Lessons for anti-Trump conservatives — from an anti-Bush conservative

How conservatives can express their opposition to Trump — without sounding like liberals

President Trump.
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Almost a year into his presidency, Donald Trump is still causing a conservative crack-up. In office, he has exhibited the behavioral tendencies many of us feared, while at the same time governing as a more normal Republican than we expected, for both good and ill.

The tensions over how to deal with all this while remaining faithful to conservative principles recently boiled over into a Festivus-like airing of grievances. It started with National Review's Charles C.W. Cooke publishing a detailed takedown of Washington Post conservative blogger Jennifer Rubin, arguing that her animus against Trump has overtaken her conservatism. The Atlantic's David Frum defended her by way of claiming too many #NeverTrump conservatives have caved to their largely pro-Trump audiences. Erick Erickson and other conservative bystanders just laughed.

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