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Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Conor Friedersdorf, The Atlantic: Any president could pass a tax bill or confirm federal judges given a Senate and House that is controlled by their party. And Trump's tax bill failed to simplify the system while his federal court appointments include embarrassingly unqualified choices. But even without those caveats to the two policy achievements that conservatives cite most often, there are sound reasons to justify opposition from Never Trumpers. Some relate to incompetence, others to lack of transparency.




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And the most important and damning traits that distinguish Trump from his predecessors are his willingness to stoke animus against minority groups for political gain; the energy he has given to white supremacists; the indiscipline of his public statements; the frequency with which he blatantly lies to the public; and the unsavory characters that he brought with him into the federal government -- including Stephen Bannon, Stephen Miller, and Sebastian Gorka, for starters. ...

Sooner or later, the GOP will face a backlash over the unsavory forces they've allied with and unleashed, just as they faced a backlash after Pete Wilson's embrace of Proposition 187 in California and the excesses of George W. Bush, especially the catastrophic Iraq War (bygone causes that Rush Limbaugh and friends championed). The GOP will deserve every bit of its next fall from power. And only Never Trumpers will have the credibility to pick up the pieces and rebuild.


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The GOP will deserve every bit of its next fall from power.

If it happens, then it happens, and it will be deserved, because the voting people will have felt let down and taken for granted. Kinda like November 2016, no?

#1 | Posted by cookfish at 2017-12-27 03:31 PM | Reply

They've fallen in line behind Trump because he represents what the Republican Party is these days. He just doesn't use the dog whistles that they've always used. And the base loves him for it. I don't know where it all ends but it won't be pretty.

#2 | Posted by SomebodyElse at 2017-12-27 06:12 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Obama said that he would consider it a "personal insult" to his legacy if Hillary wasn't elected president. Not enough yellow dogs came a runnin' to get their ears scratched when Barry blew his dog whistle. Guess the base didn't love him for taking them for granted, and probably didn't like that he assumed they were dogs.

#3 | Posted by cookfish at 2017-12-27 09:11 PM | Reply

"nevertrumpers" --neocons, pro-wall street, globalism and open borders. Basically Clintonites.

#4 | Posted by nullifidian at 2017-12-27 09:26 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

"Never Trump" ~ LOL

It's a little too late for that doncha think?

#5 | Posted by Twinpac at 2017-12-28 05:19 AM | Reply

There's always the mid-terms. If Trump loses both houses of Congress (or even one), we might see the White House lift off it's foundation and go into orbit ~ metaphorically speaking, of course. It would be better if the Sulphur and brimstone that inhabits Trump's head just causes him to self-combust.

Add to that the political finality of the Muller investigation and perhaps even a frog march or two. That will be bigly ~ or ugly ~ or better yet, both.

Articles of impeachment are also a possibility. Pelosi, if Speaker, says "no" to impeachment. But then, politicians say the darnest things, don't they? (wink, wink)

Then there's the royal snub when Prince Harry get's married ~ while Obama and Michelle (personal friends of Harry) are invited as overnight guests of the Queen at Buckingham Palace. Oooo, OUCH! Trump will be scratching that scab for years.

#6 | Posted by Twinpac at 2017-12-28 07:10 AM | Reply

"nevertrumpers" --neocons, pro-wall street, globalism and open borders. Basically Clintonites.


IOW, GOP moderates, who have not sold their souls to the tea party idiocy.

#7 | Posted by kudzu at 2017-12-28 09:43 AM | Reply

"Only Never Trump Can Rebuild GOP from the Rubble"
You spelled "Ruble" wrong...

#8 | Posted by ghoti at 2017-12-28 12:18 PM | Reply

Articles of impeachment are also a possibility.
#6 | Posted by Twinpac

That would just give us President Pence. Just as evil but smarter. No way to tell, but I think it would be worse.

#9 | Posted by SomebodyElse at 2017-12-28 01:38 PM | Reply


Pence is under a cloud of suspicion himself. We don't know yet if Mueller is going after a clean sweep.

That leaves Paul Ryan who will resign if his re-election prospects look dim.

If the House changes hands in the mid-terms, will we be looking at President Pelosi?

#10 | Posted by Twinpac at 2017-12-28 03:26 PM | Reply

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