[Among the Establishment political class (the Washington DC crowd, party leadership, and professional pundits) there is not much real difference between Republicans and Democrats anymore, despite the theater of policy difference they put on for the public.
When an outsider, someone not anointed by the Establishment, is strongly favored by the public, these arrogant elitists become furious and vow to sabotage the popular candidate in order to “teach the voters a lesson”. You get the idea, vote for the candidates WE choose and approve of; we know what is best for you, leave the thinking to us.
Hopefully they will keep revealing their true nature, showing their arrogant, petulant, condescending, patronizing behavior publicly. When voters learn what the Establishment political class really thinks of them, they may teach them a lesson. ~topcat]
Bret Stephens is a columnist for the Wall Street Journal and longtime, self-anointed Republican.
The very same kind of Establishment Republican who cannot abide a candidate like Donald Trump who has bypassed conventional political ring-kissing normally required of presidential candidates.
Now Mr. Stephens is openly advocating that Donald Trump lose so that his supporters will, “…learn their lesson.” If that means Hillary Clinton or Bernie Sanders wins in the process, then so be it:
“I most certainly will not vote for Donald Trump,” Stephens said. “I will vote for the least left-wing opponent to Donald Trump and I want to make a vote to make sure that he has — that he is the biggest loser in presidential history since, I don’t know, Alf Landon or going back further. It’s important that Donald Trump and what he represents — this kind of ethnic quote, ‘conservatism,’ or populism be so decisively rebuked that the Republican Party, the Republican voters will forever learn their lesson that they cannot nominate a man so manifestly unqualified to be president in any way, shape or form. So they have to learn a lesson in the way perhaps Democrats learned from McGovern in ’72. George Will said let’s have him lose in 50 states. Why not Guam, Puerto Rico and the District of Columbia, too?”
There is a very interesting part of the above quote that came from George Will, who said, “…let’s have him lose in 50 states.”
That is a glimpse into the mindset of these people. They feel themselves to be the arbiters of what politicians should and should not win, and it is also confirmation of what so many have believed for so long – that there is hardly a difference between “Republican” and “Democrat” in America anymore when talking of the D.C. politicians and media figures using those labels to describe themselves.
Here is Mr. Stephen’s Establishment-oozing disgust of Donald Trump and Trump’s millions of supporters. He is saying so to Fareed Zakaria, (a self-described, non-practicing Muslim) who has called the Tea Party an “extremist group” that conservatives are “racists” and that people cannot love America if they understand the facts. (Mr. Zakaria believes the Constitution should be reformed because it is a too-flawed document that represents a nation born of racism.)