Presidential candidate Donald Trump is the devil according to William Kristol, editor of the influential and conservative Weekly Standard. According to Kristol and like-minded Republicans, the true conservative movement is at existential risk from a Donald Trump nomination. Accordingly, Kristol and his true believers have decided that they will not suffer their blue blood, pure bred, free trade, conservative movement to be stained by an impure New Yorker and his blue collar supporters. The deed will be done; Trump’s head will be toppled to save the G.O.P.

Unlike Macbeth however, Kristol and those who would deny Donald Trump a rightful nomination will not be attacking mere spirits. This palace coup will be facing off against an irrepressible and dangerous devil’s dilemma in Donald Trump.  The consequences could be tectonic.

Kristol has no good choices.  On one hand, the choice is to deny Trump the nomination and then lose the general election by alienating Trump’s populist G.O.P. base. On the other hand, the choice is to endure Trump’s nomination and then lose the general election because they offended independents and alienated G.O.P. elites such as the Kristol and Bush type Republicans.

The task for Mr. Kristol and his plotters also has a further complication. It is The Donald, who speaks with authority for a restive and angry G.O.P. base, not Kristol. The troops want Donald; he is their choice. The base wants action; not another generation of endless, fruitless trickle-down economics homilies. The complication then, is that if the establishment severs Trump’s head, they will also sever the G.O.P from an absolutely vital, white, male, G.O.P. voter base. So what to do?

Which will it be Mr. Kristol? Believe the devil Donald you once celebrated as a principal in the G.O.P. tent will politely walk off-stage once your deed is done? Then move ahead, Mr. Kristol. Believe a betrayed Trump will not burn down the entire G.O.P. village? Move ahead, Mr. Kristol. Believe shadowy rules and legalese will disguise anti-Trump convention treachery?  Go forward, Mr. Kristol. Believe that a blatant and public political beheading of Donald Trump by an entrenched political class and trade pact beneficiaries can be disguised? Go forward, Mr. Kristol. Believe Cruz is your man – your path to November victory? Then do the deed, Mr. Kristol. Make history.

However, in an alternate universe, it may be that Donald Trump is not really the root of the G.O.P.’s problem. It may be that Trump has identified a profound and fatal G.O.P. wound; the once reliable and pliable G.O.P. blue collar base may at last be striking out on its own, leaving behind the corporates, the rich and office-holder Republicans.

It may be that it is Mr. Kristol and his party’s snobbish indifference to Trump’s working class supporters that is the root problem.  It may be that Trump’s supporters are not simply angry white trash as depicted by National Review’s, Kevin Williamson. It may be that tax breaks for the 1% are really not helpful in the lives of Trump’s blue collar Republicans. It may be that corporate inversions, tax breaks and job exports have truly hurt Trump’s blue collar supporters. It may be, like Trump, the base resents the G.O.P’s deference to the dollar and donor class over the middle-class. It may be that Conservative National Review columnist David French and his party’s elite are unhelpful  and amoral when they say that the “…dysfunctional, downscale communities” of Trump supporters “deserve to die.”

Hold tight everyone, while the Republican establishment chooses which side of The Donald Dilemma they prefer.

//www.nationalreview.com/corner/432796/working-class-whites-have-moral-responsibilities-defense-kevin-Williamson

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