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U.S. Senator Ben Sasse (R-NE) speaks at the American Conservative Union 2016 annual conference in Maryland March 3, 2016.   REUTERS/Gary Cameron/File photo

While many smart and sincere conservatives are rallying behind our nominee-to-be, Donald Trump, Senator Ben Sasse of Nebraska wrote an extraordinary letter speaking for the many millions who yearn for another choice, beyond Hillary and Donald. Wouldn’t it be great if Mr. Trump could somehow transform himself into the sort of courageous and unifying candidate that Senator Sasse describes so well?:

READ THE LETTER HERE

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  1. loren  •  May 6, 2016 at 2:49 pm

    hey, the republican public voted for change, not the same old, tired republican politicians who let Obama do his agenda for the past 8 years – don't you think the republican voters have a right for what they voted for?

    • Jim  •  May 6, 2016 at 3:56 pm

      "…the republican public voted for change, not the same old, tired republican politicians who let Obama do his agenda for the past 8 years." I agree, but if that was the only reason then they should have nominated Ted Cruz who is a principled original intent constitutionalist. The "republican public" was unwisely drawn to the "celebrity", the "reality show host" who they saw on TV for 15 years firing people.

      • American  •  May 11, 2016 at 2:02 pm

        I disagree with you Jim. Ted Cruz is more of the same only white washed with a respectable veneer of strict constitutionalist. Ted is a globalist, free traitor, monopoly capitalist who sits on the Council of Foreign Relations and is bought and paid for by those special interests.

        Ted is a staunch neoconservatist and neoconservatism is an ideology invented in the Democrat party during the 1960s that was exported into the Republican party rising to prominence under George H. W. Bush who immediately initiated legislating NAFTA and exchanging GATT for the WTO after taking the Oval Office as president.

        The neocon car has crashed. We are reforming the GOP to do away with the nation killing policies both the progressive liberalism and neconservatism has wrought. Why don't you join us and Donald Trump in making America great again.

  2. Dot Jo  •  May 6, 2016 at 3:15 pm

    To late now. The primary is over. Trump won fair & square. This Ben guy is beginning to be an embarrassment.

    • Jim  •  May 6, 2016 at 3:50 pm

      Standing by your principles is never an embarrassment. Falling in line because you want to be accepted by the "crowd" is. Your comment is an embarrassment.

    • Bryan  •  May 6, 2016 at 4:49 pm

      Because he disagrees with you he is an embarrassment? This is why we can't have nice things. Honestly, think before posting! You can discourse, you got it in you, I know it! Now try again, and replace the snide crapola with some substance.

      • Nani  •  May 6, 2016 at 5:36 pm

        Oh puhlez, stop with the patronizing "you got it in you, I know it!" You're doing what you accuse Jim of doing because he disagrees with you.

  3. Dallas Kipp  •  May 6, 2016 at 3:43 pm

    I could not agree more with the Senator's letter. It's not just the Republican Party that is going to lose, but America and our children. We need a third option.

    • Clay Kemper  •  May 6, 2016 at 4:45 pm

      We have an amazingly long and awkward primary system in place. I don't know if seventeen candidates have ever entered a primary. That reality certainly scrambled opinions and led to an arduous winnowing process, with Trump the last man standing.

      I don't think you can go to the judges at a 17-horse Kentucky Derby after the race and exclaim "The winner sucks……we need to choose another horse." "But that damn horse is nasty, bites the other horses, acts like a damned fool, and doesn't know shit about running the greatest contest for a horse. Millions bet on that stallion and millions bet against him. The cameras and all viewers say he won. And you say, not so fast all you moron ticket holders and well-wishers

      • Bryan  •  May 6, 2016 at 4:51 pm

        Excellent use of metaphor. Kids, this is how you do it.

      • Jason  •  May 10, 2016 at 9:16 am

        Actually as metaphors go it sucks. A better allusion would be the pied piper.

  4. Eileen Rodrigues  •  May 6, 2016 at 4:06 pm

    We have a third choice in Libertarian Gary Johnson. The question is "How do we get the liberals who don't like Mrs. Clinton to vote Libertarian?"

  5. Royak  •  May 6, 2016 at 4:38 pm

    The only "third option" that should be considered by Republicans is: Sit down and shut up!
    Creating a significant third party on the conservative side will guarantee victory to Hillary. The Electoral College makes this inarguable. Remember Perot & Buchanan! No matter how much you might dislike Trump, he's at least ten times better than Clinton.

  6. Keith  •  May 6, 2016 at 4:49 pm

    Senator Sasse does a good job of describing our problem; however, his choice of action seems to favor "do nothing." Absent a viable alternative, I feel that we definitely know that Clinton is a terrible choice. Trump is at best a chameleon and changes his colors to match his current background. Might he be better than Clinton? Possibly. Not voting for Trump is a vote for Clinton. I will hold my nose, vote for Trump and trust that God will intervene!

  7. Robert  •  May 6, 2016 at 8:06 pm

    Let's see you felt that McCain was great, you backed Romney, maybe Dole? Tell me Michael, when have you backed a winner? I do not want a Clinton Supreme Court and if The Donald will give us at least the chance of appointing anything but a loony lib I'll vote for him. I can't believe that he wouldn't gather some good minds around him and listen to them. He has made errors in business, but by and large he has been successful. Romney made errors too, but the general result also was successful. Please tell me that if Trump emerges from the convention as the nominee you wouldn't advocate a Perot like third party loosertarian style going down in flames general election.

  8. Robert  •  May 6, 2016 at 8:08 pm

    Also Shalom Shabbat.

  9. Joel  •  May 7, 2016 at 12:21 am

    "Wouldn’t it be great if Mr. Trump could somehow transform himself into the sort of courageous and unifying candidate that Senator Sasse describes so well?" Hmm…we already tried Jeb Bush. 17 people had their shot and Trump came out on top. Michael, you people just kill me. GET OVER IT! My choice was Rubio. He lost. I moved on.

  10. bobby1122  •  May 7, 2016 at 7:47 am

    As a conservative and old enough to know better voter I can tell you once these clowns hit D.C. they sell out faster than rabbits breed. The Repubs and Dems are getting closer to joining as 1 party… TRUMP messed up that plan – along with the voters' hatred of LYING politicians and their media stooges.

  11. Rizzo  •  May 7, 2016 at 9:03 am

    Amen Joel and Bobby… I agree. Trump might not be ideal, but who is? They all have their faults. Cruz was my choice, but it didn't happen. Now, only with Trump, do we have a chance at influencing the political process. Hillary is a lying, crackpot, leftist. With Trump, at least we have a chance to guide him to the light, known as CONSERVATISM.
    It is our job to give him a map and lead him down the path. Not voting, or voting for Hillary is NOT an option!

    • Jason  •  May 10, 2016 at 9:19 am

      The light apparently does nothing for him. He has already reversed course on his positions on minimum wage and his own tax plan. I have to hand it to him though, telling people you plan to break your promises is original.

  12. Bob  •  May 8, 2016 at 11:31 am

    Michael wake up your party chose Trump. Also there,are a lot of your colleagues and very conservative republicans that supports Trump like Sean Hannity, Rush Limbaugh. Newt former Speaker of the House who had the contract with America, etc. So get over it. The Republicans in congress.have done nothing to stand up to Obama they are a bunch of wussy wimps and don't keep their commitments. The people are tried of the dumb asses. Besides your party had 17 people to chose from they had other choices but chose Trump. Time to get behind him and defeat Hillary. You establishment types should put America first not your party for a change. I did not want Trump I love Scott Walker and a lor of others better but they did get the votes. GET OVER IT

  13. Jim Bird  •  May 9, 2016 at 3:00 am

    Yes Michael, Ben Sasse is a remarkable man and this speech is brilliant. He articulates conservatism, liberty, freedom brilliantly and he echoes EXACTLY that 70% number of Americans who are worried about the direction of the country. Does that not make 70% of Americans brilliant too? We are able to so very easily comprehend his message because it aligns perfectly with our understanding of the constitution, rule of law and the principles of a representative Republic. The Senator has been on the scene for less than two years having had to fight the establishment Republicans, as well as his Democrat opponent in his senatorial election victory. We the people in our Party have been fighting and defeating democrats and sending "new blood" to Congress for over 8 years now with EXACTLY the same message as Senator Sasse.
    We also have to fight with establishment Republicans like Boehner, McConnell, Cornyn, McCain, Graham, et al, whose money-laundering foundation empires will collapse without cutting deals with the scum across the aisle.
    It is absolutely impossible to have approved Trump, a New York lib, for the GOP presidential nominee list. America now has a Marxist and two Socialists, all from the same Party, running for President. The GOP is dead. No amount of hand-wringing or hand washing will cleanup the stench of the Republican Party's betrayal of the Party of Lincoln.

  14. Mark Refsell  •  May 11, 2016 at 12:35 am

    Why is it that this election the republican voters are considered ignorant and uniformed I am high school graduate a veteran and I have a bachelor degree don't tell me I'm stupid because I support trump. I support trump because he doesn't owe anything to anyone.

    • Rizzo  •  May 11, 2016 at 9:58 pm

      Mark… You are NOT stupid. Anyone, who does anything, to enable a Democrat victory is TRULY STUPID!
      A Vote for Hillary is STUPID! Not voting for our candidate… is STUPID! Third party crap… is STUPID!

    • Joe Schneider  •  May 18, 2016 at 1:41 am

      Mark,

      There could be many reasons why someone would support a narcissist whose thin skin and total lack of policies make him a shoo-in for the personality cult vote. Ignorance is only one possibility. Inattention, anger, impatience, cynicism are others. I suppose being drawn to the spectacle of the coming train wreck of Republican losses up and down ballot could be another. It could even be love for the underdog (highest negatives of any Pres candidate ever). But I don't think any of this psychologizing helps solve anything. Trump doesn't owe anything to anyone? Only if anyone doesn't include foreign bankers (presumably American bankers have higher standards).

  15. Rizzo  •  May 18, 2016 at 10:00 am

    Joe

    Great… now what? You think allowing Hillary to win is a wise strategy/tactic?

  16. Rizzo  •  May 23, 2016 at 2:34 pm

    -Silence-

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