The Republican Party is certainly a mess these days. The internecine battle within the GOP between those who still adhere to the 'small government' philosophy and those who are entrenched 'Establishment' types will yield a victor in a few days.
Donald Trump is basically a small government kind of guy, with a few exceptions. Should he win, the extreme Never Trump folks such as Ohio Governor John Kasich will find themselves on the outside looking in. Will Donald Trump forgive and forget these GOP traitors who actively sought his defeat? I doubt it.
What will be the fate of these GOP traitors? Will the rest of the Republican Party forgive and forget that these guys did everything they could to see that the Republican nominee for the presidency did not step foot into the Oval Office? I am not confident that we are of that fiber. If The Donald loses, you had better believe that the Never Trumpers will be vilified nationwide. They will own a Hillary Clinton administration, and every evil that it spawns on all of us.
Historically, after the Revolutionary War, the 'Tories', colonists who supported their British heritage, were treated very harshly after George Washington's forces prevailed, and many had to flee the newly free country back to England. Those Tories who remained were branded as traitors of sorts, and their families were shunned and their businesses failed. They paid a price for their loyalty, or lack thereof.
Never Trumpers will also suffer the same fate. The entire Bush clan, George Will, Fred Barnes, John Kasich, William Crystal and other former rock ribbed conservatives, with a Trump victory or defeat, either way will suffer loss of credibility at a minimum. Their positions of leadership within the GOP will be forfeited, as their treachery will have been the stuff that the rest of us will simply not forgive or forget.
These guys are toast, politically. And possibly professionally.
Absent Friends. - I have some. Don't we all.
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