Turnabout is fair play.
Now before I go further, let me stress that I do not care what the Never Trump crowd does. They are vain elitists who are more contrarian liberals than conservatives.
@BillKristol @jaynordlinger Plan: Threaten to steal the nomination.— Don Surber (@donsurber) June 10, 2016
Play victim when people call them on it
But on to McArdle. Her first four reasons "decent people" should join us slobs in supporting Trump: Republican politicians would like to get re-elected, the Supreme Court, Clinton’s e-mails, and immigration.
The first three are lame: It is not my job to re-elect anyone; the Bushes appointed Souter and Roberts; and Clinton's e-mails will draw an indictment this year or not. As for immigration, she's right. Protecting us from invasion is a primary function of the national government.
But her fifth reason was filled with pity for we indecent Trump supporters:
Elites need a rebuke. For all my criticisms of Trump and his supporters -- and they have been many -- I find myself quite sympathetic with the folks who are angry at the establishment. Elites are smug. They are obnoxiously condescending. They have colluded to keep legitimate issues off the table.
This sort of elite collusion can certainly work, but if it becomes too disconnected from the electorate, a political reaction is inevitable. We are in the middle of that reaction. And I have to say that if I were out there in flyover country, I’d probably be pretty mad too.(Yes, I get that McArdle is an elite. That does not make her a bad person.)
Now for the reasons no decent person would oppose Trump. I promise not to snark.
1. Trump actually did something in his life besides worm (yes, worm) his way up the political ladder. Private sector success does not translate into public sector success. Look at Jimmy Carter, the peanut farmer who was a failed governor before he was a failed president. But given the public good of Trump's projects -- helping rebuild Manhattan in the 1980s was a huge gamble -- I think he will do all right.
2. Trump actually likes the people he will serve. In researching my book, time and again I encountered many ordinary people he helped out. Compare to such snoots as Gore, Kerry, Obama, and the second Clinton.
3. Trump does not need the job. He has fame. He has fortune. He has a hot wife. What the hell else could he want.
4. Hillary Clinton is a grifter who sold state secrets through her Clinton Foundation. In 40 years in the public eye, she has never told the truth. Not voting for Trump makes it easier for her to become the most crooked and corrupt president in history. Decent people will vote for Trump to stop her, even if they believe they have to hold their nose to do so.
However, if the Never Trumpers do not want to vote for Trump, it is none of my business. Trump will win without them.
I just wish they would stop acting self-righteous about being wrong.