Truth is stranger than fiction, especially in this volatile and unpredictable election year.
In typical establishment fashion, National Review editor Rich Lowry has announced that the conservative magazine is prepared to cut off their nose to spite Donald Trump if he receives the Republican nomination.
They’ll “go rogue” and support a third-party candidate instead of rallying behind Trump as the nominee.
Lowry recently appeared on Fox News with host Howie Kurtz, here’s what Lowry had to say:
“Kurtz: I understand the National review represents a collective decision but you also appear on television and give your own opinions… Bill Kristol, for example, yet of the Weekly Standard, says there’s no way he could support Trump and he would actually support someone running from the right as part of a third party. Could you see yourself going there?
“Lowry: Again, it totally depends. We need to see the way Trump runs and how this field breaks out. It’s a very odd year. There may be a third or fourth candidate in this race and if there’s someone close to what we really believe, that’s going to be very tempting for us.“
This take from Lowry is interesting, but not consistent. Where was this ideological purity back in 2008 when John McCain was the nominee, or in 2012 with Mitt Romney (the founder of government-run healthcare program Romneycare and a precursor to Obamacare)?
Grass-roots conservatives were told we had to suck it up, hold our noses and vote for the Republican nominee or else Obama would get elected. Many conservatives voted for McCain and Romney and Obama got elected anyway.
To paraphrase William Shakespeare, “Methinks the Establishment doth protest Donald Trump too much.”
While Trump is far from a perfect candidate in terms of ideology or temperament, we wonder why Republican insiders are attacking Trump more aggressively than they’re attacking Hillary Clinton?
Could it be that if Trump would get elected, he would expose shady political dealings in Washington… and maybe prosecute some insiders for their crimes? Or is it because there’s really no difference between the Republican and Democratic parties at the federal level, and a Trump presidency would weaken their power and influence?
Do you think that Rich Lowry and other Republican establishment insiders are acting out of principle, or preservation of power?