Pat Buchanan Knows the GOP Better It Does Itself

Pat BuchananThe Post’s Michael Gerson says “establishment Republicans” must “make clear that [Trump] has moved beyond the boundaries of serious and civil discourse.” He loathes the Trumpites as much as Will.

Trump’s followers are “xenophobic,” Gerson tells CNN. They have a “resentment of outsiders, of Mexico, of China, and immigrants. That’s more like a European right-wing party, a UKIP or a National Front in France. Republicans can’t incorporate that.”

But if the GOP has no room for Trump’s followers, it has no future. For there simply aren’t that many chamber-of-commerce and country-club Republicans.

—Pat Buchanan
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2 thoughts on “Pat Buchanan Knows the GOP Better It Does Itself

  1. I was watching Chris Hayes and he, along with a few other people, was talking about Donald Trump just before Trump delivered his speech in Alabama. Hayes said that you don’t fill up a stadium by saying “well, Hayek said that as a state moves towards central planning the chances of rent seeking and cronyism increase.” It was almost a throw away line but it reminded me of why I love watching Chris Hayes and why Hayes is so philosophically in line with this blog. Whatever one my think of Libertarianism, it is not popular.

    The donor class wants radical Libertarianism on economic issues, it is neutral on social issues (although if the drug war continues and provides yet more fodder for the prison-industrial complex, they will not complain) and it is insanely hawkish on foreign policy (when Scott Walker says he will start a war with Iran on day one, he is not talking to housewives in Oshkosh). Trump can really just say exactly what conservative voters feel and it is working extremely well for him.

    The formula was not rocket science, most Americans want a good paying job, a good pension and they want to be told that their Country and culture are the very best and they also do not really care much about deficits nor are they keen to see they teenage sons and grandsons die in another pointless Middle Eastern war. I am sure that other Republican politicians understand this formula but they just do not have the means to stick with those positions. I give Donald Trump credit for bypassing the donor class and telling the people what they want to hear, even if it is, at times, repugnant.

    The elites have gotten so many things wrong. We might as well let the people have their say.

    • I think that’s the core of it. It isn’t that democracy is perfect. But it doesn’t matter if you call it communism and it run by the politburo or you call it capitalism and it is run by the plutocrats, it is the same thing. And they don’t do as good a job running things as the people themselves.

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