Once upon a time, maybe it might have worked.
Maybe in 1982 or 1991 when some of them were just Bipartisan swingers. Libertarians Until Graduation. Just, y'know, Conservative-curious.
But it's 2016, and for any man or woman to have ridden the escalating, seditious lunacy of the Right through the Clinton Administration and the Bush Administration and the Obama Administration and come out the other side rooting for Donald Fucking Trump, this is no longer a lifestyle choice.
This is a mental illness.
So when you read something like this extraordinary denunciation of Donald Trump embedded in The Atlantic's endorsement of Hillary Clinton -- a magazine which has only endorsed two other candidates for president in the last century and a half --
...Today, our position is similar to the one in which The Atlantic’s editors found themselves in 1964. We are impressed by many of the qualities of the Democratic Party’s nominee for president, even as we are exasperated by others, but we are mainly concerned with the Republican Party’s nominee, Donald J. Trump, who might be the most ostentatiously unqualified major-party candidate in the 227-year history of the American presidency....
Donald Trump, on the other hand, has no record of public service and no qualifications for public office. His affect is that of an infomercial huckster; he traffics in conspiracy theories and racist invective; he is appallingly sexist; he is erratic, secretive, and xenophobic; he expresses admiration for authoritarian rulers, and evinces authoritarian tendencies himself. He is easily goaded, a poor quality for someone seeking control of America’s nuclear arsenal. He is an enemy of fact-based discourse; he is ignorant of, and indifferent to, the Constitution; he appears not to read.
-- understand that the reason this erratic, secretive, conspiracy mongering racist stands triumphant at the head of the Party of Lincoln is because he perfectly reflects the heart and soul of millions and millions of meatheads in the Party of Lincoln.
There is no way around this fact, just as there is no reason to continue to deny that these people are just wired this way and will continue to grow ever more dangerously fucked-in-the-head until the day they die.