I’ve said from the beginning the one thing that could make me vote for Donald Trump isn’t Trump; it’s Hillary Clinton.
I don’t trust either of them, but the thought of my conservative beliefs bastardized by a candidate who uses the word but believes in none of the principles seems a bridge too far. I don’t want to spend the next four years fighting in my own trench against those in my own uniform, as squishy Republicans fall in line with bad ideas simply because they were proposed by a president with an R after his name. But it’s getting tougher to maintain that position.
My thinking was if Hillary were to win – and the circumstances of the election still favor her – I would hope she’d be so damaged and facing at least a Republican House that the federal government would be stagnant. A crippled one-term Clinton presidency the nation could handle, I thought. But a one-term Clinton-lite presidency with smaller versions of progressive programs perpetrated by a “Republican” is something conservatism would have a harder time surviving. Now I’m not so sure.