Jonah Goldberg, conservative editor at large for National Review Online, made it clear Tuesday that a Hillary Clinton presidency certainly isn’t on his wish list, for many reasons, but he also argued that it wouldn’t be a game-over scenario, either.
“It doesn’t mean it won’t be bad for the country and all the rest, but the conservative movement knows how to run those plays and make those arguments,” he said on The Glenn Beck Program. “And Hillary Clinton, who will have zero mandate, right — her mandate will have been fulfilled Day 1 because she’ll be not Donald Trump — will actually have enormous incentive to do some stuff to reach across the aisle. And it will be interesting to see how conservatives respond to that."
Discussions around consoling conservatives have seemingly increased with the approaching election. As much as the race has tightened, Trump is still lagging in many battleground states, and according to an average of five polls represented on RealClearPolitics.com, he’s still almost 7 points behind Hillary in arguably the most critical state standing in the way of his success: Pennsylvania.
If Trump loses Nov. 8 and makes a move into the media market — perhaps with his own cable TV channel as many have postulated, including Goldberg — it will extend some of the same conservative battles Trump has met during his candidacy.
“Their goal is to destroy the conservative movement and the Republican Party and replace it with something sort of nationalistic, that is a sort of European-style nationalistic movement,” Goldberg said about such a TV move, should it happen. “And that means we’re going to have to have a big argument.”
It’s an argument in which he looks forward to participating.