This radical middle actually finds his inconsistency appealing:
That Trump is not a conservative, nor by any means a mainstream Republican, is not a minus but a plus to the radical middle. These voters are culturally right but economically left; they depend on the New Deal and parts of the Great Society, are estranged from the fiscal and monetary agendas of The Economist and Wall Street Journal. What they lack in free market bona fides they make up for in their romantic fantasy of the patriotic tycoon or general, the fixer, the Can Do Man who will cut the baloney and Get Things Done. On social questions their views tend toward the moderate side—Perot was no social conservative, either. What unites them is opposition to elites in government, finance, culture, journalism; their search for a vehicle—whether it’s a political party or an outspoken publicity maven—that will displace the managers and technocrats and restore the America of old.And there are some slightly to the right of this radical middle, who have indeed thought through the basic Judeo-Christian, economic and foreign-policy principles championed by conservatives who have been momentarily intoxicated by the Trump Kool-Aid, and it's somewhat understandable, given the utter uselessness or worse of supposed "GOP leaders", such as John Boehner:
Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) is throwing cold water on several House Republicans' efforts to immediately defund Planned Parenthood in the wake of the group's undercover video controversy.
Boehner said Thursday that he will not yet commit to blocking funding for Planned Parenthood after an anti-abortion-rights group produced two videos that attempt to portray the group as illegally profiting from fetal tissue donation.
"Facts first," Boehner said when asked twice about Planned Parenthood funding during his Thursday news conference.
Boehner's remarks, which come several days after he ordered a congressional probe into the videos, put him at odds with the 80 House Republicans who have backed a new bill from Rep. Diane Black (R-Tenn.) that would immediately block Planned Parenthood's funding for one year while the government investigates. A similar bill has been introduced in the upper chamber by Sen. James Lankford (R-Okla.).
Black's spokesman said Wednesday that her legislation had been received favorably by House leadership and hoped to see a vote "as soon as possible."Or Mitch McConnell:
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is clearing the way to restart the Export-Import Bank, an expired corporate-welfare agency he has voted against, as part of the highway bill in the Senate this week.Conservatives say McConnell's actions show he never really opposed the agency — that deep down, McConnell takes the K Street position rather than the free-market stance. McConnell's office contends that pragmatic politics are more complicated than that, and that keeping Ex-Im dead is beyond the majority leader's power.In the labyrinthine world of Senate procedure, it's hard to get a clear picture of what's going on, but this much is clear:
1) There are more than 60 votes in the Senate to restart Ex-Im,
2) McConnell, nevertheless, has the power to keep Ex-Im dead by blocking a vote.
Here's the background:
In late May, McConnell, in order to get enough votes to pass Trade Promotion Authority, cut a deal on the floor of the Senate with a group of Boeing-state senators, led by Democrat Maria Cantwell of Washington. McConnell had pledged to allow an Ex-Im vote "on an amendable vehicle in June," his office told me then.
Something like that happened June 10. Sen. Kelly Ayotte got a vote on an Ex-Im amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act. The amendment passed, but for procedural reasons, supporters then withdrew it. Ex-Im's charter then expired on June 30, and the agency is currently in liquidation.This last onset of Reasonable Gentleman Syndrome was too much for the magnificent Ted Cruz, who let loose on the Senate floor today with this barrage:
This towering champion of liberty, decency and American revival wasn't done, not by a long shot. Went on to excoriate the "GOP leadership" for its non-action on including an amendment in the Iran Review Act insisting that Iran recognize Israel's right to exist, on repealing Freedom-Hater-care, and its cave on Cromnibus. .
We don't need to give one second of our attention to a charlatan who is on record as supporting single-payer health care and the "right" to choose to exterminate fetal Americans.
Right before our eyes, we have an absolutely consistent conservative who thunders the truth and who takes the war for America's soul not only to the enemy on the other side of the aisle but to the Vichy-style sellouts to whom we've been entrusting our fates.
Ted went there today, and it was about time.