And this is why I endorse and will vote for Donald Trump for re-election. Reformatted, emphasis mine:
“Brooks is, of course, horrified at Trump and his supporters, whom he finds childish, thuggish and contemptuous of the things that David Brooks likes about today’s America. It’s clear that he’d like a social/political revolution that was more refined, better-mannered, more focused on the Constitution and, well, more bourgeois as opposed to in-your-face and working class.
“The thing is, we had that movement. It was the Tea Party movement.… When politeness and orderliness are met with contempt and betrayal, do not be surprised if the response is something less polite, and less orderly.” — Glenn “Instapundit” Reynolds
And we were. Contempt by the Democrats who DID realize that the TEA Party, hauling founding Principles from our Founding forward again, was an existential threat to their Socialist vision of an unaccountable Administrative State and their rule over it. And then the establishment Republican showed both attributes, contempt and betrayal, when it became obvious that the TEA Party saw them as implicit partners with Democrats as Jr. Partners of the Welfare State.
I still hear the Tea Party invoked by liberal friends as an example of extremism, despite how calm and collected they were. So few of them even knew that it started in Chicago, on the trading floor, with people upset that they were forced to subsidize failure. It was hopeful and enthusiastic, open to anyone – and the Left treated it like the KKK merged with radical anarchists. The Republicans took their support and generally did nothing.
It was fine when we voted for their establishment Republicans – verboten when it became clear that the TEA Party, that had brought them to victory, actually wanted seats at the Power tables. How DARE you! So they joined in with the Democrats in demonizing, delegitimizing, and co-opting the movement. And so they lost:
So, people tried something different. Romney was the ultimate nice-guy candidate. Unimpeachable ethics, a proven record of success, and moderate credentials. The Left chewed him up and spat him out. If Abe Lincoln or George Washington rose from the grave and ran for president, they would get the same treatment.
Thus, after you send in friendly folks with SUV and pickups, then a philanthropist in a limo, might as well send in a tank. Trump refuses to just take it like a proper Republican; he’s not a model of civility and noble citizenship, he’s a brawler. This is why Tea Party conservatives are flocking to his banner.
-Vectorman (Quote of the Day: The Tea Party Movement)
You bet. He fights using MMA and not the Republican “we’re better than them” Marquis of Queensbury Rules even as the Dems have consistently swept them off the mat lately. Most Republicans let themselves get spit on – he spits back. That “offends” many Republicans that would rather “lose with honor” than win.
We call them “Never Trumpers”. Right Jennifer Horn? And frankly, none of the Three Republican Whinny Troubadours (Joe Walsh, Mark Sanford, or Bill Weld) sound much different than Democrats.
Thankfully, NH GOP Chair Steve Stepanek and Vice Chair Pam Tucker have learned from the the GOPe-ers and are trying to take the fight to Buckley and his pack of Progressive pukes now. Who knows, maybe they may persuade me to become a registered Republican again.
UPDATE – to the point: “You didn’t fight back…”
And now Romney is vying to be the Second Coming of Jeff Flake?