This is some op/ed in the New York Times today. Rick Wilson, Steve Schmidt, John Weaver (also a Republican strategist) and George Conway co-wrote a beautifully written, albeit blistering, take down of Donald Trump. They announced the Lincoln Project, an effort to protect American institutions and to hold accountable “those who would violate their oaths to the Constitution and would put others before Americans.” Ouch. There are a lot of Republicans whose ears are burning right now, as these Republicans take other Republicans, the ones who blindly march to Donald Trump’s drummer (and that’s the majority of them, alas) to task. New York Times:
But this president’s actions are possible only with the craven acquiescence of congressional Republicans. They have done no less than abdicate their Article I responsibilities.
Indeed, national Republicans have done far worse than simply march along to Mr. Trump’s beat. Their defense of him is imbued with an ugliness, a meanness and a willingness to attack and slander those who have shed blood for our country, who have dedicated their lives and careers to its defense and its security, and whose job is to preserve the nation’s status as a beacon of hope.
Congressional Republicans have embraced and copied Mr. Trump’s cruelty and defended and even adopted his corruption. Mr. Trump and his enablers have abandoned conservatism and longstanding Republican principles and replaced it with Trumpism, an empty faith led by a bogus prophet. In a recent survey, a majority of Republican voters reported that they consider Mr. Trump a better president than Lincoln.
Mr. Trump and his fellow travelers daily undermine the proposition we as a people have a responsibility and an obligation to continually bend the arc of history toward justice. They mock our belief in America as something more meaningful than lines on a map.
These gentlemen are right about one thing, replacing conservatism with Trumpism is fatal and it is madness. Good for them for standing up to it. Here’s their plan of action from now until the election.
Over these next 11 months, our efforts will be dedicated to defeating President Trump and Trumpism at the ballot box and to elect those patriots who will hold the line. We do not undertake this task lightly, nor from ideological preference. We have been, and remain, broadly conservative (or classically liberal) in our politics and outlooks. Our many policy differences with national Democrats remain, but our shared fidelity to the Constitution dictates a common effort.
Shared fidelity to the Constitution and protecting it from forces who seek to undermine it, here and abroad, is a worthy goal for all Americans, regardless of political party affiliation. It’s a shame that less than a handful of Republicans have to take the rest of the GOP to task to reinforce adherence to principals this basic, but evidently, that’s where we are right now. Hats off to these four for taking matters in hand and doing something about it. Good luck.