It’s one thing to dislike Trump and to disagree with his policies. But full-on Trump Derangement Syndrome is not a good look on anybody.

Oh? Does principled conservatism now include comparing the Republican Party to the Axis Powers?

Boot writes:

Personally, I’ve thrown up my hands in despair at the debased state of the GOP. I don’t want to be identified with the party of the child-snatchers. But I respect principled conservatives who are willing to stay and fight to reclaim a once-great party that freed the slaves and helped to win the Cold War. What I can’t respect are head-in-the-sand conservatives who continue to support the GOP by pretending that nothing has changed.

They act, these political ostriches, as if this were still the party of Ronald Reagan and John McCain rather than of Steve Bannon and Stephen Miller — and therefore they cling to the illusion that supporting Republican candidates will advance their avowed views. Wrong. The current GOP still has a few resemblances to the party of old — it still cuts taxes and supports conservative judges. But a vote for the GOP in November is also a vote for egregious obstruction of justice, rampant conflicts of interest, the demonization of minorities, the debasement of political discourse, the alienation of America’s allies, the end of free trade and the appeasement of dictators.

That is why I join [George] Will and other principled conservatives, both current and former Republicans, in rooting for a Democratic takeover of both houses in November. Like postwar Germany and Japan, the Republican Party must first be destroyed before it can be rebuilt.

Good Lord. The GOP isn’t beyond reproach. Nobody is. And one can certainly argue that they’ve lost their way. A lot of conservatives have parted ways with the Republican Party over Trumpism. But there’s nothing conservative about rooting for the Democrats to take over.

So, “the only acceptable take from the Right” is to wholeheartedly embrace the Left? Congratulations, Max Boot. So principled. Much conservatism.

Not last time we checked, no.

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