Monday, January 25, 2016

Why is the Republi-CON Party Trying to Hide the Real Dr. Donald-Mr. Trump (AKA Franken-Trump/Trumpenstein (©

UPDATE:  "It's like something out of a Marvel movie. Rich Lowry, the editor of the conservative National Review, assembles a squadron of writers from all over the world of conservatism -- religious figures, radio personalities, President Reagan's former aides. True, they might have had their differences in the past, but this time, they have all come together in one final effort to stop a powerful villain from destroying liberty and freedom before the Iowa caucuses in just over a week.

That villain, of course, is Donald Trump, the favorite to win the GOP presidential primary.

A good comic-book villain has a weakness. For Trump, many people think it's that he is far too extreme to run as the nominee of a major political party -- his opponents have called him a fascist, for example. And many think he is certainly too extreme to win a general election. They compare him to a stalwart conservative such as Barry Goldwater, the Republican nominee whom President Johnson trounced in 1964.

Our heroes in the National Review don't attack Trump by trying to exploit his extremism. On the contrary, in their view, Trump's flaw is that he doesn't go far enough. The refrain of the special issue that Lowry published this week is that Trump is not ideological, that he is willing to compromise, that he is not a true conservative.

'Is Trump a liberal? Who knows?' asks Mona Charen, one of Lowry's contributors.

In other words, this special issue emphasizes an important but underappreciated fact about Trump. He might be brash. He might be eccentric. Substantively, though, he is a moderate by the standards of the Republican Party."

Read the Washington Post,  Top Republicans say Donald Trump’s real problem is that he’s too moderate.

National Review, "America's most widely read and influential magazine and web site for conservative news, commentary, and opinion", writes:

“Trump is a philosophically unmoored political opportunist who would trash the broad conservative ideological consensus within the GOP in favor of a free-floating populism with strong-man overtones . . .

Trump is an egotist; Trump is not a real conservative; Trump doesn’t know much about terrorism; Trump is a populist, not a conservative . . 'Trump might be the greatest charlatan of them all.'"

So the Republi-con party decided to engage in a little "thought control", it disqualified the magazine as an upcoming debate moderator.

Read the Washington Post, The RNC has lost its mind on GOP debates.