Conservative Crackup Redux

Has Donald Trump exposed an essential weakness at the core of the conservative movement?

The Culture War ended. We lost.

The primary lesson gleaned from the defeat, as well as from the Right’s white flags thrown up against the onslaught of big government, directs conservatives to pick fights with other conservatives rather than liberals. They’re easier to beat.

Jonah Goldberg this week called for the excommunication of the Alt-Right from the ranks of the respectable Right. National Review’s animating principle of “stand[ing] athwart history yelling Stop” sounds like a plaintive cry against contemporary conservatism when juxtaposed with Goldberg’s column. For better and worse, it’s not 1955. No longer the flagship publication of the American Right, National Review sees (or doesn’t) its influence wane as Breitbart, The Blaze, The Daily Caller, and other venues attract more eyes. A pope issuing excommunications without people filling his pews does not wield power. He advertises his powerlessness.

  • BillyHW

    OMG, checkout what a dickhead Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson is:

    • par for the course.

      • Dana Garcia

        Libertarians are all about the dollar signs, with no awareness of the importance of cultural cohesion within a society.

        Plus, it’s BS to talk in terms of citizenship. Nobody crosses the Rio Grande to vote in US elections. They come for jobs only.

  • dance…dancetotheradio

    The National Review and the American Standard are pathetic.
    They have an opponent in plain view called Hillary Clinton.
    And they attack us as rubes and trash for responding to Trump for finally giving us what we have waited so so long for.
    Someone who will speak truth to those that need to hear it.
    The greatest fear in American politics and maybe everywhere was that a billionaire would buy an election.
    I don’t care if Trump buys the election with his own money and far less than Clinton or Bush has spent trying to beat him.
    It’s become very clear that wasn’t the worst thing after all.
    It’s that Clinton has so brazenly engaged in selling the election to anyone with a chequebook.

    • It’s as if Trump is killing the Golden Goose.

      • dance…dancetotheradio

        I keep seeing these stories where they attack Trump for campaigning in places where he has no hope of winning.
        So what?
        Maybe he senses that these people have been ignored for so long that they are very hungry for true representation.
        The default Republican strategy is that we’ve got these few states in the bank and we have to convince the few battleground states that we can win and they leave half the field to the Democrats.
        Trump says why can’t I win fifty states?
        And he’s going out there to try and get them.

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  • Norman_In_New_York

    Trump’s main claim is that he is the voice of the voiceless and so far, the establishments of both parties have been determined to prove him right. And in his visit to Mexico, he made himself the voice of voiceless Mexicans reeling from the carnage of the drug cartels. Quite a neat trick.

    • Clausewitz

      This election is not Republicans versus Democrats, it’s elites versus Plebs. Trump is the Candidate most closely aligned to the common man and that’s why the MSM is not only attacking Trump, but also any of his supporters.