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Saturday, October 15, 2016

After blasting away at Hispanics, Muslims, "the blacks," women, the media, an opponent's wife and father, a federal judge, the parents of a dead U.S. soldier, a journalist with a disability, a Miss Universe, Rosie O'Donnell, Megyn Kelly, Samuel L. Jackson (Google that one), the National Football League ("soft like our country"), a war hero senator ("I like people that weren't captured"), the Ghostbusters remake ("with only women -- what's going on?") Elizabeth Warren, Ruth Bader Ginsburg ("her mind is shot"), Pope Francis, Crooked Hillary, and on and on and on, Donald Trump has finally homed in on a target that richly deserves everything he can throw at it: the Republican Party.
If you have been as horrified as any normal person at most of those outbursts, this is one to sit back and enjoy....And boy has the party earned the right to be ruined by him.

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Trump still has most of them. But 85 percent isn't enough for Trump. Nothing short of 100 percent is ever enough for him. Dictators have wiped out whole populations over that last 15 percent. Trump doesn't have that power, but he does have the power to turn his furious base on the weak-kneed quislings and Girondins who are undermining the revolution. He's exactly the kind who'll burn down the village even if it means his flesh smolders with everyone else's. Bring the gasoline.

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Tomasky notes:

It's been said many times, but it bears repeating because Republican leaders still won't acknowledge it, at least publicly: They created Trump. They started creating him 30 years ago when Rush Limbaugh and the others began working their audiences into states of rage against feminists and black people and immigrants, and they validated Rush and the gang by going on their shows and sucking up to them.

They created him throughout the 1990s, as the rage industry became a monster.

They created him after the 9/11 attacks, when they said everyone who didn't agree with the Bush administration hated freedom.

They created him when Obama birtherism got rolling, which Hillary did not have a hand in (it was started by an obscure Republican office-holder in Illinois), and which very few of them had the decency to disavow. And they created him by slamming the door on immigration reform, opposing "amnesty" with militant stridency, creating the mood among their voters -- who responded like Pavlov's dogs when Trump said "rapists" last June -- that vaulted Trump to the top of the charts.


"They could have stopped him last year, if they'd had the courage."

But, of course, they didn't.

#1 | Posted by Doc_Sarvis at 2016-10-15 05:16 AM | Reply

The Republican party needs to die. Their "coalition" is made up of factions who have no grasp of reality.

#2 | Posted by squinch at 2016-10-15 06:44 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Actually, I think SQUINCH just nailed it. And each one of those "faction" of the GOP is totally self-serving. That means the enemy is not the Democrats. The enemy is themselves. I don't envy Paul Ryan his job. It must be like trying to corral a herd of 435 feral cats who have taken roots in a abandoned house

Remember this one? "We have met the enemy and he is us."

#3 | Posted by Twinpac at 2016-10-15 07:35 AM | Reply

Ah, Walt Kelk's "Pogo"...www.google.com

#4 | Posted by Doc_Sarvis at 2016-10-15 08:20 AM | Reply

Walt Kelly

#5 | Posted by Doc_Sarvis at 2016-10-15 08:20 AM | Reply

DOC ~ That was one of those simple statements that was so profound it became part of America's lexicon.

#6 | Posted by Twinpac at 2016-10-15 08:40 AM | Reply

TWINPA -

Did it ever! Walt Kelly - God bless him - brought that one out for topics ranging from Joe McCarthy to Earth Day.

#7 | Posted by Doc_Sarvis at 2016-10-15 08:50 AM | Reply

Matthew Yglesias touches on this topic in his essay, "Donald Trump's Epic Meltdown Explained" (www.vox.com).

But while the fact that he's melting down is certainly one of the reasons he's losing, the more fundamental truth is that he's melting down because he's losing. He's a bad candidate who is losing a very winnable election and possibly dragging many other Republican elected officials down with him. The meltdown is a coping mechanism to avoid admitting it....

[S]omething that unites professional Republicans who've turned overtly anti-Trump and those who remain sincerely regretful that he is going to lose is a conviction that Trump has been a disaster for the party....

But to understand his current rhetorical outbursts, you can't try to understand them as primarily aimed at winning the election. To win an election you are currently losing, you need to persuade new groups of people to change their mind. Calling Bill Clinton a rapist and arguing that Clinton is the beneficiary of a vast international banking conspiracy are not efforts to reassure white, college educated women that Trump is not the unstable boor they fear is he.

What Trump is trying to do, primarily, is convince people who are already on his side that his looming defeat is not his fault. It's Paul Ryan's fault. It's the media's fault. It's Crooked Hillary's fault. When the Clinton administration takes office and starts doing things Republicans don't like, the party's elected officials in DC are going to think to themselves, "this is all Donald Trump's fault."

Trump's aim is to minimize the number of rank-and-file conservatives who agree with them and convince them that someone -- anyone -- else is to blame. Trump is not a loyalist who cares about the greater good of the Republican Party. Conversely, he's not someone who can count on the good will and good graces of other GOP leaders to carry him forward. Whatever he's planning next -- whether it's Trump TV or a political career for Donald Trump Jr. or a new line of Trump-branded manufactured homes -- he needs to go to war to preserve his reputation.


#8 | Posted by Doc_Sarvis at 2016-10-15 09:16 AM | Reply

Hillary needs 15 EV's to clinch the nomination. Trump needs 100. (RCP)

That was a good article, DOC. Trump's lone wolf war on the GOP is his scapegoat. I think Trump will be wallowing in excuses for months afterwards and maybe even in a long winded concession speech IF he makes one. But it doesn't matter. Fading stars are orphans. The media moves on.

Trump's butthurt is going to need a boxcar load of Cloverleaf.

#9 | Posted by Twinpac at 2016-10-15 10:20 AM | Reply

LOL

#10 | Posted by Doc_Sarvis at 2016-10-15 11:00 AM | Reply

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How ironic that they created the very monster that will kill their party.

Karma is going after them like a B___h.

#11 | Posted by donnerboy at 2016-10-15 12:25 PM | Reply

The lamestream GOP is self destruction........... Trump had nothing to do with their lack of guts for the last 8 years.

#12 | Posted by Sniper at 2016-10-15 12:47 PM | Reply

After blasting away at Hispanics, Muslims, "the blacks," women, the media, an opponent's wife and father, a federal judge, the parents of a dead U.S. soldier, a journalist with a disability, a Miss Universe, Rosie O'Donnell, Megyn Kelly, Samuel L. Jackson (Google that one), the National Football League ("soft like our country"), a war hero senator ("I like people that weren't captured"), the Ghostbusters remake ("with only women -- what's going on?") Elizabeth Warren, Ruth Bader Ginsburg ("her mind is shot"), Pope Francis, Crooked Hillary, and on and on and on, Donald Trump has finally homed in on a target that richly deserves everything he can throw at it: the Republican Party.

*facepalm*

#13 | Posted by jpw at 2016-10-15 02:15 PM | Reply

The lamestream GOP is self destruction........... Trump had nothing to do with their lack of guts for the last 8 years.

It's thinking like this, sniper, that is leading to the GOP's self-immolation.

Once they began going down the road of 'our way or the highway' and shirking their responsibility to govern with good faith to all their constituents (not just those who voted for them...), it was all but guaranteed that they would lose control of that inferno.

The cherry on top is watching so many "Conservatives" act as if their voting faction is a phoenix that will rise stronger when really they'll find themselves a burnt out, loud, angry fringe that squandered their chance at being heard.

#14 | Posted by jpw at 2016-10-15 02:31 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

The GOP has been the enemy of the people of this nation since Nixon. Sorry that so many of you haven't been willing to grasp that fact but when he lied to us and continued the Vietnam War for four more years by a treasonous act committed before the election, then when Reagan also committed treason by extending the hostage crisis by promising the Ayatollah weapons and parts for their American built fighter jets....and the country ignored their crimes????? Every subsequent Republican President has done similar crimes. Someday in the future a historian will list the crimes of Republican Presidents and it will be remembered and hopefully never repeated.

#15 | Posted by danni at 2016-10-15 02:45 PM | Reply

It isn't time for the GOP to die, it is time for the GOP to be executed.

#16 | Posted by danni at 2016-10-15 02:46 PM | Reply

It isn't time for the GOP to die, it is time for the GOP to be executed. -- #16 | Posted by danni

Maybe, but self-immolation is good enough for me.

That said, when I was growing up in Michigan, the state GOP was worthy of respect. Bill Milliken (who has endorsed Clinton) and George Romney were both good, centrist governors with solid civil rights records. I miss the days when you had to study candidates closely because there were real choices.

#17 | Posted by Phoenix at 2016-10-16 08:02 PM | Reply

You have to admire the GOP for the way they handle their hypocrisy, Danni.

They spent 30 years proclaiming themselves as the only Party of Family Values, then embrace an admitted adulterer and pedophile.

They rush to defend "countless numbers of girls" from transgenders peaking at their private parts, then celebrate a candidate that brags about doing just that.

The Party of Law and order and unquestioning support for legal authority that can't find it's voice when their candidate preaches sedition.

And they don't even blush when called on it.

#18 | Posted by northguy3 at 2016-10-16 08:06 PM | Reply

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