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Ross Douthat
1. This is a good argument from . Maybe a correct one. But let me make a couple of counterpoints.
As always Douthat is worth reading. But I think that missing from his piece is just how much of a psychic shock such a move would inflict upon this country.
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Ross Douthat May 17
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2. A recurring Trump-era theme is ppl saying "Trump is an unprecedented disaster, but we can't try anything too unprecedented to stop him."
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Ross Douthat May 17
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3. A Cruz-Rubio unity ticket? Too wild. Paul Ryan leading opposition to him at the convention? Too party-fracturing.
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JMO May 17
even-barely-lukewarm Douthat on Cooke action is a must see cc:
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Josh Barro May 17
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Quite a few Republicans cast unprecedented votes for a Democratic presidential nominee in an effort to stop him, but not enough.
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Kevin 👐 Glass May 17
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I didn't think it was all that unprecedented (2012 v 2016)
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Ross Douthat May 17
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4. Hillary Clinton's campaign theme was "Trump's an existential threat, but I'm not going to tack to the center or anything to stop him."
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Ross Douthat May 17
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5. Folks like Romney and GWB made clear they weren't voting for him, but they weren't going to do anything wild like endorsing someone else.
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Wayne Mortensen May 17
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She was a centrist, running on moderate ideas that were all paid for. A good tweet thread foiled by a blatantly ignorant final line.
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Jack Shafer May 17
Get back to me when Cooke chops off one of Douthat's fingers.
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Peter Gehred May 17
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Yeah, because the Sanders people would have loved that.
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reflectionephemeral May 17
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You people acting like the Clintons are some kind of left-wing radicals is destroying the center's legitimacy in US. What's next, who knows.
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JMC May 17
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One of the themes of Hillary's Convention was "Trump isn't a real Republican." Isn't that playing to the center?
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nate_hanco May 17
Never-Trump Republicans got a ton of media attention, but they were, in truth, very very few in number.
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David Zavac May 17
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uh ross
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fuck fascism May 17
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Ross, your idea of the center is just a fucking hair shy of fascism anyway.
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Ross Douthat May 17
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6. This was often cast not as timidity but as strategy: Bc DJT's base hated elites, the elite turning on him would only make him stronger.
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