Wednesday, September 07, 2016


Mark Levin has never developed the mainstream recognition of Limbaugh, Hannity, or Beck, but he's probably their equal in influence on the right. He just announced that he's reluctantly voting for Donald Trump:
After once declaring he could never support Donald Trump as the Republican presidential nominee, Mark Levin changed his mind with a big announcement on his radio program Tuesday.

“I’m gonna vote for Donald Trump. I’m gonna wind up voting for Donald Trump on Election Day," the talk radio host said after reiterating his perspective that Texas Sen. Ted Cruz was a far better choice for conservatives....

“Trump, despite the CNN poll [showing him 2 points up on Hillary Clinton Tuesday], has a lot of work to do to make up ground in these battleground states,” he said.

“But Hillary is so awful, I just don't know...."
In April, Levin drew a line in the sand:
Conservative radio host Mark Levin says he will not vote for Donald Trump in the general election because of Trump’s connection to controversial strategist Roger Stone.

"I'm not voting for Donald Trump. Period. … These bully, dirty tricks, Nixonian tactics, they're only going to backfire. So, count me as never Trump," Levin said Friday.
Never say never, I guess.

Also softening, if not yet endorsing: Lindsey Graham. As recently as Monday, he said he's not backing Trump. However:
South Carolina Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham said he is pleased Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump is holding up against Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton.

“Trump is getting better,” Graham told reporters Tuesday pointing to the recent polling. “You can see a more disciplined message. If he can hold it together for another 8 weeks.”

Graham, who ran against Trump in the primary and doubted that the New York billionaire could beat Clinton, appeared impressed that Trump could withstand the amount of political attacks he had taken so far.

“He’s had massive political body blows that would knock anybody else out. If he can cross the lines in the eyes of the public and be ready for the job, then I think you’re gonna have one hell of a race,” Graham added.
If Clinton can expand her lead, Graham might remain a Trump holdout. But he's watching Trump get close in the polls, and I guess that's all he needs to start grading Trump on a curve. If the race is within the margin of error by late October, I bet he'll endorse.

Bill Kristol? He still says he's "#NeverTrumpNorHillary." However:

Odds on a Kristol flip-flop by November?


Yastreblyansky said...

No odds at all. Dead certain. They're already falling in line at National Review, too--Victor Davis Hanson, mouth well ahead of mind, is hilarious.

Victor said...

If Charles Manson with a dead and butchered actress in his hands, or John Wayne Gacy with a dead young boy in his arms, were the GOP candidates, these sociopathic and psychopathic Authoritarian followers, would find SOME justification for voting for them.

Mainly, because it would piss-off us Libtards!!!

Feud Turgidson said...

Josh Marshall has been tilting hard at pollster technique recently. Even Sam Wang, whose system depends on pollster shenanigans more or less evening out over volume, is now starting to take a stab at them.

IMO what we're see is the evolution of that Unskew the Polls moron: this cycle, GOPer interests are just commissioning results.

sdhays said...

I sure hope we see Bill Kristol endorse Trump. Then the Democrats will be assured of not only winning the White House and the Senate, but the House as well. Kristol's record for wrongness is a political North Star.