"Trump makes people mean-spirited", says the guy who calls Trump-supporters stupid racists.
Sure, tax cuts are nice and the assault weapons ban lapsed.
But never-ending nation-building wars are not long-standing conservative traditions.
But tell me how Trump is a conservative apostate.
Normal-"ObamaCare wiped out my plan."
GOPe-"Here's another pointless repeal vote!"
Normal-"My wages have stagnated."
GOPe-"Amnesty! And if you complain about it, we'll call you a racist, you moron!"
GOPe-"Lock-n-load, cuz you cannon-fodder types are going to the Crimea! YAY!'
Rank-n-File: I think I'll read something that doesn't sound like it was a fifth rate Rachel Maddow brainfart.
Jonah Goldberg: How dare you not support a diversity of opinion? Conservatives are so anti-intellectual!
It is an enemy.
Ergo, you do not have to tolerate it because 'we need a diversity of opinion'.
The GOPe, and their media folks, could've done a hundred different things to make this thing work.
Hell, all of that is still a possibility.
And before you say, "Well, relationships are a two-way street", remember that Conservatism Inc has the louder microphone. They're the ones with platforms.
Great leaders listen to the people they intend to lead. They listen to their concerns. They don't lie and call them 'racists' when they disagree.
Call me a hopeless optimist.
But Goldberg and the rest need to figure out that being whiny little assholes to the people they're hoping to influence isn't the way to get us all back together.