The more Trump divides America, the more Republicans pin their election hopes on him
Arizona Rep. Martha McSally, Nevada Sen. Dean Heller, Tennessee Sen. Bob Corker, Utah hopeful Mitt Romney—just a glimpse of the succession of Republicans so desperate to protect their electorate interests, that they’re selling their souls to arguably the most divisive president of the modern political era. The New York Times writes:
Mitt Romney did not vote for Donald J. Trump in 2016. Representative Martha McSally of Arizona may not have, either, but she will not say. And Senator Dean Heller of Nevada now insists that he did cast his ballot for Mr. Trump, but for many months, he would not reveal his vote.
Senator Bob Corker supported Mr. Trump, but seemed to regret it last year when he concluded that the country had deposited an unruly toddler in the Oval Office. [...]
Mr. Corker, who once suggested that the president required day care and that he might blunder the country into World War III, has mounted a charm offensive to win back the president’s affection — a prerequisite if the senator is to delay his retirement plans and capture a Republican nomination in Tennessee. Mr. Romney, who in 2016 excoriated Mr. Trump as an amoral con man, graciously accepted the president’s Twitter-born endorsement on Monday night. Their change of heart has triggered no small amount of eye-rolling.
These people are desperate. For his part, Trump would do absolutely anything to avoid getting trounced on Nov. 6, and the GOP candidates need to fend off a primary challenge. They are also either totally delusional or simply lying to themselves.
What has made it easier for the Trump skeptics to come around is that the president has governed more like a conventional Republican than the populist he campaigned as in 2016.
Is this an admission that calling neo-Nazis «very fine people» or giving your full-throated endorsement to a serial sexual predator is «conventional» Republicanism. If not, it may as well be, because that's exactly what they're aligning themselves with when they cling to Trump.
It's not going to play well for the GOP writ large on Nov. 6.