in the vicinity
Kurtz: The Republican opinion researchers to exploit at the y
‘MediaBuzz’ host Howard Kurtz weighs in on the anti-Trump conservative critics say they support the Democrats in the upcoming elections.
The conservative commentators who absolutely despise President trump are in a box.
During the campaign, announced many loudly that they will never vote for trump. But you said you wanted to attract Hillary Clinton. So some opted for the fringe candidates or third party candidates or write-in candidate, or said that the people make up their own minds.
This was something of a Farce. Either trump, or Clinton the next President. So, by refusing to back a Trump, you increase the chances that Hillary will win.
Now, with the midterm elections approaching, some of those on the right are the step that you are in the year 2016: openly rooting for the Democrats.
This is how topsy-turvy our policy.
Here the discussion is: Are these former Republicans are so blinded by what I call the Trump Trauma, you run into the arms of the opposition party? Or is this a one-off, to tame a temporary crossing, a President you think is detrimental to the country?
These people deserve to be taken seriously. But it is not to make invalid, to say their arguments that there are certain rewards in the media culture for the conservatives in the rest with your side. Cheap public. MSNBC contracts. New respect from the left for their independence. (Flip the script for a moment and think about how the few Democratic experts, the broke with Barack Obama were denigrated, or dismissed.)
Some of the big names, the anti-Trump-conservatives, like Bill Kristol, argue that it is better to fight for a better GOP, which they define as the agreement way of the President’s most controversial policies.
But for the other, the Democrats, that you have spent your life fighting suddenly don’t look like they are worth dating, when you marry.
To jump to the newest ship in Max Boot, a CNN analyst, Washington Post columnist and fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations.
Boat loses me with one of his first sentences, calling the Republicans a “white-nationalist party with a conservative fringe.”
Seriously? The entire party?
“Personally, I have my hands in despair given up on the degrading state of the GOP. I don’t want to be identified with the party of child-snatchers.”
He says: “a voice for the severity of obstruction of justice, the rampant conflicts of interest, the demonization of minorities, the debasement of the political discourse, the alienation of America’s allies, the end of free trade and the appeasement of dictators.” And Boot says he will are rooting for the Democrats, both houses in November, because “as the post-war Germany and Japan, the Republican party must be destroyed before it can be rebuilt.”
A world war II analogy? Conservative writer Ben Shapiro posted this rebuttal: “If you think that today’s Republican party is crazy similar to the Japanese fascism, or Nazism, Trump has driven you, completely.”(The boat, not he says the view of the party as Nazis.)
Boot follows in the footsteps of the columnist George Will explained, recently:
“In today’s GOP, the President of a toy, he is the mainstream. To cowers, therefore, vote against his party, the Congress, the group meetings is to say, to the honor of the nation, while isolating him. A Democratically controlled Congress would be a basket deplorables, but it would be enough Republicans to gum up the Senate, the machines, the maintenance of the institution as a peripheral, as it has been, under their control, and choking, mischief, by a Democratic house.”
So a Congress that stymies Trump wants, by doing basically nothing. The former Fox News contributor, makes his commentary for MSNBC.
Another great voice, that the Republican party has left, an independent, is Steve Schmidt. I got to know him when he ran John McCain’s 2008 campaign, and he is a man of fiery opinions. He denounces regularly trump in the moral, almost apocalyptic terms as an MSNBC commentator.
The Washington Post’s Dan Balz recently interviewed Schmidt:
“In a two-party system, he sees the Democrats as the only hope to prevent the ultimate unraveling of democratic standards. “The democratic party is as the sentries of the American democracy and freedom,” he said. ‘It is superior in addition to freezing, what happens if that party fails in this task, a duty.'”
There are other on-air conservatives, who in the fierce Trump critics. MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough, the former GOP Congressman, who recently announced that he had left the party. And Nicolle Wallace, former Bush White House staffer and McCain campaign aide, constantly parties with the President on her MSNBC show. But neither has invited the viewers to vote Democratic.
The problem for those who have is that your whole career warning that the Democrats are the party of big government, reckless spending, overregulation, social engineering, identity politics, and weak foreign policy. Suddenly root for the Dems means these experts are effectively embrace what they denounced.
They would argue that it is the Republicans that have abandoned you to the core topics, from immigration to free trade to Russia, in the service of the Trump world view. So you are a lesser of two evils approach in the exchange of their support for the other party.
Like these experts, the GOP argue that Trumpism ruined, the President enjoys record support among Republicans. Bottom line: you are not what a lot of voters with them.
Howard Kurtz is a Fox News analyst and host of “MediaBuzz” (Sundays 11 p.m.). He is the author of “media madness: Donald Trump, the press, and The war for the truth.” You can follow him at @Howard Kurtz. Click here for more information on Howard Kurtz.