Just when I think nothing can possibly surprise me, Reality laughs and throws juggling knives at me.
Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus said Sunday that it’s high time for Donald Trump’s former primary challengers to come on board and support his campaign—and suggested there could be trouble for them in 2020 or 2024 if they don’t.
“Those people need to get on board,” he told CBS’ “Face the Nation.” “And if they’re thinking they’re going to run again someday, I think that we’re going to evaluate the process – of the nomination process and I don’t think it’s going to be that easy for them.”
I’m old enough to remember when the GOP criticized the Democratic Party for this tactic. I remember when the GOP embraced the individual and deplored groupthink. I remember when the GOP meant something. Priebus is now threatening politicians for adhering to their principles and not endorsing the GOP candidate. When did the GOP become the party of unity by groupthink?? Since when is loyalty to the party more important than loyalty to your conscience and your principles?
I’m not here to tell you why you should vote for candidate X or candidate Y. The bridge was crossed and burned and salted over months ago. Some of you have decided to hold your nose and vote for the GOP candidate, others have decided they will never do so, still some have decided to vote for the Dem candidate, and more than a few for the Libertarian or write-in options. And that is all perfectly acceptable!!!! It is YOUR vote. You give it to the candidate that has earned it.
Your vote counts, no matter what people tell you. If you don’t vote for X, it does NOT mean a vote for Y. It never has. This is no binary choice, no matter that we have two main parties. You have a privilege to vote, and the choice to exercise it in the manner that you see fit. Marching lock-step with a party never ends well. The chairman of the party formerly known as the GOP fails to understand that.