After the election, the #NeverTrumpers plan to raise their hands in the air and collectively say, “it wasn’t us.” They will say that they had no impact on the outcome of the election. What are they saying about Donald Trump now though?
“The McMullin scenario works like this: If no candidate manages to win 270 electoral votes, the electors — i.e., the people who cast electoral votes on December 19 — will have handed the whole thing over to the House of Representatives to decide, as they did in the election of 1824. …
If 26 state delegations pick the least-bad option, McMullin becomes the first Mormon president. Some would complain that this isn’t very democratic. So what? By our contemporary standards, the Founding Fathers distrusted democracy too much. But they had good reasons. If you think all questions should be settled democratically, let’s scrap the Bill of Rights, which elevates our most fundamental priorities out of the reach of voters pretty much forever. Sometimes democracy steers us in bad directions. For the Founders, the solution to such wrong turns wasn’t despotism, but constitutionalism — and, when required, statesmanship. Imagine that in the next few days there is another scandalous WikiLeaks dump involving Clinton and another devastating revelation about Trump that truly disqualify both from higher office — but they still get millions more votes than McMullin because of early voting and blind partisanship. Personally, I wouldn’t mind if the Electoral College rejected them both and just picked McMullin as a matter of conscience. …”
In National Review, Jonah Goldberg has a new article in which he discusses how CIA operative Evan McMullin can spoil the Electoral College by winning Utah, throw the election into the House, and emerge as president by getting House Republicans to vote for him over Trump. What about all the Republican voters who supported Trump in the primaries and the general election? Screw ’em, says Goldberg.
“The Republican Party does have an attractive candidate on its ticket. Socially conservative. Economically conservative. Conservative on national defense. Morally and religiously impeccable. The trouble is, that man is the Republican candidate for vice president, Mike Pence.
But if Trump were impeached immediately after he took office, the Republican candidate for vice president would become president in his place. Further, if Republicans take the lead in removing Trump from office, the party might regain some of its lost credibility in parts of the electorate that it is anxious to attract.
Yes, We Can
There is nothing impossible about this strategy. That Republican leaders are strongly at odds with their party’s candidate is no secret. If enough of them are willing to cross the aisle and join forces with their Democratic colleagues, impeachment is a perfectly plausible outcome. …
First, it requires backbone from Republican leadership. Republican congressmen and senators must pledge to take on the unsavory job of impeaching their own candidate the moment he becomes president. As this is by far the least-bad option that Republican leaders have, they should be willing to step up to the plate.
Second, it requires Republican voters who have abandoned the GOP in protest of Trump’s candidacy to return. The Never Trump movement has claimed thousands of Republican stalwarts, potentially enough to determine the election. Those voters will have to return, if Elect-and-Impeach is to work. Put a mark by Trump’s name on the ballot, knowing it is not really him you are voting for. Vote the party ticket. Then lobby your senator and congressman to do their part, and remove Trump from the head of it. …”
In The Federalist, Jonathan Ansbach has a new article about how #NeverTrumpers should conspire to elect Trump only to launch a #NeverTrump coup after the election. The goal would be for #NeverTrumpers in the House and Senate to strike a corrupt bargain with the Democrats in order for Mike Pence to become president.
Admittedly, neither of these scenarios are likely to play out, but what does it say about #NeverTrumpers that National Review and The Federalist are floating these extreme scenarios? The most likely scenario to play out is that Conservatism, Inc. – the cucks, the #TruCons as we call them – simply votes for Hillary on November 8th. Red State was chortling the other day that 17 percent of self-identified Cons are voting for Hillary in the most recent CNN/ORC poll. That might be the only way to “save conservatism,” to “save the soul” of the Republican Party, to “save the Republic.”
How should we respond to this? How can you have a party when 1/4th of it conspires and schemes against the other 3/4th of it? Shouldn’t we recognize the fact that the Republican Party is no longer a single party and that there are two parties now? This is why there has to be a clean separation after the election.