We are finishing up Jonah Goldberg’s new book. We recommend it and will give a fuller review later but the book is diminished by him continuing to fight the Never Trump battle. On p. 315 after he paints The Donald as a nationalist he says:
The traditional American conservative vision of limited governments and free markets has passed it sell-buy [sic] date. The choice is now progressivism or nationalism. [Emphasis added]
We will limit ourselves to two observations. First, if you don’t think The Donald is doing anything for limited government then Google “Trump reducing regulations” or some variant of it. Jonah is absolutely right that the Donald isn’t a conservative but he has been very effective at advancing some conservative ideas.
Second, the choice in 2016 general election was Hillary or The Donald. Jonah seems to have recognized that many of us are reluctant supporters of The Donald. The next open election will provide some other choice. We wish one of them wasn’t progressive but we are not optimistic.
Jonah needs to recognize that conservative can’t always agree and conservatives are a non-trivial part of the GOP but if the GOP only attracts conservatives it will almost always lose national elections. Jonah supported eight years of Hillary because it would damage the brand and we might do better in 2024. The evidence might change in the next six years but so far he is way wrong.