Wednesday, October 21, 2020


If there were truth in political advertising, the Lincoln Project would be renamed the Radical Republicans Project, after those who fought Abraham Lincoln throughout his presidency.

That’s because, if President Trump loses his reelection bid on Nov. 3, the Lincoln Project’s renegade (nominally) Republican operatives will claim credit for it.

Could professional jealousy account for the fact that two of the founders of the effort to unseat an incumbent Republican president are former GOP campaign consultants, Steve Schmidt and John Weaver, who gave us the failed presidential candidacy of John McCain?

But the Lincoln Project’s multimillion-dollar attack-ad machine’s bull’s-eye isn’t on Donald Trump alone. It’s also on Republican senators in close races for reelection because of their support of Mr. Trump’s agenda.

If these latter-day “Radical Republicans” are successful in their bid to flip the Senate, it’s hardly an exaggeration to say the country’s small-d democratic governance faces the very real prospect of irreversible collateral damage.

If Joe Biden were to win the White House, and Democrats retake control of the Senate (and hold the House), they will start by making good on their threat to abolish the Senate filibuster, the only tool the minority party has to constrain the majority (and which Senate Democrats themselves have used extensively during the Trump administration).

Then, with nothing left to hold them back, congressional Democrats could proceed to:

• Pack the U.S. Supreme Court with new, liberal activist justices, who will rubber-stamp the left’s agenda.

• Add two states, D.C. and Puerto Rico, to the union (aka four new liberal Democratic senators).

• Increase the number of seats in the House from populous blue states, as an end run around the Electoral College. (That would obviate the need to abolish it, which they want to do, but which would require a constitutional amendment.)

• Liberalize state voting laws in ways that would all but ensure Republicans can never again win the presidency.

Neither Mr. Biden — nor Sen. Chuck Schumer, New York Democrat, who the Lincoln Project apparently wants in charge of the Senate — has disavowed any of that radical, far-left agenda. As Marc Thiessen of the American Enterprise Institute warned in a recent op-ed in The Washington Post, that effectively would turn America into a one-party state.

If that sounds like political hyperbole, remember that Mr. Schumer on Sept. 19 vowed that if Democrats retake both the White House and the Senate, “nothing is off the table.”

Yet, the Lincoln Project’s Radical Republicans — who received a gushing profile from Lesley Stahl on CBS’ “60 Minutes” on Oct. 11 — apparently have no qualms whatsoever about any of that, such is their blinding hatred of Mr. Trump.

At Thursday night’s final presidential debate, and for the remainder of the campaign, Mr. Trump must put the aforementioned radical Democratic agenda front and center, and demand that Mr. Biden repudiate it.

Every Republican running for Senate — incumbent and challenger alike — must also challenge their opponents on this, because unitary control of the government by Democrats is nothing less than an existential threat to our republic as we have known it.

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