GOP Forms ‘Committee Not to Renominate the President’ – Here’s Who’s Leading It…

One would think that the one-two punch of Donald Trump not only winning the election but governing as a generally-conservative president would have put an end to #NeverTrump, the hysterical movement of moderate Republicans, center-right elitists, and a handful of deeply-misguided conservatives to keep Trump out the White House, even at the cost of Hillary Clinton destroying America.

Alas, because #NeverTrump was never a particularly rational movement, it survives to this day. Granted, its more reasonable conservatives soon renounced the label and most of the disgruntled remainder have relegated themselves to petty sniping and slanted takes on Trump stories, but one remains just as hellbent on destroying the Donald as he was at the height of the 2016 GOP primary.

Mediaite reports that The Weekly Standard editor-at-large Bill Kristol told The New York Times that he has yet another anti-Trump project in the works, consequences be damned:

In the wider world of conservative Trump opponents, William Kristol, editor at large of The Weekly Standard, said he had begun informal conversations about creating a “Committee Not to Renominate the President.”

“We need to take one shot at liberating the Republican Party from Trump, and conservatism from Trumpism,” Mr. Kristol said.

Breitbart provides a handy rundown of Kristol’s previous #NeverTrump stunts:

Seeing what little relevance he had was slipping away during the 2016 election cycle, Kristol spent most of the cycle trying to undermine Trump and get Hillary Clinton elected. He attempted to draft National Review’s David French to be his “Never Trump” candidate. Like a failed Triple-A manager desperately trying to find even a high school team to allow him to coach, Kristol then worked with Rick “Put a Bullet in Trump” Wilson to draft an even more uninspiring and milquetoast candidate in Evan McMullin.

Once Trump became president, the Federalist’s Julie Kelly summarizes, he didn’t get any better:

One day into Trump’s administration, Kristol declared he would not get used to the “unprecedented vulgarization” of the presidency. He’s mocked Sean Spicer, Kellyanne Conway, and Ivanka Trump. He referred to Trump’s immigration executive order as “Breitbart-like boob bait for the bubbas” and compared Trump’s presidency, less than one month old, to President Nixon’s second term. He made some odd comments about the lazy white working-class clipping coupons and how immigrants, not Americans, are really the hard workers.

Then this shot a few days ago: “Honest Q for conservatives who aren’t just working with or around Trump, but rationalizing him: In your heart, don’t you know you’re wrong?” Wrong about what? Nominating an education secretary who supports school choice? Rolling back burdensome, costly federal regulations? Prioritizing national security? These are all things conservatives support.

These days, Kristol’s Twitter feed is as hysterical as ever, and increasingly indistinguishable from that of the average left-winger:

Serious question: when has Bill Kristol ever taken any significant interest in the myriad ways the pre-Trump GOP compromised, tarnished, or otherwise harmed conservative ideas?

Trump is, of course, far from perfect, and constructive criticism to steer him in the right direction and maximize his effectiveness is essential. But he’s also done a tremendous amount of good in his short time in office, and Kristol’s constant, hyperbolic anti-Trump bleating long ago blasted past constructive criticism and well into mutually-assured destruction.

In his warped mind, Trump is no longer a measurable mix of asset and hindrance to solving America’s problems; Trump is America’s number-one problem. Destroying him is an end in and of itself.

It didn’t matter whether a convention revolt or third-party candidate would hand the country to another four years of anti-constitutional Democrat ruin, and now it doesn’t matter whether this latest scheme to wrest the incumbent president’s nomination away from him would cripple the GOP’s chances of doing any good for the country.

However much good he may have done for conservatism in the past, Bill Kristol is now nothing more than a useful idiot for the corruption, secularism, socialism, and tyranny of the Left.