Where are they now, Never Trumpers

Any cursory review of the election would leave many unanswered questions about those who absorbed the spotlight as the many, the proud… the anti-Trumpers.

What happened to them and where are they now? Well, I just saw that the prominent Never-Trump leader Bill Kristol will be stepping back, or down, in his career. Now Stephen Hayes is stepping up to be editor-in-chief of the failing Weekly Standard. Hayes is another anti-Trumper. They are calling the shakeup lots of things, but Kristol is out.

Hayes will certainly continue in the legacy of denial, after Kristol, while the Weekly Standard seeks to rebuild its once-lucrative brand. Put some lipstick on that pig.
The Hill

Bill Kristol is stepping down as editor-in-chief of The Weekly Standard, more than two decades after he co-founded the conservative publication.

“It’s good,” Kristol told CNN on Monday. “Here at The Weekly Standard, we’ve always been for regime change.”

Steve Hayes, the publication’s senior editor, will take over for Kristol.

But Kristol won’t be leaving the stage, just stepping away from Weekly Standard. We know he can’t leave the limelight. His condescending elitism won’t allow it.

Mitt Romney, what’s left to say about him? He was in the running for Secretary of State, then the unthinkable loss of not getting picked. After all he did to oppose Trump every public way he could, he tried to shift his hatred in a few tweets.

First, were all the attack(s)… plenty of them:

What he “knows?”

There was the one after election:

Then there was the one after failing to get the nomination he wanted:

But no apology or thanks to Trump for considering him — with all his many warts.

Then there is this reversal from staunch anti-Trumper, Erick Erickson. His radio show must be in a nose dive lately. But never fear, he now says we should give Trump a chance. A little late, don’t you think you waited long enough?

Erick Erickson: I’m gonna give Trump a chance (no, I’m not a sellout)

During the 2016 election, I was adamantly opposed to Donald Trump. Much of the media cited a piece I wrote in mid-February planting my flag against Trump as one of the major pieces to spark the #NeverTrump movement.

I wrote in that piece that if the GOP went with Trump that the party was not only going to lose the White House, but see devastation down ballot. All the polling showed it. The polling had been right during the primaries. Trump was the one guy consistently ahead in the polls and the one guy who consistently could not beat Hillary. The general election polling showed the same.

I, and the polling, were completely wrong. So were a lot of other people. After the election I wrote that those of us who were so completely wrong about the election should exercise some humility. If we got that much wrong, the odds are we got a lot of other stuff wrong, too. Consequently, I thought the day after the election and still think that we owe Donald Trump the benefit of the doubt.

This does not mean I am now on the Trump team. I still have concerns about Trump.

http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2016/12/14/erick-erickson-im-gonna-give-trump-chance-no-im-not-sellout.html?refresh=true

How generous of Erick to give Trump “the benefit of the doubt” now…..when all other opposition has failed. He tries to blame his rabid, anti-Trump stance on earlier polls.

Count Erick as “not selling out”….
he’s selling up, to anyone who still believes anything he says.

Then there are the Obamas, those priceless gems of slobbering elitism. Michelle says she may be leaving the White House but not the public stage. Surprise! Right after she tells us we have no hope. Barack Obama plans to go nowhere. He told us that.

In fact, they rented a mansion down the street from the White House where he will continue his radical activism by running a shadow government, according to insider reports. I’m sure any Obama residence will have plenty of room for his Iranian adviser, Valerie Jarrett. I give Obama the award to represent the anti-Trump opposition.

You don’t believe Hillary Clinton is going anywhere either, do you? She’ll have her own oppositional organization. And when stars align, some spectacular things will happen.

Does this mean that Erickson along with Hayes, Kristol, Obama, Hillary and all those outspoken others will be on the same page at some point opposing Trump? Look for that; but how they parse their active roles in the coalition will stand reason on its head.

It would seem all the anti-Trumpers are not really going away, just lining up to posture themselves in public and media. But their opposition doesn’t change. They are just finding more creative ways to channel it.

The long and windy Never Trump road

I have a few thoughts for Never Trumpers. Let’s just try a little logic. It’s pretty basic and simple. It is not exhaustive but take some highlights.

There are two scenarios. One is Trump wins, which leaves Never Trumpers gasping for air. The other is that Trump loses, which makes them complicit in the loss.

On its face you may think they are betting on Trump’s loss. Well, if he loses, then NTs will be a big factor in the cause of defeat. Sure they blame Trump but the reality is Dems have been using all the statements from these people for campaign ads. Often the worst critics of Trump have been these and establishment type people. So there is that blame.

Then if he wins, Never Trumpers are his greatest foe, they have a lot invested already.

Sooner or later there will be an end to this Never Trumperism. Even the Tea Parties had a shelf life. And what when the novelty wears off? They are reallly left out in the cold either way — either for being de facto Democrat operatives or being the stuck in the mud that do not or cannot get along with anyone.

If Hillary wins and Trump loses, the NTs bought the agenda. whether they actively voted for her or not. They did not stand up to stop her. They sat there as pundits in media and on shows as if the cat had their tongues, unwilling or afraid to form the simplest defense for Trump. They were useful Hillary pawns — dupes. And stopping her after a win will be almost impossible. Then there is the big question. Will they even actively work to stop her, being they did little to stop her from getting into office? Better to just do nothing.

Where does it all lead? I can’t tell you that .. but it is going to leave a mark.

RightRing | Bullright

Never Trump’s new level of dissent

There is a difference between abstaining in one’s support of Trump and actively working to elect Hillary. Let’s be clear about it. Never Trumpers have busted the dissent mold. These Never Trump people have taken dissent to whole new operational level. (Hello Kristol)

In the worst of days when people could not support McCain or Romney, they still were not out there actively working for Obama — much less pulling the lever for him. (Maybe Colin Powell) And it was not a widespread epidemic, orchestrated to the highest level.

It would be the same thing for Never Trumpers now who say we’d be better off with Hillary. That they believe Repubs can contain her. Right, that worked on Obama. They are far more concerned about Trump. And they broadcast their dislike at every opportunity. It’s a cottage industry, #NeverTrump. It gets great media attention.

Yet people who didn’t like Romney, self-included, were not rooting for Obama and actively trying to get him elected because they didn’t like Romney. That would have been unthinkable. So this is not dissent, it’s sabotage.

RightRing | Bullright

Eric Erickson drafting Romney

Update….. apparently, as us ignorantly blissful folks are prone to do, I spoke to soon about Romney. We’ll see what he says about being drafted by Erickson and Never Trump.

Pat Dollard | May 20, 2016

Excerpted from Ballot Box: Conservative blogger and radio host Erick Erickson wants Mitt Romney to launch a third-party bid for president.

Erickson wrote Friday that he would “gladly work for a Romney presidency given the choices between Clinton and Trump.”

“There is more and more data out there that the time is right for a third party bid,” Erickson wrote. …/

Read: http://www.patdollard.com/erick-erickson-calls-for-mitt-romney-to-launch-third-party-run/

This should be interesting how ridiculous Romney responds. What’s another failed run between friends? Just call it the Dumb and Dumber ticket.

Now back to the cow shit, 2 pies for them and one for the pile….

Captain Iggy Bliss

Twofer on election challenges

May as well just throw a couple articles out there. The first one is a dripping post from Red State railing against Trump as the nominee. If you have time and energy, I recommend seeing both of them. Who knows, you might enjoy.

As we are seeing unfold, people are imagining any means possible to deny or stop Trump. One Representative even said on a radio show that the only way to stop Donald Trump is a “head shot”. Well, desperation calls for desperate measures.

Now along comes the third party challenge. They believe they can Perot him. The second article (here) floats the idea of running or using Rick Perry to defeat Trump on a 3rd party challenge, even ending in a decision by the House of Representatives. I have a feeling the people would be really satisfied with that one.

I mean if the Chaos in Cleveland was not bad enough, why not open the general election decision to the House of Representatives to really calm people’s fears and restore confidence? We still haven’t lived down Bush vs. Gore. If they think that process would work, and Hillary wouldn’t find some way to benefit from it, then maybe they ought to take her and Democrats more seriously.

The media attention shifted its collective attention to Trump’s words that depriving him the nomination could potentially cause riots at the convention. How many times do people use such speech to serve a useful purpose? Not here. They are having fun spinning that one. While at the same time another Democrat front group is threatening mass protests and civil disobedience in DC. Nothing is wrong with that and no one seems at all concerned about what that will cause. Translation: riot to “save our Democracy” sounds like an interesting concept. Call it “Democracy Spring.”

Drop out and turn on. (Remember that was an old sixties cliche) Once again, people are threatening never trump and no way will they support him. Not voting would even be justified. Well, we were chastised that we had to support the last 2 establishment picks for president. Now their own righteous establishment position is “no way” will they vote for Trump. They point to how many people are unsatisfied with Trump as the nominee. Never mind how many people were not satisfied with McCain or Romney. But now the noble position is Never Trump. What hypocritical bastards.

Lastly, it looks like anything will be fundraising fodder, from Move On and the Left to the RNC estabos. And just blame Trump for the whole mess. Sound like a plan? Sort of puts them all on the same page.

RightRing | Bullright