There there now, my sad little delusional conservatives. I really hate to burst your bubbles (I do not), but on what Leave it to Beaver planet, praytell?
Ever since the debate, the #NeverTrump #NeverHillary crowd who has been flailing in an ocean of sad white tears without a lifeboat has been comforting itself with ridiculous statements like these:
Also on the disastrous Iraq withdrawal, failure to act in Syria, Obamacare, tax hikes. A candidate could win on those principles! Lots have. https://t.co/XRpN4uatr7
— Bill Kristol (@BillKristol) October 5, 2016
LOL Bill! That is adorable! I LOVE a psychopathic liar!
First of all, Mike Pence is forever tied to Donald Trump. I really do not care if he appeared to win the debate or not. Anyone who thinks he won is only judging on style and not substance. The man stood on that stage and ran not as the Vice President for 2016, but as a different candidate for 2020. And it matters not a bit. Here is a hint for you: if you embrace Pence, even sans Trump, you embrace his embrace of Trump. That includes his bigotry, his lies, and his hypocritical Christianity. WE WILL NOT FORGET.
Secondly, even assuming we all suffer the same amnesia, Mike Pence is still Mike Pence. He is an anti-LGBTQ far right Super Conservative Tea Party Patriot who is not very popular even in his home state of Indiana. It’s a dream world they live in, that in 2016 anyone that conservative would have a chance. Donald Trump has managed somehow, because he is running on his celebrity and reality television schtick. Pence does not have either of those.
Mike Pence is the embodiment of everything the Republican Party needs to change if it hopes to survive another generation, assuming it still exists post-Trump. His brand of Fundegelical Republicanism™ just does not sell to the broader demographic anymore. Generation X and Millennials especially are not attending fundamentalist churches, nor are they interested in legislation based on that religion. And as Erin discussed the other day, that is pretty much all Mike Pence has to sell.
Pence disagreed with the repeal of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell, and supports “bathroom bills,” calling the Obama administration’s directive government interference.
Mike Pence is anti-choice, anti-LGBT, anti-ACA, and supports charter schools. He is a conservative “Christian” who wants to overturn Roe v Wade, tried to give Indiana citizens the right to discriminate against the LGBT community, and is the running mate of a xenophobic, racist, misogynistic bully.
This isn’t your granddaddy’s white-bred or white-bread electorate anymore, Conservatives. If you want to practice limited government, and propose policies that reflect that, be my guest. But you have to stop with the identity politics you constantly accuse the other side of playing, which you do just as much but coated in Jesus dressing. Until you get that through your thick skulls, we the left will be glad to continue to run the show without you.
Oh, and we will continue to pick up the younger generations who are not the least bit interested. And perhaps one of the third parties will flourish, to bridge the middle ground. Either way, you will continue to fade and die off into obscurity.
Trump or no Trump, Pence-Brand Republicanism is on its way out. Bye Felicia!