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Michael Walsh of PJ Media asks “What, Exactly, Is the #NeverTrumpumpkins’ Problem?“
It’s a serious problem, it seems, because he doesn’t just call people “NeverTrumpumpkins” (is that hashtag a thing?), but “Vichycons — the collaborationist #NeverTrump crew whose views are increasingly indistinguishable from the hard Left.”
I’m not sure who he’s talking about, because I listen to some #NeverTrumpers — mostly National Review columnists and Ricochet podcasters — who remain Trump skeptics, but “Vichycons” and “undistinguishable from the hard Left”? Well, as I said, I don’t know who he’s talking about.
It’s interesting that Walsh is so concerned about the state of #neverTrumpers’ emotions. In the beginning, he asks why they’re so miserable. Then he asks what more do the “dead-enders” want?
Walsh seems to be the one with the unhealthy emotional investment in other people’s outlook.
Exactly how happy are #nevertrumpers supposed to be? Is it enough to smile several times a day, or do we need to grin like drunks on their first evening in Los Vegas?
Can we say we like some of Trump’s appointments or must we be ecstatic over every one of them?
Can we say we are glad Hilary is not president, or must we commit suicide because we chose not to support Trump before the election?
May we disagree with specific policies, or must we cast away every principle we formerly called conservative and wait for the Trump administration to hand down our ideas? I’ve been surprised at how well the Trump administration has done so far, but even Trump booster Sarah Palin knows crony capitalism when she sees it.
For Walsh, it’s not enough for Trump to become our pope (“The misguided flap over Carrier is emblematic of their total lack of political savvy and, frankly, Christian morality”). He also tells us that Trump threatens our lives (“The Tower, the hangman and the axeman tend to concentrate the mind wonderfully. Something for the #NeverTrumpumpkins to ponder”).
For this voter who couldn’t raise the pen to vote for Trump, I’ve been pleasantly surprised by the transition. I’ve decided to wait for him to do something before I evaluate. I apparently think more highly of Trump than Walsh does, because however prickly and thin-skinned Trump has been at times, I don’t believe he threatens the lives of those who chose not to support him.
The late great jazz pianist and lyricist Mose Allison summed up 2016 very well with his song, “I don’t worry about a thing, ’cause nothin’s gonna be all right.”
Donald Trump is the president-elect of the United States. As far as I know, Michael Walsh has not been chosen as his enforcer. Maybe Walsh should relax and let him build his administration and grant the rest of his fellow citizens the right to evaluate it as we see fit.