But hey, members of the Resistance! Don’t let Trumpists pretend to occupy the high ground of principle. They’ll sell out their professed Christian decency to defend an indicted adulterous Congressman like Duncan Hunter just to grab power and upend the Constitution through judicial activism:
Rebecca Bartel, a professor of religious studies at San Diego State University who has been following the Hunter case, has another theory about why the scandal has yet to threaten Hunter’s re-election.
She said many white evangelical Christians are playing “the long game” and are willing to overlook personal indiscretions of elected leaders if they pass laws and appoint judges who are favorable to their core beliefs.
“It’s about putting different people on the Supreme Court,” Bartel said. “It’s about rewriting laws and recreating a kind of atmosphere where these individuals no longer feel like they are being persecuted.”
Paul Goren, who teaches political psychology and other courses at the University of Minnesota, said many voters overlook the personal behavior of elected officials because they support their positions on culture-war touchstones like abortion and same-sex marriage.
“It just blinds partisans to a lot of these indiscretions that lots of members of Congress are engaging in,” he said [Jeff McDonald and Morgan Cook, “Hunter Indictment Sheds Light on ‘Personal Relationships’ for Congressman,” San Diego Union-Tribune, 2018.09.05].
Sounds familiar: how many South Dakota partisans are going to overlook Kristi Noem’s lies about estate tax just so they can feel good about electing a do-nothing governor? How many South Dakota partisans will ignore Larry Rhoden’s chronic lawbreaking just so they can have a manly lieutenant governor? How many abortion absolutists will ignore Jason Ravnsborg’s lack of ethics, courage, and qualifications because they think that his ability to shout “Let’s ban abortion!” will help him win actual court cases?
Is this really the government you’re fighting for, conservative Christian absolutists? Pierre and Washington filled with philanderers, fakers, and scofflaws who just happen to vote your way on a couple of issues but lead society into much broader incompetence and decline?
It shouldn’t be hard to argue that, even if you are a committed conservative, you’d do better for your state and country to vote for honest Democrats than dishonest Republicans.