The conservative movement has been a major force in American political life since the 1950s. But in recent years conservatism has undergone fundamental changes. In this Conversation, Steve Hayes, the author and a former editor of The Weekly Standard, reflects on the extent to which today’s conservatism has been transformed by Donald Trump’s campaign and presidency. Hayes acknowledges that Trump has had certain traditionally conservative policy victories, but contends that rationalization of Trump’s conduct and political impulses has damaged the conservative cause. Hayes and Bill Kristol also discuss the prospects for conservatism and the Republican Party after Trump’s presidency.

You can also watch this conversation at ConversationsWithBillKristol.org.

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There are 2 comments.

  1. Gary Robbins Reagan

    Great podcast! I can’t wait to subscribe to the new Jonah Goldberg-Steve Hayes enterprise!

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    • October 6, 2019, at 4:46 PM PDT
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  2. rgbact Member

    I agree with Steve that we were in good shape during the Tea Party years, so the slide off into anti-intellectualism and “performatism” wasn’t something that was years in the making. I disagree with him on the fatalism of “we can’t go back”. The “good” thing about Trumpism is there is no intellectual core, just a personality. Once he’s gone, unless another celebrity takes his place, many of his followers will become disinterested in politics or go back to being Democrats.

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    • October 6, 2019, at 11:12 PM PDT
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