“Country Over Party” Say These Republicans …

The Lincoln Project is a political action committee formed in late 2019 by several prominent Republicans. The goal of the committee is to prevent the reelection of Donald Trump in the 2020 US presidential election.    Members of the advisory board have written an OpEd in The Washington Post that I think is worth sharing here.  Remember, as you read, that these are all Republicans who clearly see what Trump is doing to this nation and want something better.


We’ve never backed a Democrat for president. But Trump must be defeated.

By

George T. Conway III, Reed Galen, Steve Schmidt, John Weaver and Rick Wilson

April 15, 2020 at 2:35 p.m. EDT

The authors are on the advisory board of the Lincoln Project.

This November, Americans will cast their most consequential votes since Abraham Lincoln’s reelection in 1864. We confront a constellation of crises: a public health emergency not seen in a century, an economic collapse set to rival the Great Depression, and a world where American leadership is absent and dangers rise in the vacuum.

Today, the United States is beset with a president who was unprepared for the burden of the presidency and who has made plain his deficits in leadership, management, intelligence and morality.

When we founded the Lincoln Project, we did so with a clear mission: to defeat President Trump in November. Publicly supporting a Democratic nominee for president is a first for all of us. We are in extraordinary times, and we have chosen to put country over party — and former vice president Joe Biden is the candidate who we believe will do the same.

Biden is now the presumptive Democratic nominee and he has our support. Biden has the experience, the attributes and the character to defeat Trump this fall. Unlike Trump, for whom the presidency is just one more opportunity to perfect his narcissism and self-aggrandizement, Biden sees public service as an opportunity to do right by the American people and a privilege to do so.

Biden is a reflection of the United States. Born into a middle-class family in coal-country Pennsylvania, he has known the hardship and heartbreak that so many Americans themselves know and that millions more are about to experience.

Biden’s personal tragedies and losses tested his strength, his faith and his determination. They were enough to crush most people’s spirit, but Biden emerged more compassionate toward the suffering of others and the burdens that life imposes on his fellow Americans.

Biden did what Americans have always done: picked himself up, dusted himself off and made the best of a bad situation. In the years since he first entered office, Biden has consistently demonstrated decency, empathy and humanity.

Biden’s life has been marked by triumphs that didn’t change the goodness in him, and he is a man for whom public service never went to his head. His long record of bipartisan friendship and cross-partisan legislative efforts commends him to this moment. He is an imperfect man, but a man who loves his country and its people with a broad smile and an open heart.

In this way, Trump is a photonegative of Joe Biden. While Trump has innumerable flaws and a lifetime of blaming others for them, Biden has long admitted his imperfections and in doing so has further illustrated his inherent goodness and his willingness to do the work necessary to help put the United States back on a path of health and prosperity.

Unlike Trump, Biden is not an international embarrassment, nor does he demonstrate malignant narcissism. A President Biden will steady the ship of state and begin binding up the wounds of a fractured country. We have faith that Biden will surround himself by advisers of competence, expertise and wisdom, not an endless parade of disposable lackeys.

For Trump, the presidency has been the biggest stage, under the hottest klieg lights in a reality show of his making. Every episode leaves the audience more shocked and divided. Trump’s only barometer is his own ego. The country, our values and its people do not factor into Trump’s equation.

Biden understands a tenet of leadership that far too few leaders today grasp: The presidency is a life-and-death business, that the consequences of elections have real-world effects on individual Americans, and that all of this — all of the struggle, toil and work — is not a zero-sum game.

The coronavirus crisis is a terrifying example of why real leadership looks outward. This crisis, the deaths and economic destruction are immeasurably worse because Trump and his administration were unwilling to do what was necessary to mitigate its worst effects and bring the country back as quickly as possible.

We asked ourselves: How would a Biden presidency handle this crisis? Would he spend weeks lying about the risk? Would he look to cable news, the stock market and his ratings before taking the steps to make us safer? The answer is obvious: Biden will be the superior leader during the crisis of our generation.

We’ve seen the damage three years of corruption and cultish amateurism can do. This country cannot afford to be torn apart for sport and profit for another term, as Trump will surely do. If Biden takes office next January, he won’t need on-the-job training.

We are in a transcendent and transformative period of American history. The nation cannot afford another four years of chaos, duplicity and Trump’s reality distortion. This country is crying out for a president with a spine stiffened by tragedy, a worldview shaped by experience and a heart whose compass points to decency.

It is our hope that when the next president takes the oath of office in January, Joseph Robinette Biden Jr. will be the president for a truly united America. The stakes are too high to do anything less.

60 thoughts on ““Country Over Party” Say These Republicans …

    • Thanks John! Yes, I think it’s important to shine a light on the fact that some republicans see clearly what a con man Trump is and are even willing to vote for a democrat to get Trump out. Fingers crossed that they can enlighten some of their fellow-republicans.

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    • It is, isn’t it? And especially so when you consider that George Conway is married to one of Trump’s top advisors, Kellyanne Conway. I just hope they can get some of their fellow-republicans to take the cotton out of their ears and LISTEN!

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          • Jill, you know my feelings about this topic. Give like you want to get, even in the face of adversity. I showed an attorney friend and advocate for people in poverty a series of emails I received from the author of the NC voter id law. The attorney said the emails read like you are the legislator and the legislator is the hot-headed critic. The legislator took offense when I referred to his voter id law as “Jim Crow-like.” After beating me up in a couple of emails, I finally wrote to him using my age at the time, “I am 55 year old white man and former Republican voter in the South. You and I both know what this law is all about, so please do not insult my intelligence any further.”

            I am a big believer in diplomatic candor. I did save this line and after multiple tries, I took a more direct approach without totally taking his head off. With the less ardent Trump supporters, if we can get them down the path of smaller wrongs, we can test the waters of bigger wrongs. This is my favorite phrase to use, “You know I just wish he would be more truthful than he is in his tweets and speeches, as he does himself a disservice.” The less ardent ones know he is not always telling the truth, but they tend to say he is “just rough around the edges.” There is a difference between being rough and lying, so if we can get them part way there, the better.

            Sorry for the soapbox. Jill, your opinion is too grounded not to be heard by those who need to hear it. Keith

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            • Sigh. I know you are right, Keith, and you know I consider you the gold standard, while I am somewhere down around pewter, or perhaps tin. I am just finding it so hard these days to control my temper. Luckily, I usually write my posts and then give myself a couple of hours before editing them, so I have time to cool down and tone things down a bit, but … sometimes my mouth (or fingers) runs ahead of my brain. I do love your line to the congressman where you asked him to please not insult your intelligence … I will use that one the next time Warren Davidson responds in a supercilious manner to me! And I will try harder … sigh. Thanks, Keith … your opinion means a lot to me, and believe it or not, I do listen to what you say.

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              • Thanks Jill. Please remember these two truisms to help you keep your cool.
                1) People take their cue from their leader. While he is not a leader to the US, he is the leader of the Trump base.
                2) Trump wants a mud fight. He cannot win an issues debate, as he does not take the time to know the issues and has a hard time remembering what he said before. So, his followers will prefer a mud fight, which means name-calling, labeling, bumper sticker arguments.
                So, you will do more good to your argument is you stay out of the mud.

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                  • Jill, here is a response to a friend who responded quickly when I sent your post out to my email distribution. He said he felt we needed to get behind the president which is the new party line. Here is my response.

                    “These are Republican voices who said all of this. I have listened to Rick Wilson and Steve Schmidt and they are very reasonable in conveying their concerns.

                    I am behind solving our problems and getting back to some form of normalcy. I also respect the office of the presidency. It would be nice if the incumbent respected it as well. We lost six weeks to plan ahead and the misinformation continues to this day.

                    My favorite conservative pundit, David Brooks, said it best. Even when the president does the right thing, he lets his “narcissism and neurosis get in the way.” I am so pulling for him to do the right things, but it is hard to solve problems when your first motivation is how does it make me look.

                    What I cannot fathom is for a person who so craves positive attention, why did he not in January or February say the COVID-19 pandemic risk is something we need to pay attention to and I will initiate some planning efforts now? That would have been highly presidential and shown leadership. Instead he reverted to his modus operandi and lied and said it was a hoax.

                    Xxxx, I want him to succeed, but am highly disappointed in his autocratic bent. I am even more perturbed by sycophants who rationalize the president’s behavior or look the other way. I agree with the Lincoln Project Op-ed and know there are many other famous Republican voices – Brooks, Ross Douthat, George Will, Matt Drudge, Michael Gerson, Erick Erickson – who feel the same way.

                    That is how I feel bro.”

                    Keith

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          • Of course not, if I was face to face with them on a tv show there would be allegorical blood.
            However since we are talking Jill’s Blog I will restrain myself and sully these pages….after intelligent folk read these…
            (I have just finished off a very large mug of tea and therefore feel very British)

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  2. Jill, thanks for sharing this. To me, this is the best way to chip away at that hard shell that protects the cognitive dissonance from unsettling Trump supporters. Their are too many that just won’t listen, but notoriety like this will help convince some they should listen. It should be noted a Trump favored judicial candidate in Wisconsin was trounced last week. Here is quote from a CBS article covering it:

    “A justice on the Wisconsin Supreme Court who was endorsed by President Trump lost his seat on the state’s highest court in one of the most closely-watched races of Wisconsin’s April 7 election.

    Incumbent Justice Dan Kelly was defeated by Dane County Circuit Judge Jill Karofsky, the Associated Press projected. Wisconsin held in-person voting last week despite efforts to delay the primary election because of the coronavirus pandemic, which has prompted more than a dozen other states to postpone their primaries or move to vote-by-mail and roiled the presidential election.”

    If Republicans realize their standard banner is a cancer to reelection, they will reflect that in their messaging. The key is to make them realize that truth. The GOP opened Pandora’s Box when they did not remove him from office. Keith

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    • Thanks Keith! It is refreshing to see that not all Republicans are blind to the atrocities being committed by Trump and his minions. I did see the news of Dan Kelly’s magnificent defeat yesterday and let out a bit of a “WHOOPEE”! Let’s hope some people in the Republican Party listen to The Lincoln Project and at least begin asking questions.

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  3. After checking my notes and running several simulations I have come to the conclusion this is impossible.

    Actually I have no notes and no way to run simulations, but I think you get my drift 😉

    Who woulda thunk there might be some sensible Republicans? At this point in time, with the state of our Senate, the state of the White House, and the state of our country, Republicans in general, and their propaganda outlets, are the most despicable group of people on the planet. At least from my perspective.

    It gives me a miniscule bit of hope knowing there are a few Republicans who can see what we see. I will try to water that and see if it grows. Don’t have high hopes on its success.

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    • Ha ha … yes, I get your drift, and I would have said the same not too long ago. I have to agree with your assessment of republicans as a whole, but it is encouraging to know that some, at least, are waking up and trying to wake up others. Let’s keep our fingers crossed!

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  4. Sensible and Humane Republicans, I thought they only existed where the Tooth Fairy and Easter Bunny lived, and yet they sound sincere and I know George Conway has little or no time for that waste of space Trump. I hope they gather plenty more converts even if it’s for just this one election.
    Cwtch

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    • Wow, now I’ve heard it all! Responsible Republicans for the Democratic nominee for President. Knowing this, wouldn’t our petty vindictive President try to kick those “traitors” out of the party?
      Senators working together for the greater good gives me hope for the future, let’s pray this trend continues!

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    • So did I, but turns out there really are some out there, though not nearly enough. I love thinking of George and Kellyanne at the supper table … #$%&@ … I can hear it now! I, too, hope this movement gains momentum, even if only to oust Trump this year. Sigh. 🕳️
      Cwtch

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  5. I think it’s rich that one of the members of this Project’s advisory board is the husband of Kellyanne Conway. I’d love to be a fly on the wall, and hear the table talk at dinnertime, in the Conway household.

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        • Just north of Cincinnati Ohio. I didn’t mean melting in the sense of being hot, by the way, for it snowed here yesterday! But ‘melting down’ in the sense of stress overload. Sigh. I don’t know how to turn it off, don’t know how to shut down anymore, so I go to bed and cry for an hour before I finally fall into a fitful, nightmare-filled sleep. Sigh. Someday, when the trump-nightmare is over, perhaps I can visit you in Puerto Rico and we’ll sit on the beach sipping wine and laughing about all this. Thanks so much for the link! I’ve bookmarked it and will check them out this weekend! 💕

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          • I just saw this! After I sent you the first message … dear Sis, I know the feeling. I dint know how to turn it off either. I’m not crying yet but I’m so angry!!
            You can visit PR with me anytime you want.
            Will this nightmare be over? 😢

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              • Indeed!! That’s what I’ve been thinking. I’ll be 70 in July. Don’t think that I’ll see life as is was before this mess. (mEaning politics (which I really never paid attention to) … and the devastation caused by the virus. I wonder what’s best: living in sweet ignorance or being informed, concerned, fretting, angry, insulted, desperate, flabbergasted most of the time. I really haven’t had real peace since Nov. 2016 …. <> … tight hugs!! ❤ … love ya!!

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