A lot of the discussions of how conservatives critical of Trump should or will vote in 2020 make the mistake of pretending the group is a monolith. There are actually several reasons different groups of conservatives opposed or were reluctant to support Trump in 2016.
Ex: For the conservatives who prioritized policy, Trump has been much better than expected in many areas.

For those who objected to Trump's character, he hasn't changed or adapted to the office.

For others, it was a balance of those things that they must now weigh.
Most importantly, circumstances have also changed. Democrats have moved significantly to the left since 2016, but their nominee doesn't have nearly the same likability issues as the nominee in 2016.

Point being that there are lots of factors that voters weigh individually.
Last point: I can respect most position except the people who pretend they are the principled opposition to Trump while openly abandoning all the principles they claimed to believe in to oppose him. No one should take those people seriously.

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18 Sep
1) Ruther Bader Ginsburg lived an incredible and accomplished life that deserves to be celebrated. May she Rest In Peace.
2) Since I already know this will be a topic of dishonesty in the press: The Garland Rule from McConnell was that the Senate shouldn’t vote on a nominee during an election year when the POTUS is a different party. Many people have left that qualifier out.
3) This is going to get ugly. There will be a nominee and I feel terrible for that person because it’s rather clear that there will be a coordinated effort to destroy them regardless how impeccable their record.
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15 Sep
This is so backwards and very indicative of how terrible media coverage of COVID-19 has been.
8 out of Govs w/ the top 10 approvals have a Covid death rate above 60 per 100k. The other 2 are Republicans.

Only 2 out of Govs w/ the bottom 10 approvals have a Covid death rate above 60 per 100K. Only 1 Dem in the group, Hawaii's Ige.

Speaks volumes about the coverage. ImageImage
The media consistently rewarded Governors that failed to protect at-risk constituents because they were juxtaposed against Trump. Meanwhile, they punished Governors that performed much better at protecting their most vulnerable populations because they had an R by their name.
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13 Sep
At least the third incident of cops being shot in an ambush over the last month. These attacks don't draw significant press coverage, protests, or outrage, but that doesn't change that two human beings with families are now fighting for their lives simply bc of their uniforms.
Here is the video of this attempted murder, clearly targeted:
Remember after Kenosha when people suggested that someone posting “Blue Lives Matter” was evidence they were a white supremacist?

The level of dehumanization right now is deplorable/dangerous. One of those cops is a mother to a 6 year old boy.

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Team Obama's whole approach to the ME was that the key was appeasing Iran and Palestinian leadership (actors with 0 interest in peace) at the expense of Israel and more moderate forces. Key to shift now was focus on aligning those actually interested in peace.
A lot of it has to do w current environment. Ironically Obama admin empowering Iran & U.S. withdrawal (in both admins) helped Arab states see the bigger threat and need for peace, but Kushner's other advantage was not being trapped by FP establishment's usual focus on Iran & PA.
Palestinian leadership has held their own people and the Arab world hostage for decades because of their need for continued conflict with Israel. Now some Arab states, with push from US, have rejected that and prioritized their own economic and strategic interests.
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11 Sep
So here's my question: Many bars have already permanently gone out of business. More will with more time. That means real job losses. So are you advocating indefinite closings/bans on bars?

If not, what metrics would need to be met to allow them to reopen (at 50% capacity btw)?
I can understand arguing FL isn't there yet though their numbers look pretty consistent now for last month, but this seems more of a permanent lockdown mindset where no re-opening/risk allowed without any consideration for the costs.
I mean you're destroying people's lives. Businesses that they worked for a long time to build. Jobs that can't be replaced. You should at least weigh that reality when you're advocating for permanent closings regardless of the situation on the ground.
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6 Sep
Are we really doing this again?

The implication here, that these voters were unfairly disenfranchised and that cleaning the voter rolls somehow changed the outcome of the gubernatorial election, is just wrong.
First, it is worth noting that the law which required these updates to the voter rolls in GA was passed in 1997 when Democrats controlled the legislature and Governor's office. It wasn't some Republican conspiracy. Image
Second, as noted above, the inactive status (& the presumption that they had moved) was due to not only them not voting in recent elections, but then not responding to notices from state officials asking them to confirm that they still wanted to be on the voter rolls.
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