I happened on Erick Erickson’s twitter feed, and I was struck by how similar his attacks were to those I have grown accustomed to hearing from the Left. His argument, in short, was that Christians should condemn Trump because he is not a good person. It was much more smarmy than that. It made me think about the feud in conservatism. How will this end? Many pundits have denounced their base in the vilest terms. Where do they go from here? Even if they drive Trump from office, people are not going to flock back to them. Kurt Schlicter’s column is instructive.
I can offer some insight into the mindset, as I vitriolically hated Donald Trump in the primary. I would have cheered his death – my Ricochet track record is pretty clear and cannot be hidden. I actually left Ricochet after the Indiana Primary because I realized this was driving me crazy. I thought he was a con man, or worse a Putin wannabe at the worst. However, I never even considered voting for Hillary, as I thought she was worse in every possible way.
Then the election happened. Then Trump starts bringing together a solid team, and delivering on his promises. To say this was unexpected is a massive understatement. Imagine mocking people for investing in a Nigerian Prince – then they got rich, and the prince moved to the US to open new businesses. Said prince recruits an army to beat down Boko Haram, returning the girls safely, and cracks down on actual 419 scammers. (Over a dozen off-shore pharmacies sunk!)
Facing this kind of scenario, you have two basic choices – admit you were wrong, or double down. I recall asking TKC about how he saw all this coming, as I realized all of the pundits I read the most had blown this, and blown it big time. Most pundits seemed to double down on despising Trump – to what end? I have no idea where this is going to go, but this is not the kind of division you heal overnight.
I know I have stopped following most of the Never Trump types. I followed Jonah Goldberg for a while, but as his column format became screwy, I lost interest in reading him. Many of them actually seem deranged – Bill Kristol calling for anti-democratic oligarchy (from the man all about exporting democracy, no less) and Jennifer Rubin ranting about Trump doing things she asked for. How do they expect to get an audience by alienating the half of the country that voted for the Orange Overlord?
Anyone have any ideas on this?
(Meanwhile our Jeffersonian and our Technolibertarian are in the corner stifling laughter.)