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No Trumpian Movement Is Conservative

By Jonah Goldberg, National Review - September 5, 2015

Dear Reader (if there are any of you left),

Well, if this is the conservative movement now, I guess you're going to have to count me out.

No, I'm not making some mad dash to the center. No, I'm not hoping to be the first alternate to Steve Schmidt on Morning Joe, nor am I vying to become my generation's Kevin Phillips. I will never be a HillaryCon. And I have no plan to earn "strange new respect" from the Georgetown  cocktail-party set I'm always hearing about but never meeting. But even if I have no desire to "grow" in my beliefs, I have no intention to shrink, either.

The late Bill Rusher, longtime publisher of National Review, often counseled young writers to remember, "Politicians will always disappoint you." As I've often said around here, this isn't because politicians are evil. It's because politicians are politicians. Their interests too often lie in votes, not in principles. That's why the conservative movement has always recognized that victory lies not simply in electing conservative politicians, but in shaping a conservative electorate that lines up the incentives so that politicians define their self-interest in a conservative way.

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