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I have a story to make you hopeful. Last Dec., a woman I don’t really know emailed me to ask to meet - she had figured out I was political through a mutual association. I had assumed she was a Dem asking me to meet about how to get involved for 2020. Today, we met. Turns out /1
she is a lifelong Republican who voted for Hillary. Even though she voted for HRC, she still considered herself a Republican in 2016. She had been an active Republican & done work with them in her early career days. BUT, during the Kavanaugh confirmation process, she reached a /2
Tipping point against the Republican Party. She feels now like she cannot be part of a party which is so anti-woman. So the first bit of good news was that she wants to leave the party. But that is not all. She told me that she knows many women in the same boat as her. Plus, /3
She told me she wants to actually get involved to help elect more Democrats, especially a new POTUS in 2020. She wants to both raise money for a new POTUS, AND she wishes to be active on the ground toward that effort. And before 2020, at my suggestion, she wants to convene /4
Other women she knows who are also “defectors” from the party to create a safe space to discuss whom they could support with $ and activism. What that means is that not only did the Republican Party lose a female suburban white vote and source of contributions, but the Rs have /5
Literally inspired her to work for and raise $ for the opposition, and to organize her friends to do the same. Of course, what she came to me discuss took great courage - she could have just switched her vote & party quietly. But she instead is willing to admit how she feels /6
And state out loud that she feels abandoned by her party, but also she wants to roll up her sleeves. I was very impressed, touched, and inspired by her reaching out, and will obviously plug her in and keep up our dialogue. I suggested she read about @ForTheRuleOfLaw, @chkbal, /7
@BulwarkOnline (she was surprised to learn no more National Review), and suggested she look to read folks like @JRubinBlogger, @SykesCharlie and @BillKristol to name a few. Anyways, I am positive there are many more thoughtful, independent, Republican women like her. And I’m /8
More than happy to have them sent my way. No judgment at all, just open minds & open hearts. These women vote, write checks, & have their husbands’ ears & more (!). We all have the opportunity to serve as ambassadors and make others feel welcome. So cheers to her & 2020! 🌊END
Addendum: I meant no more Weekly Standard (not no more National Review). Argh!
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