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Sessions Can Offer Conservatism Without Cultism

by Matthew Monforton Read Profile arrow_right_alt

Jeff Sessions, Donald Trump’s former Attorney General and, prior to that, long-time Alabama senator, wants his seat back.  Whether he deserves it remains to be seen.

Sessions racked up a strong conservative record since his first election to the Senate in 1996.  He’s been a leader on lower taxes, lower spending, religious liberty, the sanctity of life, the sanctity of marriage, and just about every other issue conservatives care about.  Including, of course, immigration. In 2016, sensing a kindred spirit was seeking the presidency, Sessions became the first sitting senator to endorse Trump.

In other words, Sessions was on board the Trump train well before it left the station – indeed, even before it arrived at the station.

And he stayed on board after Trump appointed him as Attorney General.  Unlike Trump and most of his appointees, Sessions was serious about transforming Trump’s promises into reality – particularly with immigration.

But Sessions soon had to recuse himself in 2017 from the nascent Russia investigation due to long-established regulations governing the Department of Justice.  Trump never got over that and responded almost daily with tweets against Sessions that were as insulting as they were baseless – even by Trump’s standards.  Sessions nevertheless made DOJ a conservative bastion and kept it that way until Trump forced him out at the end of last year.

Sessions is therefore uniquely qualified to champion Trump’s policies without having to apologize for Trump’s pathologies.  Unfortunately, the ad Sessions ran a few hours ago suggests he’s taking a different path:

Trump’s reign will end someday – maybe someday soon.  When it does, it will not likely end well.  The future of conservatism depends upon principled conservatives who have remained in the party, and conservative exiles like Justin Amash – finding a future in a post-Trump GOP.

That future must not be lost to the Romneys and the Flakes and the Kasichs.  Because they’re not conservative.  And everyone knows it.  Their fecklessness is what gave us Trump to begin with.

Nor must that future be lost to the cultists who cheered earlier this week as Trump, ostensibly quoting Lou Dobbs, described himself as “the greatest president in the history of our country, including George Washington and Abraham Lincoln.”

The Jeff Sessions that led a conservative Justice Department for nearly two years in the face almost daily slanders from his boss offered an alternative to these dead ends.  Hopefully that guy will show up again – and hopefully Alabamans will hire him to help midwife a new birth of freedom for the Republican Party, and for America.  

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