Erick Erickson reminds RITOs* that politics is a game of addition, not subtraction:
U.S. Sen. Ben Sasse, an unabashed pro-life conservative, won Omaha and Donald Trump did not.
The Republican Party isn’t going to win much without Donald Trump’s voters. It also isn’t going to win much without people like Ben Sasse.
Ben Sasse won every county in Nebraska, getting 26,661 more votes than Donald Trump. Donald Trump lost both the Lincoln and Omaha areas — Sasse won them.The sooner the two sides can figure out a way to coexist inside the GOP, the better off America will be because God help us if we can’t take back Congress in two years.
Ben Sasse to the Republican party of Nebraska
“Personality cults aren’t conservative. Conspiracy theories aren’t conservative. Lying that an election has been stolen is not conservative.
Acting like politics is a religion isn’t conservative …. I still believe as you used to that politics isn’t about the weird worship of one dude. The party could purge Trump skeptics but I’d like to convince you that not only is that a civic cancer for the nation — it’s just terrible for our party. “
And, for that matter, Liz Cheney. The party voted 145-61 to retain the congresswoman as Republican whip despite her vote to impeach Trump. The essential Kimberley Strassel writes:
It was [a] party sending a message that it remains a big tent and isn’t going to grant or revoke membership purely on fealty to one politician, Donald Trump. Just as important, it was the party stomping on the new Democratic and media strategy to cast the entire GOP as extremists and kooks.
Add to that Marjorie Taylor Green’s recantation of the QAnon kookery infecting the party. The freshman legislator apologized to America at having been seduced into the Treason Pedophile etc. conspiracy and to state that those views “do not represent my district, and they do not represent my values.”
The Bottom Line goes to Ms. Strassel: “This came as a blow to Democrats, Lincoln Projectors and the [news] media, who’ve been building a campaign strategy around the claim that the GOP is the embodiment of violence and nutballs.”
* RITOs — Republicans in Trump Only.