The Defectors

New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sununu speaks onstage at the 2023 TIME100 Summit at Lincoln Center on April 25, 2023, in New York City. (Photo by Jemal Countess/Getty Images for TIME)

On Wednesday, No Labels announced that it won’t hold its presidential convention next April as planned.

That’s not to say the centrist group won’t end up nominating a candidate, but “canceling its Dallas convention will give No Labels more flexibility—and more time—to make that determination,” per Axios. As I read that, the organization wants to leave itself a path to back out of the race in case it becomes clear that their candidate would divide the Democratic vote and end up reelecting you-know-who.

Not reelecting you-know-who should be the highest priority of every freedom-loving American next year, for increasingly obvious reasons.

Because they enjoy special influence to shape opinion, I think public officials have a special duty to make that point. And because hearing GOP officials make that argument—stripped as it is of normal partisan interests—might hold special power for swing voters, those Republicans have a particularly special duty to make it.

How many do we think will do so?

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