The descent of the Republican party off the cliff of extremism has been so deep that even the man behind many of former President Ronald Reagan’s speeches has given a hearty endorsement for Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton.
Traditional establishment Republicans are in tears about their own disastrous convention in Cleveland in comparison to the amazingly executed Democratic convention in Philadelphia – and the crash landing of their party in general.
Just when Republicans thought it couldn’t get worse, former Reagan speechwriter Doug Elmets gave a short statement that opened the flood gates to a wave of Clinton Republicans echoing the electoral landslide pulled off by Reagan Democrats in the 1980s, telling the DNC that:
I’m here tonight to say, I knew Ronald Reagan, I worked for Ronald Reagan. Donald Trump, you are no Ronald Reagan.
President Reagan famously said tear down this wall. Trump says, build a wall, because that will make America great again? Reagan saw nuance and Trump sees the world as us verses them, where somebody with brown skin or a foreign sounding name is likely to blame for our troubles.
But Elmets didn’t just tear down Trump for his racist brand of politics, nor did he say he agrees with all of the Democratic platform =which is the most progressive document issued by the Democratic Party in decades- but he did very candidly give an irrefutable argument why voters of all parties should select Hillary Clinton as the first female President of the United States:
To my fellow Republicans, if you believe like I do, if you believe that loyalty to our country is more important than loyalty to a party. If you want a president with good judgment, a steady hand and a temperament to represent our nation to the world, and our children, I ask is that you join me in voting for Hillary Clinton as president of the United States.
Even former press secretary to war criminal and blood profiteer Vice President Dick Cheney was overwhelmed by the positive and powerful message of unity and the common decency that defines America which was delivered at the Democratic National Convention.
How can it be that I am standing at my kitchen counter sobbing because of the messages being driven at the DNC? Where has the GOP gone?
— Rich Galen (@richgalen) July 29, 2016
It’s no secret that the Republican Party has been hemorrhaging sane, respectable voters for years, but this year’s Democratic National Convention featured a leader in their long march away from a racist party, a man whose written words defined the presidency of conservative icon Ronald Reagan, whose vision of an optimistic country, which is still the leader of the free world, has been seized wholly by the Democratic Party.
Grant Stern is the Executive Editor of Occupy Democrats and published author. His new Meet the Candidates 2020 book series is distributed by Simon and Schuster. He's also mortgage broker, community activist and radio personality in Miami, Florida., as well as the producer of the Dworkin Report podcast. Grant is also an occasional contributor to Raw Story, Alternet, and the DC Report, and an unpaid senior advisor to the Democratic Coalition.