Part of the problem

August 5th, 2017

What the hell is wrong with Arizona voters, anyway? We finally look as if we might stand a chance of being shut of the odious John McCain at last, and then this stinking turd floats to the top of the bowl.

It was we conservatives who, upon Obama’s election, stated that our No. 1 priority was not advancing a conservative policy agenda but making Obama a one-term president—the corollary to this binary thinking being that his failure would be our success and the fortunes of the citizenry would presumably be sorted out in the meantime. It was we conservatives who were largely silent when the most egregious and sustained attacks on Obama’s legitimacy were leveled by marginal figures who would later be embraced and legitimized by far too many of us. It was we conservatives who rightly and robustly asserted our constitutional prerogatives as a co-equal branch of government when a Democrat was in the White House but who, despite solemn vows to do the same in the event of a Trump presidency, have maintained an unnerving silence as instability has ensued. To carry on in the spring of 2017 as if what was happening was anything approaching normalcy required a determined suspension of critical faculties. And tremendous powers of denial.

We Trump supporters do not WANT “normalcy” in DC. We want disruption, an end to the status quo you sanctimonious GOPe weasels, Democrat Socialists, and Beltway bandits of every warp and woof are all so jealously guarding. Your precious “normalcy” is nothing but a recipe for frustration, defeat, and disaster for the nation you misrule. As for the GOPe, your “principled conservatism” has failed to conserve a single goddamned thing. “Normalcy”? Um, thanks, but no thanks, pal.

I’ve been sympathetic to this impulse to denial, as one doesn’t ever want to believe that the government of the United States has been made dysfunctional at the highest levels, especially by the actions of one’s own party.

Refusing to recognize that that is indeed the case, and has been for a goodish while, is the REAL denial. Such obliviousness would have to constitute denial so purblind and obtuse as to spill well over into delusion, in fact.

Meanwhile, the strange specter of an American president’s seeming affection for strongmen and authoritarians created such a cognitive dissonance among my generation of conservatives—who had come of age under existential threat from the Soviet Union—that it was almost impossible to believe.

Hm. Don’t suppose the names Pinochet, Marcos, Somoza, Palavi, or Hussein ring any bells with you, then? Not that I’m proposing that there weren’t sound enough reasons for American support for any or all of them, mind; realpolitik is like that sometimes. But to get suddenly sniffy about it when someone you don’t like is in the White House—someone who happens to be a member of your own party—is what’s almost impossible to believe.

Even as our own government was documenting a con­certed attack against our democratic processes by an enemy foreign power, our own White House was rejecting the authority of its own intelligence agencies, disclaiming their findings as a Democratic ruse and a hoax.

Which is PRECISELY what it was: an attempt to excuse and rationalize away an UNEXPECTED!™ election loss that only a delusional Democrat Socialist—or one of their eternally biddable GOPe rumpswabs—could have failed to see coming….provably fabricated from whole cloth by the minions of the most corrupt and degenerate candidate ever to swindle and hoodwink her way into high office.

I know I shouldn’t at this point, but I do still find it stunning that so many Vichy GOPers would rather have seen Hillary as President than Trump—and are actually willing to publicly admit it. If there’s one single thing that would demonstrate what their commitment to “conservative principles” is really worth, that would have to be it.

So, where should Republicans go from here? First, we shouldn’t hesitate to speak out if the president “plays to the base” in ways that damage the Republican Party’s ability to grow and speak to a larger audience.

Don’t look now, but a lot of Republicans rode into office on Trump’s coattails, because a lot of Americans want to see the DC swamp drained. You want to “damage the Republican Party’s ability to grow,” you just keep right on preserving the Deep State we sent him to Washington to discomfit and dismantle.

Second, Republicans need to take the long view when it comes to issues like free trade: Populist and protectionist policies might play well in the short term, but they handicap the country in the long term.

Ask anybody currently riding around on a new Harley about that one, bub. While you’re at it, ask which staunch conservative hero implemented the temporary measures that kept them around.

Third, Republicans need to stand up for institutions and prerogatives, like the Senate filibuster, that have served us well for more than two centuries.

The filibuster—which, by the way, has NOT been around for two hundred years quite yet—the fucking filibuster? Oh God, I think I’m going to puke.

But hey, you and the rest of the Vichy GOPe keep taking that “conservative principles” “high road,” chumps. And keep right on nobly losing at every turn, too, and pretending it’s really because you fought the good fight and stood up for those precious “principles,” instead of being in barely-clandestine cahoots with your “partners across the aisle”—keeping your snout in the trough to gulp down whatever meager scraps of leftover swill your “partners” in the “loyal opposition” will allow you to grub up, and just never mind the wanton destruction you’re helping them wreak. You’re fooling almost no one but yourselves at this point.

Talk about being in “denial.” If I thought for a second Flake truly believed any of this claptrap, I’d say the irony was so caustic as to actually cause physical wounds.

But I don’t, and neither does he. It’s just another ruse, a desperate, last-ditch stratagem intended to keep the tattered mask from falling to pieces altogether and blowing off with the first breeze. I’ve been saying for a while now that I consider the GOPe to be even more despicable than the Democrat Socialists; this half-assed, pitiful charade is why. It’s time to bring the curtain down on the GOPe’s long-running shitshow, and I frankly don’t care all that much how it gets done.

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  1. Kauf Buch
    August 5th, 2017 at 08:08 | #1
    I trust you *do* realize fisking/responding to an article from Politico is like trying to reason with a goldfish.
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