Some GOP officials are urging Republican voters to back Democrats in 2022 to save the party from 'pro-Trump extremists'

  

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Via:  tessylo  •  5 days ago  •  19 comments

By:   Cheryl Teh, Business Insider

Some GOP officials are urging Republican voters to back Democrats in 2022 to save the party from 'pro-Trump extremists'

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Some GOP officials are urging Republican voters to back Democrats in 2022 to save the party from 'pro-Trump extremists'









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Some GOP officials are urging Republican voters to back Democrats in 2022 to save the party from 'pro-Trump extremists'






Cheryl Teh

Mon, October 11, 2021, 11:04 PM EDT









Two Republicans are urging the GOP base to vote for Democrats, arguing that "rational Republicans are losing the GOP civil war." (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

  • Two Republicans are urging voters to ensure "rational Republicans" don't lose the "GOP civil war."

  • They are the Trump official turned critic Miles Taylor and former Gov. Christine Todd Whitman.

  • In a Monday op-ed article they said electing "moderate Democrats" was necessary in the short term.

Two GOP officials have urged Republicans in some cases to vote Democratic in the 2022 midterm elections as one of several ways to bolster the party from candidates they described as "pro-Trump extremists."

Miles Taylor, a Trump-era Department of Homeland Security chief of staff, and Christine Todd Whitman, a former Republican governor of New Jersey, wrote a New York Times   op-ed article   that ran Monday. Taylor is best known for   anonymously   writing   a 2018 op-ed article in The Times describing a "resistance" of Trump administration officials   working to tamper what he called the former president's "worst inclinations."

Together, Taylor and Whitman asked that the GOP's base consider supporting Democrats so "conservative pragmatists" could retake control of the party.

"Rational Republicans are losing the party civil war," they wrote. "And the only near-term way to battle pro-Trump extremists is for all of us to team up on key races and overarching political goals with our longtime political opponents: the Democrats."


They added: "It's a strategy that has worked. Mr. Trump lost re-election in large part because Republicans nationwide defected, with seven percent who voted for him  in 2016 flipping to support Joe Biden, a margin big enough to have made some difference in key swing states."


The two argued that this move was necessary because the Republican leadership had "turned belief in conspiracy theories and lies about stolen elections into a litmus test for membership and running for office." Taylor and Whitman also renewed a threat for them and more than 100 other former GOP officials   to try to start a new center-right party   if Trump-backed candidates continued to win Republican primaries.

"The best hope for the rational remnants of the Republican Party is for us to form an alliance with Democrats to defend American institutions, defeat far-right candidates, and elect honorable representatives next year - including a strong contingent of moderate Democrats," Taylor and Whitman wrote.

Their strategy would involve GOP voters supporting Democrats like Rep. Abigail Spanberger of Virginia, Rep. Elissa Slotkin of Michigan, and Sen. Mark Kelly of Arizona in what they called "difficult races" likely to feature Trump-supported Republicans. They also advocated defending what they called a "small nucleus of courageous Republicans" such as Reps. Liz Cheney, Adam Kinzinger, and Peter Meijer.

Kinzinger, for one, said in September that he thought the   GOP shouldn't win a majority in the House if it were "pushing division and pushing lies."   Cheney also said in September that she was   not ready to cede the GOP to the "voices of extremism,"   adding that   many Republicans in the House and the Senate had cheered her on privately   in her fight against Trump.

The Republican National Committee did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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Tessylo
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1  seeder  Tessylo    5 days ago

I don't think many of the alleged conservatives are so assured of shellacking the Democrats in the midterms as they have been admitting to

 
 
 
devangelical
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1.1  devangelical  replied to  Tessylo @1    5 days ago

it definitely explains the barrage of bullshit they're flinging around, while waiting until the DOJ and other assorted court cases fall on their hero like so many slabs of concrete.

 
 
 
Sunshine
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1.2  Sunshine  replied to  Tessylo @1    5 days ago

Most people haven't heard of these two people and don't really give a shit about what they say.  

If you get some Republicans who have national recognition, then you can get hopeful that Democrats don't lose in mid-terms.  

 
 
 
Veronica
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2  Veronica    5 days ago

It is time for moderates from both sides to take back our politics.  I am so sick of the extremes.

 
 
 
evilgenius
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2.1  evilgenius  replied to  Veronica @2    5 days ago

Facing facts - the rise of Populism on both sides is a direct result of decades of bullshit from the "establishment". Some of us are smart enough to wade through the bullshit and see what is actually being accomplished, but then most US adults can't read past a 9th grade level. Infotainment masquerading as news and social media that makes more money the more they radicalize the gullible is the catalyst for this period of violent division we have before us now. I'm afraid we, as a nation, aren't anywhere near resolving this problem without bloodshed.

A new moderate party would never have a chance. I suppose moving all the moderate conservatives into the Dems camp may be a short term solution, but that alienates the Progressives more. They are raising money and primarying moderates and winning just as the Trump Populists are on the right. Next year will be as interesting a mid-term as there has ever been.

 
 
 
Veronica
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2.1.1  Veronica  replied to  evilgenius @2.1    5 days ago

I get all that, but I am still sick of it all.

 
 
 
evilgenius
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2.1.2  evilgenius  replied to  Veronica @2.1.1    5 days ago

As you should be.

 
 
 
Ozzwald
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2.2  Ozzwald  replied to  Veronica @2    5 days ago

It is time for moderates from both sides to take back our politics.  I am so sick of the extremes.

The extremes have their purposes, however the scary part is when the extremes of one party, become the majority.

 
 
 
evilgenius
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2.2.1  evilgenius  replied to  Ozzwald @2.2    5 days ago

Does the extreme in the right actually make up the majority OR is it that Republicans are more likely to follow party politics than Dems? I don't know the answer to that, but the recently quoted statistic of 60% of Republicans believe the Big Lie is somewhat disheartening. 

 
 
 
Veronica
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2.2.2  Veronica  replied to  Ozzwald @2.2    5 days ago
extremes have their purposes

I do not see anything in them that serves a good purpose at this point. 

 
 
 
Ozzwald
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2.2.3  Ozzwald  replied to  evilgenius @2.2.1    5 days ago
Does the extreme in the right actually make up the majority OR is it that Republicans are more likely to follow party politics than Dems?

If centrists do not speak against the extremes, and give them full rein, then yes that makes them the majority.

Democrats have AOC and a few others, but they are pretty much kept in check.

However the extremes do have a purpose, Bernie Sanders has shown this by moving the thoughts of Healthcare for all, free tuition in community colleges, and such to the forefront. 

Unfortunately on the republican side, the extremes are the voter restrictions, the "big lie", and trying to justify the criminality of the right wing.  The right currently makes no attempt to actually govern anymore.

 
 
 
Ozzwald
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2.2.4  Ozzwald  replied to  Veronica @2.2.2    5 days ago
I do not see anything in them that serves a good purpose at this point.

They serve to bring new ideas to the forefront, good and bad.

 
 
 
al Jizzerror
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3  al Jizzerror    5 days ago

"Rational Republicans are losing the party civil war," they wrote. "And the only near-term way to battle pro-Trump extremists is for all of us to team up on key races and overarching political goals with our longtime political opponents: the Democrats."

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Nerm_L
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4  Nerm_L    5 days ago

If moderate Republicans are not competitive then why expect moderate Democrats would be competitive?  This seems like an effort to lower voter turnout.  Disheartened moderates from both parties will be less likely to vote.

These rational Republicans won't 'save' the party by abandoning the party.  Losing elections seems to energize the new Republican base.  By abandoning the party, what these rational Republicans fear will become entrenched.  The whole idea is for the Republican deadwood to become so disheartened that they leave.  What is happening now isn't like the TEA Party.  MAGA isn't going away if these rational Republicans don't offer a better alternative.

Rational Democrats are facing the same problem in the Democratic Party.  There's no place for moderates in today's politics.

 
 
 
Texan1211
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5  Texan1211    5 days ago

Looks like Democrats will hang their hats on articles like this.

If they weren't worried about the ass kicking they have coming, this wouldn't have even been a blip on their radar

 
 
 
Tessylo
Professor Principal
6  seeder  Tessylo    5 days ago

Not worth a penny.  I bet you have to pay 

 
 
 
Texan1211
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6.1  Texan1211  replied to  Tessylo @6    5 days ago
Not worth a penny. 

Is that an apt description of the article?

 
 
 
Ronin2
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7  Ronin2    5 days ago

What sane Republican/Conservative would vote for any Democrat after the shit the Democrats put this country for the last 5 and half years and counting?

Vote against your beliefs. Vote against your morals. Vote for everything stupid fucked up thing that Joe Biden and the Democrats have done since they have been in power. That is sure to make things better!/S

What a load of TDS driven BS.  

 
 
 
Tessylo
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7.1  seeder  Tessylo  replied to  Ronin2 @7    5 days ago

Your usual projection, deflection, and denial.

Yawn. . .

 
 
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