VDH Nails the Never Trumpers

That’s Rush Limbaugh’s headline over the transcript of his show yesterday where he read a good chunk of Victor Davis Hanson’s (VDH) article at National Review titled “Never NeverTrump.”

It’s clear that Rush enjoys Hanson’s writing as much as I do, and like the article Rush featured a couple of weeks ago, Rush also enjoys it when the NeverTrumpers get hit hard by a good writer.

Rush said that the article “is really tough to excerpt,” and I agree. I also agree when he next said this:” I tell you upfront because it deserves to be read in its entirety.”

Here are a few paragraphs from the VDH article — follow the links to read both it and Rush’s transcript:

Any Republican has a difficult pathway to the presidency. On the electoral map, expanding blue blobs in coastal and big-city America swamp the conservative geographical sea of red. Big-electoral-vote states such as California, Illinois, New York, and New Jersey are utterly lost before the campaign even begins. The media have devolved into a weird Ministry of Truth. News seems defined now as what information is necessary to release to arrive at correct views.

In recent elections, centrists, like John McCain and Mitt Romney – once found useful by the media when running against more-conservative Republicans — were reinvented as caricatures of Potterville scoundrels right out of a Frank Capra movie.

In such a hysterical landscape, it was possible that no traditional Republican in 2016 was likely to win, even against a flawed candidate like Hillary Clinton, who emerged wounded from a bruising primary win over aged socialist Bernie Sanders.

Trump’s ball-and-chain flail, such as it can be fathomed, is in large part overdue. The old Wall Street Journal adherence to open borders was not so conservative — at least not for those on the front lines of illegal immigration and without the means to navigate around the concrete ramifications of the open-borders ideologies of apartheid elites. How conservative was a definition of free trade that energized European Union subsidies on agriculture, tariffs on American imports into Japan, Chinese cheating or peddling toxic products, or general dumping into the United States? For two decades, farmers and small businesses have been wiped out in rural America; that destruction may have been “creative,” but it certainly was not because the farmers and business owners were stupid, lazy, or uncompetitive. By this late date, for millions, wild and often unpredictable populist venting became preferable to being sent to the library to be enlightened by Adam Smith or Edmund Burke.

Read more: National Review

Read Rush’s transcript: RushLimbaugh.com.

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