Just what is the end game for NeverTrumps?

Per a report at Politico, anti-Trump Republicans who call themselves “Free the Delegates” are preparing to roll out a television ad in some swing state suburbs urging Trump to get out of the race so he can be replaced with a more electable candidate. The ad, titled Keep Your Word, holds Trump to his promise to drop out if he went down in the polls and it looked like he couldn’t win.

First of all, “free the delegates?!” I think that ship has sailed. The primary is over. The convention is over. Donald Trump won the necessary number of delegates and officially became the Republican Party nominee. Am I missing something here?

Second, even if Trump stepped aside so another candidate could replace him, the deadline for getting on the ballot in most states has passed, including the state of Texas with its large number of electoral votes that we desperately need to have a shot at winning the White House. So even if you like the idea of replacing him, at this point in time it’s hogwash and would be guaranteed election suicide

Third, this entire notion of an “electable” candidate makes me chuckle. Haven’t we already been down this road before? (And more than once in our lifetimes.)

No one can anticipate how things will pan out over the lead up to an election. Candidates may rise to the occasion, or they may disappoint. World events unfold that no one could anticipate that impact the often-fickle public. And we are all a bit blind when it comes to the candidate we like the best.

For example, a lot of people supported Ted Cruz. I was one of them. But there seems to be some mentality among NeverTrumps that if only Trump weren’t the nominee and Cruz were, we’d be doing great right now in the polls. But the truth is, Cruz would have struggled to throw out a net wide enough to capture enough votes to win. And as low as Trump’s likeability ratings are, it’s not clear Cruz’s would have been markedly better. He’s smart and he knows it (= arrogant).

And finally, what in the world do these NeverTrumps want? Can they not see they’re helping Hillary win? Don’t they care? Do they really think there’s no difference between Hillary and Trump, or worse, that Hillary is actually better than Trump? Why are they compelled to obsess about the outcome of the primary day after day after day?

I get it. They’re disappointed and disgusted and they have their principles. But how, pray tell, do those principles help the Republic to survive? How?!

For anyone who is struggling with where to place their support this election, for anyone for whom the choice is not crystal clear, perhaps Brad Thor (a NeverTrump who recently articulated a line of thought that fence-sitters should consider) sums up best the nature of the conundrum many are facing. Thor shared a story about a friend who had returned from training soldiers in Delta force. His friend said that Clinton is certain death, while Trump is extreme danger. And given the choice, opt for extreme danger every time.

It’s a bit over the top for an argument I would make with respect to characterizing Trump, but I appreciate the gist. The reality is we have two candidates. One is a known entity that is certain death. Trump is an unknown with some solid policy positions that we desperate need. So, as he recently said: what do we have to lose?

Well, we may find out.

But we know the answer if Hillary is in charge. Trump gives us a shot at starting down a path of reclaiming America. It’s an offer that’s hard to refuse and every patriot should grab the life preserver. And pray.

Hat tip: The Right Scoop

Per a report at Politico, anti-Trump Republicans who call themselves “Free the Delegates” are preparing to roll out a television ad in some swing state suburbs urging Trump to get out of the race so he can be replaced with a more electable candidate. The ad, titled Keep Your Word, holds Trump to his promise to drop out if he went down in the polls and it looked like he couldn’t win.

First of all, “free the delegates?!” I think that ship has sailed. The primary is over. The convention is over. Donald Trump won the necessary number of delegates and officially became the Republican Party nominee. Am I missing something here?

Second, even if Trump stepped aside so another candidate could replace him, the deadline for getting on the ballot in most states has passed, including the state of Texas with its large number of electoral votes that we desperately need to have a shot at winning the White House. So even if you like the idea of replacing him, at this point in time it’s hogwash and would be guaranteed election suicide

Third, this entire notion of an “electable” candidate makes me chuckle. Haven’t we already been down this road before? (And more than once in our lifetimes.)

No one can anticipate how things will pan out over the lead up to an election. Candidates may rise to the occasion, or they may disappoint. World events unfold that no one could anticipate that impact the often-fickle public. And we are all a bit blind when it comes to the candidate we like the best.

For example, a lot of people supported Ted Cruz. I was one of them. But there seems to be some mentality among NeverTrumps that if only Trump weren’t the nominee and Cruz were, we’d be doing great right now in the polls. But the truth is, Cruz would have struggled to throw out a net wide enough to capture enough votes to win. And as low as Trump’s likeability ratings are, it’s not clear Cruz’s would have been markedly better. He’s smart and he knows it (= arrogant).

And finally, what in the world do these NeverTrumps want? Can they not see they’re helping Hillary win? Don’t they care? Do they really think there’s no difference between Hillary and Trump, or worse, that Hillary is actually better than Trump? Why are they compelled to obsess about the outcome of the primary day after day after day?

I get it. They’re disappointed and disgusted and they have their principles. But how, pray tell, do those principles help the Republic to survive? How?!

For anyone who is struggling with where to place their support this election, for anyone for whom the choice is not crystal clear, perhaps Brad Thor (a NeverTrump who recently articulated a line of thought that fence-sitters should consider) sums up best the nature of the conundrum many are facing. Thor shared a story about a friend who had returned from training soldiers in Delta force. His friend said that Clinton is certain death, while Trump is extreme danger. And given the choice, opt for extreme danger every time.

It’s a bit over the top for an argument I would make with respect to characterizing Trump, but I appreciate the gist. The reality is we have two candidates. One is a known entity that is certain death. Trump is an unknown with some solid policy positions that we desperate need. So, as he recently said: what do we have to lose?

Well, we may find out.

But we know the answer if Hillary is in charge. Trump gives us a shot at starting down a path of reclaiming America. It’s an offer that’s hard to refuse and every patriot should grab the life preserver. And pray.

Hat tip: The Right Scoop