According to a story published on Buzzfeed this week, Hillary Clinton’s disastrous “pneumonia and deplorables” weekend has some of the country’s most powerful political partisans scared to death. No, not Democrats. It is Republican donors and professionals who are sweating the possibility that, through Hillary’s incompetence, Donald Trump could actually win the election:
“It’s terrifying,” said one GOP consultant, who like others spoke to BuzzFeed News on condition of anonymity. “He’s not qualified … and it’s a massive problem. I’m not a fan of Hillary Clinton, but at least I feel like some of those jobs that are required for president, she could do them.”
“It would be terrible for America, and for the world,” said another Republican strategist, referring to a prospective Trump victory. “I can’t think of one good thing that would come of it.”
A third Republican said that after watching the Clinton campaign’s missteps in recent days, “I’m curled up in the fetal position watching The West Wing and drinking a basketful of deplorable liquor.”
The article only quotes a couple of Republicans by name – Ben Howe and Rick Wilson, both of them GOP strategists who have made no secret of their affiliation with the #NeverTrump movement. Howe said he was now concerned that Hillary lacked the strength to finish Trump off.
“That’s the only reason I’m panicked these days,” Howe said. “I’m losing faith in Hillary’s ability to win this easy-ass election.”
This “easy-ass election” is turning out to be anything but for the Democratic nominee. Even with a swath of secret supporters across the aisle, she is losing voters every day with her inability to tell the truth. The polls are tightening, Trump’s campaign is getting focused and professional, and Americans are starting to see beyond the intense media smokescreen that has been keeping Hillary afloat.
It’s gotten so bad that some Republicans are thinking about doing the unthinkable:
“I live in a swing state,” said one consultant. “If it’s close, I’ll vote for Hillary Clinton. I’ll regret doing it. It’ll be the first time on a presidential level that I’ll be voting for a Democrat. But I feel like it’s my obligation as an American to do it.”
Donald Trump’s campaign has exposed us to a lot of unseemly truths about the American political process, the media’s insufferable biases, and the state of the culture in 2016. But – perhaps above all – it has also shown us the rotten core of the Republican Party. It has shown us that the party’s ineffectual opposition to Obama wasn’t the result of weakness or incompetence; it was the result of willful compliance. Whether Trump wins or loses in November, one thing is clear: We have some serious housecleaning to do.