Hillary Clinton snagged another endorsement over the weekend, but don’t expect her to trumpet it on the campaign trail.
“I have a little announcement to make … I’m voting for Hillary. I am endorsing Hillary,” noted conservative author P.J. O’Rourke said on NPR’s Wait Wait … Don’t Tell Me. The episode aired over the weekend.
If the Clinton campaign wants to tout O’Rourke’s support as it tries to woo moderate Republicans who supported Jeb Bush and George W. Bush, it might want to end the quote there.
“I am endorsing Hillary, and all her lies and all her empty promises,” O’Rourke continued. “It’s the second-worst thing that can happen to this country, but she’s way behind in second place. She’s wrong about absolutely everything, but she’s wrong within normal parameters.”
That last line could be the real key to why so many conservatives just can’t get on the Trump Train. Yes, Hillary Clinton is awful, but we all know what kind of awful she is. She has been quite comfortable displaying her awfulness to America for decades now. That doesn’t mean one should vote for her (I certainly wouldn’t), but she is rather easy to figure out.
Trump, for all his overexposure, is an unknown commodity as far as what he would be like running a big people’s country. As we saw the other day, his business acumen doesn’t always transition smoothly to the political realm. His supporters find his frequent pivots on issues refreshing and endearing, but the number of do-overs he gets in the Oval Office will be greatly diminished. All in all, it’s a recipe for disaster and a good chunk of the electorate is trying to see what happens if it gets cooked in the microwave with a fork in it.
The Great Trump Hope is all predicated on him never changing his mind and working within parameters once elected. Thus far, all he’s done is change his mind more frequently than Bette Midler changes outfits in a four-hour show, and display a complete unfamiliarity with any parameters.
But he’s got hats.