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The man who would have been president, if only the world hadn’t changed in ways he couldn’t understand, says some poor Republican should primary Trump this year.
“To have a conversation about what it is to be a conservative I think is important. And our country needs to have competing ideologies that are dynamic, that focus on the world we’re in and the world we’re moving toward rather than revert back to a nostalgic time.”
Says the most nostalgic Republican in America.
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Jeb and company pine away for a return of the world they knew so well… so well they ruled it, with no end in sight. They’d like nothing better than to settle back into an era when things like Common Core passed for statesmanship.
Too bad the comfy BarcaLounger of conventional conservatism has been put out on the curb for garbage day. It’s broken, broken down, and no matter how much Jeb and his faded worthies want it otherwise, the Age of Discomfort is upon them.
That means no primary challenge for Trump.
Who would go through the trouble? Why would they do it?
There are more lucrative ways to bad mouth the president and beat up on his fans. Ways that involve a lot less time in close proximity to ordinary Americans in flyover country.
And there are more entertaining ways to make the case that America should have more choices in its political life. Podcast, anyone?
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But the Jebs of the world don’t do these things, because they actually don’t care about cashing in or creating choice. They’ve already paid their dues. Money isn’t an object.
And choice? The world they’re nostalgic for in one where all the choices were already made for us by the head nerds in charge. Or their big institutions… the media, the big banks, the health industry, academia, and the government bureaucracies.
We saw what happened when they were in charge. Trillion-dollar wars that couldn’t be won. Economic crime that caused devastation and sent no one to prison. Bloated, ineffective programs—and “tax penalties” for those who tried to avoid them. Fake meritocracy for us, endless profits for them.
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And what did they do with all their money? Hid it offshore. Stuck it in foundations or university vaults. Gave it away to international philanthropic organizations. Nothing productive in America, that’s for sure.
That’s not capitalism. It’s lifestyle liberalism for the rich and famous.
Republicans don’t need an anti-Trump candidate to hear that message.
It’s hearing that message every day for their whole adult lives that made them vote Trump in the first place.
You lose again, Jeb.