A growing list of hate-filled Never Trumpers who have all along insisted they are being true to their “conservative values” are now proclaiming that they have left the Republican Party and will support Democrats.
Did Trump really send these charlatans over the edge and make them give up their “values”? Not really. Donald Trump’s election didn’t cause these never Trumpers to lose their principless. It just revealed that they never had any principles in the first place.
The latest so-called “conservative” to grovel at the media’s feet with a “PLEASE NOTICE ME” proclamation is one-time neo-con Max Boot, an assumed intellectual who was a loud voice supporting George W. Bush’s wars and nation building throughout the world.
Boot recently exclaimed that not only has he left the Republican Party, but he now wants Democrats to win election and take over Washington.
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Explaining himself, Boot said:
Explaining my decision, I noted that Trumpkins “want to transform the GOP into a European-style nationalist party that opposes cuts in entitlement programs, believes in deportation of undocumented immigrants, white identity politics, protectionism and isolationism backed by hyper-macho threats to bomb the living daylights out of anyone who messes with us.” I still hoped then that traditional conservatives might eventually prevail but, I wrote, “I can no longer support a party that doesn’t know what it stands for — and that in fact may stand for positions that I find repugnant.”
I am more convinced than ever that I made the right decision. The transformation I feared has taken place. Just look at the reaction to President Trump’s barbarous policy of taking children away from their parents as punishment for the misdemeanor offense of illegally entering the country. While two-thirds of Americans disapproved of this state-sanctioned child abuse, forcing the president to back down, a majority of Republicans approved. If Trump announced he were going to spit-roast immigrant kids and eat them on national TV (apologies to Jonathan Swift), most Republicans probably would approve of that, too. The entire Republican platform can now be reduced to three words: Whatever Trump says.
Boot is only the latest to exclaim that he wants Democrats to “take over.”
Last month Steve Schmidt, a campaign operative who has a record of helping Republicans lose campaigns including John McCain’s disastrous run for the White House in 2008, also said he has officially left the GOP.
“29 years and nine months ago I registered to vote and became a member of The Republican Party which was founded in 1854 to oppose slavery and stand for the dignity of human life,” Schmidt wrote. “Today I renounce my membership in the Republican Party. It is fully the party of Trump.”
This poser went on:
“This child separation policy is connected to the worst abuses of humanity in our history,” Schmidt wrote. “It is connected by the same evil that separated families during slavery and dislocated tribes and broke up Native American families. It is immoral and must be repudiated. Our country is in trouble. Our politics are badly broken.”
“The first step to a season of renewal in our land is the absolute and utter repudiation of Trump and his vile enablers in the 2018 election by electing Democratic majorities,” Schmidt added.
Schmidt’s bread and butter now is appearing as an MSNBC “conservative” who hates everything right of center, so his supposed change of heart reveals where is paycheck comes from as opposed to where his principles lie.
Others preceded these two in spittle-specked condemnations of the GOP including snooty, establishmentarian columnist George Will who also hated Ronald Reagan and has been posing as a “conservative” for years, former Senator Gordon Humphrey, MSNBC loon and one-time GOP congressman Joe Scarborough, and Reagan and Bush aide Peter Wehner.
Then there are other purported “conservatives” such as Washington Post columnist Jennifer Rubin who has completely gone ’round the bend since Trump’s election. Commentator Eric Erickson who sling shots from one side to the other so often that it is hard to even say what he thinks any more, radio guy Tom Nichols who claims to be a solid conservative, but admits he votes for Democrats, and lead neo-con Bill Kristol who has clearly lost his mental faculties over Trump and has become so shrill that his own magazine asked him to take a powder so as not to taint them further.
Look, I can understand being a solid conservative and being uncomfortable with Donald J. Trump. He is boastful, loud, ill-tempered, and for sure is not the sort of intellectual, movement guy a solid conservative would rather see in the White House. Trump and his administration have been lackadaisical in vetting people for appointments, he is still spending more money than we’d like, he shoots from the lip too much, and most of all his mad drive to put tariffs on everything is the opposite of conservative economics.
So, I don’t necessarily fault those who say that Trump is no movement conservative. I get it. He isn’t what we’d rather have in the Oval office. I can also see the point of those who say the whole GOP is not really a conservative party. I believe that is right, in fact. There is an old joke that if you want socialism now vote for Democrats but if you want it in five years vote for the Republicans. In many ways, that rueful joke rings true.
But the fact is, if you once claimed to be a conservative but are now hoping for Democrats to be elected, you simply could never have been a conservative in the first place. If you are an anti-Trump “conservative” who won’t vote Trump in 2020 (or his supported GOP candidates in 2018) and instead are claiming that you’ll pull the lever for a Democrat (ANY Democrat) you are neither a conservative nor an American. Period.
Being a true blue American conservative (or a “red” one in today’s color coding) can be an annoying thing when it comes to presidential politics. As a conservative you’ll instantly understand that the GOP is not a conservative Party but is, rather, the far less liberal of the two national parties… but still essentially liberal in far too many ways to be comfortable. It’s our job as conservatives to drag the center left GOP kicking and screaming farther to the right where they belong. But we don’t always win that argument, especially when it comes to a presidential nominee.
So, deciding for whom to vote in both the primaries and the general is often a choice on the lesser of two evils for conservatives.