The Republican establishment still doesn’t get the message that voters have sent this primary season, and here’s another example.
In an interview with CNN’s Fareed Zakaria May 29, Wall Street Journal deputy editorial page editor Bret Stephens says that he wants Donald Trump to be the “biggest loser in presidential history,” so that his brand of “ethnic conservatism or populism is so decisively rebuked” that Republicans will “forever learn their lesson.”
Here are more of Stephen’s remarks as reported by Real Clear Politics:
“I most certainly will not vote for Donald Trump. I will vote for the least left-wing opponent to Donald Trump and I want to make a vote to make sure that he has – that he is the biggest loser in presidential history since, I don’t know, Alf Landon or going back further. It’s important that Donald Trump and what he represents – this kind of ethnic quote ‘conservatism,’ or populism be so decisively rebuked that the Republican party, the Republican voters will forever learn their lesson that they cannot nominate a man so manifestly unqualified to be president in any way, shape or form. So they have to learn a lesson in the way perhaps Democrats learned from McGovern in ’72. George Will said let’s have him lose in 50 states. Why not Guam, Puerto Rico and the District of Columbia, too?”
Sorry Bret, it’s not Republican voters who need to “learn their lesson,” but tone-deaf elites like you. Conservatives were told we had to “hold our nose and vote for the nominee” in 2008 and 2012 when John McCain and Mitt Romney were nominated. Even though they were far from conservative, none of the establishment said that voters shouldn’t support them in the general election.
But when an outsider like Trump looks to have won the nomination, the elites howl in protest like scalded dogs. The Republican establishment seems hell-bent on keeping Trump out of the White House, even if it means the party’s self-destruction.
Do you think that Mr. Stephens and other elites protesting Donald Trump will backfire on them and cause the GOP to lose registered voters and influence?
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