You might have heard last week the former republican representative from Florida Joe Scarborough announced on the Stephen Colbert Show he was leaving the Republican party.
Last Thursday, July 13th, the conservative commentator Charles Krauthammer wrote a column for The Washington Post entitled, “Bungled Collusion is Still Collusion.” He argues since Donald Trump Jr. released emails providing evidence of his meeting with the Russian attorney, “you don’t need a lawyer to see that the Trump defense — collusion as a desperate Democratic fiction designed to explain away a lost election — is now officially dead.”
George Will has long been one of the most intellectual advocates for political conservatism. Last summer Will described Putin as following “Hitler’s playbook” by using overt and covert means to influence political processes all over the world. He outlines the ways Trump serves Putin’s interests: by undermining NATO and not opposing Russia’s annexation of Crimea. He openly encourages his readers to consider whether Trump is “Putin’s Puppet.” Will left the Republican party last June.
The Republican party no longer represents the interests of conservatives. George Will used the term “vichy republicans” to distinguish the followers of Trump from the followers of Reagan.
Romney and other defenders of Republican traditions are trying to prevent a stampede to Trump of “Vichy Republicans,” collaborationists coming to terms with the occupation of their party.
We now have evidence the collaborationists attempted to collude with the Russians in order to gain an advantage in the 2016 election. We have evidence Donald Trump’s businesses have been dependent on Russian money since they all went bankrupt. Krauthammer, Scarborough, and Will provide a clear sign the contemporary Republican party no longer represents the interests of conservatives. We now have reason to question whether it exclusively represents the interests of the United States.