by Brad Nelson 10/8/16
In case you haven’t heard, let the “I told you so’s” begin. Rich Lowry says it best:
Someday they will wonder how a man representing the worst excesses of the entertainment world and our elite culture became not just the Republican nominee, but the candidate of the religious right.
Ted Cruz withheld his endorsement of Trump in Cleveland and was booed off stage for it, but he and most of his advisers believed the decision would be validated both by Trump’s predictable onslaught of provocations and by his eventual loss to Clinton. Had Cruz stuck by his original decision, he would look like the smartest man in the Republican party right now — someone principled (and prescient) enough to go against the grain in refusing to support Trump. Instead, Cruz gave into pressure and announced his support for his former rival in late September, just in time for the nominee’s campaign to implode.
Oops. Cruz is (was) known, if anything, for being a principled conservative. He’s flamed out in that regard now. Humpty Dumpty might be tough to put back together.
Read Jay Nordlinger’s bit on The Corner as well. Mr. Kung may be simply a pseudonym for Jay here at StubbornThings.
One befuddled commenter at American Thinker (there’s very little reference there to this event at that site which has also been corrupted by Trump) blames the media for this. No. This is on Trump. The denial train is about to collapse the bridge and plunge into the valley.
Granted, yours truly believes it is long past time to confront the Vagina Lobby and ask women, “Who died and made you emperor?” Men have been thoroughly marginalized in this culture. Maggie Gallagher makes some good points in her article, The Crisis of Masculinity.
But there’s confronting the nonsense of feminism and then there’s just being a crude and vulgar person, which Trump is. Jonah is right that character is destiny.
On The Corner, Andrew McCarthy is of the opinion that it’s time for Trump to go. He is unelectable. By the way, I must be a pseudonym for Andy because he sounds exactly like me when he writes:
This election is more of a commentary on the electorate than it is on the final two candidates, who were both fully known quantities throughout the process. So it is a tragic reflection of what we’ve become that Hillary Clinton is electable…
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