Thursday, May 26, 2016

Against the ‘There’s a Chance’ Argument for Donald Trump

I take a backseat to no one in my admiration for Dennis Prager, and indeed his column today – urging conservatives to vote for Trump – reminds me why this election is so painful. Allies are at odds, with neither side really possessing much stomach for The Donald.
The best, most thoughtful case for voting Trump – the case Dennis makes — is that there is a chance that he’ll do the right thing. We’re certain, by contrast, that Hillary is wrong, and some chance at good policy is better than none at all. At the risk of injecting inappropriate levity into these dark times, I remember seeing this kind of optimism is a movie once:

Often when I see that argument, it’s presented in contexts where there’s absolutely no basis to believe Trump will be any better than Hillary. Dennis, however, smartly confines his defense to those few categories – judges, fracking, corporate taxes, among others – where “there’s a chance” is most viable. And I agree with him. On the issues he identifies, there is indeed a chance that Trump will be better than Hillary.
Unfortunately, however, “there’s a chance” runs both ways. Just as there is some chance that Trump will get a few answers right, there is also a chance that he will get other answers catastrophically wrong. In other words, there’s a chance that he actually meant what he said when he:
Read the rest of David French's op-ed HERE.

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