How innocent we were 4 years ago, as we lamented over just how petty and horrid American politics had become. We cringed, then, at the eventual President’s nicknaming of his opponents. This felt like some sort of 1930’s callback, where slogans and policies were simpler and more visceral.
My, oh my, how things can change in 4 years.
The political ecosystem is now ablaze with all manner of trouble. There is literal violence in the literal street, literally from coast to coast. This isn’t a drill and this isn’t hyperbole. Not anymore.
These extraordinary circumstances have pushed the American political community ever further into their corners. In some cases, this exponential escalation has even pushed some into the other corner.
The group “Republican Voters Against Trump,” funded by Never Trump’s Bill Kristol, Sarah Longwell, and Tim Miller, is spearheading an initiative to flip Florida blue this election cycle. The group has tapped former Bush consultants Mike Murphy and David Hill to help elect Biden.
And that’s not all:
The former Bush consultants and Never Trump group have branded the effort “Project Orange Crush,” spending between $8 million to $10 million in the next couple of months on advertising targeted to moderate Republican voters and swing voters.
“Our plan is to surgically target the key 450,000 Independents and soft Republicans who will decide the election,” a memo obtained by the Herald reads.
The former Bush consultants’ involvement in helping to elect Biden comes as hundreds of former staffers for Mitt Romney, John McCain, and George W. Bush have signed onto initiatives to defeat Trump in the November 3 election.
Despite all of this, however, President Trump still appears to be neck-and-neck with challenger Joe Biden.
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