THE BLOG
07/29/2016 10:35 pm ET Updated Jul 30, 2017

The Only Way for Republicans to Save Their Party Puts Them in a Pickle

There is only one way for the Republicans to save their party. By voting for Hillary Clinton.

If Trump wins, its all over for the now-tarnished Republican brand. Trump will decimate its cherished policies for four years or more. Diehards will never be able to put it back on track. But if Trump loses...

IF TRUMP WINS, THE REPUBLICANS ARE NO LONGER THE PARTY OF,,,

Limited Government
Low Taxes
Free Trade
Pro Ukraine, Anti-Russia Foreign Policy
Conservative Social Values

A TRUMP ADMINISTRATION WILL BE THE PARTY OF...

Protectionism (anti-trade)
Nativism
Isolationism

After 4 or (shudder) 8 years of Trumpublicanism, how easy do you think it will be to revert to those bedrock principles?

The answer: It'll be impossible. By then, those quaint Reaganesque ideas will be in the dustbin of history, replaced by Donald Trump's wall, his authoritarian nature and his history of liberal social policies. Cozy up to Uncle Vladimir, why don't your?

HOW ABOUT A VOTE FOR GARY JOHNSON?

A vote for Gary Johnson helps Trump win, because it takes a vote away from Hillary. Third parties are currently pulling more voters from Clinton than Trump, so a vote for Gary Johnson makes it more difficult for Hillary to win.

HOW ABOUT A VOTE FOR JILL STEIN?

Same result.

HOW ABOUT NOT VOTING?

Same result.

HOW ABOUT A WRITE IN FOR TED CRUZ?

You're not listening.

ONLY A VOTE FOR HILLARY CLINTON WILL PERMIT REPUBLICANS TO PICK UP THEIR BRAND AND POLISH IT AGAIN.

A vote for Hillary Clinton will keep the Republican brand alive. She is the candidate whose policies are most similar to Ronald Reagan who has a credible chance of winning. And if she wins, the Republican party will still be in control of statehouses and governorships who can keep the brand alive. But a President Trump will use the power of the purse and the threat of primarying Republican governors to keep them in line.

Many staunch Republicans have come out in support of Hillary. Barbara Bush. Laura Bush. Michael Bloomberg. They know, as we all do, that "lock her up" and Benghazi were all about political posturing. Hillary Clinton is a seasoned professional who can do the job and provide stability to the United States and the world.

But there's one more major reason to keep Trump out of the White House in 2020. Reapportionment under Donald Trump will kill the Republican brand.

GAME, SET, MATCH: THE TRUMP REAPPORTIONMENT IN 2020.

If Trump and his Tea Partiers are in control in 2020, they'll be in charge of reapportionment, and Katie bar the door. How do you think districts will be redrawn by Trumpistas? Answer: they'll be gerrymandered to keep out both Republicans and Democrats. For ten more years.

The Republican party will have a better chance under a democrat administration than a Trump one. Democrats will do what they can, but they won't be favoring the Tea Partiers, so the outcome is likely to be better under a Democrat administration than a Trump one.

So, Republicans. There you have it. Vote for anyone but Hillary and you help Trump win, and drive a stake through your party as you knew it. Vote for Hillary and you keep the party alive, first as the loyal opposition with a likely base of support in the states, and later as a credible alternative.

Voting for Hillary is the only way to discredit Donald Trump and reclaim the party.