It began with a mean-spirited remark about Americans being deplorable. The reason? We were supporting Hillary Clinton’s opponent and she didn’t like it. Republican campaign rallies were disrupted. There were reports of violence. The trouble was pinned on conservative voters. The media stepped in. This week The Hill reported that we have proof of a coordinated effort by Democrats to create these incidents,1 but the damage is done.
I suspect a lot of people have made the decision not to vote this year. They don’t want to have anything to do with this election or our candidates, though I’m not sure why. There is a clear choice. One talks too much and the other doesn’t say enough. When it comes to policy one candidate wants to give away the farm and the other says he wants to take it back and make it better.
There is one absolute worst reason to vote for Trump. Ironically, it is also the best reason to support his candidacy: you are being told not to. As an American, being told not to vote for someone should make you really, really angry.
Everyone has turned on Trump. Democrats hate him. We expect that. Republicans fear and dislike him.
We are putting far too much energy into explaining the collapse of the Republican Party. It’s not complicated. Let’s begin where the end of the GOP starts: Republicans want Clinton to win. Donald Trump is the excuse, not the reason.
Smell that? It’s the stench of another Republican loss.
We have never had to put up with so much sanctimonious chest-beating directed against a candidate from his own party.
It’s embarrassing to think about the shoddy roster of national leaders who will grace Cleveland and Philadelphia this summer. Some of them will eventually make their way to Washington as Cabinet members, advisors, and sycophants for a new administration. Some are already entrenched. One will become the president. In the process we may forget that something very important was taken away from us in 2016 that can never be regained: our respect.