Watching the Democrat’s convention could make one believe that crowds of Republicans and Republican-leaning Independents plan to vote for Joe Biden. Is this a fact or only a Democrat’s pipedream? We will not know until after Election Day.
There are several organizations formed by never-Trump Republicans to urge votes for Biden. It is surprising that they have not used the two mightiest Republican conservative gurus, Ronald Reagan and Barry Goldwater. Reagan’s base motivation was a fear of communists. He sought not simply to win the Cold War, but to destroy communism, which he did. He would find Vladimir Putin a corrupt communist, former KGB operative, and would warn American leaders to not trust him. Reagan would have little use for Trump’s cuddling up to Putin.
Goldwater was the ultimate conservative and did not suffer fools. He was the senator who visited the White House to tell President Nixon it was time to go. Seeing the statements and actions of President Trump, he would offer the same advice to the current president as presented to Richard Nixon.
There is one danger in the advice never-Trump Republicans are providing voters. Some recommend not only a vote for Biden but to vote a straight Democratic ticket. This would be counter-productive since many conservatives fear a Biden administration would bend to the will of the more progressive Democrats. By supporting Republican senators such as Martha McSally, conservatives would help maintain Republican control over the Senate.
Those who fear a Republican Senate would block all efforts by a President Biden, forget that Joe Biden has many close friends on the Republican side of the Senate. These Republicans will speak against him prior to the election but will work with him as they have done before. With a Republican Senate and a President Biden, perhaps our government will return to the art of compromise that is embedded in our Constitution.
One more thought – Joe Biden will likely be a one-term president and there are a group of excellent Republican governors and senators who could run in 2024 and bring Republican control to the executive branch. Of course, if Michelle Obama decides to run for president, all bets are off in 2024.