Letter: Republicans and voting
With their excessive dislike (read hatred) of Hillary as the motivation for getting the vote in their favor, the Republicans may be making a very costly mistake. They are not bothering to provide any positive policy support for their nominee. With a nine- or 10-point Clinton poll advantage following the conventions, how does the party narrow the gap by doing nothing more than blasting the personality and character of their opponent? Hillary was the first lady, then she served two terms in the Senate, followed by her tenure as Secretary of State during which she visited 112 nations on behalf of our country. What does Donald Trump offer that matches that kind of experience? Imagine him having exclusive control over the nuclear “trigger.” Even conservative writers are expressing concern over that possibility.
The Republican nominee chronically complains about America’s limitations rather than its strengths. He bullies his way into resentment by women, minorities, veterans and even the grieving parents of a lost war hero. Donald Trump wants to build a wall that will never be built, paid for by the Mexican government that never will, and is promising the repeal of Obamacare that will never happen. His economic program is described by America’s Nobel Prize-winning economist Paul Krugman as one promoted by a candidate who is “frighteningly uninformed, who doesn’t appear to know what he doesn’t know.” Adds Krugman, “You may dislike Hillary Clinton, disagree sharply with her politics, but she and the people around her do know their facts.”
There is still time. The Republicans can still win in November, but only if they replace the negative personal criticism of their opponent with a more positive representation of their own policy agenda.
How likely is it that they will be able and willing to do so?