This is the most consequential U.S. presidential election of our lifetimes. If you like what Trump is doing for (to?) the country, you can vote to reelect him. If you don’t, and you think Biden is a better choice, you can vote for him.
You cannot sit this one out. I’m talking to you, Maine Senator Susan Collins.
After four years, it’s pretty clear what Trump is and what he stands for. If you have no opinion on that, you are living in a hole in the ground.
Joe Biden is not every Democrat’s favorite candidate. You might find him too progressive — or not progressive enough. You might be worried he will raise your taxes. You might think of him as a “neoliberal” who is a little too wedded to capitalist solutions to national problems. You might worry he is too old. But despite what Trump says, he’s not a wild-eyed leftist, nor a tool of leftists. He’s pretty much a continuation of what you got with Barack Obama.
He’s not going to upend the constitution, mix his personal businesses with his presidential duties, mix his reelection campaign with his official governmental positions, or lie tens of thousands of times during his term.
Pick a side
Either Biden or Trump will win. You have to decide which one is better for the country.
Every Democrat I’ve ever heard of has endorsed Biden. So has the Democratic Socialist Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders.
Lots of Republicans have endorsed Donald Trump, including Ted Cruz, Mitch McConnell, and Lindsey Graham. But many have not.
The list of Biden Republicans includes former Ohio Governor John Kasich (who spoke at the Democratic National Convention), former Secretary of State Colin Powell, and the late Senator John McCain’s widow Cindy McCain. Other groups of Republican Trump opponents include 27 Republicans formerly in Congress, 73 former national security officials from Republican administrations, and the founders of the Lincoln Project, which includes former Republican bigwigs Steve Schmidt (McCain’s campaign manager), Rick Wilson, and George Conway. Despite solid conservative principles, these people all believe Biden would be better for the country.
Then there are those who have not endorsed either.
Maine Senator Susan Collins has attempted to stake out moderate positions on an immoderate administration. She has not endorsed Trump, although the head of the Maine Republican party insists she supports him. She is “concentrating all her efforts” on her race to be reelected.
Pick a side, Senator Collins. Pick a side.
Former Republican presidential candidate and current Utah Senator Mitt Romney will not vote for Trump. But he won’t vote for Biden, either.
Pick a side, Senator Romney.
Former President George W. Bush won’t back Trump. Neither will his brother, former Florida governor Jeb Bush. But they won’t say they’re voting for Biden.
Pick a side, President Bush and Governor Bush. Pick a side.
My own state, Massachusetts, has a Republican governor, Charlie Baker. He is one of the most popular governors in the nation. He’s opposed Trump on many issues. But he has not made a presidential endorsement.
Pick a side, Governor Baker.
Nobody sits this one out. Nobody should vote third-party, either. If you think Biden is bad but Trump is worse, vote Biden. Then do what you can to oppose the policies you dislike after the election.
The future of the country is at stake (yes, much more than usual). So, whether you’re a politician or an ordinary voter, pick a side.