I hope @JimGeraghty will forgive me, but you need to read this. #NeverTrump

Fine as long as the mouth stays shut

Anyone but.

As penance, I suggest –nay, I implore you!– to subscribe to his Morning Jolt newsletter.

And it’s from this morning’s edition that I copiously excerpt the following, which anyone who seriously thinks Trump is a reasonable choice or that he has a chance of beating Hillary in November needs to read:

All the polling indicates Rubio would have crushed Hillary Clinton in a general election. Cruz looks like he’s got a shot — not a great shot, but a shot. Donald Trump’s general-election numbers are sinking like a stone. (If you can stand him, John Kasich matches up quite well.)

Trump’s fans walk around with great confidence about his general election strengths for which there is no real evidence. They’re convinced he will win over traditional blue-collar Democrats. So far, he doesn’t. They’re convinced he will win over African Americans. Polling in February puts his support among African Americans between 4 and 10 percent. (Romney won 6 percent.) They’re convinced he’ll win a lot more Latinos than everyone thinks. (He’s currently at less than half Mitt Romney’s level of support.) They’re convinced he’ll win Democratic states like New York, New Jersey, and Michigan. (He trails by 18 to 23 points in those states in the most recent polls.)

Trump fans gleefully point to his 7.5 million votes in the primary so far, and forget that the universe of voters in the general election will be on a completely different scale — probably 130 million voters. (Mitt Romney won 10 million primary votes.)

When you mention Trump’s awful head-to-head polling with Hillary Clinton, you hear a lot of references to Ronald Reagan’s trailing Jimmy Carter in March 1980. Ronald Reagan never had the unfavorable numbers Trump has now.

When everybody says, “Oh, the pundits and the elected officials and the other campaigns didn’t see the GOP grassroots embrace of Trump coming . . .” well, yeah; the pundits and the elected officials and the other campaigns thought better of the GOP grassroots.


People who support Trump like to say that not backing him guarantees a Hillary Clinton presidency. To the contrary, nominating The Donald almost certainly guarantees a crushing Republican defeat.

But there is still time to derail the “Trump train.”

Trump plays to fear, resentment, and anger. Instead of channeling it in a positive direction, he brings out the worst in people. He is a con artist who poisons everything he touches.

Ask yourselves, what evidence, what smidgen of a hint of proof, is there that Donald Trump would make a good president, or even a mediocre one? You think Trump will “hire good people” and take their advice? When has he in his colossal egotism ever shown that he listens to anyone but yes-men?

Electing Hillary Clinton would be a disaster, but choosing Donald Trump would be a catastrophe — first for conservatism, then for the nation if he’s elected.

We have a good choice. Take a deep breath, let go of your anger, and make it.

4 Responses to I hope @JimGeraghty will forgive me, but you need to read this. #NeverTrump

  1. jmk444 says:

    The problem isn’t with the “Trumpsters,” it’s with the GOP itself.

    I’m a registered Democrat…a “Pat Buchanan Democrat.” I’ve rarely voted for a Democrat for national office, BUT I STILL revile Country Club Republicans worse that ANY group around. I would’ve very possibly switched allegiances had that Party wisely sided with the right-thinking PJB over the fatally flawed Bushies back in 1992.

    Like virtually ALL Conservatives I’m AGAINST In-Sourcing cheap labor, primarily because I’m a lifelong UNION worker and also because, while my side has early & often made arguments that pretty much go, “Well paid, well pensioned workers with good benefits packages do more to improve an economy than grossly overpaid CEOs and that higher wages do NOT put much of an upward pressure on overall business costs,” while the other side (if it even really exists, outside a few Hedge Funders and Corporate CEOs), has NOT made ANY real arguments against that.

    Like most Conservatives I’m also firmly AGAINST multi-culturalism, ESPECIALLY the inane idea that ALL people, ALL CULTURES are interchangeable. Along with that, of course, I’m strongly opposed to race/gender preferences, or “segregated standards.”

    On so many other issues (abortion, gay rights, etc) we can agree to disagree, as they are mostly “side issues.”

    The GOP “establishment,” or GOPe has NOT been aligned with right-thinking Americans on either of those main issues….and they now must change….or simply get out of the way.

    The GOPe is right to fear Trump. What Trump represents is a hostile takeover of the original Corporatist Party in America. Corporatism was championed by patrician GOP haters of America’s working class, like the incredibly overrated and mythologized Teddy Roosevelt. TR started the very FIRST Progressive (Corporatist) Party in America.

    Corporatism IS “Progressivism.”

    Where do the calls for In-Sourcing (cheap labor) and Out-Sourcing factories and jobs come from? They come from our own MULTI-NATIONAL Corporate suites.

    Likewise, where did the original and ONGOING calls for multi-culturalism come from? Yup, SAME suites! Like CitiBank’s recent internal memo telling workers there that terms like “husband” and “wife” were no longer “appropriate” and MUST BE replaced with “non-judgmental” terms like “partner.”

    The enemies of Conservatism are NOT the unwashed and ineducable mutts in the OWS or BLM movements. Most of those folks are fur-bearing dolts. No, the REAL hardcore enemies of REAL Conservatism are in Corporate America, the Corporatists who own the media and control BOTH major political Parties.

    The idea of “riots” should Trump NOT get the GOP nomination even having the most delegates by far is silly….working people don’t “riot.” What happens is all the votes….all those Dems (like me) who’ve crossed over to vote FOR Trump, most of the 60% increase in voter turnout simply….just goes away.

    The GOPe are NOT the only ones who’d rather see a Hillary than a Bush, or “Lehman Brother” Kasich, or Rubio….I and most of those Trump voters would too.


    Because at least Democratic “Progressives” are honest and upfront about their support for In-Sourcing and multiculturalism…and HONESTY counts for a LOT.

    That’s the reason Leftists could always get away with extra-Marital affairs and other underhanded things we wouldn’t tolerate from GOPers and Conservatives….the Dems were HONEST and upfront about flaunting convention and NOT adhering to the rules those others swore to.

    See how that works?

    It’s NOT a “double standard” IF you’ve embraced the standard and your opponents have not.

    Here’s the thing, the GOP as currently constituted CANNOT be saved.

    Moreover, it SHOULDN’T BE saved, because it’s NOT worth saving. We already have a Corporatist/Progressive party in the Democrats, we DON’T need another. Besides the Democrats are actually better at selling that.

    I’ve always thought that we Conservatives would have to find some way to re-takeover the Democratic party and bring it back to its original, Southern “Boll weevil” roots, BUT Trump has given the populist, REAL Conservatives a chance to steal the GOP from the effete, Progressive GOPe of Lindsay Graham, the Bush’s the McCain’s, the Hatch’s, etc.

    You know, perhaps it’d be GOOD if the GOPe screws Trump. The populist Tea Party Conservatives who’ve supported Trump may be forced to find common ground with some of the more enlightened Leftists (many of them ALSO oppose In-Sourcing and “segregated standards” when its put to them correctly) and maybe a new coalition, a ruling coalition could built from that!

  2. ken anthony says:

    what smidgen of a hint of proof, is there…

    Yes he has deep faults but this statement is completely unjustified. He is successful and saying many things people agree with today. He only has to get a few things right to be a better president than other potentials.

    As for beating Hillary, his negatives are so great because of so many jumping to berate him. He’s a sloppy speaker and his words are easily twisted (by himself almost as much as others) but many see through his word salad and understand his intent.

    The fact is with his current delegate count the rational move is to support him to overcome his negatives. Hillary should be easy to beat. The others would lose because the voters would continue to sit out like they did for Romney and McCain insuring a Hillary win.

    Just once the stupid party has to trust the stupid people.

  3. Stosh says:

    Trump will lose because the voters would continue to sit out like they did for Romney and McCain insuring a Hillary win.

    Voting for a Demonkrat or a Demonkrat posing as a Republican is not a choice we need to make as there is a lifelong certified Conservative, real constitutional lawyer / scholar in the race at this juncture.

    • jmk444 says:

      McCain was a joke of a candidate wight his 19th Century vaudevillian approach (“ma’friends”), his admitted lack of knowledge of the economy (Joe the Plumber schooled him)….I couldn’t vote for that. I voted Libertarian, expecting BHO to get in…and hoping for the best. We got GW Bush’s 3rd & 4th terms.

      Romney never fought back after the 47% comments & the GOPe, led by the Bush’s abandoned him.

      Trump’s strength is that he DOESN’T care about or really need many core Republican voters…but he’ll get them.

      The GOP’s entire 60% increase in voter turnout is due to Trump. It goes away, if he walks, or is shown the door.

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