The #NeverTrump crowd is running out of steam — and time.
All of its attacks — that he’s as liberal as Hillary Clinton, anti-immigrant, or a con man who will say anything to be elected — have failed. But perhaps the most absurd criticism of the Trump Deniers is the argument that he would hurt Republicans “down ticket.” In fact, the opposite is true.
We’ve seen this movie before. In 1980, the Washington Establishment raised the same chorus against Ronald Reagan, who was accused of being a reactionary and a divisive drag on the whole GOP ticket. But Reagan led the GOP to the biggest U.S. Senate swing since 1958, picking up 12 seats and giving Republicans control of that body, to the shock of the Establishment. What’s more, Reagan swept 34 new seats into the House, along with hundreds of legislators at the state level.
Still, Republican incumbents are “increasingly worried,” The New York Times tells us. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell urges incumbents such as Sens. Pat Toomey, Ron Johnson, Mark Kirk, Kelly Ayotte, and Rob Portman to avoid Trump and to “focus on local issues,” hoping for ticket-splitting when Clinton is elected.