We are not a fan of Never-The-Donald and the folks of that ilk. Recent events have led us to a better understanding of them even though we still support The Donald. Jim Geraghty was trying to explain it at NRO. We are sure there are folks that support The Donald that meet his description:
And then one day in 2015, this outlandish celebrity came along who seems to agree with you most of the time. He’s a bit of a jerk, but you kind of like that; he treats everybody who disagrees with him with contempt, the same way the other side treats you with contempt. As time goes by, you realize he’s perhaps more than a bit of a jerk, he’s a raging narcissist and maybe a maniac, but you still like the way he responds to everyone you don’t like — the mainstream media, Democratic politicians — with this constantly erupting volcano of scorn. You feel like you’ve been mistreated for decades; now turnabout is fair play.
It is not us. We suspect there are fewer folks like us than like the ones Jim describes but we are not sure. We think it is a reasonably accurate description of The Donald but it is not why we support him. We supported him because he dominated his opponent in 2016. The things that we didn’t like about The Donald like tariffs and bad behavior but those were points of agreement between Herself and The Donald. The Donald had no philosophy and, as Jim points out, he acts like a Democrat but he promised to do things like reduce taxes and regulation and nominate serious judges that were at odds with his opponent. By and large he has kept his promises and the next Democrat nominee seems unlikely to be much of an improvement over Herself so we plan to support The Donald in 2020.
On the other hand, the two senators making noises for 2024 GOP nomination fill us with dread for 2024. If Marco or Josh is nominated we will need to consider joining the never folks. Why? We will explain more in the coming weeks but it may take some time with Thanksgiving and all the family birthdays coming up. A summary is that The Donald is an ad hoc guy. We buy many of the things on his list with no serious unifying theme or philosophy. Marco and Josh claim to have a philosophy. We don’t buy it. Thus, we can’t agree with them and don’t trust them. We don’t know if we can get to never on either one because the opponent is part of our decision process. Marco and Josh help us understand Never-The-Donald folks because we can see choosing to lose to the left rather than have either one of those as president.