[Ed. – A worthwhile read, nailing much of what appears to motivate the “elites” (Klavan’s sighted in on the Never-Trump Right in this case).]
“Never Trump intellectuals,” wrote Victor Davis Hanson, “can be every bit as crude as their detested nemesis.” Quite so, and the particular way in which they are crude merits attention, even if they do not. It is a heightened version of Obama’s notorious gaffe at a San Francisco fundraiser in 2008:
You go into these small towns in Pennsylvania and, like a lot of small towns in the Midwest, the jobs have been gone now for 25 years and nothing’s replaced them… They get bitter, they cling to guns or religion or antipathy to people who aren’t like them or anti-immigrant sentiment or anti-trade sentiment as a way to explain their frustrations.
Obama, who later scoffed that it would take a “magic wand” to get those rubes their jobs back, apparently never considered that contemning people for problems you don’t have and won’t deign to solve is a great way to get yourself succeeded by somebody like Donald Trump.
“God must have loved the common people,” said Abraham Lincoln, “he did make so many of them.” If this thing called America means anything at all, it means those people—not some abstract fantasy version of them, not some perfected upper crust chosen from among them, but they themselves, flaws and foibles and all—get to be free. To believe this you have to love the common people as God does: not on the condition that they conform to your aesthetic, but here and now and as they are …