(CHARLESTON GAZETTE MAIL) – Are chickens finally coming home to roost for conservative ideologues willing to ignore the covert racial dog-whistling promoted by the candidates they supported for public office?

Over many generations, politically active conservatives have assumed ordinary voters shared the basic conservative premise that governmental efforts to promote the common good and address social injustice are a threat to the magic of the marketplace or likely to have perverse or futile results.

Now they find conservative goals dependent upon an energetic GOP voter base mobilized by Trumpian bigotry towards immigrants, Muslims and Hispanics, even as average GOP voter sentiment remains profoundly unmoved and even antagonistic towards long-desired conservative policies such as the gigantic GOP tax cut “stimulus” favoring wealthy “job creators” and free trade across international borders.

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