Another Anti-Trump Republican

This time it is Mark Salter, “the former chief of staff to Sen. John McCain and […] senior adviser to the McCain for President campaign”:  Why This Republican Won’t Vote for Trump.  He concludes a column that is basically a long list of troubles with Trump with the following:

Whatever Hillary Clinton’s faults, she’s not ignorant or hateful or a nut. She acts like an adult, and understands the responsibilities of an American president. That might not be a ringing endorsement. But in 2016, the year of Trump’s s campaign, it’s more than enough.

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  1. I will note that anyone associated with the McCain campaign needs to realize that Palin was a Trump forerunner.

  2. Just 'nutha ig'rant cracker says:

    @Steven L. Taylor: Well, better late than never. Also, consider that he’s not anyone’s employee in this context.

  3. Scott says:

    @Steven L. Taylor: I think they do and I also think that many are saying and doing just what Mark Salter has done.

  4. Mister Bluster says:

    But in 2016, the year of Trump’s s campaign, it’s more than enough.

    And by far exceeds the requirements set forth in Article II Section 1 USCon.

    No person except a natural born Citizen, or a Citizen of the United States, at the time of the Adoption of this Constitution, shall be eligible to the Office of President; neither shall any Person be eligible to that Office who shall not have attained to the Age of thirty-five Years, and been fourteen Years a Resident within the United States.

    Even Citizen Trump meets this low bar.

  5. Just 'nutha ig'rant cracker says:

    @Mister Bluster: Back in the late 70s or early 80s, Morton Kondracke, then writing for the New Republic, noted that there were two facts which, taken together, were at least part of the secret of the success of American democracy:

    1) Even Lyndon LaRouche can run for President

    2) Lyndon LaRouche cannot be elected President

    He noted that both facts needed to be true simultaneously in order for America to be great. I think the same test and facts apply in the case of Donald Trump also. As long at both of those things are still true at the same time, America will continue to be a great nation.

    Long live the low bar, and long live the citizens’ reluctance to hop over it!

  6. Mister Bluster says:

    Notes of The Debates in the Federal Convention of 1776. Saturday, June 2

    Doctor FRANKLIN moved, that what related to the compensation for the services of the Executive be postponed, in order to substitute, “whose necessary expenses shall be defrayed, but who shall receive no salary, stipend, fee, or reward whatsoever for their services.”
    …“To bring the matter nearer home, have we not seen the greatest and most important of our offices, that of General of our armies, executed for eight years together without the smallest salary, by a patriot whom I will not now offend by any other praise; and this, through fatigues and distresses, in common with the other brave men, his military friends and companions, and the constant anxieties peculiar to his station? And shall we doubt finding three or four men in all the United States, with public spirit enough to bear sitting in peaceful council for perhaps an equal term, merely to preside over our civil concerns, and see that our laws are duly executed? Sir, I have a better opinion of our country. I think we shall never be without a sufficient number of wise and good men to undertake and execute well and faithfully the office in question.”