns against embedded, self-interested, pork-barrel Republicans–was not a result of some Tea Party organic spasm. The Tea Party, such as it was as a movement, certainly did help build momentum to elect the Rubios and Cruzes in to their office–but the Tea Party did not produce those candidates.
Conservative values upheld by men like Sens. Jim DeMint and Chuck Grassley, and even President George W. Bush, and espoused by veterans like Jonah Goldberg, and the granddaddy of conservative writers, George Will, shaped the current crop of conservatives since 2008. The current “presumptive nominee” of the GOP had zero to do with any of that.
So when George Will decided to leave the GOP, he owed them nothing; in fact, he owed them less than nothing. He had a credit balance to his name, and walked away with the party indebted to him.
Trump could not care less about the Republican Party, conservative values, or the debt he owes to those who have worked tirelessly for a cause other than their own self-enrichment, self-amusement and crass narcissism. He simply attacks anyone who does anything that exposes his bankruptcy.
George Will, one of the most overrated political pundits (who lost his way long ago), has left the Republican Party.He's made many bad calls
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 26, 2016
Any Republican who reads tweets like that without shame, and continues to support Trump “because he’s not Hillary” deserves everything the party is about to get. For the thousands who have already declared Trump–and by association, the GOP–too toxic to deserve one red cent, they leave with a clear conscience.
Only 2 percent (TWO PERCENT!) of those who donated to Romney’s super-PAC in 2012 have given to Trump’s campaign or associated fund raising committees. At the pace the Trump Train is raising cash, they should have the $1 billion they need to defeat Hillary by November. That’s November, 2042, just in time for the 2044 election. Trump will be 98 years old.
In 1785, Scottish poet Robert Burns wrote these fitting words in the poem “To a Mouse.” They describe the plight of conservatives having been turned out by the plough of Trump’s corrupted blade.
That small heap of leaves and stubble,
Has cost you many a weary nibble!
Now you are turned out, for all your trouble,
Without house or holding,
To endure the winter’s sleety dribble,
And hoar-frost cold.
But little Mouse, you are not alone,
In proving foresight may be vain:
The best laid schemes of mice and men
Go often askew,
And leave us nothing but grief and pain,
For promised joy!
The GOP served conservatives a nothingburger with cheese, and we owe them less than nothing in payment for it.