If you didn’t already know, Dan McLaughlin (aka baseballcrank) is one of the less obnoxious NeverTrumpers
There was, for lack of a better term, an “idea” floating around four or five years ago that Donald Trump was such a singularly bad person that anyone associated with him (including his voters, his donors, his running mate, aides, Cabinet appointees, friends, family, employees, partners, and pets) was permanently tainted with the stench of Trump.
I first recall seeing this idea around the beginning or 2016, give or take a couple months. It was floating like an air biscuit after most likely emanating from the bowels of The National Review or the Weakly Standard. The only people who would push such a silly idea back then were members of the GOP establishment/elite as well as their henchmen and supporters.
The people pushing the Trump Taint idea claimed that not only would Trump lose to Hillary, but he would also do so by a huge margin and would cost the GOP the House and Senate too. Worst of all, the GOP would carry the stench of the Trump Taint. Some said the stench would take years to wash away. Others disagreed, saying that the taint would be permanent. Not even an industrial-strength taint remover would help.
No Democrat would make that argument. Not then, anyway. This was back when the Democrats thought it would be hilarious if they could trick the GOP into nominating Trump because he was obviously the one that Hillary would find it easiest to beat. The Democrats planned to use that argument, but not until Trump was officially the nominee.
The Trump Taint idea did not originate with Trump supporters. We have our guy and we like him very much. Besides, if there is indeed a Trump Taint it has already been smeared all over us.
Political consulting is an occupation that is lucrative one year out of four. Presidential elections are the meat and potatoes of the campaign professionals. Anything they make in between presidential election years is just gravy for their taters.
Every political consultant wants to work for the eventual winner. The ultimate accomplishment is to manage a candidate into the White House and then stay on to advise the administration. That is their version of winning the Superbowl.
All the best campaign pros get booked early. But some presidential candidates stay in the race longer than others. And sometimes candidates fire their original consultants and hire new ones. Every race has got to have a winner, and as the losers drop out the people working for them try to catch on with a candidate who is still in the race. The winner of the primaries typically has their choice of campaign managers.
Unless that winner is Donald Trump.
Donald Trump was his own campaign consultant. His campaign assistant was Corey Lewandowski. Reporters were confooseled by Trump’s campaign organization. There were no layers of aides and secretaries. The official number for Trump’s campaign was the number of his personal cellphone. And if he wasn’t busy when you called he would probably answer.
The media started bashing Trump for not having a traditional professional campaign organization. They wrote stories making Lewandowski look incompetent. One reporter even claimed that Corey had assaulted her, but the video showed she lied. (Whatever happened to Michelle Fields, anyway?)
The NT media and their pals in the GOPe were trying to manipulate the rules so as to deny Trump the nomination despite his winning enough delegates. So in June 2016 Trump made an uncharacteristic mistake by caving to pressure and hiring someone with experience at delegate fights. He hired a guy who in 1976 had helped Gerald Ford nail down enough delegates to turn-back a challenge from Ronald Reagan. That guy was Paul Manafort.
Manafort lasted a little over a month as Trump’s campaign manager. He was replaced by Kellyanne Conway. (Manafort is currently a guest at the Gray Bar Hotel FCI in Loretto, PA)
Kellyanne has been under constant attack ever since she agreed to work for Trump. Many of those attacks come from the right The same NeverTrumpers who warned that there would be a price to pay for working for Trump are trying to extract that price. That means their warnings were actually threats.
But regardless of whether it was a threat or a prediction, we didn’t listen. We voted for Trump anyway. And Trump won. Who the hell do we think we are? We need to be put in our place!
The conservative movement really could use the cleansing fire of a humiliating defeat.
Ever warn someone of a possible danger and had them sneer at your warning? What did you want at that instant? You wanted whatever you warned them about to come true right then while you were watching.
You: “Billy, be careful with that BB gun! You could put your eye out! Does your mother know you’re playing with that thing?”
Billy: “My mom ain’t home and you can’t tell me what to do you old fart!”
(BB gun sound effect.)
(Ricochet sound effect)
(BB hitting flesh sound effect)
Billy: “OW! My eye! My eye!”
You: “I told you so!”
Dan McLaughlin was hoping we would somehow shoot our eyes out playing with
Ever wonder how former friends and neighbors could start slaughtering each other in Darfur and the former Yugoslavia? It all starts with a desire for a cleansing fire and the humiliation of another tribe. But the big mistake is in thinking you can do hurtful stuff and it won’t come back and hurt you too.
As Newton stated in his 3rd Law of motion, “What goes around comes around.”
Don’t be a chump. Vote for Trump.