Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, seen in reflection, poses for a portrait following an interview with the Associated Press at the Trump National Golf Club in Sterling, Va., Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2015. Trump says that if he’s elected president, he’ll know within six months whether he can achieve an elusive peace accord between Israelis and Palestinians, one of the world’s most vexing challenges. But the Republican presidential candidate says he has doubts about each side’s commitment to the peace process. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

The Wall Street Journal’s Role in Trumpism

This is a really valuable must read from Mike Needham.

The GOP joined a Democrat-led effort to increase gun control, during which the Journal attacked the ultimately successful filibuster effort of Senators Mike Lee (R., Utah) and Ted Cruz (R., Texas). The Journal was skeptical of conservative efforts in the summer of 2011 to use the leverage of raising the debt limit to secure spending cuts. Then it defended the spending cuts, which it had opposed, in order to fight virtually every other proposal conservatives have tried to push since then. When Cruz voted last year against expanding President Obama’s executive power to negotiate trade deals because he objected to a Senate deal that Republicans had cut with Senator Patty Murray (D., Wash.) to vote to reauthorize the Export-Import Bank, the Journal threw in the towel on that corporate-welfare fight only one week before conservatives prevailed in temporarily ending the Bank’s authorization.

That is the story of the last six years. A Republican electorate increasingly screaming at its elected officials and demanding answers to its anxieties runs up against Republican elites who have refused to listen. In explaining the calamitous state of the Republican party, we should recognize that its leaders deserve the bulk of the blame. They have ignored and demeaned their voters, who have had enough and are today overwhelmingly supporting the GOP elites’ two least favorite candidates, Trump and Cruz, to lead the party.

You seriously need to read the whole thing.

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