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Clinton Republican Jim Hoeft

Closing arguments: Clinton Republican Jim Hoeft

In the final days before the election, we will present our “closing arguments” by NeverTrump Republicans as to why voters should NOT vote for the Republican presidential candidate. In other words: Republicans helping torpedo the Trump campaign and elect Hillary Clinton. Here we give you Clinton Republican Jim Hoeft.

Clinton Republican Jim Hoeft
We’ve noted Virginia as crucial in determining the next president, and Bearing Drift as probably the most influential Republican website in the state. How fantastic for the Hillary Clinton campaign that these Republican influencers have spent so much energy this year promoting reasons for Republican voters to abandon the Republican presidential candidate!

Convincing Republican voters not to vote Republican is the biggest boost anyone could have given Hillary in her quest for the White House.

And what an irony these useful Republicans are: It was some old white men in Virginia, after all, who bequeathed the odious sections of the “Bill of Rights” that enshrined religious bigotry and unlimited access to guns in our Constitution. Now, we believe, thanks in large part to these modern-day Virginians at Bearing Drift, Hillary Clinton will win the presidency and appoint a Supreme Court that will finally do away with the irresponsible aspects of the Constitution. Virginia has finally redeemed itself!

In October when many voters were making up their minds about the candidates, Clinton Republican Jim Hoeft argued in 2016, conservative voters tempted to vote for Trump should remember the “right way” is “living out our faith” amidst a movement “infested with liberal and populist thought.” We love this argument because, as we always say, voters who are not going to vote Democratic need to think of their votes as primarily symbolic.

But what we loved the most was Hoeft’s clear declaration that Virginia conservatives have two clear choices in the ballot, and none of them are Donald Trump:

What we’re talking about is what Trump said and who he is. And, as the old axiom goes, past actions are an indication of future behavior.

At this point, there is no way I can support Donald Trump for president…

For me, there are now only two options for president, and it will be something we at Bearing Drift will explore as much as we can in the coming weeks: former New Mexico Gov. Gary Johnson, the Libertarian, and Evan McMullin, an independent and former chief policy director for the House Republican Conference.

What was the import of Trump’s very rude comments from 2005? That Virginians should turn away, once and for all, from the Republican presidential candidate. Supported by the news organizations and so many public officials, Jim Hoeft’s condemnation sealed the deal against Trump, we believe, for many people in the bellwether state.

(The strange state of Virginia is where Republican infighting – according to our sources there – virtually handed the governorship to our own Terry McAuliffe several years ago. McAuliffe just yesterday granted last-minute voting rights to 60,000 new voters who we feel are almost a lock to vote for Hillary. We are told, also, that some of the Republican faction who helped McAuliffe to victory received sympathetic treatment at Bearing Drift. Once again we say, therefore: God bless Bearing Drift for helping us transform America!)

Like some other conservatives, Clinton Republican Jim Hoeft has very recently attempted to fudge his position against voting for Trump, but we Democrats feel such modesty is totally unnecessary. We will continue to give credit where credit is due, because we love the useful Republicans that much. The #NeverTrump folks made the difference when it counted, when voters were looking earnestly for expert guidance. We intend to reward our Clinton Republican accomplices with recognition like a gold-plated anchor around their necks, every time their assistance to Hillary becomes relevant, for a long time.

Without help from influential politicos like Clinton Republican Jim Hoeft, Hillary Clinton would never have had a chance to return to the White House. For this historic effort, America needs to thank and remember Jim Hoeft.

Clinton conservative Jonah Goldberg

Closing arguments: Clinton conservative Jonah Goldberg

In the final days before the election, we will present our “closing arguments” by NeverTrump Republicans as to why voters should NOT vote for the Republican presidential candidate. In other words: Republicans helping torpedo the Trump campaign and elect Hillary Clinton. Here we give you Clinton conservative Jonah Goldberg.

Clinton conservative Jonah Goldberg
Jonah Goldberg is one of the funniest people in politics so he is a huge “get” for the Democratic Party this critical election year. On social media, few people in either Party have been more effective at denouncing Trump and – equally important – promoting day after day the evidence that Trump is going to lose.

As we note often, depressing the GOP vote with negative stories has been the key contribution of #NeverTrump conservatives this year. If we Democrats highlight bad news, Republican voters are probably going to think “consider the source.” But when the source is a respected and beloved conservative like Jonah Goldberg, that bad news becomes a gray cloud that can send Republicans scurrying away from the controversial candidate to safer, more socially-acceptable voting options.

Many people remember that Clinton conservative Jonah Goldberg also happens to have written the well-known “Liberal Fascism” which featured an entire chapter on Hillary Clinton. When Jonah says it is time for all good people to turn away from Trump, therefore, the argument has impact:

Trump should go. Of course, I never thought Trump should have been the nominee in the first place, in no small part because, as I wrote last night, I always believed the gargoyle on that tape is the same man we’ve seen all along…
What if it becomes clear he is a loser? Where will all the people shrieking about party loyalty, unity and beating Hillary be?
Loyalty is a 2-way street…
My advice: Cut him loose, because you know in your heart of hearts he’d cut you loose for far, far less.

We believe that our Democratic Party has many built-in advantages going for us tomorrow, including manufactured poll results that will show Trump fading, media organizations poised to call states for Clinton regardless of the incoming results, and state election commissions that will allow millions of nonstandard ballots to be counted.

These are called structural advantages, and they are just as critical to winning as the campaigns themselves.

But without #NeverTrump activists like Clinton conservative Jonah Goldberg, Hillary Clinton would never have had a chance to return to the White House. For this historic effort, America needs to thank and remember Jonah Goldberg.

Closing arguments: Clinton Republican Shaun Kenney

In the final days before the election, we will present our “closing arguments” by NeverTrump Republicans as to why voters should NOT vote for the Republican presidential candidate. In other words: Republicans helping torpedo the Trump campaign and elect Hillary Clinton. Here we give you Clinton Republican Shaun Kenney.

Kenney’s work at the Virginia website Bearing Drift and on social media this year has been a nonstop jackhammer to the foundation of the Republican presidential ticket, tearing away at whatever reasons GOP voters might have had for wishing a Republican to win the White House in 2016.

We’ve noted before how important Virginia is to the Democratic Party this year, so allow us to send some extra love to the influential Republicans at Bearing Drift.

If Virginia turns out to be the swing state that delivers the presidency to our Democratic Party for the next 8 years, then Clinton Republican Shaun Kenney and some of his fellow writers at Bearing Drift deserve a large share of the credit. Democrats will owe them a debt of gratitude, as will all of America and the billions of people around the world relying on us to reshape our nation as one more generous, more open, and more apologetic to the international community.
Clinton Republican Shaun Kenney

There are probably 50 items Kenney produced in 2016 that have helped smooth Hillary’s path to the presidency, but for our Closing Argument we direct you to this timely reaction to one of Donald Trump’s most egregious errors of the campaign. When Trump decided to launch his wholly unjustified and unprovoked attack on a devoted American Muslim family and Gold Star parents, good Republicans like Shaun Kenney quickly framed the issue so that Republican voters could immediately see through the un-American and un-Republican candidate their Party had running for the presidency.

In the state of Virginia, where so many people are linked to military service, and when so many voters were paying close attention to the Republican candidate post-convention, Kenney and others painted Trump as someone who stands against what patriotic Americans stand for. And in this masterpiece of an essay, Kenney went even further, attacking not only the Republican candidate but strongly denouncing everyone who supported Trump.

Khan’s speech has been labeled as the seven minute that shook the convention, a national moment of conscience that transcended the political circus and spoke directly to the hearts of every American and brought home the dangers of a self-inflicted populism…
The free market is utterly incompatible with the sort of nationalism the Trumpsheviks are promoting. What is that nationalism? A protectionist and ethnic nationalism that defines an “us” based on racial or religious grounds and a “they” based purely on whether or not one lives in America…
Yet so long as we permit — and we are permitting this through our inaction and unwillingness to drive them out — this small and insignificant faction to dominate our party and our discourse?
Then we deserve Hillary Clinton… because that’s what they’ve pushed upon us. Or more accurately, what we as Republicans have pushed upon ourselves.

Read it all.

What Republican voter would wish to be affiliated with that ugly, un-American faction? Most significantly, as Kenney argues, 2016 should be a year of cleansing the Republican Party of its Trump supporters, which is a more noble goal than winning the presidency.

We believe that our Democratic Party has many built-in advantages going for us tomorrow, including manufactured poll results that will show Trump fading, media organizations poised to call states for Clinton regardless of the incoming results, and state election commissions that will allow millions of nonstandard ballots to be counted.

These are called structural advantages, and they are just as critical to winning as the campaigns themselves.

But without #NeverTrump activists like Clinton Republican Shaun Kenney, Hillary Clinton would never have had a chance to return to the White House. For this historic effort, America needs to thank and remember Shaun Kenney.

Clinton conservative Charlie Sykes

Closing arguments: Clinton conservative Charlie Sykes

In the final days before the election, we will present our “closing arguments” by NeverTrump Republicans as to why voters should NOT vote for the Republican presidential ticket. In other words: Republicans helping torpedo the Trump campaign and elect Hillary Clinton. Here we give you our invaluable Clinton conservative Charlie Sykes.

Clinton conservative Charlie Sykes
This 12-point primer from Sykes could be called the confession of faith, or mission statement, for Republicans voting against the Republican presidential ticket. Without mentioning either Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton, he ingeniously lays out the symbolic framework for GOP voters to abandon Trump:

The conservative movement is (or ought to be) about ideas…
We cannot be effective in countering the fever swamps of the left if we fall into the fever swamps of the right…
I don’t want to get into this year’s election here, but you should always follow your conscience…
Be willing to take the long view. In the end it will be far more important that you preserve your personal integrity, and fight for what you believe, than that you win this or that specific election…
There is nothing shameful about losing. There is something shameful about abandoning your principles…
You will win some elections and you will lose some elections. But what you will find most important is whether you stood firm in the truth.

Please forward the full article to any Republicans you know.

As we have stated repeatedly, the most important argument to be made to a voter not intending to vote Democratic, is that their vote is symbolic.

For Democrats to make that argument would be like shouting into the wind, because no Republican would hear us as anything but salespeople.

But when someone like Clinton conservative Charlie Sykes tells Republican voters to vote symbolically, it’s almost like preaching from the pulpit of the city on the hill.

And that’s why we love #NeverTrump conservatives so sincerely, because they are helping the Clinton campaign in ways we could never dream of. #NeverTrump is our hotline into the GOP citadel and our fifth column in the Republican Party.

We believe that our Democratic Party has many built-in advantages going for us Tuesday, including manufactured poll results that will show Trump fading, media organizations poised to call states for Clinton regardless of the incoming results, and state election commissions that will allow millions of nonstandard ballots to be counted.

These are called structural advantages, and they are just as critical to winning as the campaigns themselves.

But without #NeverTrump activists like Clinton conservative Charlie Sykes, Hillary Clinton would never have had a chance to return to the White House. For this historic effort, America needs to thank and remember Charlie Sykes.

Clinton conservative Noah Rothman

Closing arguments: Clinton conservative Noah Rothman

In the final days before the election, we will present our “closing arguments” by NeverTrump Republicans as to why voters should NOT vote for the Republican presidential ticket. In other words: Republicans helping torpedo the Trump campaign and elect Hillary Clinton. Here we give you Clinton conservative Noah Rothman.

Clinton conservative Noah Rothman

Rothman writes in his usual compelling prose that Donald Trump has awakened and exacerbated a latent racist strain in the Republican Party electorate. Nazis, the Klan, white supremacists, homophobes – Trump not only has failed to repudiate them but seems to possibly wish to bring them out of the shadows into the GOP mainstream.

Republicans are racist. That’s been the predictable smear the left has hurled at the GOP for decades. It was always ever groundless and cynical. Under Donald Trump, however, the GOP is living down to its worst stereotypes…

If Donald Trump, out of pure opportunism, manages to tar his adopted party with the stain of white nationalism, he will have well and truly destroyed its electoral viability. The Republican Party needs to confront its emerging white supremacy problem, and it needs to do it now.

The take-away: Anyone who is not an actual white nationalist should not vote for Donald Trump and probably will not vote for future GOP tickets until the anti-Trump movement cleans out the nativists from the Party.

We believe that our Democratic Party has many built-in advantages going for us Tuesday, including manufactured poll results that will show Trump fading, media organizations poised to call states for Clinton regardless of the incoming results, and state election commissions that will allow millions of nonstandard ballots to be counted.

These are called structural advantages, and they are just as critical to winning as the campaigns themselves.

But without #NeverTrump activists like Clinton conservative Noah Rothman, who has been one of the most energetic anti-Trump Twitter personalities in America for the past month, Hillary Clinton would never have had a chance to return to the White House. For this historic effort, America needs to thank and remember Noah Rothman.

Clinton Republican Amanda Carpenter

Closing arguments: Clinton Republican Amanda Carpenter

In the final days before the election, we will present our “closing arguments” by NeverTrump Republicans as to why voters should NOT vote for the Republican presidential ticket. In other words: Republicans helping torpedo the Trump campaign and elect Hillary Clinton. Here we give you Clinton Republican Amanda Carpenter.

Clinton Republican Amanda Carpenter

In this important essay, Carpenter explains how Donald Trump (and his family) have amplified one of the vilest strands in the GOP and this year changed the Republican Party for the worse. The change, the despoiling, at very least should prevent any woman in America from voting for the Republican ticket.

Dismiss. Deny. Deflect. Demean.

Those are the main strategies top surrogates — mostly male — are using to dismiss the, at this point, eleven accusations of sexual assault various women are making about GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump.

While Trump is widely expected to lose the presidential election, the influence of campaign will linger over the GOP for many years to come. Especially in regards to the GOP’s treatment of women and future appeals to female voters. Future campaigns ought to study the messaging coming from the Trump campaign now as exactly how NOT to address matters regarding sexual assault.

We believe that our Democratic Party has many built-in advantages going for us Tuesday, including manufactured poll results that will show Trump fading, media organizations poised to call states for Clinton regardless of the incoming results, and state election commissions that will allow millions of nonstandard ballots to be counted.

These are called structural advantages, and they are just as critical to winning as the campaigns themselves.

But without conservative #NeverTrump activists like Clinton Republican Amanda Carpenter, Hillary Clinton would never have had a chance to return to the White House. For this historic effort, America needs to thank and remember Amanda Carpenter.

Democratic Party turncoats

Addressing our Democratic Party turncoats

In our weekend post we answered the hypothetical about what we would do with Democratic Party turncoats if we had our own #NeverTrump contingent – our own people smearing the presidential ticket.

Then, on cue, they start popping to the surface like worms in a rainstorm. Is it time for us Democrats to demonstrate how we deal so much more aggressively with traitors?

Not exactly.

The big news, for instance, was Doug Schoen’s tortured withdrawal of support for Hillary Clinton after the FBI said it was reopening the email investigation. Yes, we would have preferred Doug keep his mouth shut. On the other hand, Schoen has been a good Democratic Party soldier to the nearly to the end.

Doug Schoen has not spent months convincing rank-and-file voters to vote for someone besides our presidential candidate, as #NeverTrump has done so effectively for the GOP.

What happened this weekend was a unique set of circumstances where so much bad news descended from so many directions that we would evoke the image of tenants fleeing the burning building rather than Democratic Party turncoats trying to burn it down.
Democratic Party turncoats

Similarly, when CNN announced they were shocked about Donna Brazile (wink, wink) giving Hillary a leg up in the debates, and therefore releasing Donna from her affiliation with CNN, we could not hold it against CNN. CNN has been a loyal part of the Democratic Party fold and will remain so.

Once Donna’s savvy maneuvers were made public by those dastardly Russians, our people at CNN had to make a symbolic gesture of cutting Donna loose in order for CNN to remain a functional Democratic Party information channel in the coming weeks and months.

No, if we were going to finger true Democratic Party turncoats our list would begin with someone like that pain in the tuckus, Pat Caddell, who has become something of an alt-right house Democrat stooge, dutifully reciting fascist talking points when needed to motivate their troops.

As we mentioned in the previous post, however, the celebrity factor can bring a certain immunity from Party pressure, and Pat is a celebrity in his own right.

We’d also place the unstable Chris Matthews of MSNBC on the list for this outburst which, thankfully, has gotten little attention so far.

MSNBC generally seems to run any story the Party pitches to them so we won’t hold a grudge about Chris for now, his diatribe being only 30 seconds long and American attention spans being what they are.

As to the question of how we, earnest Clinton advocates, are dealing with the rough weekend news: We admit, it is very bad. We think there is going to be more bad news in the coming days and we could have a reverse preference cascade on our hands where everyone starts fleeing the building.

And we mean, everyone.

But we still have a major ace up our sleeve on Election Day, because our buddies at CNN and the broadcast networks and AP and everywhere else can have one final big influence. They can call the presidential races for Hillary Clinton at 8:05 pm Eastern time in Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, Virginia, Pennsylvania and all the traditional Democratic states – thereby telling the entire country the race is over. Our final trump card, if you will. Let’s see what that does to voter turnout over the next 5 hours.

If that has the desired effect, we’ll probably forget all about Pat Caddell and Chris Matthews and any other Democratic Party turncoats for another four years.