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The Shearing of Hair Trompf (25)

March 9, 2018

T’row da bums out!  “Boycott the Republican Party.”  2-15 Yep, it has come to that.  [I started drafting this page on 2/15, but eye trouble has slowed its posting.] Writing in the Atlantic,  Jonathan Rauch and Benjamin Wittes suggest that “If conservatives want to save the GOP from itself, they need to vote mindlessly and mechanically against its nominees.”  Khaavren, in Dkos, summarizes the meat of their article:

  • This is not about the Republican party’s extremism or even about policies.
  • This is not about Trump being awful (though he is), but about the Republican party being unwilling to check his abuses of power
  • Anti-Trump forces in Republican party have been shut out, and Trump owns the base now

and presents their logical conclusion:

(1) The GOP has become the party of Trumpism.
(2) Trumpism is a threat to democratic values and the rule of law.
(3) The Republican Party is a threat to democratic values and the rule of law.

and their final appeal:

We understand why Republicans, even moderate ones, are reluctant to cross party lines. Party, today, is identity. But in the through-the-looking-glass era of Donald Trump, the best thing Republicans can do for their party is vote against it.

We understand, too, the many imperfections of the Democratic Party. Its left is extreme, its center is confused, and it has its share of bad apples. But the Democratic Party is not a threat to our democratic order. That is why we are rising above our independent predilections and behaving like dumb-ass partisans. It’s why we hope many smart people will do the same.

Personally, I agree with Khaavren that things have sunk so far into the swamp of fascist corruption that if we want to save our democracy the best way to do that is to vote out all current Rs, and give the rational, patriotic conservatives among us a chance to form a vital opposition party.

And with 17 students and staff shot dead at a Parkland FL high school, Waldman (WaPo) is thinking the same thing with regard to ending mass shootings:  But while voting for Democrats is no guarantee that we’ll begin to solve the gun violence problem, voting for Republicans is a stone-cold, absolute, ironclad, 100 percent guarantee that we won’t.

Btw, in case you missed the active shooter drill at your school today, here’s a review.

Meanwhile, Trompf still says he would be delighted to talk with M under any conditions, but his lawyers won’t let him, under any conditions. His lawyers are afraid he will get caught lying, and they’d rather gamble that M won’t subpeona. Update 3-9: Or he might sit for an interview under an agreement that the investigation then goes away (WSJ, Newsweek).

Ah, but don’t miss this wonderful telling of the story of Nixon and the Saturday Night Massacre, by Woodward and Bernstein (who were there), “Nixon Fired the Man Investigating Him.  Will Trump?” (WaPo).

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