Tuesday, February 06, 2018

Gerson: Republican Cowardice Is Staggering

With the blessing of Republican leaders, the lickspittle wing of the GOP is now firmly in charge. The existence of reckless partisans such as Nunes is hardly surprising. The nearly uniform cowardice among elected Republicans is staggering. One is left wishing that Obamacare covered spine transplants. The Republican-led Congress is now an adjunct of the White House. The White House is now an adjunct of Trump's chaotic will.

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Trump has made a practice of forcing people around him to lower their standards and abandon their ideals before turning against them when their usefulness ends. His servants are sucked dry of integrity and dignity, then thrown away like the rind of a squeezed orange. Who does Trump's bidding and has his or her reputation enhanced? A generation of Republicans will end up writing memoirs of apology and regret.

The political damage to the GOP as the party of corruption and coverup should be obvious as well. This is a rare case when the rats, rather than deserting a sinking ship, seemed determined to ride it all the way down.

But it is damage to the conscience that is hardest to repair. For Republicans, what seemed like a temporary political compromise is becoming an indelible moral stain. The Russia investigation is revealing a Trump universe in which ethical considerations did not (and do not) figure at all. Who can imagine a senior Trump campaign official -- say, Paul Manafort or Donald Trump Jr. -- saying the words "That would be wrong"? Their degraded spirit has now invaded the whole GOP. By defending Trump's transgressions, by justifying his abuses, Republicans are creating an atmosphere in which corruption and cowardice thrive.

How can this course be corrected? "You only have one political death," said Rep. John Jacob Rhodes, the late Republican congressman from Arizona, "but you can choose when to use it." Larger showdowns -- concerning the possible firings of special counsel Robert S. Mueller III and Deputy Attorney General Rod J. Rosenstein -- now seem likely. If there is nothing for which Ryan and other Republican leaders will risk their careers, there is nothing in which they truly believe.

Comments

The GOP lost their values so quickly because they never had any. They're cowards because they were never brave.

#1 | Posted by Zed at 2018-02-06 07:26 AM

They are the Deep State of moral midgets.

#2 | Posted by Zed at 2018-02-06 07:27 AM

Since 1995 the GOP has been a self serving cabal that doesn't care about any short or long term damage that their policies bring to the voting public or the nation so long as they can cash out from them. They are greedy traitorous scum.

#3 | Posted by 726 at 2018-02-06 07:40 AM

Does anyone remember when Ryan was "Never Trump" for like 3 seconds?

#4 | Posted by TFDNihilist at 2018-02-06 07:56 AM

Regular profiles in courage.

#5 | Posted by Doc_Sarvis at 2018-02-06 08:51 AM

The truth about the GOP is well known today to all except the entrenched liars who have to lie to themselves before they can repeat the lies that Fox News supplies them daily. I suspect most of them know better but it has become tribal, they can't tell the truth any more because it would go against their tribe. That is really where I think this nation has landed.

#6 | Posted by danni at 2018-02-06 11:00 AM

Lickspittle.

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#7 | Posted by donnerboy at 2018-02-06 11:24 AM

"Does anyone remember when Ryan was "Never Trump" for like 3 seconds?

#4 | Posted by TFDNihilist at 2018-02-06 07:56 AM | Reply | Flag:"

That was when Trumplestiltskin was spreading his phoney populist --------.

Once he found out Mangolini was a 1%er on steroids his fears were laid to rest.

#8 | Posted by 726 at 2018-02-06 11:58 AM

Trump could sell the US to Bin Laden's ghost and they would be okay with it so long as the check to their accounts clear.

#9 | Posted by 726 at 2018-02-06 12:00 PM

Put this on the front page. Dilly dilly!

#10 | Posted by moder8 at 2018-02-06 03:13 PM

From an article today in The Hill:

But among Republican observers who are critical of him [Trump], the latest controversy is the clearest example yet of how the party has lost its way.

"Too many Republican leaders are afraid of taking on Trump or taking on Trump supporters, and so they are not willing to call out Nunes and this entire corrupt effort," said Peter Wehner, who served in the administrations of the three most recent Republican presidents before Trump.

"This is just part of the decline of the Republican Party under Trump," Wehner added. "They hitched their wagon to him, so he goes down and they go down with him. They just can't seem to find the courage to break from him."

thehill.com

#11 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2018-02-06 03:27 PM

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