The Never-Trumpers and the Resistance & What is to be done? @larry_kudlow @vdhanson

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08-22-2017

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The Never-Trumpers and the Resistance & What is to be done? @larry_kudlow @vdhanson

"...Third, Trump does not run in a vacuum, but always in a landscape of alternatives. The Republican Party is split, but so far the NeverTrump establishment is smaller and less influential than the returning Tea-Party/Trump/Reagan Democrat conservative base that in part sat out in 2008 and 2012 or once voted Democratic.

One of the strangest ironies of the present age is that Trump’s populism (e.g., “our farmers”, “our vets”, “our coal miners”, “our workers”), which saved the Senate and House for Republicans and delivered the greatest Republican majorities on the local and state level since the 1920s, is either ridiculed or ignored.

What Trump loses to elite Republican and conservative disdain expressed in op-eds and news show round tables or to Lindsey Graham and John McCain-like denunciations, he has more than made up with new populist Republican support in small towns and communities nationwide. For now, it is hard to imagine any other potential Republican nominee rallying a crowd like Trump or appealing to the losers of globalization in such dramatic fashion.

That we are, once again, being advised that Republican grandees are looking for a new version of Evan McMullin, or that a cranky John Kasich will reenter the primary race in 2020, or that Jeff Flake insists that he is the moral superior to those who stooped to vote for Trump, to be honest, means nada.

More than 90 percent of Republicans voted for Trump before he had a political record, and about the same will do it again based on his conservative agenda as expressed and enacted so far. If the economy hits 3 percent economic growth, with near 4 percent unemployment, the Dow does not crash, and if the Russian collusion charges end up only with symbolic scalps (and all that is possible if not likely), Trump will win over half the independents, solidify his base and likely take the Electoral College.

One of the strangest ironies of the present age is that Trump’s populism (e.g., “our farmers”, “our vets”, “our coal miners”, “our workers”), which saved the Senate and House for Republicans and delivered the greatest Republican majorities on the local and state level since the 1920s, is either ridiculed or ignored.

Yet the more the economy picks up, the more the administration prunes back the regulatory state, and the more the United States restores deterrence, the shriller will be the argument that Trump’s tweets and behavior nullify solid achievement. Just watch...."

Aug 23, 03:09 AM
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<user-5025344> - about 1 month ago

The more Trump shows them for who they really are, whether intentionally or not, the more it is obvious that these buffoons are more than happy to simply just be on the bridge as the ship sinks.

<user-5025344> - about 1 month ago

I couldn't stop egregiously nodding my head in agreement with VDH's analysis on this one. He hit it all perfectly: the Democrats are in the death throws of having lost their power and purpose and are at the point of saying anything to try to maintain some kind of power, no matter how ridiculous it sounds or how bad it is for the country. They will say/do/destroy anything to get attention right now and the media is beyond willing to give it to them because they are on the same team. But the most disparaging aspect of this saga is that it is yet another shining moment that the Republicans are unwilling/unable/"un"-capable of throwing the knockout punch and once again we see them snatching defeat from the jaws of victory.

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Corlyss - about 1 month ago

All of the Republican NeverTrumpers' noise about uncouthness has one target: the Trump voters. We know that the Democrats loathe the Trump voters and will NEVER accommodate them. They'll lie to sound attractive, a la that guy in Georgia, but the minute they get to Congress they fall in line with Pelosi. We're wise to that stunt now. But Republicans have now been exposed as doing the same stunt, exposed as loathing Trump voters with a passion equal to that of the Democrats!