I have been trying for months to understand the reasons why people say they will never vote for Donald Trump. I assumed that if I could find those reasons that perhaps, like all other reasoning Republicans, they could be persuaded otherwise, rather than this being a case of trying to reason someone out of a position that they had not reasoned themselves into in the first place. I also note that many of these good people have more than one reason, either simultaneously or in a progression as events unfold.
The first and most obvious reason would have been that one preferred a different candidate. That was a very good reason for quite a long time, but with Tuesday night's roll call of the states, that objection must surely, on reasonable grounds, be set aside. Somewhat akin to that was the reasoning that said he couldn't win the nomination because he wasn't somehow "playing the game right." That reason as well has been made inoperative, since he won the most Republican primary votes of any candidate in history.
There have also been two very good and very Republican reasons to oppose the Trump candidacy. One was that he would have a huge negative impact on the down-ballot contests, perhaps giving Congress back to the Democrats. Recent polls on these individual races, even as the Trump candidacy became more certain, seem to be largely disproving this "reverse coattails" effect. The other concern was quite similar, that Trump was so unlikable and un-liked that Hillary would win in a landslide. With the polls already showing a very close race and showing Trump ahead in some battleground states, that reason needs to be surrendered, as well.
Finally, there are only two reasons remaining. The first is that Donald Trump is not a very good conservative. While I am not certain that means as much as it should, especially considering that Hillary Clinton is a TERRIBLE conservative, I'm reminded that the same thing was said about Mister Romney, about Mister McCain, and about Mister Dole. If that was the reason why Republican voters stayed home and caused these estimable gentlemen to lose, I hope to Heaven these folks see reason to come out to vote against Hillary.
The last reason to be "NeverTrump" is that he is just not a very good man, and I am only now understanding why. Purely and simply, too many Republicans and conservatives have once again been duped by the Democrats and their major media allies. I am amazed at the apparent number of people who have not yet recognized the "playbook" being used. In every presidential year, the drive-by media will talk up one of our Republican candidates, calling them the front-runner and so forth, and then tear them down to focus on another-- lather, rinse repeat. Usually the last one they build up is the candidate they have essentially chosen for us but, immediately after the nomination, the destructive news cycle begins. Mister Trump has refused to play by this playbook and actually turned the tables on them by using their coverage of him to win the nomination. Unfortunately they started their assaults on his character long ago (it will no doubt get worse) and too many of us have believed it. We've simply got to quit doing that, and use our reason. There is no reason not to.