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I didn’t vote for Trump, voted for McMullin. Proudly called myself a nevertrumper. I couldn’t vote for him because he rejected conservative principles and was demonstrably untrustworthy and of poor character. He won anyway. What is a nevertrumper like me to take from last night’s results?
- Trump certainly deserves credit for seeing an opening and going for it. Whatever is out there, he tapped into it and rode it all the way to 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. He did something few (some of you did) thought he could.
- I am DELIGHTED that Hillary and Bill are finally rejected, kicked off the stage, and received their ultimate comeuppance. It couldn’t have happened to better people. For those of you who accuse us Nevertrumpers of being closet Hillary supporters—you are wrong (at least in my case). Her loss makes my day, my week, maybe even my year, in many ways.
- I am also thrilled that this election seems to be a rejection of Obama and any legacy he might try to claim. He leaves his party is terrible shape. I think a large part of this loss (besides Trump’s political talent) can be laid at the feet of Obamacare and the economic slide which the electorate attributed to Obama and Democrats. Yesterday, Obama famously said, “The sun will come up tomorrow.” Yes, Barack, and it will set on the ruins of your lost empire.
- I am encouraged by the evidence that people are persuadable-they can still break outside of the media bubble and cultural bias–even in places like Michigan and Wisconsin. I thought we were locked in blue nation-red nation forever. This is awesome.
- Can Trump win me over? Of course he can, if he wants to. But I am still very dubious about his policies, his character, and his ego. I pray that everything I have thought (and written about him proves utterly false, and all the positive things thought and written about him by his supporters (especially my conservative brothers and sisters) proves true. Will he actually appoint pro-life, conservative judges to the Supreme Court? Will he support NATO (even if he makes them pony up more) and oppose Putin’s ambitions? Will he impose wise limits on immigration and forget his most bombastic promises in terms of trade restrictions? We shall see. But to the extent he tries to impose a big government agenda or transgress constitutional boundaries, I will oppose him and will have no qualms about doing so. I do have hope that Pence (I love that guy) and other Republican conservatives can steer him to the right (despite his natural impulses).
- Do I regret not supporting Trump and voting third party? Of course not. I made that choice for very good reasons and I would vote the same today if I had to do it over again. Four years from now, he will have a much better record to run on. Again, he can win my vote, if he wants to.
- Politics, even when good to Republicans and conservatives, is still “the little kingdom.” It’s not your life (though it can be quite fun at times, as well as depressing), it really can’t make you happy (not in the long term), it won’t come to see you when you are sick or old, and it cannot save your soul.
- I’m really encouraged by the additional minority support that Trump got, even if it’s just on the margins. Again, it’s a breakout from groupthink, that’s always good.
- I will never have the same respect for Sean Hannity, Laura Ingraham, and Bill O’Reilly again. (jury is still out on Rush for me).It’s not just that they supported Trump or thought he had a chance. They were such sycophants–ready to throw over conservative principles without hesitation.
- It looks like the mask is off forever on the liberal bias of the mainstream media, I mean running story ideas past HC’s campaign, planting debate questions, outright cheating that is so obvious anyone can understand it! Will CNN and NYT even survive this? The NYT just reported an almost 100% decrease in profits. Is this “all in” loss the end of the Gray Lady as we know it?
- I am feeling extreme schendenfrade with respect to NYT, WaPo, Chris Matthews, MSNBC, CNN and all the liberal pundits who are playing chicken little today. Bonus: the idea that Miley Cyrus, Lady Gaga, Whoopi Goldberg, Jon Stewart, Al Sharpton, Lena Dunham, Samuel L. Jackson, Amy Schumer, and Ruth Bader Ginsburg will really leave the country. (But I know they won’t they never do.)
- William F. Buckly CALL YOUR OFFICE! The opportunity to stand athwart history and shout “STOP” is before us. Can we really repeal Obamacare, limit the advance of abortion “rights,”restrain the imposition of so-called gay marriage, and keep the federal government out of our bathrooms and lockerrooms? Can we reign in the regulatory state? Dare we dream of a conservative supreme court? John Bolton as secretary of state? Jeff Sessions as attorney general? Stopping the Iranians from getting a nuclear bomb? Open up the Keystone pipeline? Unleash fracking. The mind reels. All these are possible not just because Trump was elected, but the GOP won both houses and the Democrats were so thoroughly rejected.
HERE I STAND, really to do battle for conservative causes–smaller government, more freedom. Nothing about last night changes that.