"Fake conservative" isn't hurting Trump b/c much of the "conservative" base isn't; they just hate the other tribe. https://t.co/NTBpJ0oN6S
— Julian Sanchez (@normative) February 11, 2016
The above tweet made me curious enough to check the source. Allahpundit’s very first line:
I can’t shake the nagging suspicion that not only isn’t this guy [Trump] conservative, he doesn’t much respect conservatism either when you come right down to it…
… Some voters, as Shapiro says, don’t care about conservatism in the first place; either they’ve been centrists for years or they’ve drifted towards nationalism in frustration with the GOP. But others probably do still identify as conservative yet have no problem identifying Trump that way too because their definition of conservatism is thin and consists in great part of opposition to the left…
… The true risk to Trump in lumping conservatives in with Beltway Republicans is that it makes the right’s incentive to go third-party stronger if he ends up as nominee. If conservatives are part of the problem that a Trump-led GOP is trying to overcome, why would they stick around and support him in the general? Better for that 20 percent of the party to go indie and vote for Romney or whoever, even at the expense of electing a Democrat, since it would force nationalists to recognize that they can’t win without conservatives any more than conservatives can win without them…
I keep thinking of the punchline to the ancient joke about an overbearing bully confusing Raisinettes and rabbit pellets: See — you’re getting smarter already!
Apart from schadenfreude, what’s on the agenda as we start the (long for some) weekend?
And the "other tribe" keeps expanding to include a growing number of Republican/conservative elites. https://t.co/Hk1BfoiLi5
— Jim Antle (@jimantle) February 11, 2016