Around Bill Kristol. Here:
They see the real-estate magnate’s Republicanism as being all about self-aggrandizing bluster and fear-mongering, and they note that in years past he has expressed liberal views on key issues such as abortion.
As a result, some of them want to do something about it — like leave the Republican Party if he’s nominated for president.
National Review, the publication founded by the late conservative intellectual icon William F. Buckley Jr., tried to derail the Trump train last month by devoting an entire issue to attacking the businessman.
“Trump is a philosophically unmoored political opportunist who would trash the broad conservative ideological consensus within the GOP in favor of a free-floating populism with strong-man overtones,” the editors wrote. “Donald Trump is a menace to American conservatism who would take the work of generations and trample it underfoot in behalf of a populism as heedless and crude as the Donald himself.” More.
Reality check: Why do they think voters who wouldn’t coalesce around Cruz or Rubio will coalesce around them?
See also: Our American Friend on Super Tuesday