My Twitter feed this morning featured these back-to-back tweets.
Krauthammer nails it. https://t.co/eVDOP0BMMG— Jonah Goldberg (@JonahNRO) May 6, 2016
OMERTA PRIZE #2-@krauthammer is stumped by Trump's GOP appeal. Doesn't mention immigration. It might provide a clue! https://t.co/2h8Qrjrp3O— Mickey Kaus (@kausmickey) May 6, 2016
Mickey Kaus's timeline did not reveal the recipient of OMERTA PRIZE #1, but his tweet did explain why Goldberg thought Krauthammer nailed it; Krauthammer fed the sanctimony of the Never Trump crowd about conservatism without having to look at that messy close-the-borders stance that is the deal breaker for Paul Ryan and other new idols of the in crowd.
Now on to Krauthammer's column:
This is the narrative: GOP political leaders made promises of all kinds and received in return, during President Obama’s years, major electoral victories that gave them the House, the Senate, twelve new governorships, and 30 state houses. Yet they didn’t deliver. Exit polls consistently showed that a majority of GOP primary voters (60 percent in some states) feel “betrayed” by their leaders.
Not just let down or disappointed. Betrayed. By RINOs who, corrupted by donors and lobbyists, sold out. Did they repeal Obamacare? No. Did they defund Planned Parenthood? No. Did they stop President Obama’s tax-and-spend hyperliberalism? No. Whether from incompetence or venality, they let Obama walk all over them. But then comes the paradox. If insufficient resistance to Obama’s liberalism created this sense of betrayal, why in a field of 17 did Republican voters choose the least conservative candidate? A man who until yesterday was himself a liberal. Who donated money to those very same Democrats to whom the GOP establishment is said to have caved, including Chuck Schumer, Harry Reid, and Hillary Clinton.Of course he is clueless because he excluded the trademark of the Trump campaign: The Wall, which Krauthammer has mocked for 10 months. Once you insert The Wall, it all makes sense. Trump supporters are angry because Republicans did not repeal Obamacare, defund Planned Parenthood, balance the budget, stop the Iran deal (in fact Republicans enabled it) and a host of other things.
So if Obamacare, Planned Parenthood and the rest are not important enough to Republicans, why should those issues be a deal buster to the rank-and-file? Ted Cruz helped give us John Roberts, who protected Obamacare, Bucket (or rather a phrase that rhymes with the word). Trump will give us a wall and Mexico will pay for it. Sign me up. At least that is something.
There is no paradox. There is just helplessness on those other issues, and hope on The Wall and making America great again. If Mondale's speech-writer is defining Reaganism today, then I look for the day when they declare Reagan wasn't Reagan.
But Krauthammer is not clueless. He is less than honest.
Nailed it? All I see is where the hammer hit the wood and the nail is still there. Sorry.