06 Aug 2016

Every Responsible Republican Ought to Have Stood in Trump’s Way

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Mona Charen does not mince any words concerning Donald Trump and his GOP enablers.

Martha Bayles reminds us in the Claremont Review of Books of two barrels — one contains sewage, the other wine. If you pour a cup of wine into the sewage, it’s still sewage. But if you pour a cup of sewage into the wine, it is no longer wine but sewage.

Trump is a pathogen. A man who heedlessly promotes conspiracy theories (vaccines cause autism, Obama was born in Kenya, Bush lied us into war in Iraq, Rafael Cruz was caught up in the JFK assassination), is either not fully sane or at least indifferent to the demoralizing effect that such lies have on our social cohesion. A man whose confidence is so shaky that he must attest to his own intelligence, malign even the most insignificant critic, scapegoat minorities, and threaten the free press is to be pitied, maybe, but not trusted with power. He is very, very comfortable stoking mobs and threatening violence. His warning that there would be riots in Cleveland if he failed to get the nomination — to cite just one of the thousands of ways he has transgressed basic norms this year — ought to cite just one of the thousands of ways he has transgressed basic norms this year — ought to have been enough to activate the antibodies of a healthy electorate.

Every single Republican with influence, from the local sheriff to the speaker of the House, at every stage of this process, should have stood up on his hind legs and denounced this fraud (where are his tax returns, again?), condemned his ugly methods, and scorned his flood of lies. Every Republican should have lined up for Judge Curiel. Chris Christie’s endorsement was the first tablespoon of sewage. Jeff Sessions’s was the second. The list of defilers is too long to itemize now. RIP GOP.

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If every responsible Republican, starting with those currently in Congress, had done what they promised, and were elected, to do, Donald Trump, the candidate, would never had seen the light of day.

This whole article smacks of the problem with the GOP elite. They have ignored, repudiated, mocked, reviled and lied to their base. They have tried to rule and reign the peons.

The whole situation also reveals a yuuuuuuge flaw in the whole system. The parties apparently don’t have any control over who actually runs as their candidates. Trump, who was an announced Democrat just a couple of years ago and Bernie, who was elected as an independent, suddenly get to announce a switch and run as a Republican and Democrat? Don’t the parties have a way of keeping imposters off their own ballots?

The next time around the repubs had better run 17 candidates as democrats.

Better yet, do away with the primary system. Let each party do their own thing within the confines of their own state conventions or caucuses in which only card carrying party members are allowed in.


Boligat is right. If Jeb had won the primary I do think I would vote for Hillary. Jeb as president would have done everything I oppose politically as will Hillary. I would simply prefer that my friends and those who claim to be my friends do not stab me in the back while I expect that of my enemies.

As for the example of sewerage turning wine into sewerage where was she when Clinton, Obama, McCain and others who are arguably worse than Trump were running? This isn’t about Trump being unfit!! This is about politics and power and those in power fear Trump because he is not their friend and indebted to them and he may well bypass them if he gains power. This is NOT about the good of the country! Most of our politicians could give a shit about the good of the country, they simply want to retain power.

Steve Gregg

Some of this started with old Joe Kennedy bringing Hollywood marketing to the campaign of his son for president. The campaigns have become ever more spectacle and frivolity and ever less substance and policy. Obama was the precursor in that regard to Trump, being elected without any particular experience or expertise. Trump is just one more iteration past Obama. The election has become ever more decadent as the people see it more as entertainment.


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