Why even #NeverTrump conservatives should stick with the GOP

Leaving the GOP is not the answer to our problems

Donald Trump has left a bitter taste in the mouths of many longtime GOP members.
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Conservatives opposed to Donald Trump have begun to question whether the GOP is still their party. Indeed, one of Republicans' most articulate thinkers has not only asked that question, but answered it.

George Will, columnist for The Washington Post and a conservative Republican for more than 50 years, told PJ Media on Friday that he had changed his registration to independent in his home state of Maryland. "This is not my party," Will declared. Having a Republican president doesn't necessarily produce conservative outcomes, even when it comes to the sine qua non of arguments for unity around Trump — the Supreme Court. "Republicans have given us Earl Warren, Brennan, John Paul Stevens, Burger, who was kind of mediocre, Blackmun," Will said. "Having a Republican president is not an answer in itself."

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Edward Morrissey

Edward Morrissey has been writing about politics since 2003 in his blog, Captain's Quarters, and now writes for HotAir.com. His columns have appeared in the Washington Post, the New York Post, The New York Sun, the Washington Times, and other newspapers. Morrissey has a daily Internet talk show on politics and culture at Hot Air. Since 2004, Morrissey has had a weekend talk radio show in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area and often fills in as a guest on Salem Radio Network's nationally-syndicated shows. He lives in the Twin Cities area of Minnesota with his wife, son and daughter-in-law, and his two granddaughters. Morrissey's new book, GOING RED, will be published by Crown Forum on April 5, 2016.