Krauthammer’s Vote: The Answer Is…

Charles Krauthammer is one of the most intellectually gifted, insightful, and, frankly, sane pundits in America. He is not prone to wild statements or straw man burning. Krauthammer disclosed who will get his vote for president in a New York Daily News piece Friday.

He correctly pegs Clinton as a soulless candidate whose sense of self-entitlement drives her insatiable quest for power.

The soullessness of this campaign — all ambition and entitlement — emerges almost poignantly in the emails, especially when aides keep asking what the campaign is about. In one largely overlooked passage, Clinton complains that her speechwriters have not given her any overall theme or rationale. Isn’t that the candidate’s job? Asked one of her aides, Joel Benenson: “Do we have any sense from her what she believes or wants her core message to be?”

Clinton has no “message” in the sense of how she would govern on behalf of American citizens. Her message is that she would govern America as a monarch rules a sovereignty. Citizens would be reduced to subjects under her imperious reign, because she deserves the throne. Her message is to not oppose her, or else. It’s not a core message as much as a national ultimatum.

I didn’t need the Wiki files to oppose Hillary Clinton. As a conservative, I have long disagreed with her worldview and the policies that flow from it. As for character, I have watched her long enough to find her deeply flawed, to the point of unfitness. But for those heretofore unpersuaded, the recent disclosures should close the case.

A case so strong that, against any of a dozen possible GOP candidates, voting for her opponent would be a no-brainer. Against Donald Trump, however, it’s a dilemma. I will not vote for Hillary Clinton. But, as I’ve explained in these columns, I could never vote for Donald Trump.

The Wikileaks files are an inevitable consequence of Hillary Clinton’s long career in building her own power and influence. Money is just lubricating oil to the Clintons. Receiving it and spending it  merely move the pistons of real power. She would prefer to deal with despots and autocrats because they understand these things at an eye-to-eye level better than politicians. Clinton believes herself above being a politician, as she believes herself above the law.

To Trump, money is the object. Spending it is a head feint. Trump is the rich man from Fiddler on the Roof–Tevye’s fantasy, “And it won’t make one bit of difference if I answer right or wrong. When you’re rich they think you really know.” Being rich is Donald Trump. Being powerful is Hillary Clinton.

Neither is acceptable. Krauthammer wrote he is down to Paul Ryan or Ben Sasse as write-ins. They are good choices. Maybe he will, in the end, decide to vote for Evan McMullin, if only for the appearance of a unified write-in alternative. In any case, as Erick shared, the White House is already lost to Republicans.

As my brother wryly observed, we’re down to reading articles from NeverTrumpers and seeing who they are going to write in. Sad.

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Steve Berman

The old Steve cared about money, prestige, and power. Then Christ found me. All at once things changed. But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against these things!

I spent 30 years in business. Now I write and edit. But mostly I love. I have a wife and 2 kids and a dog and we live in a little house in central Georgia.

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