Bearing Drift Lost Virginia

Our opinion: Bearing Drift lost Virginia for the Republican ticket

Shortly after the November 8 presidential election in which Donald Trump lost the state of Virginia, Bearing Drift’s Shaun Kenney wrote a howler of a blog post essentially blaming Corey Stewart for the 2016 Virginia Republican loss – despite the fact an obvious case could be made that in fact Bearing Drift lost Virginia for the Republicans.

Corey Stewart is running for the 2017 Republican nomination for Virginia governor against, among others, Kenney’s former boss, Ed Gillespie.

It was an interesting argument for Kenney to make because, first, it may signal an ongoing NeverTrump proxy war in Virginia throughout 2017, but also because we think it denoted Shaun Kenney’s “Oh shit” moment upon realizing the full import of the November 8 results.

One could argue that several Bearing Drift writers played a key role in helping Republicans lose Virginia in 2016, by encouraging people not to vote for the Republican presidential ticket.

There is no need to even build a case that Bearing Drift was a major source of anti-Trump vitriol beginning at least last December. In our view, Bearing Drift owned the Republican anti-Trump propaganda effort in the state.

Instead of listing all their broadsides, therefore, let’s just review some of the impact. After all, Bearing Drift proudly bills itself as “Virginia’s loudest and most read conservative website” and “one of the leading voices of Republicans in Virginia.” Lest any doubts remain about their GOP pedigree, they profess dedication to upholding the state Party’s “Republican Creed.”

Last December, several weeks after the Muslim terrorist attacks in Paris, the Roanoke Times carried a Bearing Drift column asking all Republican and “center-right” Virginians to join Bearing Drift authors in “condemnation” of Trump’s statements calling for restrictions on Muslim immigration.

For many Virginia voters still unacquainted with Donald Trump as a politician, this forceful condemnation referencing the Constitution by prominent Republicans likely helped define the candidate very early in the process. It was an unfortunate role for an ostensibly “Republican” website to take, since U.S. law gives the president authority, literally, to keep out of the country anyone he wants to keep out. It’s all right there in 8 USC §1182. The Bearing Drift attack was based on a misreading of the Constitution and the law.

Along with the Roanoke daily, Bearing Drift fell in line with Left-wing propagandists who had been lambasting Trump for many months over Trump’s opinions about immigration and about the existence of “no go” areas in European cities.

Now, of course, following a year of Muslim-dominated crime and terrorism in Europe, Trump’s claim appears to be borne out. This is not surprising, because researchers documenting the impact of Muslim immigration have been reporting the reality of European cities – before Cologne, Brussels, Nice, and generally declining security throughout Sweden and many other countries.

But Bearing Drift, true to the #NeverTrump kindergartner pattern of allying with the dog, has a tendency to throw in with the Left against Republican opponents.

And the Left is happy to return the favor.

Earlier this year, when Virginia voters were still learning about the candidates, Bearing Drift provided more fodder for Democrat attacks defining Trump.

In February, in one of the local city news outlets, a prominent Arlington Democrat gleefully trumpeted Shaun Kenney’s post torching Trump and Trump’s “jackbooted” supporters.

Here’s what Shaun Kenney, the respected former Executive Director of the Republican Party of Virginia, recently declared he would do if Donald Trump is the Republican presidential nominee:

“I will work actively against him to ensure his defeat in the general election should he obtain the Republican nomination. In this, I am not alone. Millions of Americans will not pull the lever for Trump. Millions more are absolutely sickened by the jackbooted tactics of a militated few.”

This is an uncommonly blunt declaration for a prominent party operative to make about his own party’s likely Presidential nominee.

Yes, it certainly was uncommon, and you can bet that Republican and center-right voters who normally might not have read the Bearing Drift blog took notice when Kenney’s educational lesson was published by the city paper.

At the other corner of the state, in a September story reprinted in the Washington Post, the major daily noted Bearing Drift’s “deluge of anti-Trump postings” to support the paper’s claim of “damage Trump has wrought in Virginia.”

When one of America’s most vocal NeverTrump Republicans, Liz Mair, was building the case for Republicans to vote for the Libertarian candidate for president, Gary Johnson, she invoked a Bearing Drift poll which actually only comprised a paltry 207 responses – but goes to show how Bearing Drift’s anti-Trump message spread through the force multiplier effect of other web channels.

The Bearing Drift poll in question, by the way, purported to show that Johnson at nearly 30 percent support. Johnson’s final vote total in Virginia was less than 3 percent.

Bearing Drift lost Virginia
In 2016, Bearing Drift was a reliable source of discouraging news about the Republican ticket.

Kenney was also the Democrats’ hero when Virginia’s most influential progressive blog, Blue Virginia, featured two Bearing Drift columns to paint the picture of decent Republicans turning against Donald Trump.

The Democrat blogger was referring to this Shaun Kenney post tearing into colleagues at Bearing Drift for having the temerity to suggest there might be rationales for voting for Donald Trump and for insisting on the quite traditional belief that Party membership requires a certain degree of loyalty to its candidates over non-Republicans.

And this latter example of giving aid and comfort to the enemy illustrates why we think Bearing Drift occupies such a dubious role in the Republican community: We believe that Bearing Drift lost Virginia on November 8, 2016. But it was a greater offense – a worse act of sabotage, in our opinion – that a prominent, “respected” Republican was so bitterly critical of other Republicans who were attempting to follow the Party rules in good faith.

In our view, that is execrable behavior within the Party, albeit called “heroic” by Leftists.

To wit, when the mainstream media needed a “Republican voice” to discredit the Trump campaign in September, they turned to Bearing Drift founder Jim Hoeft.

And finally, when the Hillary Clinton campaign needed to build the narrative that Virginia Republicans were turning away from Trump, who would they turn to except Bearing Drift’s Shaun Kenney?

Hillary Clinton thanks Bearing Drift

Throughout 2016, Bearing Drift produced a constant stream of articles denouncing Trump and Trump’s supporters, feeding the narrative that Trump would lose, and most importantly, giving voters reasons not to vote for the Republican presidential candidate.

Amid the flurry of biased news reports and amazingly inaccurate polling analyses prior to the presidential election, Schoeneman, Kenney, and Hoeft gave Virginia voters numerous rationales not to vote for the Republican presidential ticket. These recognized conservative voices with decent (we admit) persuasive writing skills undoubtedly swayed voters – and we believe made a crucial difference in the final vote.

Here is the arithmetic from Virginia on November 8:

Total third-party and write in votes:
231,836

Hillary Clinton vote margin over Donald Trump:
212,030

Some may argue that the third-party total includes votes – especially for Jill Stein, and write-ins – that may have had nothing to do with Bearing Drift’s pleas to Republicans. We would agree we can’t blame all defections on Bearing Drift.

But we have not addressed the additional important, but murky, area of Republican voters persuaded by Bearing Drift not to vote third-party, but to positively vote for Hillary Clinton.

Because, yes: Although implicit in much of Bearing Drift’s 2016 anti-Trump writing, the all-knowing, all-powerful, self-assured Godly Republican premiere conservative web site of Virginia did go precisely there to explain why a vote for Hillary was justified.

So who really lost the state for the Republicans? We believe Bearing Drift lost Virginia.

And Corey Stewart might invite the Godly conservatives to take a hike up Old Rag to seek a vision or burning bush or other such humbling encounter.

In any case, we think it’s laughable to lay the blame on Corey Stewart, who actually supported the Trump ticket – although we understand why Shaun Kenney would wish to do so. When one is supposedly an influential Republican and a more-righteous-than-thou conservative in the commentary and consulting world, being proven devastatingly wrong, is a Very Bad Place To Be. The fault must be deflected, pronto.

In fact, judging by both pre- and post-election commentary at Bearing Drift, our entire Kindergartner post probably could have been constructed with examples from Schoeneman, Kenney, and Hoeft.

Rude, thuggish, debased, self-absorbed: Bearing Drift has shown it all in 2016.

But one more bit of weirdness they demonstrate which also seems endemic to NeverTrump “conservatives” is a bizarre degree of self-regard.

Minor provocations, it seems, are all it takes for Kenney and Hoeft in particular to break out their own renditions of the superiority dance. Whether as “conservatives” or “Republicans” or Godly men after the old, old – and by “old” we mean in the “Testament” sense – fashion, they can hold forth like nobody’s business.

We’re not ready to say they are completely full of themselves, but most Bearing Drift columns give the impression of being written under the watchful gaze of a painting of the Bearing Drift writer.

You can often sense a geyser of self-righteous fulmination bubbling just beneath the surface.

In what seems like every third post, the bloggers launch into tirades in an authorial style we call “Vomit of Pharisaical Cliches,” a word salad composed of digested truisms, catch phrases, essays, and sermons, coming back up all over your screen, along with spittle, bile, and unctuous fluids of self-anointing.

Click here a Hoeft sample and here for some of Kenney’s ponderous stylings.

Don’t look too hard for meaning or even logical sentences, because the discharge is mainly self-serving sophistry predicated on the writer’s own righteousness. Words pour forth with heavenly fury that neither reason nor Fowler’s nor Strunk & White shall hinder.

While Kenney appears to have scaled back his blogging since the election (but is still listed as an editor), we will continue to follow Mssrs Schoeneman and Hoeft in the coming year as the Virginia race for governor takes shape. A cursory review of Bearing Drift indicates they are not overly friendly to Corey Stewart, the Trump supporter, although that stance may change as the Trump administration becomes a reality.

We would hope to be able to report, in the future, that despite the fact Bearing Drift lost Virginia in 2016, the writers learn something from the failure besides doubling down in self-defensive self-righteousness.

NeverTrump conservatives

Everything you need to know about NeverTrump conservatives you can learn from a kindergartner

As The Hill reported recently, a few former NeverTrump conservatives are quietly transitioning to “I didn’t mean NEVER Trump,” possibly to salvage their careers on the assumption that everyone they spent 2016 spouting off to will have short memories.

Some of these Trump denouncers know their trek back to relevance will be long, and will begin on their knees.

Not all of them, though.

A dedicated corps of NeverTrump true believers refuses to accept the war is over. They’ve slathered themselves in mud, donned the boots they will die in, and fire volleys from their caves, seemingly following orders from long ago.

Let us note that out in the wilderness is a very bad place to be for political movers and shakers which, in their own minds at least, likely describes every single NeverTrumper. We offer this observation to explain what appears to be a mass descent into madness.

Their careers likely are wound up with their self-images as indispensable political experts, but they have just proven to be not only quite dispensable, but also laughable. Once the Trump Administration is in the White House, these formerly influential Republicans will no longer be the jokers, but the butts-of-jokes.

They have not been merely mistaken about the 2016 election, but have been so flamboyantly and persistently wrong they’re sort of hard to figure out.

Reading their bizarre post-election statements, one has to ask “Who could take this crap seriously?”

The answer is: no one with a brain.

But NeverTrump conservatives, who at one time were each viewed as intelligent people, seem unaware that when your sphere of influence is a circle of fools, you are probably seen as not too bright yourself.

To understand these odd ducks, these eternal soldiers of the petulant mind, we need look not to the Japanese Lubang holdouts but, much closer to home, to the kindergartner in the back seat of the car.

Psychologically, the NeverTrump conservative and the American 5-year old are the same person. Here are the key signs to look for:

1. Rude in victory:

If you’ve spent any time with the average kindergartner, you know that when they get their way, they’re happy but it’s a giddy sort of joy, frequently boisterous and graceless toward those who wanted something different.

In the run-up to the 2016 election, NeverTrump conservatives were champagne-popping dictators-in-waiting, as well as budding Torquemadas, obviously planning for a Trump shellacking and power vacuum in the Republican Party. They began celebrating and leveling insults, and announced purges, punishments, and blacklists, before the first votes were counted.

Amanda Carpenter, joined by the self-anointed conservative purists at RedState set the tone way back in March with an enemies list to blackball, in perpetuity, anyone who endorsed or supported Donald Trump.

Notably, they emphasized Trump supporters “have forever forfeited their right to have their opinion taken seriously,” a proposal to which we’ll return at the conclusion.

More recently, Rick Wilson called for a thorough purge of “the Trumpkins” with their “ignorant and angry primal screams,” and declared his intention to humiliate Trump and teach his “minions” a lesson: “You’re not purging us. We’re purging you.”

David Frum promised “a scorched earth period of recrimination” in the Republican Party against Trump supporters.

With a dark warning of plans for “holding current and future Republican leaders accountable for their acceptance of Trump and other non-Republican con artists,” a group of anti-Trump Republicans unveiled their agenda to clean house at the GOP.

Displaying that same vengeance fever, Marybeth Glenn, the Angriest Christian In Wisconsin, promised such a “hostile environment” for that “subset of the GOP” after Trump’s upcoming loss, that they would either change or leave – but would never be trusted: “Forgive those who messed up, but don’t let them forget it.”

Retribution and mockery were the drivers of #NeverTrump social media:

Ben Howe on Twitter

Ben Howe on Twitter

Rick Wilson on Twitter

Liz Mair on Twitter

Liz Mair on Twitter

marybeth glenn on Twitter

Amanda Carpenter on Twitter

2. Thuggish in defeat:

But when someone else gets their way, watch out. The kid who lost out often retreats into an irrationally gloomy world, with the menacing portent: “It’s going to be TERRIBLE now.”

As we now know, Trump supporters chose wisely, causing the denouncers to look like fools themselves. Donald Trump is the top figure in the Republican Party, soon to be commander-in-chief. His wife and son will reflect on the insults as the First Family. And generally, those who did the threatening and premature grave dancing have a long, maybe impossible, journey back to credibility.

Unlike those who after the election sought forgiveness, the NeverTrump holdouts have doubled down, declaring how awful everything will now be, how every rumor and every Trump decision signal a disastrous and totally non-“conservative” presidency.

Having no historical basis to justify their portentous claims, since the last two Republican presidents were themselves pretty atrocious “conservatives,” the NeverTrump conservatives apparently intend to sway us with their moral authority and their credibility.

It has been so frankly surreal we could fill volumes, and likely will in the future. For now, a wafting from their burning heads will suffice.

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Surrendering Attention

Surrendering attention is our most wasteful habit

If you’re anything like us, you frequently find yourself reading or listening to some person’s ideas about current affairs and then immediately asking yourself, “Why do I pay attention to these idiots?” Our conclusion is, we allow ourselves to be robbed. This habit of surrendering attention underlies a lot that is wrong with our world today.

A few cases in point:

Jake Tapper, whose “news” program got caught coordinating messages with the Democratic National Committee, somehow saw fit to critique Donald Trump and his “Trumpkins” over Trump’s failure to subject himself to questions from the Jake Tappers of the world in a manner timely enough for Tapper.
Jake Tapper
Jake Tapper still presumably makes a good salary, commands sufficient audience attention to earn that money, and is not hooted off any stage on which he appears. You may see him on TV tonight.

David Frum, once considered a person with relevant opinions, who delivered one of the most laughably misguided takes on the GOP’s future (along with innumerable truly ignorant social media outbursts) is now reduced to trying to gin up controversy between the First Lady and First Daughter.

David Frum
David Frum not only has not been derided into quiet irrelevance, but he commands an influential position as senior editor of The Atlantic, and apparently never shuts up. He has 214,000 Twitter followers.

Finally, Rick Wilson, Republican consultant and self-proclaimed media guy (on both of which, much more on another day), who manages to be so wrong, so loudly, so consistently, like a machine gun of error, it’s a wonder anyone ever paid attention to him at all. Here he is in October explaining why the 2016 election would result in the destruction of the Republican Party. If you want to steep in stupid, read Rick Wilson’s Twitter feed for the past several months.

Wilson’s output since the election has devolved into schoolyard insults and a staccato outpouring of predictions and spittle. But he’s still got over 73,000 followers and still gets to appear on second-tier television programs now and then. If you follow political news, you’re likely to see his name come up in contexts other than raucus hysteria.

Rick Wilson

The common themes are, first, that each of these individuals deserves to be laughed at so hard that nobody who values an audience would ever allow them a public platform again. Second, despite being proven egregiously wrong, these bozos and plenty of others like them shrug it off and come right back at us, fulminating and lecturing, as though nothing had happened, and certainly not chastened nor hampered by self-reflection. Third, as though cogs in their machine, we continue surrendering attention to them.

Why do we, the audience, allow this plunder to go on?

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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.