And, recently Trump has been striking a conciliatory tone toward the Republican establishment. In his speech following his Super Tuesday victories, Trump stressed that:
“…I’m a unifier. I know people are going to find that a little bit hard to believe, but believe me, I am a unifier. Once we get all of this finished, I’m going to go after one person, that’s Hillary Clinton…”
If Trump secures the nomination, will these gestures culminate in a complete rapprochement between the populist rebel and the Republican establishment? If so, it wouldn’t be the first time.
The National Review crowd bewails Trump’s insurgency as a portent of death for their precious conservative movement and the “party of Reagan.” Yet, it was once the self-styled “conservatives,” including Ronald Reagan and earlier generations of National Review editorialists, who were the populist upstarts against the Republican leadership of the time.