Donald Trump, George Will, and the Crisis of Conservatism

If every cloud has a silver lining, we can say that the presidential candidacy of Donald Trump has—whatever his detractors may say—served some useful purposes. Those most critical of Trump speak of his followers as delirious, as if they were in the grip of some dreadful political fever. Nevertheless, a fever can be useful to the extent that it warns us of the underlying disease.

What political diseases has Trump fever brought to light?

  • Drunk_by_Noon

    My support of Trump (and of a lot of people out there) is utterly divorced from what we think of him as a person or if we would like to have a beer with him.
    That also means he’s pretty immune to the things that would sink any other Presidential Candidate.
    Until they understand that, his opponents will always be flailing in the wind and looking for answered like some kind of medieval alchemist.
    They haven’t a clue.

  • Xavier

    At last someone has brought up morality.

    I don’t care if a candidate is experienced.
    I don’t care if a candidate knows all the answers.
    I don’t care if a candidate is weak in certain areas.

    If he or she has a strong moral compass and has the sense to pick the very best people as advisors, everything else will fall into place. I expect, nay demand, someone who the country can look up to. Someone we can admire for their principles and beliefs, even if they are imperfect.

    That’s what I want. I know that’s asking a lot. I’ll vote for whomever comes closest to that standard.

    I can’t take complete credit for that because it’s based on something Ronald Reagan once said.

    And I didn’t say anything bad about Trump. 😉