It’s a piece in a Nevada paper, seeking one special person, with some particular qualities, but it’s not in the personals section, or the help wanted — although it is a request for an ideal candidate for an important job. All the editorial board is looking for is a Republican — well, more than one would be nice, but even one would be a start — who they can endorse, who wouldn’t be an active threat to American democracy.
That should be easy, right?
The Las Vegas Sun editorial board says:
“We have endorsed Republicans in the past and might do so again in the future. Yet as we survey the field of Republican candidates across the state, we are struggling to identify those who are not an active threat to American democracy or the institutions of government that have sustained our republic for 250 years.”
Granted, the 2020 Republican Party platform, as hosted by Ballotpedia here, can be boiled down to “The RNC enthusiastically supports [former] President Donald Trump,” with the assurance that they still hold their 2016 policy positions tacked on almost as an afterthought, making the party’s current priority very clear.
Still, the editorial board’s concern that “of the five leading Republican candidates for the governorship of Nevada, every one of them has gone on record as both supporting and contributing to the Big Lie,” should be everyone’s concern.
Can there really be an entire political party where the sole criteria for electability is the willingness to lie about one past election, to appease the ego of the man the Sun refers to as “their unhinged demigod?”
We’ve certainly seen Republicans reject Donald Trump, and stand up to him and his cult. Liz Cheney (R-WY) and Adam Kinzinger (R-IL) come to mind immediately, both serving on the January 6th Committee. They’re both already in office, though, with one having already announced he won’t run for re-election, and the other facing primary challenges championed by Trump.
Where, in the slate of new candidates, is a viable option who can be trusted to choose country over cult leader?
Well, if that person is anywhere in the state of Nevada, please let them know there’s an editorial board looking for them, looking for one endorsable conservative.
Read their full statement here.
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Steph Bazzle reports on social issues and religion for Hill Reporter. She focuses on stories that speak to everyone's right to practice what they believe in and receive the support of their communities and government officials. You can reach her at Steph@HillReporter.com