Ben Shapiro used to be my favorite talk radio political commentator, and I was truly disappointed when he left that gig. But this is a strange election cycle, wherein I find that people I used to admire and even recommend and defend, are just too annoying to listen to anymore. Romney? Voted for him, defended him, now I can’t stand the dude. So Ben, you are in good company. One of us has gone off the deep end here, and I’m thinking it’s you.
Yes, it’s about your opposition to The Donald. Is a roll of the dice involved with that guy? Sure, but he is conservative enough. And I think you know that, so you, and others, fall back on squishy things like “temperament.” Makes it sound like somehow you have all of that and are just not sure he meets your, sniff, standards. Or so it would seem to you from the very tall equine creature upon which you sit.
One of the few political writers who has not alienated me with anti-Trump hysteria is Peggy Noonan, and she made a very interesting point in a piece titled “Simple Patriotism Trumps Ideology.” Actually, the title itself pretty much says it, but she wrote about giving her input to a Trump supporter on how to make the case for him. “I told her I’d been thinking that maybe Mr. Trump’s appeal is simple: What Trump supporters believe, what they perceive as they watch him, is that he is on America’s side.” She then goes on to say that notions of justice and “the needs of the world” are abstract, and we’re basically tired of hearing about them–we’re tired of ideology. Enter The Donald, saying, she writes, “he’s on America’s side, period.”
And I think that is what the NeverTrump people like you are missing, Ben. He is good enough on the issues, but you really should widen your gaze. The Donald has completely overrun the political narrative, and that is remarkable. I think you have to give him his due, and give him a chance.