A Republican senator revolts
SENATOR JEFF FLAKE of Arizona has written a brave book. It states aloud a truth that other Republicans voice only behind closed doors: that the American conservative movement is in crisis. He regrets that a demagogue, President Donald Trump, has lured Republicans into a “Faustian bargain”, offering power if they forget everything they believe about free trade and individual freedom, about leading global alliances against tyranny, and even about personal honour. Republicans succumbed as rapidly as a “tranquilised elephant”, he writes in “Conscience of a Conservative: A Rejection of Destructive Politics and a Return to Principle”. Now they languish in an “unconservative stew of celebrity and authoritarianism,” spiced with conspiracy theories.
Bang on cue, Mr Flake’s book has been denounced by Mr Trump’s enablers in the world of conservative celebrity. Strikingly, such critics as Laura Ingraham, an anti-immigrant tribune reportedly sounded out for the post of…Continue reading