Trump leaves the conservative establishment arrogant and unmoored

Actually, what is most astonishing is the rising level of rage among Donald Trump’s political enemies from inside the Republican establishment. Many of my conservative friends are sounding as arrogant and unmoored as left wing pundits let loose on MSNBC during the Bush years.

Suggesting that faithful Christians and life long conservatives like my brother cannot support Donald Trump while believing in Jesus is offensive enough. But denigrating millions of working class Americans let down by a quarter century of Bush-Clinton rule as drug addicts or white supremacists is even more destructive to the conservative cause.

Like many Republican critics of Donald Trump, my first, second and third choices did not survive the early stages of Trumpism. I still believe Jeb Bush would have been the best president to sit in the Oval Office since Ronald Reagan. And if John Kasich is still campaigning when Connecticut Republicans go to the polls, he will get my vote. But I’ve stormed the barricades enough over the past 20 years to know that there is always another fight beyond the one that promises to bring about a magnificent victory or bloody political end.