Donald Trump is no serious person’s idea of a conservative. Frankly, I don’t think he sees past his ego far enough to have a coherent political philosophy.

I understand the primal scream that seems to explain his fervent supporters, but eventually you have to take a breath and realize what’s at stake: Hillary as President.

Let’s hope Trump’s attack on Ted Cruz marks the beginning of his end.

Jim Geraghty

Rush Limbaugh, back on September 11, discussing my piece noting that Trump rarely uses the words “freedom” or “liberty” in discussing his political views:

I will admit, Trump doesn’t talk about liberty. But he sure as hell practices it, doesn’t he? I mean, there doesn’t seem to be any limits or boundaries out there. He’s not constrained by political correctness. He has escaped the surly bonds of that. That’s liberty and freedom. He’s not constrained by onerous local, state, federal laws. He’s made billions of dollars despite them.  He’s made millions of dollars with a reality TV show, which is the belly of the pop culture beast.  I mean, he’s swimming around in the bowels of it in there, folks, doing a reality TV show.  I mean, that’s like living with Jerry Springer.

Rush has been quite friendly to Trump on his program. But then yesterday:

RUSH: But this [comment from Trump] is almost a rote criticism of Cruz. This is almost . . . You know, if you have to go to a playbook or a manual and say, “Okay, time to criticize Ted Cruz. What do we say? What do we say?”  “Well, the manual says, ‘Go after him for not being able to work together in the Senate,’” and so forth and so on. So I’m not sure that Mr. Trump even knows who Cruz really is in this regard. No, my only point is for somebody running for the Republican nomination who has set himself up as anti-establishment, to join the establishment in that kind of criticism of Cruz, I don’t get it.

It doesn’t make a lot of sense.

Now, Trump’s not trying to portray himself as a conservative, either. So it’s not a violation of that. But he’s clearly making himself out to be anti-establishment, yet he joins them here. And then he dumped on Cruz for being opposed to ethanol? In other words, we as Republicans must support government subsidies to corn farmers in Iowa if we’re to have any chance of winning Iowa? We’ve gotta stand for subsidies? And that, again, is not a conservative position. To go after Cruz on that basis, is again the way the Democrats and the media would go after him, and then there was this Sunday morning on CNN’s State of the Union, Jake Tapper.

TAPPER: What do you think of Justice Scalia’s remarks, and where are you today on affirmative action?

TRUMP: I thought it was very tough to the African-American community, actually. I don’t like what he said. I actually saw it in print, and I’m going. . . I read a lot of stuff. I’m going, “Whoa.” I have great African-American friendships.  I have just amazing relationships. But, yeah, I was very surprised at Scalia’s statements, actually.


RUSH:  Well, they weren’t “Scalia’s statements.”  They were arguments that had been submitted to the court that he was engaging in oral argument over. But these are two things that . . . If you’re a conservative voter in the Republican primary, these two things have gotta raise some red flags for you people, I would think.