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Joe Walsh’s Wishful Thinking

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Back in the ancient days of . . . 2016 . . . former Illinois congressman and conservative talk-radio host Joe Walsh was one of those guys calling Barack Obama a “traitor” and insisting that he is a crypto-Muslim. He has, since then, had a change of heart, and says he now regrets that nonsense. More joy in Heaven, and all that.

In 2016, Walsh was a Trump guy. Now, he denounces Donald Trump as a “racial arsonist” and assails him as indecent. I’m not going to exert a great deal of effort contesting any of that, but I have my doubts about Walsh’s political analysis, i.e. his argument in today’s New York Times that President Trump is vulnerable to a primary challenge from the right on grounds of fiscal responsibility.

Set aside, for the moment, what you actually think about Trump’s approach to race or his basic human decency and such, and only ask yourself this: If you sincerely believed President Trump to be a “racial arsonist,” that he is fundamentally indecent, that he is habitually dishonest, that he is morally........

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