Starting after the 2010 mid-terms, there was a growing, angry group of people on the Right that began to abandon conventional conservatism because they perceived that the big personalities of the Right didn’t actually want to accomplish Right-Wing results; they just wanted to sell books, cruises, and do fundraisers. In other words, Conservatism, Inc. This group of people grew larger and larger, eventually rejecting “establishment Republicans”, and forming the core of voters that elected Donald Trump to the White House. Since Trump’s nomination (and victory) those people have seen a steady stream of examples that their suspicions were correct: it was all just a bunch of hucksters that wanted your money, and when the chips were down, they’re not really that conservative at all. National Review’s Against Trump stance (and loss of readership base), the big guns at Ricochet sneering about Trump, Jennifer Rubin’s descent into hysteria, etc etc.
The latest example is “national security expert” Max Boot’s coming out of the closet story: he now says that Trump has made him see and renounce his “white privilege”. (“I used to be a smart-alecky conservative who scoffed at “political correctness.” The Trump era has opened my eyes.”). Boot was your standard media Neocon before this: “War with Iran is inevitable, buy my books!”. Now he’s Woke, and you can expect a steady stream of Leftist gibberish from the guy in the coming years.
Me, I consider this progress. I’m hoping that the Kevin Williamsons, Rick Wilsons, etc, also renounce their white privilege… or whatever CultMarx trope they wish to embrace as their escape pod… and get on with the admission that “Hey, I was just trying to sell books. I mean, I was NEVER one of those people“. The sooner we cast off the baggage of Conservatism, Inc., the better. Conservatism, as we’ve know it since the end of the 60’s, has never really conserved anything. That’s why people are leaving it. If there is to be a genuine conservatism… one more concerned with American people, culture, traditions, and faith… it’s going to have to grow outside this moldy sales pitch for subscriptions and cruises and TV talking heads. There’s an old lawyer joke; “what do you call 500 lawyers at the bottom of a lake? A good start”. The more pundits and authors at the bottom of that lake, the better we’ll be.