Douthat:”Today’s conservatism has far more to gain from the defeat of Donald Trump”

douthatHere is conservative intellectual and New York Times columnist Ross Douthat trying to put a positive spin on what looks like a Hillary Clinton victory:

It is a hard thing to accept that some elections should be lost, especially in a country as divided over basic moral premises as our own. But just as the pro-life movement ultimately won real gains — in lives saved, laws altered, abortion rates reduced — by accepting the legitimacy of the republic even as it deplored the killing of the unborn, so today’s conservatism has far more to gain from the defeat of Donald Trump, and the chance to oppose Clintonian progressivism unencumbered by his authoritarianism, bigotry, misogyny and incompetence, than it does from answering the progressive drift toward Caesarism with a populist Elagabalus.

Not because it is guaranteed long-term victory in that scenario or any other. But because the deepest conservative insight is that justice depends on order as much as order depends on justice. So when Loki or the Joker or some still-darker Person promises the righting of some grave wrong, the defeat of your hated enemies, if you will only take a chance on chaos and misrule, the wise and courageous response is to tell them to go to hell.

Read the entire column here.

One thought on “Douthat:”Today’s conservatism has far more to gain from the defeat of Donald Trump”

  1. I have no idea what

    ”Today’s conservatism has far more to gain from the defeat of Donald Trump”

    “today’s conservatism” means, especially as served up by a New York Times columnist. Any genuine conservative worth his salt would never have been hired by the NYT in in the first place, and if one had slipped through, would already have bitten the hand that fed him.

    I like Douthat well enough, but he speaks for nobody but himself, especially conservatism–today’s, yesterday’s, or tomorrow’s.

    A Hillary Clinton victory will result in a complete leftist takeover of the Supreme Court. “Today’s conservatism” will summarily become no day’s conservatism.

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