Longtime and valued commenter SarahW said recently that her biggest concern in this election is keeping Hillary Clinton from having unchecked power. I said I agree — and therefore assert that voting for Republicans for Congress is the most important priority for limited government types. Jonah Goldberg agrees, and expresses his view colorfully:
Many of the same people who said that we have to unify the party to beat Hillary Clinton now say that dumping Trump — the only possible way to defeat her (and that’s extremely unlikely to work) — would be treasonous and were the first to scream that Trump voters should screw the down-ballot candidates because Paul Ryan said he wouldn’t defend Trump anymore. If you honestly want to limit the damage Hillary Clinton will do to this country, the one and only obvious thing you should be doing is voting to keep the Republicans in control of Congress. If you think the GOP won’t fight Hillary hard enough, fine. But do you think a Democrat-controlled Congress will fight her at all?
I feel like Charlton Heston screaming at the Statue of Liberty on the beach. You people blew it all up. You embraced a man who has no serious allegiance to the ideals you got rich peddling and who had a vanishingly small chance of winning in the first place — even if he had been the disciplined candidate he deceitfully vowed he would be. Trump is now an albatross on the party and he will leave a Cheeto-colored stain on both the GOP and the conservative movement for years to come.
If you want to limit the damage you’ve caused to the party, vote for Republicans down ballot.
You maniacs! You blew it up! Damn you! Damn you all to hell!
Anyway, take it from an ex-GOP guy: vote GOP down ballot. Trump is going to lose. But the down ballot stuff matters. A lot.