Liberal New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof pointed to the work of anti-Trump writers as a sign that voters should reject the Republican Party in the midterm elections next month, and help blow up the GOP.
In an op-ed published Saturday night, Kristof said Republicans need more "principled lawmakers" and that, "When a political party stands for nothing larger than itself, it is time to rebuild it — and that requires voters first to engage in demolition."
To bolster his point, Kristof cited the work of Max Boot, who has left the Republican Party and opposes President Trump; Andrew Sullivan, who opposes Trump; and George Will, who also opposes Trump and has encouraged voters to back Democrats.
"I don’t know that such rumbling matters much to the electorate," wrote Kristof. "For voters who back Trump partly because they see him as anti-elitist, fussing by effete intellectual snobs is less a demerit than a credential. But the point remains that we need a principled Republican caucus in Congress — and we don’t have one."
Pollsters and political statisticians have put Democrats at a higher advantage of taking control of the House, while calling the Senate a toss-up. Republicans have, however, narrowed the voter enthusiasm gap in recent days, an effect many attribute to the bitter fight over Brett Kavanaugh's confirmation to the Supreme Court.