Business consultant Peter Klebanoff seconds the motion for our Electors to reject Trump and elect someone qualified for the Presidency. Democrat and Clinton-backer Klebanoff is even willing to accede to Electors’ choosing another Republican:
…What is unrealistic is to expect a Republican elector, who is generally tightly connected with their party, to vote for a Democrat and surrender the 3-body control this election has yielded.
So, vote for John Kasich (or Mitt Romney, perhaps). Republican. Qualified. Rational. Experienced. I’m a Democrat, I’d love to see Hillary be awarded the win, but I’m also a realist and I fully understand your challenge in flipping your vote to a Democrat, particularly one your party has spent so much energy working against. You would be sacrificing your political future … I get it.
As much as it would be nice to see Hillary be president, it is far more important – crucial in fact – that Trump not be president [Peter Klebanoff, “An Open Letter to the 2016 Electoral College,” that Sioux Falls paper, 2016.11.28].
Some folks contend the Electors mustn’t buck the will of the people. Klebanoff contends anti-Trump Electoral vote could still deliver what a majority of Trump voters want:
You can argue that he won the electoral college, but I would argue that he won a comparatively small portion of the electorate and that “Republican” and “not Hillary” actually represented a majority of his votes, which means you wouldn’t be voting against the wishes of most of the voters who cast ballots for Trump. They would still get what their intention was [Klebanoff, 2016.11.28].
I won’t go quite as far as Klebanoff. There are plenty of rabid sexist, racist fascists shouting Sieg Heil! for this specific flame-haired Führer. But I will agree with Klebanoff that there are also plenty of Trump voters among a majority of Americans who would prefer that the Republican Electors take their duty seriously, protect the White House and the country from incompetence and greed, and elect someone other than the fascist who topped their ticket.
I will also agree that John Kasich would make a decent President—better than Mike Pence or George W. Bush, perhaps as good as George H.W. Bush.
Tangentially Related: The SDGOP spin machine has remained uneasily silent about its victorious Presidential candidate since November 9.