In the end, she argues, “the anti-Trump Republicans’ only hope at the moment is a massive repudiation of Trumpism at the polls.”
Many smart people have made this point, and will likely continue to do so as we edge closer to November. But as someone who has voted for Republicans her entire life — with the exception of our current president — I have a few questions. First of all, what about sending good Republicans with spines to Washington? There are plenty of them on the ballot all across the country. Also, is the nation really in constant “agony,” or does that state of mind apply just to a particular swath of journalists? Further, it seems rather odd that I would vote for people who have explicitly promised me they will energetically oppose most of my policy preferences. I may not have voted for Trump in 2016, but I sure as heck didn’t vote for Hillary Clinton, either.
But ah, the specter of “Trumpism.” It is a mysterious and powerful thing! I see endless commentary about it online, but I don’t see a lot of it in real life. I don’t know about you, but I don’t know many people who are absolutely 100 percent all-in bananas about Donald Trump.