Now that the GOP has officially declared #NeverTrump conservatives an enemy of the party–wait, how, you ask–we need to consider how to respond. How we are enemies of the party? Republican party leadership did everything possible to find the weak link; cajole, threaten, and deal for Donald Trump to “crush” any attempt to free the delegates.
Trump then did his usual “I dance on your grave” two-step.
#NeverTrump is never more. They were crushed last night in Cleveland at Rules Committee by a vote of 87-12. MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 15, 2016
It wasn’t #NeverTrump that was crushed at the convention’s rules committee. It was #FreeTheDelegates, which was a long shot in any scenario. I, for one, fully expected the convention to be a coronation of the King of the Orange Throne. This is the reason I didn’t go as a delegate when I had the opportunity.
The #NeverTrump movement lives on, hopefully with the new goal of making Trump suffer a catastrophic loss in November, to teach the GOP an object lesson on selling its soul in the future. Dogs don’t respond to scolding unless you punish them in the act of misbehavior. Lining up behind Trump then shouting “bad dog!” when all is lost will accomplish nothing.
Speaking for myself alone–I realize some conservatives who find Trump to be loathsome will still support him to keep Hillary Clinton out of office–I think the option is to save at least one party to live on in some form, and that means Trump losing. I prefer The Samson Contingency, which is a Trump loss in all 50 states while preserving down ballot races in the Senate and House for the GOP.
The media calls the GOP the party of obstructionism, preventing “progress.” Good. We are especially good at that, and if we lose the Senate (which is a looming probability at this point), we lose a whole lot of leverage stopping Hillary. If we lose the House, we’re back to 2008, but much worse. Backing Trump almost guarantees a loss of the Senate–and in 2018, the House.
Hillary Clinton must be stopped. If she can’t be stopped in the general election (and I don’t think she can against Trump), then she must be stopped in office. Even if Trump makes it (by some confirmation bias of conspiracy theories) into office, the Democrats, and many Republicans will join to thwart his insane economic suicide agenda. The GOP will be destroyed.
At least temporarily, the GOP under Donald Trump has declared itself my enemy. Hillary Clinton is my enemy. The enemy of my enemy is my enemy. The false dichotomy of “Trump or Clinton” doesn’t play in the real world, and everyone in Washington D.C. knows it. They only use it to raise money.
Trump in the White House with a Democratic congress is infinitely worse for the future of conservative thought, small government, and economic growth than having Hillary opposed by a Ryan-led House, with Cruz and Rubio in the Senate. This has been the #NeverTrump position all along. The party and Trump supporters have done nothing–zero–to assuage those concerns. I have to conclude it’s because they have no answer.
#NeverTrump lives on, and its effect will be seen at the ballot box in November–or it won’t be, and America will moe into a less favorable position, and conservatives will have to find another party to carry the banner.