Opinion by George McClellan:
I have no doubt that Mr. Bill Kristol, editor of the Weekly Standard, is a good man, intelligent and well meaning, pure in his intentions, who loves America and little children. I also think he sees himself filling the titular role of the late Mr. Bill Buckley, the one and only original Mr. Conservative (except for Ronald Reagan of course), and true defender of the faith. Maybe!
Mr. Kristol stands adamantly opposed to the peoples choice and seeks to impose his own candidate on the people because he knows better than the sheep. The problem is, there is no other choice, all have been eliminated and besides, there is already a third party, the Libertarians who are mounting their own spoiler campaign.
Too, another problem for Mr. Kristol, is that he remains so convinced of his own omnipotence in conservative political thinking, that he recklessly proceeds without considering the awful ramifications his fourth party dream will achieve. His ideas, if enacted, are in danger of assuring the awful outcome so decried by us lesser individuals who are the fading GOP’s base that his intelligentsia class so thoroughly despises. Ouch!
Even in light of Trumps sweeping Republican delegate victory, long before the GOP convention where opposition could be organized to thwart him, Mr. Kristol performs as an avid, immovable, defender of the political status quo intent on installing his own version of a true conservative candidate against the wishes of the voters who have very clearly expressed their antipathy toward the Republican political governing class. He names no candidate yet to fill that role.
It cannot be a rehashed Jeb Bush or Ted Cruz and certainly not Mitt Romney…again, could it? Oh, its a David French. Who?
One wonders could Trump’s presidency affect Mr. Kristol’s future earning potential of his magazine? Maybe. No matter what we read, see or hear, or how any argument is phrased, you still follow the money! For the Weekly Standard, it’s life depends upon subscriptions from people who want to hear what the “real conservatives”, (i.e.: Weekly Standard staff), who believe they have the true measure of the American people, have to say.
Trumps early, stunning electoral victories have washed all that “we know what’s best for you” nonsense away, Mr. Kristol now finds himself, almost alone, struggling in a boat without an oar, against the inevitable force of the flowing tide of coming change. Mr. Kristol’s soul mate in this losing enterprise, Mr. Mitt Romney, former Governor, failed Presidential candidate and slobbering loser who pines for lost opportunities and clings to the remote notion of sweeping out of the convention wings to selflessly throw himself on the stage in front of the stacked convention masses pleading for him to save them. From what? Fat chance!
Listening to “the Donald” on the campaign trail knocking off the other contenders like ten pins, the talking heads, Kristol, et. al, firm in their beliefs that Trump would soon implode and be quickly swept off the stage so the grown ups could get on with the business of ruling, have made the greatest error of their careers. They actually believe themselves, not the evidence!
Many are now almost prostate with grief, seek their solace in terms of his qualifications. Trump is unqualified, an inarticulate boor, loud, politically incorrect and etc., etc., & etc. Well, Trump is a multibillionaire by his own effort, a showman with an Alpha personality and, more importantly, he is not soon to be interrogated by the FBI like somebody else we know.
Remember, freedom is the goal, the Constitution is the way. Now, go et ‘em! (31 May 2016)