We dindu nuffin!
Rich Lowry whines in National Review that is all Trump’s fault:
“The Trump forces have never gotten their story straight about Never Trump. At times, the GOP’s internal opposition is supposed to be irrelevant; at other times, it is invested with more sinister significance than the Doctors’ Plot at the height of Josef Stalin’s paranoia. Which is it?
It was never right to call Never Trump a movement; it is a motley collection of conservative commentators, political professionals, policy experts, and a handful of politicians who had the (not particularly stunning) foresight to see that Trump would be the weakest and most vulnerable of the Republican general-election candidates and the (not particularly acute) discernment to recognize in him qualities unsuited to the presidency.
The arguments between Never Trump and its critics are fascinating and important, but it is fantastical to consider them electorally decisive in a contest with some 130 million voters. …”
For nine months, Rich Lowry and the #TruCon circle jerk have done absolutely everything possible – up to and including nearly launching their own independent spoiler bid – to trash Donald Trump and sabotage his campaign. We were told over and over again by these people this was necessary to “save conservatism.”
The establishment rump never got over its defeat in the primary. The ¡Jeb!-Kasich-Rubio-Ryan wing of the Republican Party lost 49 out of 50 states. The cucks were irrelevant in the sense that their candidates lost in a landslide, but not in the sense that they could play a spoiler in the general election. This was my original prediction: Trump would win the primary, but lose the general due to #TruCon sabotage.
Trump’s struggles through the general election have been due to a single demographic: college educated, suburban White Republicans, especially women. These people voted for Mitt Romney in 2012. They voted for ¡Jeb!, Rubio and Kasich in the Republican primaries. This is the 25% of the Republican Party who have refused to back Trump or have panicked time and time again whenever some new story roils the news cycle.
#NeverTrump still has a lot of influence over these establishment voters. Their strategy has been to throw gasoline on every small fire in the news cycle in order to panic these voters into fleeing from Trump. That’s what happened with the Judge Curiel incident, the Khizr Khan fiasco and most recently with the Access Hollywood tape. Trump’s “fellow Republicans” come out and slam him and make these stories a far bigger deal.
Because of these dynamics, I said at the time that what happened on October 8, 2016 was The Day The Republican Party Died. That was the day of the #NeverTrump coup in which 1/3 of the Republican Senate and 1/4 of all elected Republicans publicly stabbed him in the back. It was a historically unprecedented betrayal – never before in American history, not even during TR’s short-lived Bull Moose Party in 1912, had more elected members of one party deserted their own nominee.
The utterly predictable result of the #NeverTrump coup was the party split that showed up in the polls. That event altered the whole trajectory and tone of the race. It led to Trump’s attacks on Paul Ryan which sent his own poll numbers crashing to earth as he became a despised figure among Trump’s supporters. The cause and effect relationship between Trump’s attacks and Ryan’s sinking poll numbers illustrate in bold detail the political effect of the #NeverTrump coup on Trump’s presidential campaign.
Now, the #NeverTrumpers hold up their hands, still dripping with blood, especially the Senate Republicans, and say: nothing we have said or done has had the slightest impact on the race! Don’t blame us!
Why don’t they want to be blamed? It is because they know very well that all their fire from the rear really has had an impact. They’re afraid that Trump and his supporters might turn their guns and return fire back at them! Nothing they have done has had the slightest impact, but returning fire at them – strangely enough – does!
Don’t shoot! It wasn’t us!