Case Studies (2)
Max Boot is a more extreme version of Bill Kristol. He came up through the ranks as a foreign policy advisor to Republican candidates. Here’s the section of his bio that deals with this phase of his career.
Boot was a senior foreign policy adviser to John McCain’s presidential campaign in 2007–08, Mitt Romney’s campaign in 2011–12, and Marco Rubio’s campaign in 2015-2016. He served as an adviser to U.S. commanders in Iraq and Afghanistan. He has lectured on behalf of the U.S. State Department and at many military institutions, including the Army, Navy, and Air War Colleges, the Australian Defense College, the John F. Kennedy Special Warfare School, West Point, and the Naval Academy.
Clearly Mr. Boot considered himself to be on the “conservative” side in the area that mattered most to him, that being foreign policy. However, the election of Donald Trump to the Presidency caused Mr. Boot to ultimately reject his past ideological commitments and embrace their opposite, as is described in this article.
For more than a year now, Boot has been undoing his lifetime of conservatism in a fireworks display of accepting progressive shibboleths. All of this because Donald Trump’s presidency has made him question everything he believes in. This week, his converts’ zeal took a particularly ugly turn as he accused two writers at National Review and the outlet itself of white supremacy.
All of this because National Review dared to discuss many Americans’ unease about the implications of unchecked immigration. The second author he attacked, Dan McLaughlin, wasn’t even agreeing with this unease. He was merely describing it in a 2,300-word essay that Boot slammed based on a single line that wasn’t even in the article. …
The problem, or perhaps the clarifying reality this week, is that Boot’s holier than thou objections have been shown to be a pile of misrepresentations and flat-out lying. …
In perhaps his farthest left moment to date, he essentially accuses more than 100 million Americans of being white supremacists.
Mr. Boot soon came out as a proud Progressive in a Washington Post oped.
It would be nice to think that Donald Trump is an anomaly who came out of nowhere to take over an otherwise sane and sober movement. …
Upon closer examination, it’s obvious that the history of modern conservatism is permeated with racism, extremism, conspiracy-mongering, isolationism and know-nothingism. … There has always been a dark underside to conservatism that I chose for most of my life to ignore.
There is nothing possibly temporary (as with Bill Kristol) about Mr. Boot’s conversion. No, he has rejected “Conservatism” and joined the true faith of Progressivism. He now hates those with whom he had worked, realizing that they all along were white supremacists, ignorant and simpletons. There can be no other reason that American citizens elected Donald Trump to the Presidency. But how could a man of such blazing insight, such brilliant thought, such overwhelming virtue have missed all this evil for so long? Perplexing, yes?