The Lincoln Project has been doing an amazing job of getting inside the heads of the Trumps, and it is delightful:
Jared and Ivanka have always been entitled, out-of-touch bullies who have never given the slightest indication they have any regard for the American people.— The Lincoln Project (@ProjectLincoln) October 24, 2020
We plan on showing them the same level of respect.
Our full statement: pic.twitter.com/M3K5nOE5qd
So, why am I ambivalent? Let me count the ways:
- These NeverTrump Republicans are doing a great job of featuring the awfulness of Trump folks
- But they are using brutally negative ads that are probably not healthy for a democracy.
- They may be convincing some Republicans to vote for Biden.
- They may be sucking up money that could be going to Democratic party building. We need to win this one, but we also need to build the party to fight at all levels for more than just this year.
- They seem dedicated to also removing the rot in the GOP Senate by supporting Democratic Senate candidates.
- They are chock full of people who helped to make Sarah Palin a thing, she of the "real" America stuff. So, they are partially to more than partially to blame for where we are now.
- I want to believe in forgiveness. I want folks to make up for the errors of the past. Perhaps this is what it is.
- Or it could just be a big grift, keeping the usual crew of GOP ad-makers and campaign organizers employed in a cycle where they are, otherwise, out in the woods.
- Their negativity makes it easier for the Biden campaign to mostly run positive stuff and stay above the fray.
So, I am ambivalent. I see how much pain they are causing the Trumps, who have largely been able to avoid the consequences of all of the bad things they have done for decades. And I want the Trumps to feel the consequences--I want them to suffer for the crimes they have visited upon the young, the old, and everybody in between. They should pay for the extra covid deaths, the abuses the kids have experienced, and all of that.
And I worry about 2024--that these folks may line up with Cotton or Hawley or some other awful candidate who lets them back in.
The realist maxim--the enemy of my enemy is my friend--has an implicit warning--what happens when the mutual adversary is gone? It is not a basis for trust. It is fundamentally unreliable. The Never Trumps do not support many of the policies that Democrats support (when we are feeling mildly coherent). So, we enjoy the show, but we ought not send them our $ and we ought not turn our backs on them.