CONSERVATIVE pundits at the New York Times like Ross Douthat and David Brooks have a delicate task. They are talking to people that live in a liberal echo chamber, hearing nothing but Democratic talking points all day long, from the New York Times and from NPR and from all their liberal friends. They have to introduce conservative themes very carefully, otherwise they'll lose their readers at the first fence.
So what does Douthat do when he wants to talk about Donald Trump? He compares him to Franklin D. Roosevelt as "Donald Trump, Traitor to his Class." Having got that out of the way he talks about the failure of third parties recently to get their agenda adopted by either of the two major parties.
Across the latter twenty years, the country has endured a series of disasters that had bipartisan fingerprints all over them. Yet the various movements that have arisen in reaction to those failures — the antiwar left, the Tea Party right, Occupy Wall Street – have yet to even unseat an incumbent president, let alone change the basic lines along which the two parties debate.
Christopher Chantrill is a writer and conservative, and author of Road to the Middle Class. He runs usgovernmentspending.com, the go-to resource for government finance data, is a frequent contributor to the American Thinker. He lives in Seattle, Washington. Click for more.
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