We Owe The Lincoln Project Our Thanks

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They’ve done conservatives a great service by laying bare the grift and hypocrisy at the heart of the Republican establishment.

Joseph R. Biden is the 46th president of the United States of America, and the Lincoln Project, a ragtag gang of overweight former Republican consultants, is gorging on its own smug self-satisfaction.

How responsible they are for Biden’s narrow victory remains an open question. The targets of the Lincoln Project’s efforts in the November senatorial elections—from Mitch McConnell to Susan Collins—won re-election comfortably. They did successfully participate in ousting Georgia Senators Kelly Loeffler and David Perdue, but that had more to do with expanded turnout in poor and minority communities than with the suburban voters whom the Lincoln Project targets. Those suburbanites sharply swung back to Republicans in the runoffs, fearing the consequences to their pocketbooks of unified Democratic control of Washington.

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The Lincoln Project—from its name to its founders’ public witness—cloaks itself in the shroud of a fundamental, unblemished morality. Armed with their self-professed virtue in eschewing Trumpism, they have appointed themselves judge, jury, and executioner of those they deem to be committing violence against their own conception of the American way of life.

Fair enough. Every political movement worth a damn sees itself as the arbiter of the good. But it’s then worth examining our supposed moral betters’ own witness, both personal and professional, to judge their worthiness.

In short, they don’t measure up.

This article first appeared in The American Conservative, on January 28, 2021 and is reproduced with permission.

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