As I have noted before, I work in an overwhelmingly liberal environment, and my Christian environment is split between liberals and conservatives. (My denominational environment also has many "not interested in politics" folks.) My closest family is center-right to paranoid conservative, definitely more GOPe than Trump; the next circle out is quite Arts & Humanities liberal. My closest friends are 80-90% conservative. My FB feed, which includes many people from my early history, is fairly liberal as well. All this is my data base for the following observation.
Many on the Republican/conservative side deplore the choice between Trump and Clinton. As a consequence, they talk about third-party votes, not voting at all, or calculated voting depending on how close their state is and what the congress looks like it's going to be, to minimise damage to the country. They are clearly conflicted and in pain. (Yes, they also talk about Trump votes or Clinton votes, and most of them may end up there. But there is significant conversation about alternatives, calculation, and political theory.)
My contacts on the Democrat/liberal side say they are distressed with how poor the choices are, and how upset they are about Hillary's dishonesty as well as Trump's authoritarianism, etc.* Sigh. What hard times we live in, they say. As a consequence, they talk about "how bad Trump is." There is no mention of third parties, no mention of not voting, no mention of strategic voting on the basis of battleground state, divided congress, etc. This has gone on for months, and I have decided I no longer believe them. Collectively, that is. There are a few whose genuineness I do not doubt. Yet I think they are simply fooling themselves. They are going to vote for the liberal, whoever it is, and if they can't have Bernie they will vote Hillary, with no serious intellectual questioning of themselves. It's all just a pose. Whether they are trying to convince me or themselves I can't say. But I have heard only one Democrat at work say "I won't vote for Hillary, and I've been a Democrat all my life." None at church or in my larger Christian group are showing any actual signs of anxiety, other than ritual incantations about how bad the candidates are.
So now that we are later in the game I will read motives, though still a bit tentatively. They deceive themselves. They are not deeply upset over the choices. It's business as usual. It doesn't matter in the least what Hillary Clinton has done, they will vote for her. The wringing of the hands is all display.
I contend that this is exactly what we see in the national discussion as well. Where are the George Will's and NRO's and Ted Cruz's among the Democrats who are stepping away? What major media figures on the left are going full-out against Hillary and stating they just can't vote for her because of conscience?
The Challenge: Provide contrary evidence.
If you cannot, you must ask yourself, not to please me but simply to be an honest person in your own private life, why not? Who am I, that I cannot?
*I have also contacts on that side who think Clinton is just fine and are going to vote for her unapologetically. That is a different argument, which I will not enter here. I will note, however, that those always mention that she is unfairly accused because she is a strong woman, which conservatives cannot abide. A revealing argument.
Update: This premise isn't holding up well under inspection. See comments.