I've got a new piece up at BNR: "Conservatives Are Despondent About the Republican Party — They Should Be."
They have every reason to lament the state of the Republican Party. After four days immersed in the Republican convention, I was left with a physical, lingering feeling of unease. I was unsettled. These were not people with whom I merely had deep political disagreements, but people who were espousing a vision of and for America that is fundamentally at odds with what most people, of either party, want the country to be.Can you guess what my recommendation is? (I bet you can!) Head on over to read the whole thing.
I am relieved to know that there are conservatives who are just as alarmed as I am; who also watched the Democratic convention and saw how stark the differences between the two parties now are.
But I'm also wondering: What are they going to do about it?
Simply not voting for Donald isn't good enough. It took the Republican Party decades to reach this point – and, let us be perfectly clear: It didn't happen by accident.
...Conservatives who are horrified by this spectacle cannot bury their heads in the sand, nor can they put a bandage on this mess with some sort of half-hearted, ineffectual protest vote for Gary Johnson.
What is required, urgently, is a full-throated repudiation of everything that has happened in this election; a wholesale rejection of Donald and his movement.
The situation is grim. We know it and they know it. Public hand-wringing and a refusal to endorse Donald is aggressively insufficient.