Tuesday, May 24, 2016
Remember this issue...
From the editors (my emphasis):
But he is not deserving of conservative support in the caucuses and primaries. 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.
But even on immigration, Trump often makes no sense and can’t be relied upon.
This plan wouldn’t survive its first contact with reality.
But is he qualified?
Indeed, Trump’s politics are those of an averagely well-informed businessman: Washington is full of problems; I am a problem-solver; let me at them. But if you have no familiarity with the relevant details and the levers of power, and no clear principles to guide you, you will, like most tenderfeet, get rolled.
What about his experience?
The burdens and intricacies of leadership are special; experience in other fields is not transferable.
Trump’s record as a businessman is hardly a recommendation for the highest office in the land.
We sympathize with many of the complaints of Trump supporters about the GOP, but that doesn’t make the mogul any less flawed a vessel for them. Some conservatives have made it their business to make excuses for Trump and duly get pats on the head from him. Count us out. 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.
Wow! I guess they didn't like him.
In a new Washington Post-ABC News poll, however, Trump has the support of eighty-five percent of Republicans.