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Co-Author of the GOP’s 2012 Autopsy Says She’ll Vote for Clinton

Remember the GOP's autopsy? The RNC commissioned the project to study why and how Mitt Romney lost the election in 2012 and, among other things, the report said Republicans must reach out to Latino voters and pass immigration reform.

Republicans did neither of those things and they nominated a man who entered the race by declaring that immigrants are criminals and rapists.

One of the co-authors of the GOP's autopsy and senior adviser to Jeb Bush, Sally Bradshaw, has now officially left the Republican party and says she'll vote for Hillary Clinton if it's necessary.

"This is a time when country has to take priority over political parties. Donald Trump cannot be elected president," Bradshaw said. [...]

"This election cycle is a test," Bradshaw said. "As much as I don't want another four years of (President Barack) Obama's policies, I can't look my children in the eye and tell them I voted for Donald Trump. I can't tell them to love their neighbor and treat others the way they wanted to be treated, and then vote for Donald Trump. I won't do it."

Bradshaw says she may write in another candidate for president in November unless it's a very close race. If it is very close, Bradshaw says she'll vote for Hillary Clinton to ensure that Donald Trump does not become president.

Obviously we probably wouldn't agree with Ms. Bradshaw on matters of policy, but I don't think that's necessary in this election. This is bigger than parties.

I should say it's bigger than any party for some people. At this point it doesn't appear Trump could say or do anything that would persuade Speaker Paul Ryan or Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to drop their support for him.

  • ninjaf

    If McConnell and Ryan ever do withdraw their support, I want them labelled with the “leading from behind” mantle they love to toss around so much.

  • Draxiar

    Stick around with us for a while Ms. Bradshaw…you may find that progressivism is really much more fun.

  • muselet

    Bradshaw, who’s been close to [Jeb Bush] for decades and was senior adviser to his 2016 campaign, officially switched her registration to unaffiliated. She told CNN’s Jamie Gangel in an email interview that the GOP is “at a crossroads and have nominated a total narcissist — a misogynist — a bigot.”

    Yes, ma’am, he is all those things and more, and sincere thanks for realizing that and vowing not to vote for him.

    Bradshaw said she hasn’t yet decided who she’ll vote for — though “it obviously won’t be Trump. I haven’t made a decision yet between Clinton, Gary Johnson or writing in a candidate.”

    Oh. So you just want to feel good about yourself for not voting for Donald Trump, is that it? You don’t want him to be elected, but you don’t care if he’s not crushed like a bitty little bug? There are two viable candidates for President, and you’ve announced you won’t vote for one of them. If you vote for Gary Johnson or write in Bugs Bunny because your sense of purity is offended by voting for Hillary Clinton, you are voting for Donald Trump. If you vote for anyone but Hillary Clinton, you’re signalling that you don’t like that particular messenger but you’re saying nothing about the message.

    Sorry to burst your bubble of self-satisfaction, but what you’re planning to do will accomplish zero.

    Six points out of ten for deciding Donald Trump is unfit to serve as President; minus several thousand for solid reasoning beyond that point.

    –alopecia

  • Badgerite

    Ma’am, it is necessary. And speaking as an American, thank you in advance. We can go back to the normal political quibbling later. But this man is unfit for the office. There is no in between here.
    Mitt Romney’s position is not enough. There is no middle ground. Vote how you want down ticket, but this man is a menace and should not be anywhere near the Presidency of the United States.