In one of the most foolish “conservative” gambits we’ve seen since the final days of the 2016 Republican primaries, four hack Republicans have joined forces to defeat “an empty faith led by a bogus prophet.”

George Conway (husband of Kellyanne), Steve Schmidt (an MSNBC hack who has been railing against Trump from day one), John Weaver (a Kasich campaign alum), and Rick Wilson (same bio as Schmidt) wrote an op-ed in The New York Times on Tuesday to announce their big plans.

“Patriotism and the survival of our nation in the face of the crimes, corruption and corrosive nature of Donald Trump are a higher calling than mere politics,” they wrote, adopting the apocalyptic tone that has worked so well for Democrats. “As Americans, we must stem the damage he and his followers are doing to the rule of law, the Constitution and the American character.

“That’s why we are announcing the Lincoln Project, an effort to highlight our country’s story and values, and its people’s sacrifices and obligations. This effort transcends partisanship and is dedicated to nothing less than preservation of the principles that so many have fought for, on battlefields far from home and within their own communities,” they continued.

Oh, yes, you can already taste the freedom of nonpartisanship wafting off their collective efforts, can’t you? Why, it was obvious just from their opening statement, when they warned us that the defeat of Trump is essential for the “survival of our nation.” Can you even imagine what would have happened to the United States if Ukraine had never gotten their $300 million?

Oh, nothing? Nothing at all?

Just checking.

“Over these next 11 months, our efforts will be dedicated to defeating President Trump and Trumpism at the ballot box and to elect those patriots who will hold the line. We do not undertake this task lightly, nor from ideological preference. We have been, and remain, broadly conservative (or classically liberal) in our politics and outlooks. Our many policy differences with national Democrats remain, but our shared fidelity to the Constitution dictates a common effort,” they wrote.

Sorry, but you cannot claim to be even “broadly” conservative and support anything the national Democrats are up to these days. Even Joe Biden, the candidate everyone points to when they want to assure us that the Democratic Party hasn’t gone completely off the rails, would be the most liberal president this country has had in half a century. What damage could Trump do in the next four years that could even compare to letting these jokers back into power?

To the extent that these loons can be taken seriously, they are a poison to our politics and they are traitors to conservatism. Hopefully, they put a lot of their own money into this PAC. Financial bankruptcy would perfectly match their intellectual states.