by: the Common Constitutionalist
Notice I didn’t say conservatives – but I’ll get to that.
A couple of Republican heavyweights have bolted on The Donald. Both George Will and W’s former treasury secretary, Henry “Hank” Paulson have jumped ship. More accurately, neither was ever on the good ship Trump and were most likely never to come aboard anyway, so really it’s not a huge loss.
But they didn’t just leave. They did so in a less than cordial and highly publicized manner. Of course, being public figures, it would be difficult for either of them to do so under the radar.
It’s not that they left that bugs me. It’s the fact that the American press treats these two establishment darlings as true conservatives. But maybe they are conservatives – just not constitutional conservatives. After all, the definition of a conservative is one who wishes “to preserve existing conditions, institutions, etc., or restore traditional ones, and to limit change.” And they sure do want to do that. They want to preserve the establishment “existing condition,” where big government reigns supreme, but they are in charge.
George Will is now an independent, having no affiliation with either major party. He did so, “After Trump went after the ‘Mexican’ judge from northern Indiana then Paul Ryan endorsed him, I decided that, in fact, this was not my party anymore,” Will said on Fox News Sunday.