Saturday, June 09, 2018

A Hostile Takeover Of The GOP-- It Is Now The Trump Party


I looked at a poll this week that showed 75% of Republicans saying they would vote for Trump in a 2020 poll. 1% said they favored Mitt Romney. Romney's going to be the next senator from Utah but will he be the voice of a GOP resistance? He'll bide his time and see how much Trump continues to stumble. Last month he said he'll make a decision on supporting Trump in 2020 'down the road'. He told CNN that he assumed there would be Republican contenders who will challenge Trump, but underscored, "I also assume that President Trump will be the nominee of our party in 2020." Imagine that Romney is considering supporting this guy-- "recklessness in the extreme... very very not smart... dishonesty is Donald Trump's hallmark... the bullying, the greed, the showing off, the misogyny, the absurd 3rd grade theatrics... a conman, a fake... too much to hide... a phony, a fraud; his promises are as worthless as a degree from Trump University."

Friday, Alex Isenstadt wrote from from Deer Valley, Utah, Romney predicted to a group of major GOP donors that Trump easily capture the Republican Party’s 2020 nomination and will then be reelected.
He said Trump’s political fortunes would be bolstered by a pair of factors: an improving economy and the likelihood that Democrats would choose an outside-the-mainstream candidate.

“I think President Trump will be re-nominated by my party easily, and I think he’ll be reelected solidly,” Romney said.

“I think that not just because of the strong economy and because people are increasingly seeing rising wages, but I think it’s also true because I think our Democrat friends are likely to nominate someone who is really out of the mainstream of American thought and will make it easier for a president who is presiding over a growing economy,” he added.
That was a swipe at Bernie and, let's remember that, politically, Romney has been wrong about a great deal. And he's wrong about this as well. Last week, Doyle McManus, in an L.A. Times OpEd asked if the GOP will completely reshape itself in Trump's image? The GOP is now the Trump Party, not the Romney Party-- and not even remotely mainstream.
We’re full swing into primary season for the midterms, and where are the Republican voices offering any alternative to Trumpism? Traditionalist conservatives have been shuffled off the stage. Sen. Jeff Flake of Arizona decried Trump’s “regular and casual undermining of our democratic norms and ideals.” He’s retiring. Sen. Bob Corker of Tennessee, who called the White House “an adult day care center,” is retiring too. And Sen. John McCain of Arizona, who denounced Trump’s “half-baked, spurious nationalism,” is dying of cancer. Mitt Romney, who once called Trump a fraud, is running to be the next senator from Utah; now the harshest thing he’ll say is that the president isn’t “a role model for my grandkids.”

The collapse of other Republicans’ ability to push back against Trump is the most worrisome political development of the last year, say political scientists. That’s right, the biggest long-term threat to the health of the nation, they say, is not tax cuts favoring the wealthy, not trade wars and not radical deregulation-- but the hostile takeover of the GOP.

...The Gallup Poll reported last week that 87% of GOP voters approve of what he’s doing. As a result, Republicans who want to survive their primaries won’t say a word against the boss in public.

Trump also appears to be radicalizing Republican voters — shaping their views to follow his. The polling organization YouGov reported last month that 75% of Republican voters agree with Trump that the Mueller investigation is a “witch hunt,” and 61% think the president is being framed. Those numbers have gone up as Trump has pressed his case against the FBI.

And that brings us to this year’s midterm elections, including Tuesday’s primaries in California. Long term, the outcomes will determine more than which party holds the majority in the House or Senate. The vote will also hold a message for every Republican officeholder: Was Trump a boost or a burden?

If the party holds on to its House and Senate majorities, many of its candidates, officeholders and strategists will conclude that Trump has been right all along. The GOP will continue remolding itself in the image of Trump-- populist, authoritarian, anti-immigrant.

Only if a “blue wave” of Democratic votes sweeps not just California, but also swing states, will the party open the question of whether Ohio Gov. John Kasich or someone else should run against Trump to be the GOP nominee in 2020.

These midterms will be an important signal to the GOP as it considers if it wants more Trump or less-- and whether choosing a volatile populist as its nominee turns out to be a one-time anomaly or a pattern for the future.

“I’m not so worried about Donald Trump as a threat to American democracy, because he’s not very competent,” [author of The People vs. Democracy, Yascha] Mounk said. “I’m more worried about what would happen if at some point we were to elect a more competent version.”

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At 6:36 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The threat is not that the Nazi party becomes openly the trump worship church. Only 23% of americans are stupid and evil enough to declare their faith and that number may fall slightly.

The threat is that the OTHER money party is either so inept, or even intentionally taking a dive so as to suppress their own numbers at the polls such that that Nazi minority can become a lasting ruling majority.

The threat is that the Nazi memes instilled by these events become normalized such that voters as goddamn stupid as americans will support them in even greater numbers than the minority in the trump church.

The threat is that there exists nothing in the political spectrum nor any prospects for the voters to get smarter to prevent these things.

The democraps are using the disaster to move their own shit party further and more rapidly right. They are going to lose voters and they know it. This is their strategy to remain barely relevant in order to keep suborning bribes, but also to avoid having to actually rule which would expose them as corrupt hypocrites as they were exposed in 2009.

"All that is required for evil to flourish is for good people to have no available way to prevent it".

At 7:11 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

At 9:49 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"All that is required for evil to flourish is for good people to have no available way to prevent it".

Or have it available and steadfastly refuse to use it.

At 7:26 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

And, BTW, it wasn't a hostile takeover. They all bent the knee to trump after the election faster than Bernie and Elizabeth bent the knee before $hillbillary.

There were only a scant few conscientious objectors and they are all being culled in 2018, though on their way out they all proved no less servile to trump's brand of naziism than everyone else.

In America, there are so few "good people" left to do nothing and allow evil to flourish. Honestly, dick cheney is probably kicking himself for not declaring martial law in 2006 or 2008, slaying his sock puppet and declaring himself American dick-tater for life. Nobody would have challenged it, least of all the Pelosi/reid democraps.


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