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#NeverTrump Conservatives Should Not Become Democrats

Lovely, dark, and deep.

Politico contributing editor Bill Scher isn’t the first to claim that the only responsible way for Trump-skeptical conservative to oppose the president is to register as Democrats, but his is one of the most charitable and honest of those appeals. It deserves a comprehensive response. Toward that end, I’d contend that Scher has conservative thought leaders confused with legislators and political organizers. He has mistaken those who adhere to inviolable conservative principle with influence-seekers who are bound to a constituency, not ideas. Finally, he has adopted a narrow view of the current political moment that has blinded him both to what the Democratic Party truly is and the incentives to which conservatives in political exile respond.

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PODCAST: Is There An American Center Any Longer?

Podcast: Who are centrists, and should we cater to them?

Polls say a majority of Americans believe both Republican and Democratic politicians are out of the mainstream. So where is the mainstream? Who represents the mainstream? Are there centrist politicians any longer? Or are “centrists” just soft liberals in disguise and therefore represent very little? It’s a podcast from 30,000 feet. Give a listen.

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Depravity and Theatrics on Donald Trump’s Stage

In on the act.

The behavior of many attendees of Donald Trump’s campaign-style rally in Florida on Tuesday night was barbaric. There’s no other way to put it. The footage of rally-goers’ menacing and shouting profanity at reporters in slavish observance of the president’s goading was unbecoming of the citizens of a republic that values a free and independent press. The normalization of the radical anonymous conspiracy theorist “Q,” who is conspicuously obsessed with the idea that child sex trafficking is a popular liberal pastime, is disgraceful. A target of last night’s frenzied crowd, CNN’s Jim Acosta claimed that the “the hostility whipped up by Trump and some in conservative media will result in somebody getting hurt.” Indeed, this was a hostile assembly, and such crowds are capable of astonishing violence. But, as he later learned and revealed, Acosta was probably not in that kind of danger.

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Bols on Parade

Peace, Bread, Canned.

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the Democratic Party’s newest rock star, appears to believe that the negative attention she has received from people on the right is a function of the threat she represents to their political preeminence. As Charles C.W. Cooke ably demonstrated in National Review, nothing could be further from the truth. Republicans surely hope that she keeps talking without interruption between now and Election Day.

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Taking Trump Seriously on Iran

End the global diplomatic offensive.

It wasn’t long ago that the president’s supporters justified their commitment to selectively hearing what Trump had to say, dismissing his more intemperate outbursts and mocking those who declined to follow their lead. But from trade wars to draconian border-security policies, Trump has recently demonstrated that he meant much of what he promised on the campaign trail. Therefore, we are best served by taking the most powerful man on earth both literally and seriously, even if that is sometimes politically inconvenient. And it is hard to envision a more inconvenient set of circumstances than those around Donald Trump’s proposed summit with the theocrats in Iran.

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