Open thread for night owls: ‘I’m done. I’m tired of defending these people.’

For the Republican Party, Trump’s candidacy may have an impact well beyond this next election. And it’s not because of what Trump’s done, but what the rest of the party hasn’t.

“I’m over it; I’m done. I’m tired of defending these people. You may not be a sexist, but you are OK with people who are,” said Brittany Pounders, a conservative writer and activist in Texas. […]

In interviews with the Globe as well as a flurry of social media screeds, essays, and blog posts, once-proud Republican women say not only are they disgusted at Trump’s words about and behavior toward women, among other things, but that they have grown equally angry with House Speaker Paul Ryan, Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell, and other elected Republicans who have not fully repudiated the Republican nominee — especially after Trump’s sexually predatory comments on the “Access Hollywood” hot mic in 2005. […]

“It feels like betrayal or abandonment,” [Marybeth Glenn] said in an interview, recalling her volunteer work for Republican candidates at the state and national level. “The fact is that a lot of these men, we worked very hard to get [them] to where they are. They’ve basically turned their back on us.”

Barack Obama in Richmond, Virginia, on Wednesday, was making his closing argument, offering his vision of one America and affirming his view that we are all in this together:

With the challenges and crises we face right now, we cannot afford to divide this country by race or class or region; by who we are or what policies we support. There are no real or fake parts of this country. We are not separated by the pro-America and anti-America parts of this nation – we all love this country, no matter where we live or where we come from.

It’s amazing—despite all of McCain’s “Country First” bluster, it’s actually Barack Obama who seems to have a better understanding of the great promise of this nation.

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