• June 17, 2024

3 Options for Conservatives, Post-Cleveland

Emotions are running as high as a kite in a hurricane over last week’s RNC Convention, especially the inner-squad brouhaha related to Ted Cruz’s Wednesday night address.  Some insist that Cruz committed political suicide with his Vote Your Conscience speech. Others counter that Cruz represents the only spine in the Party of Jell-o.

Then there’s Donald Trump himself. Il Duce-NY proclaimed that although a unified GOP might be nice, he doesn’t really need it to win. He plans to woo Bernie Santa Claus Sanders voters into the fold instead. Adding further weirdness to the three-ring circus, Trump said he doesn’t want Cruz’s endorsement. And won’t accept it even if offered.

Note to Branch Trumpidians: Trashing Cruz and his supporters may not be a great tactic if you’re looking to bring them into Camp Donald. Just sayin’. Ditto insisting that conscience voters dump their consciences and core convictions so they can line up behind Oompah Loompah Grande.

Let me illustrate. I recently received the following comment on the subject:

 “Standing on principle is a noble thing. Pity Hillary has no principles. She will destroy everything Conservative Americans hold near and dear. What you are espousing will insure a Hillary victory at the polls. If you are willing to let the country go to Hell over your shortsighted concept of principle, go for it.”

Brilliant, that. Let it sink in for a moment. (That’s okay. I’ll wait.)

So, standing on principle is “shortsighted”? Compared to what?  And if that’s “short-sighted”, then what, pray tell, is “long-sighted”? How does jettisoning core principles for the sake of 30 pieces of political expedience translate into saving the country? And if standing on principle is a fool’s errand, as this individual implies, then what do we stand on?

How ‘bout this gem: “You gotta vote Trump. He may not be perfect, but at least he isn’t Hillary”?

Well, guess what else “isn’t Hillary”? Michael Moore isn’t Hillary. Jane Fonda isn’t Hillary. Would you support them? To paraphrase the New Testament: “What shall it profit the GOP if it gain the White House but lose its own soul?”

That being said, some conservatives may be having a tough time making up their minds about what they’ll do in November. Here are three options to ponder:

Door #1 is the ABC approach: Anyone But Clinton. Pull out all the stops to get Trump elected. Because even Cheeto Jesus is better than another Clinton in the White House or Hillary appointees to the Supreme Court (which will still require Senate confirmation).

Door #2 is the Knick-Knack, Paddy-Whack, Give-The-Dog-a- Bone approach: Hold your nose and vote for Trump in order to derail Hillary, but stop short of actively campaigning for or endorsing The Donald.

Door #3: Is the USA for Ted Cruz Write-In campaign. This is gathering steam in my state, the People’s Republic of Washington. The basic rationale runs something like this:

Washington will break for Hillary anyway. Even if every single Republican and non-Democrat voter in the state turns out for Trump, Hillary will still win. Given that inevitability, why waste your vote on a sure loser?  Make a statement instead. Write in Ted Cruz and make your vote count. (The Left Coast is unique in this regard.  Offer is null and void in key battleground states like Ohio and Pennsylvania.)

I know what I’m going to do.  How ‘bout you?

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