#NeverTrump GOP: Vote for Sanders in Remaining Primaries
Audio version of this article at 02:16 of There's No Time To Explain Podcast #15.
With Ted Cruz and John Kasich out of the race, Donald Trump becomes the presumptive nominee in the 2016 Republican Primary. The New York real estate mogul's populist message and unnerving tone have ignited the passions of a very specific set of Republican primary voters. His demeanor on the campaign trail, historic unpopularity with any demographic outside of white males, and utter void of any clearly articulated policy position or traditional conservative values have mainstream Republicans and the GOP establishment resigned to a historic loss to an archrival of Republicans for decades, Hillary Clinton, or, worse, a disastrous Trump presidency that could dismantle the Republican party as we know it.
There is one thing that Republican primary voters can do to avoid a Trump presidency: help Bernie Sanders secure the Democratic Party nomination by changing party affiliation in the remaining primaries and caucuses to give him the delegate edge he needs to beat Hillary Clinton or demonstrate an unmistakable groundswell of independent support to Super Delegates so they feel secure switching their allegiances for a legitimate Sanders win.
Listed in order of the most pressing deadline, if you live in: Montana, New Mexico, West Virginia, Washington DC, New Jersey, California, South Dakota, Puerto Rico, or North Dakota, you still have time to weigh in on the Democratic primary and caucuses according to the rules for each state which may allow open primaries where members of each party can vote for their preferred candidate regardless of party affiliation, semi-closed primaries where voting is allowed by party members and unaffiliated voters, or closed primaries where only members of a specific party can vote for that party's candidate, however, there is still time to change one's political affiliation to vote for Sanders.
It is undeniable that Bernie Sanders is an honest politician who, agree with his policies or not, is a true believer in American democracy and has an unassailable reputation for compassion and fairness. He's been an unwavering champion of poor and working class Americans. Sanders has a 40-year reputation as a consistent and straightforward public servant with admirers on both sides of the aisle. Many Republicans have been quoting Alexander Hamilton lately, who said of John Adams, a member of Hamilton's own party whom he did not support for the presidential race of 1800, "If we must have an enemy at the head of government, let it be one whom we can oppose, and for whom we are not responsible." The so-called "Hamilton Rule" suggests that if you are given a choice between an undesirable candidate from a rival's party or an undesirable candidate from your own party, it is better to be one from the opponent's party that you can oppose honestly and in the open, instead of having to hide your discontent for the sake of party politics. If you disagree with Sanders' politics, you know you'll have a fair and consistent opponent you can oppose in good faith while you rally to win the next election.
This is certainly a long shot, but given there is no one left to vote for in the Republican Primary and you had that day marked on your calendar already, you can still have a massive effect on the course of the presidential primary by becoming a heretofore un-polled constituency that supports Bernie Sanders. If you have said, "#NeverTrump," and have always worried about Hillary Clinton's presidency, voting for Bernie Sanders now is your last opportunity to avoid those outcomes.