Peter Beinart astutely points out many are likely privately voting for Clinton, and will brag to their grandchildren they did. But their public silence might have helped elect President Trump. His colleague David Frum already shows what the conservative case for Hillary is, and it’s a template they can follow. Beck and Will are already attacking Comey and defending Hillary, they might as well endorse her too.
And they don’t even need to endorse Hillary. Most of these folks live in likely red states like Texas and Georgia, and the media types are in the deep blue Acela Corridor. Their protest votes are inconsequential. But what about the Beck listening Mormon small business owner in Colorado or Nevada? What about the pro-life veteran in North Carolina or Florida? These folks have been marginalized already by many Republican voters, but they still command large platforms and audiences. They can use this platform to deny Trump the presidency, and the only way that happens is if Trump loses the electoral college to his only viable opponent Hillary Clinton.
Romney had the strategy of endorsing Kasich in OH, Cruz in Texas, and Rubio in Florida to cause a deadlock and avert a Trump nomination. A similar strategy could be applied here. He could gather all the NeverTrump Republicans for a quick press conference that would command the news cycle before the end of the election. They could list their reasons why Trump is worse than Clinton, and urge a vote for Clinton to block Trump in swing states while endorsing Evan or Gary for safe states. Hell, invite Evan and Gary to this conference and have them agree to this pledge. The stakes are too high for Never Trump Republicans to stay home or to stay silent.