In the end, it doesn’t matter: either way they discredit themselves and cannot be trusted. As Democrats and the news media (cue hoary cliché: “But I repeat myself!”) become increasingly desperate to stave off a much-deserved Democratic Party wipe-out in 2022, the NeverTrumpers are suddenly in demand again even though Trump will not be running. The desperation theory is that such bitter and personally biased flip-floppers can convince saner conservatives and GOP supporters to vote Democrat, even when that party has never been as extreme as it is today, or as hostile to American principles including democracy itself.
Yesterday provided a jaw-dropping example, an op-ed in the Times headlined, “We Are Republicans With A Plea: Elect Democrats.” Like so much we are seeing, hearing and reading lately, the screed is desperation itself, but fascinating. Amazingly, the melt-down of The Lincoln Project wasn’t enough to discourage the Axis of Unethical Conduct (the resistance, Democrats and the mainstream media) from hailing the leaky NeverTrumper lifeboat as their ship goes down. The only justification for the plea is that the authors hate Donald trump. That’s it. Nothing else. What current Democratic policies do the authors approve of? None are mentioned. Which Democratic Party leaders do they view as responsible and trustworthy? Nancy Pelosi? Joe Biden? Again, crickets.
Oh yes, about those authors. The thing is jointly authored by Miles Taylor, who was the Times’ sensational (and dishonest) “Anonymous” Deep State mole, and who famously (and profitably) wrote that he was sabotaging Trump administration initiatives from within the Department of Homeland Security, and Christine Todd Whitman, the failed New Jersey governor and W’s EPA head. She is one more Bush Family acolyte pledged to avenge Trump’s gratuitously mean statements about George and Jeb. These people are relentless. Naturally, the op-ed praises Rep. Liz Cheney, also a member of that club, who supported two illegal and contrived impeachments, violating the intent of the Constitution and permanently rendering the important impeachment safety valve as useless, to slake her personal grudge (Attacking President Bush means attacking Daddy). Whitman and Taylor call Cheney “courageous.”
I started reading the essay because, first, I was curious to learn how two alleged conservatives reasoned that handing the government over to a party that opposed all of their own alleged principles would be good for the country in substantive terms. They never explain that, because they can’t. Then, after they condemned their party for submitting to “Trumpism,” I read further to learn what it was that they thought “Trumpism” was. As far as I could discern, a Trumpist is someone who doesn’t hate Donald Trump and reject whatever he supports because he supports it. Oh. That’s mature.
I’ve been curious about this term, because it’s now hurled around the media and social media like “Commie!,” or “Racist!,” but I know what those labels mean. Does opposing the illegal immigration policies that have led to the mess at the border make one a Trumpist? Yes, it seems, because Trump opposes those policies, ergo, that position must be evil. Does preferring the Trump job market and economy before Democrats weaponized the pandemic constitute Trumpism? Does opposing anti-white racism and school indoctrination mark one as a Trumpist? Again, that’s the only assumption I can make from the vague and content-free arguments made by Mr. Anonymous and Whitman. Anti-abortion? Trumpist! But I’m just guessing.
The one substantive complaint against Trump described in the op-ed to justify allowing the party that is really threatening democracy the way it fancifully accused of Trump of threatening it for four years is this: “We cannot tolerate Republican leaders — in 2022 or in the presidential election in 2024 — refusing to accept the results of elections or undermining the certification of those results should they lose.” This is striking dishonesty. Many Democratic leaders refused to accept the results of the 2000 and 2004 elections. The party, led by Hillary Clinton, never accepted the result of the 2016 election, as it attempted to remove President Trump repeatedly for te rest of his term. Trump was foolish and ham-handed, as usual, in his handling of a suspicious 2020 election marred by the sudden widespread use of inherently insecure mail-in ballots, but the President has an obligation to uphold the Constitution. If he genuinely thought the election was tainted by manipulation and fraud—and after what he endured for four years,why wouldn’t he?—it was appropriate for him to delay accepting the results and investigate until no legitimate alternatives remained. Since Trump is Trump, he hasn’t done that yet (which is outrageous) but public distrust regarding the election is not on Trump’s shoulders alone.
Essentially, Whitman and Taylor believe everyone should vote Democratic because “Orange Man Bad”…when he’s not even running…while the Democrats mount attacks on free speech, freedom of association, freedom of religion, the Supreme Court, the Second Amendment, law enforcement, citizenship, and fiscal responsibility, while seeking to vilify white Americans and the nation itself in the schools.
Never mind. At least Democrats aren’t “Trumpist.” That’s all that matters, right?