Former state legislator Stan Adelstein has made clear he finds Donald Trump unacceptable. Now he repeats his reminder to his fellow Republicans that they have a non-Clinton option to their own party’s disgraceful nominee. In a video just posted to Adelstein’s blog, an announcer reads an endorsement from Adelstein for Libertarian Presidential nominee Gary Johnson:
The number one quality for the next President of the United States is to be honest, the ability to tell the American people the truth. The only one I can count on to tell me the truth is one of our own, Gary Johnson [attributed to Stanford Adelstein, in campaign video, “Supports of Gary Johnson for President 2016,” 2016.10.07.
The video is cheap and sloppy, unable to accurately name the campaign committee producing the advertisement. It misuses multiple apostrophes. It needlessly directs viewers to learn more about North and South Dakota at their respective official state government websites—wasteful, because a campaign video for a candidate should do relentlessly add value to the candidate’s campaign, and sending voters on a wild Google chase to learn more about North and South Dakota will never result in a voter saying, “Hey, great, now that I know about road conditions in South Dakota, I really want to vote for Gary Johnson!”
Overarchingly, the video engages in the strange conceit of labeling Gary Johnson a “Dakotan.” Verbally, shoehorning Johnson’s birth in Minot and his upbringing in Aberdeen into one word may be accurate, but culturally, “Dakotan” is meaningless. I have never heard anyone use that word to describe his or her identity without a “North” or “South” on the front. I doubt our Indian neighbors use it; they will say “Dakota” just as they will say “Lakota” to describe their tribal affiliation. In Minot or Aberdeen, saying, “I’m a Dakotan!” is a sure way to say that you aren’t, North or South.
If Team Johnson is using this video, they should cut everything before 0:48 and everything after 1:05 and focus on the seventeen seconds that matter, Republican Stanford Adelstein’s endorsement of Libertarian Gary Johnson. That endorsement from a prominent South Dakota Republican carries more weight than any of the other fluff in the video.
Adelstein advocates the option I footnotingly mentioned Sunday: instead of Governor Dennis Daugaard’s and Senator John Thune’s wishy-washy* calls for Donald Trump to withdraw from the race, Republicans can get behind a more tolerable candidate with more classical conservative credentials than Trump or Clinton who is on the ballot in all 50 states and thus can conceivably win the Presidency… if Republicans get their poop in a group and backed him.
So, Republicans, are you going to listen? Adelstein is offering you a moral path. You can wash your hands of Trump, cast a vote in good conscience, and, as the video suggests, show that you can put principle over party.**
South Dakota Republicans for Gary Johnson—think about it, Dennis, John, SDGOP.
*Literally! wishing for something that it’s too late to do, trying to wash away their moral culpability for facilitating Trump’s rise.
**An image comes to mind: Republicans abandoning their Presidential nominee would be like the Russians abandoning Moscow in 1812. The Russians retreat, Napoleon marches into Moscow, hangs around for a month, then runs away with his collapsing, lice-ridden army. Replace “Trump” with “Napoleon,” “Moscow” with “GOP nomination,” and “army” with “Trump supporters.”