Anyway, I was OK with Jonah’s piece for a while, until he had to write this:
I concede that for conservatives living in swing states, this is a legitimately painful decision. Clinton and Sanders alike would be horror shows. But my answer is simple: I will never vote for Trump and I will never vote for Hillary or Bernie. Period.
It’s easy for me to say that because I live in Washington, D.C. Indeed, I’ve never lived anywhere where my vote hasn’t been canceled out at least seven to one. The important question for me is, how will I write and speak about this stuff professionally? Counting this “news”letter, I write about 14 columns a month. Throw in blog posts, magazine articles, spoken-word poetry, Fox News hits, and all of my mime work and suffice it to say, I can’t exactly hide from my opinions. I’ve never been in a situation where I couldn’t defend, broadly speaking, the Republican nominee or president. I’ve criticized them all, but in the fundamental arguments of the day, I’ve always sided with the more conservative party, which has been the GOP. There’s nothing Trump can do that would make me vote for Hillary Clinton. But if Trump is the nominee or the president, I will for the first time be working outside the familiar binaries of the two-party system. I guess I should ask the guys at Reason magazine or Cato how they cope.
One option is to just go full Mencken and just own the fact I am a man without a party.
Let’s review. George W. Bush:
1) Expanded prescription drug coverage for seniors, which cost an estimated $318 billion over its first ten years, and has been described as the biggest expansion of the welfare state (at that time, of course) since LBJ.
2) Nationalized banks.
3) Oversaw a worldwide network of CIA secret prisons.
4) Led the United States to invade another country either through incompetence or lying.
But Trump is somehow qualitatively worse than this, such that Jonah Goldberg is now thinking maybe he should consider more than two candidates in this election?
How can a smart guy like Sumner, who calls himself a libertarian, link to this in good conscience?
STANDARD DISCLAIMER: I DO NOT LIKE DONALD TRUMP.