Another GOP Defection

Via Politico:  Exclusive: Armitage to back Clinton over Trump

Richard Armitage, the deputy secretary of state under George W. Bush, says he will vote for Hillary Clinton over Donald Trump, in one of the most dramatic signs yet that Republican national security elites are rejecting their party’s presumptive nominee.

Armitage, a retired Navy officer who also served as an assistant secretary of defense under Ronald Reagan, is thought by Clinton aides to be the highest ranking former GOP national security official to openly support Clinton over Trump.


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  1. stonetools says:

    Drip, drip..

    This election is looking more and more like 1972 in reverse.

  2. JohnMcC says:

    I’m going to have to get a bigger popcorn cooker! Best. Election. Season. Ever!

  3. Kylopod says:

    I have had some pretty pathetic predictions this cycle (mostly having to do with Trump’s chances of winning the GOP nomination), but at least one thing I said several months ago appears to be panning out. In mid-February I wrote the following:

    while I fully expect a majority of Republicans to get on board in the event that he’s nominated, there will likely be a lot of high-profile defections, just like in 2008 after Sarah Palin was announced.