I wish George Will would describe the mechanism or the causal chain of events that leads him to believe that the Conservative Movement may lose control of the Republican Party permanently if Donald Trump is their nominee.

You see, I might agree with him, but I really have no way of knowing unless he explains his reasoning.

I’ve mentioned many times that the GOP is like a vehicle that can carry any kind of passengers. The same is true of the Democratic Party. The cars can come to a stoplight and all the segregationists can exit one car and get in the other. There’s no reason for the Republican Party to be the home of conservatives if conservatives consistently lose presidential elections. In truth, though, as long as they do okay in down-ballot and state and local elections, the conservatives can probably retain control.

I see demographic doom for the Conservative Movement on the near horizon, and I think that moderates will get the funding soon to make a real show of taking back control of the steering wheel. I’m not convinced that Trump is or could be a catalyst for this, but I’m willing to listen to the argument.

Martin Longman

Martin Longman is the web editor for the Washington Monthly. See all his writing at ProgressPond.com