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One of life's great mysteries: Why would any conservative vote for Biden?

One of life's great mysteries: Why would any conservative vote for Biden?
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I’ve pretty much been in lockdown at home since the virus hit, so I’ve had plenty of time to contemplate the great mysteries of life: Is there a God in heaven? What was here before our universe? Why in the world would lifelong conservatives vote for Joe BidenJoe BidenBiden to nominate Linda Thomas-Greenfield for UN ambassador: reports Scranton dedicates 'Joe Biden Way' to honor president-elect Kasich: Republicans 'either in complete lockstep' or 'afraid' of Trump MORE as president?

That last one is the biggest mystery of all, at least to me. I understand why they detest Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpBiden to nominate Linda Thomas-Greenfield for UN ambassador: reports Scranton dedicates 'Joe Biden Way' to honor president-elect Kasich: Republicans 'either in complete lockstep' or 'afraid' of Trump MORE, why they won’t vote for him, why they abhor the GOP in general for enabling him. But I can’t figure out why they would toss their conservative values over the side and vote for a liberal Democrat who may be nudged into the Sandinista wing of his party if he’s elected.

The list of “Never Trumpers” who say they’ll vote for Biden is long.

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There’s William Kristol, a staunch conservative who was former Vice President Dan Quayle’s chief of staff and once a reliably regular conservative voice on Fox News Channel. There’s Carly Fiorina, who ran for president in 2016 as a Republican. And former GOP Gov. John Kasich of Ohio, who also ran for president as a Republican. 

There’s Tom Ridge, the former Republican governor of Pennsylvania, and Marc Racicot, the former Montana governor and former chairman of the Republican National Committee. There’s Rick Snyder, the former GOP governor of Michigan.

There are more than 200 Republicans who supported President George W. Bush and served on his campaigns or in his administration.

There’s Jeff Flake, the former conservative Republican senator from Arizona, who says he’s voting for Biden because the “conservative cause would be better served for the long term if the Democrats prevail.” 

Think about that: The “conservative cause would be better served if the Democrats prevail” — Democrats, who would do everything in their power to obliterate conservative values and replace them with liberal and progressive values.

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This raises a question: “HUH?”       

Again, I get it. I understand why they can’t vote for Trump. (Full disclosure: I can’t bring myself to vote for Trump, either, but I hope he wins — because I’m more aligned with conservative Republican values than liberal or progressive Democratic values.) 

And that’s why I’m puzzled. I’ve decided to sit out the presidential election; I’ll vote for other candidates on the ballot, but not for president. The Never Trumpers can do the same. They don’t have to vote for Trump — but they don’t have to vote for Biden, either.

Surely they understand that a vote for Biden is a vote for higher taxes, bigger government, more regulations that would stifle business growth, and the possibility that Biden will pack the Supreme Court with liberal justices and sign legislation to make Puerto Rico a state, adding two more liberals to the U.S. Senate. 

Do lifelong Republicans suddenly support any of that? I don’t think so. Instead, I think they’re suffering from TDS — Trump Derangement Syndrome, a condition that makes otherwise rational people do irrational things, such as abandoning the values they’ve held for years and supporting everything they’ve opposed for years.

Is there a God in heaven? That’s a question of faith. What existed before our universe? Who cares, as long as I can get a good pizza on Friday night. But ideological conservatives voting for a man whose ideology lies somewhere between liberal and progressive, and light years from conservative? That’s a mystery I just can’t figure out — no matter how much they loathe this president.

Bernard Goldberg, an Emmy and an Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University award-winning writer and journalist, is a correspondent with HBO’s “Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel.” He previously worked as a reporter for CBS News and as an analyst for Fox News. He is the author of five books and publishes exclusive weekly columns, audio commentaries and Q&As on his Patreon page. Follow him on Twitter @BernardGoldberg.