William Kristol at The Weekly Standard carries the ball for preserving the integrity of the conservative movement and the future of the GOP.
Well, today’s nominating process may not live up to Hamilton’s vision. But finding fault with the process does no good at this point. Whatever modifications of the nominating process are desirable should be on the agenda for the future. And whatever contingencies of this year’s race that have made it harder than it should be to stop Trump provide no excuse for not doing what we can, now, to stop him.
After all, it’s not every day that we’re given the opportunity to rise above the normal jousting of personal ambitions and partisan politics. It’s not every day that we can do something to carry on the work of the Founders. Denying the Republican nomination for the presidency to a man with “talents for low intrigue and the little arts of popularity” would be a modest but not negligible contribution to vindicating what Federalist 39 calls “that honorable determination which animates every votary of freedom to rest all our political experiments on the capacity of mankind for self-government.”
Read the whole piece. Then read it again as necessary because it’s good medicine.