I’ve had my say about Donald Trump. This morning the WallStreet Journal Editorial Board has its say about what it calls Trump's "inevitable self-immolation." Strangely enough, the Journal and I are in basic agreement.
The Journal finds it dispiriting that conservative editors are cheering on Donald Trump. They understand, as everyone should, that inflating his ego increases the chance that he will run as a third party candidate. It would be useful to think through the consequences of one’s actions and not just follow one’s bliss.
The Journal writes:
All too many conservatives, including some magazine editors, have been willing to overlook his hucksterism as he’s risen in the polls. They pretend that he deserves respect because he’s giving voice to some deep disquiet or anger in the American electorate.
It adds that this is not new in American politics:
But America has rarely lacked for demagogues willing to exploit public discontents.
As for the notion that Trump is standing up for principle, the Journal refutes it nicely:
As a standard-bearer for conservative ideas, Mr. Trump would likewise be a catastrophe. His only discernible principle is the promotion of his personal brand. His main message seems to be that because he’s rich and doesn’t care what anyone thinks, he can afford to tell everyone to go to hell. Some Americans may find it satisfying 16 months from Election Day to tell pollsters they’d vote for him, but that doesn’t mean conservative elites should validate this nonsense.
Obviously, Trump is not a man of ideas. One does not expect it from a plutocrat and one does not get it from Trump. As noted on the blog, Rick Perry has stood out as one of the few who has been willing to call out Trump.
In the Journal’s words:
So full credit to Rick Perry, the former Texas Governor, who led the pack in saying even before the weekend that Mr. Trump lacks the temperament to be Commander in Chief. Several other candidates have now said the same.
Among those who have not, Ted Cruz. According to the Journal, Cruz has thereby demonstrated his lack of political character.
Worth mentioning also is the simple fact that Donald Trump’s mouth has driven the recent Planned Parenthood story from the media spotlight.
Trump’s supporters would do well to think before they leap.