Jennifer Rubin writes the “Right Turn” blog for the Washington Post, offering reported opinion from a conservative perspective. She covers a range of domestic and foreign policy issues and provides insight into the conservative movement and the Republican Party. Rubin came to the Post after three years with Commentary magazine. Her work has appeared in a number of print and online publications and she is a frequent commentator on MSNBC, CNN, CBS, NPR and syndicated radio shows. Prior to her career in journalism, she practiced labor law for two decades. She lives in Northern Virginia with her husband and two sons.
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We are not alone in recognizing that the most rabid right-wingers have become lapdogs for the presidential candidate embracing big government, isolationism, protectionism and opposition to entitlement reform.
Trump’s loss and the humiliation of the GOP will rest squarely on the shoulders of Trump, right-wing media shills, the soulless RNC chairman, elected Republicans too spineless to oppose him and, most of all, the primary voters who lifted him to the nomination.
Fear of the fringe can become a self-fulfilling prophesy, as we saw in the GOP presidential primary.
The spectacle at Donald Trump's presidential convention -- the crude calls to lock up his political opponent, the fear-mongering, the blatant lies, the made-up statistics on immigration, the utter lack of intellectual content and the absence of a positive vision -- was in many ways representative of the GOP in the era of Trump.
It is a shame neither Republican nor Democrats treat voters like adults who can be persuaded by reasonable arguments and easily verifiable facts.
At some point, one hopes that before it really is too late, GOP voters will come to their senses and reconsider entrusting vast power to a know-nothing bully.
The voters have been done wrong, the theory goes, so they really cannot be blamed for embracing a raving lunatic for president of the United States. Really? Frankly, none of this rings all that true.