Found today, this bag of waterlogged bag of Conservative fortune cookies, floating in the wreckage of the Party of Personal Responsibility:
Do Trumpites have an answer to the charge that they have sold their conservative birthright for a mess of white-identity politics?...Donald Trump is vile. Can we admit now that Trumpism is also bad? Even its defenders implicitly acknowledged this when they rhapsodized about depressed rust-belt towns, withering cultural foundations, and fancy Manhattanites who use the term “redneck” without shame. Notice that these apologias, even if they inspire sympathy, are not justifications. They are excuses. Excuses are what we give for people we know are doing wrong....Trumpism is irresponsible and destructive. In their wrath, Trumpites blithely treated millions of ordinary working, family-rearing, flyover-dwelling Americans (who regard Trump as offensive and disturbing) as mere collateral damage in their private war with snooty Washington elites...For me, one of the more disturbing experiences of recent months was watching as Trump-sympathetic friends and associates slowly shifted away from rational argument to a different strategy: ousting “elitists” from the conversation. It’s not so important to be right anymore, so long as you’re not “out of touch.” No need to hash out policies, principles, or other such high-falutin’ frivolities. Your degrees are too fancy. I beat you on Charles Murray’s bubble quiz. You’re not as American as me...It’s stupefying. Before our very eyes, we have watched our associates morph from members of a movement into members of a tribe...
These and many, many other plaintive whines about "Whither Conservatism?" were found today in a front page article in the National Review -- America's snootiest and most elitist, Manhattan-based white supremacist journal of record.
The story was written by Rachel Lu, who is identified as a "Robert Novak Journalism Fellow".
The prosecution rests.