Posted: 09/24/16 08:46
by Dave Mindeman
For years I have been listening to these Republican high and mighty statements about "standing on principle".
What principle? Are you talking about conservative principles? Really?
Please explain Trump.
As Ted Cruz becomes the latest to capitulate to the political expediency of Republican Trumpism, you wonder what kind of "stand" the party members are really taking?
Reince Priebus runs around like a lap dog gathering the Republican sheep into the Trump corral. John McCain, the "maverick", can't simply say the words, I cannot support Donald Trump. GOP Senate candidates tiptoe on this line between the establishment and whatever the Trump faction is.
It is kind of pathetic.
The Republican Party is not recognizable anymore. They began their descent with the embrace of Tea Party politics and the complete and total opposition to Obama, not based on their vaunted "principles" but rather on a simple scorched earth obstruction.
Position after position has gotten muddled or reversed. Trade? Russia? Religious freedom? Nationalism? Nativism? Add all that to their usual extreme positions on abortion and immigration and you get a muddled mess.
It's kind of getting ugly folks.
Instead of "principles", the Republican Party has been reduced to a bunch of Trump translators. Left each day to explain the latest absurd Trump statement in a way that they can live with. "What he meant was...", "What he was trying to say was...", "The practical aspects of that are really...."
Instead of defined principles.....it has been reduced to principles du jour.
The Republican Party is going to implode. If Trump wins, there will be no Republican Party anymore. It will be whatever Trumpism is. And if Trump loses, they are going to be picking up pieces of the carnage for a decade. And what will emerge from that is anybody's guess.
The GOP is now a hodge podge of various factions. Social conservatives, nationalists, white supremacists (yeah, they are there now), foreign policy hawks, fiscal conservatives, and tax reformers.
Everybody is looking to control their piece. And all of them have, at least temporarily capitulated to Trump.
Yeah, there are a few remnants of the establishment wing. John Kasich and Jeb Bush hold out - but few listen to them. Susan Collins and Christie Todd Whitman run a low grade underground resistance to the misogyny. And there is Lindsay Graham and Ben Sasse, who withhold their support but aren't strong enough to define any standards to rally around.
For the GOP, it has been a slow descent into Republican purgatory.
And right now, hell is just one election away.