While Bastiat is just killing it over there at Mr. O’Shea’s place, with another front-pager in seemingly minutes, Franco (Noster! Noster!) has a great post up, which I heartily endorse, entitled “Moralism by Proxy”. He makes the predictable points that leftists virtue signal with their votes. Take that as background. He makes the less-prediactable point that we on the right do the exact same thing, with sniffiness about peccadilloes taking the place of a hard-nosed appreciation of likely outcomes.
He (Franco) will perhaps not mind if I quote him briefly, in a magnificent observation, “[Trump] may have lied to his wife — or wives — but he didn’t lie to us voters, whereas a politician like Romney will not lie to his wife, but will casually mislead, tell half-truths, obfuscate, and dissemble to voters on a serial basis over decades, with little or no shame or guilt. ”
And half of the GOP cannot stand Trump despite having been pleasantly surprised by the results provided during his term — what he was able to accomplish in the face of a treacherously hollow “Republican” House and Senate, not to mention a Supreme Court ostensibly of a conservative bent. I’ll touch on this later, but I believe that nobody ever has their mind changed through debate. Those anti-Trumpers who shy away from the title “never-Trump”, who say that they were pleasantly surprised — I wager — will still not vote for him or his next doppelganger. The next meat-and-potatoes populist conservative who takes on the swamp will still be despised by these people for “reasons”.
Franco describes the reasons.