Post-Reagan era lamestream conservatives have had a generation to address the concerns of working and lower class whites, and to the small extent that they have succeeded, it’s only because the blind squirrels found a few acorns. And working and lower class whites have had all that time to hear the sales pitches of post-Reagan era lamestream conservatives, and have predictably reacted lethargically at best.
Therefore, what makes this writer think that anything will be any different if “conservatives reach out” to them? Make no mistake, what he means by “conservatives should reach out” is not that their concerns should be addressed as-is and in-place and in the context of who and where they are, a populist and nationalist agenda, but instead, just continue to golden tongued sales pitch, trying to do what they’ve been doing for the past generation, like I said, trying to sell lamestream conservatism to relatively uninterested people.
Read in another way, this article is nothing more than the writer being jealous that Trump noticed an unserved market and started serving it, and that he, as a political novice, did within a matter of a year what lamer cons couldn’t do in twenty-eight years.