As Donald Trump’s first year in the White House ends observers are taking stock. Eugene Robinson speaks for many Democrats and disaffected independents: “Just a few more days,” he wrote, “and this awful, rotten, no-good, ridiculous, rancorous, sordid, disgraceful year in the civic life of our nation will be over.”
Yet the right is divided.
Many in its Never Trump faction remain alarmed by President Trump’s behavior and dismayed that so many Republicans have fallen in line behind him. But others on the right are forcefully arguing that Trump’s first year in office has proved to be a striking success worthy of applause from conservatives.
“More conservative goals have been achieved or put in motion in eleven months than in any time in recent, or even distant, memory,” he declared. “It's an astonishing reversal for our country accompanied by the beginnings of an economic boom.” However, he continued, the left is determined to mount a counterattack:
They cannot let this stand and are marshaling all their forces from the media to Hollywood to the academy, not to mention at least some of the investigative units of the FBI. The next year seems poised to be an ideological duel as close to the death as we have seen in a long time. If the right does not win, the gains of 2017 will be stymied by the election of 2018 and completely washed away in 2020. It's an all-hands-on-deck situation and we need the NeverTrumpers' help. We need -- to borrow a hoary leftist term -- a united front.
It shouldn't be all that difficult. The basic intentions of the Trumpkins (as we have been derided) and the NeverTrumpers were never that far apart. It was more an issue of style and strategy, of decorum really. And, of course, that ugly secret -- some felt they were losing their power.
Time to get over it.
The Trump boosters are dead wrong.