Thursday, February 01, 2018

The GOP's Sad Stockholm Syndrome

What was a hostile takeover of the GOP by an outsider is now a merger, accepted by a group with a serious case of Stockholm Syndrome. Trump can insult the old GOP, threaten to primary them, libel and tweet-shame them and all that has gone to show that they need him more than he needs them.

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Even as they stood and gustily cheered, what a tall order it must be to embrace Trump in what's being called a slow-motion Saturday Night Massacre. Even though Twitter Trump stayed home with a cheeseburger and Fox News while Teleprompter Trump came to Capitol Hill, they had to overlook a president willing to alter reality in the well of the House and never once smile. He strutted, mugged, and applauded for himself, chin jutting and eyes squinting, the most joyless president in modern history. Still I have a $50 hamburger at the Trump Hotel for anyone who spotted a Republican who didn't clap on cue.

What they've forgotten is that Trump is an anomaly who can be easily made unhappy but never made happy. Sell your soul to placate him today -- I'm thinking of you, Gen. Kelly -- and tomorrow you may still find yourself cashiered. Just ask Attorney General Jeff Sessions how that works.

Someday the Grand Old Party may see that by normalizing Trump they've violated every traditional and constitutional norm. If that's the price of power, for now they are willing to pay it.

Comments

Time to consider the meaning of cowardice. These people weren't rendered eunuchs over night. They've cut off their own damned balls. Whatever bad happens to them is their own damned fault, and I hope it happens to them and not us.

#1 | Posted by Zed at 2018-02-01 07:24 AM

#1 Cowardice? I think those (like yourself) who cry ever day about Trump should not be throwing stones.

#2 | Posted by fishpaw at 2018-02-01 02:10 PM

#2 Well said, traitor.

#3 | Posted by Reagan58 at 2018-02-01 02:29 PM

#1 Cowardice? I think those (like yourself) who cry ever day about Trump should not be throwing stones.
#2 | POSTED BY FISHPAW

#2 Well said, traitor.
#3 | POSTED BY REAGAN58

He is a Russian bot. You have to know how to talk to them...

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#4 | Posted by Sycophant at 2018-02-01 02:54 PM

My binary skills aren't quite what they once were.

#5 | Posted by Reagan58 at 2018-02-01 03:12 PM

Oh my gosh!!!! What groundbreaking news! You mean to tell me that the people who belong to a political party bow down to partisan politics above working with the other party???? Seriously? Jesus, I wish someone would have said that 200 years ago when the issue started.

#6 | Posted by humtake at 2018-02-02 12:46 PM

Dumbtake; you're one of the SS sufferers the article is referring to.

#7 | Posted by IndianaJones at 2018-02-02 12:54 PM

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