We’re traveling in Texas, so the writing will be thin for a while. Just thought I’d point out some Republican defections that I hope are building toward a movement.
Republicans from the top of the stack to the bottom are taking this opportunity to express concerns about the direction of the party. A few examples:
Rep. Richard Hanna (R-NY) has stated his intention to vote for Hillary Clinton. Hanna is retiring this year.
Harvard’s Republican Club issued a lengthy letter explaining their unwillingness to support Trump. If you’ve lost tomorrow’s hedge fund managers, what hope do you have left?
A group of precinct committeemen in Berks County, PA (Reading) resigned over Trump. Much love to my former Republican block-walking brothers. I know how tough that is.
Dennis Sanders, who like me has been writing about the state of the GOP for years, penned his departure notice this week.
Kansas voters, disgusted with the results of the far-right project in their state, booted Tea Party nutjob Tim Huelskamp in a primary this week. Another 10 far-right Kansas legislators lost their primaries.
Sally Bradshaw, a Bush aide and the author of the party’s 2013 “autopsy” report resigned from the party and expressed willingness to support Clinton.
There might be critical mass for some form of authentic realignment on the right. It should be noted, however, that the far-right wing of the party isn’t sitting still either. Supporters of Ted Cruz are rumbling their dissatisfaction and making plans. A GOP crackup may finally be in the works, but no one can say with confidence which forces will emerge most powerful from the wreckage.