The Corner

No VP Pick Can Move Me from the #NeverTrump Camp

It is well known among the punditocracy that for more than six years I have been a, indeed perhaps the, foremost advocate of former Pennsylvania senator Rick Santorum’s fitness for the presidency. I think he is a superb public servant and an even finer man.

So, in light of Rich Lowry’s speculation (which I share) that Santorum might be a smart choice for Donald Trump’s running mate and that he probably is being seriously vetted, one might ask if that makes me reconsider my outspoken #NeverTrump stance.  

Easy answer: No. Not even close.

Trump is just that bad.

I’ve also been known as a big supporter of Indiana governor Mike Pence. Pence in recent days has been prominently mentioned as a Trump veep possibility. Would I consider voting for a Trump-Pence ticket? No way, Jose.

Trump is just that bad. There is no lipstick that can cover up his piggishness. He is a lifelong con man and vulgarian with a long record of trampling ordinary Americans, cheating the system, trafficking in bigotry, and advocating horrendously unethical public policy and advocating (and reportedly participating in) even worse private behavior. Trump is no more fit to be president of this great nation than his pal Vladimir Putin is. If Santorum or Pence, or anybody else decent, joins Trump’s presidential ticket, they do not elevate Trump; they lower themselves and show themselves somewhat less worthy of respect.

Most Popular

Film & TV

Knives Out Takes On the Anti-Immigration Crowd

Since the beginning of the Obama era, the Left has broadcast two contradictory messages on the subjects of race and immigration. The first is that a so-called Coalition of the Ascendant will inevitably displace white Americans as the dominant force in the country’s politics and culture. The second is that ... Read More
Film & TV

Knives Out Takes On the Anti-Immigration Crowd

Since the beginning of the Obama era, the Left has broadcast two contradictory messages on the subjects of race and immigration. The first is that a so-called Coalition of the Ascendant will inevitably displace white Americans as the dominant force in the country’s politics and culture. The second is that ... Read More
Culture

The Absurd Crusade against the Salvation Army

We all know some individuals who are so obviously good and kind that we are certain if anyone were to dislike them, that's all we would need to know about the person. We would immediately assume he or she is a bad person. To hate the manifestly good is a sure sign of being bad. Such is the case regarding the ... Read More
Culture

The Absurd Crusade against the Salvation Army

We all know some individuals who are so obviously good and kind that we are certain if anyone were to dislike them, that's all we would need to know about the person. We would immediately assume he or she is a bad person. To hate the manifestly good is a sure sign of being bad. Such is the case regarding the ... Read More
Elections

It’s Not Because She’s a Woman

In early October, Elizabeth Warren hit her stride. Her stock in the Democratic primary had been climbing steadily since midsummer, and as Joe Biden continued to lag, the Massachusetts senator became the first presidential hopeful to overtake him as front-runner in the RealClearPolitics polling average. She’s ... Read More
Elections

It’s Not Because She’s a Woman

In early October, Elizabeth Warren hit her stride. Her stock in the Democratic primary had been climbing steadily since midsummer, and as Joe Biden continued to lag, the Massachusetts senator became the first presidential hopeful to overtake him as front-runner in the RealClearPolitics polling average. She’s ... Read More
Film & TV

Clint Eastwood’s Messy, Nuanced Triumph

After a pipe bomb exploded at a concert held to celebrate the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta’s Centennial Park, the FBI came to suspect that the security guard who discovered the device might have planted it to gain a reputation as a hero. The knotty story of that security guard, Richard Jewell, does not lend itself ... Read More
Film & TV

Clint Eastwood’s Messy, Nuanced Triumph

After a pipe bomb exploded at a concert held to celebrate the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta’s Centennial Park, the FBI came to suspect that the security guard who discovered the device might have planted it to gain a reputation as a hero. The knotty story of that security guard, Richard Jewell, does not lend itself ... Read More