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2/26/2021

“Trump Trump Trump Trump Trump Trump”

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 8:29 am



So says the GOP.

I love me some dynasties, but I especially love me dynasties composed exclusively of stupid venal clowns.

Mitch McConnell, who two weeks ago said that Trump was “practically and morally responsible for provoking the events of the day” of January 6 — remember that day? That’s the day a violent mob attacked police and tried to disrupt the vote counting to help Trump steal the election. Yeah, that day — was asked whether he would support the man responsible for all of that as president. Sure! Of course! Why, he’d be the nominee!! How could you not support him?

You already witnessed, as described in Dana’s post from yesterday, a similar cognitive dissonance from Chip Roy of Texas, who said Liz Cheney had forfeited her right to be in leadership for saying there ought to be no role in the party for someone whom Roy himself said a couple of weeks ago had committed impeachable offenses.

It’s Trumps all the way down.

91 Responses to ““Trump Trump Trump Trump Trump Trump””

  1. Well it would be nice to see Tiffany finally get her place in the sun.

    Victor (4959fb)

  2. And what orgy of idolatrous false-god worship would be complete without a golden calf?

    Dave (1bb933)

  3. Well it would be nice to see Tiffany finally get her place in the sun.

    Barron kind of looks like Joffrey Baratheon, too.

    Coincidence? I think not!

    Dave (1bb933)

  4. How else to pardon dad?

    The GOP obviously wants reality tv drama….with ultra simplistic memes of who’s winning, who’s a loser, and who’s not being loyal….all endorsed by fawning news entertainment…..soulless Talk Radio….and mindless social media.

    “Leaders are usually a reflection of the people they lead. How can a leader be moral if his people are immoral?” ― Awdhesh Singh

    AJ_Liberty (ec7f74)

  5. McConnell just responded to a question. He didn’t have a press conference to announce his support of Trump. And the question was very limited. IF HE IS THE NOMINEE OF YOUR PARTY…

    The other part? NO. There is no reason for any of his kids to be on a national political stage.

    Last time, Trump was my 16th choice out of 17 Republican candidates. Next time I think he would be 17th out of 17. But if he is nominated, I’ll vote for him over Kamala.

    Mike S (4125f8)

  6. The GOP loves trump. They even put up a golden idol of him at CPAC.

    Time123 (53ef45)

  7. Remember when Republicans found it offensive that the Kennedy name was assumed to give someone a claim on power? Or when Trump-boosters saw Hillary Clinton’s candidacy as an outrageous example of “dynastic” pretensions?

    They even put up a golden idol of him at CPAC.

    It’s likely that many of those idol-worshipers once found it bizarre and outrageous that Obama was depicted with a halo. I laughed at the personality cult surrounding Obama, but the cult of Trump is a lot weirder in various ways.

    Radegunda (20775b)

  8. Remember when Republicans found it offensive that the Kennedy name was assumed to give someone a claim on power? Or when Trump-boosters saw Hillary Clinton’s candidacy as an outrageous example of “dynastic” pretensions?

    They even put up a golden idol of him at CPAC.

    It’s likely that many of those idol-worshipers once found it bizarre and outrageous that Obama was depicted with a halo. I laughed at the personality cult surrounding Obama, but the cult of Trump is a lot weirder in various ways.

    Radegunda (20775b) — 2/26/2021 @ 11:08 am

    Pre-Trump I had a lot of respect for social conservatives that wanted leaders who modeled Christian morals and advocated policy based on the teachings of Jesus. I didn’t always agree, but I could respect where they were coming from and that they were trying to live their lives in accordance with what they thought god wanted.

    Time123 (53ef45)

  9. What other relevance do all the Congress Republicans and ex-Trump appointees have? Out of power, out of the game. For the Congress Republicans, they’re jobs are really phony-baloney for the next two years. So they’re clinging and ranting. Blecch!

    nk (1d9030)

  10. *their* jobs

    nk (1d9030)

  11. Biden administration ends Trump’s murder cover-up for the Saudi Prince:

    US intelligence report finds Saudi Crown Prince responsible for approving operation that killed Khashoggi

    Dave (1bb933)

  12. The way to get them against Trump is to attack him from the Right. As in: “Why didn’t Trump pardon the Patriots he called to Stand Up for America?”

    Kevin M (ab1c11)

  13. Biden administration ends Trump’s murder cover-up for the Saudi Prince

    This is a perfect example of why Trump was such a loser. He had no idea where to find the internal reports on Fast & Furious, Lois Lerner, etc, or any other thing which required knowing what phone number to dial to get stuff done.

    Kevin M (ab1c11)

  14. How could you not support him?

    Why, he’d be the nominee!! Ronald Reagan’s “11th commandment”

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Eleventh_Commandment_(Ronald_Reagan)

    But Reagan did treat that as a bit of a joke.

    Sammy Finkelman (c95a5a)

  15. “Why didn’t Trump pardon the Patriots he called to Stand Up for America?”

    Duh.

    They were antifa – every last one of them!

    Dave (1bb933)

  16. Biden administration ends Trump’s murder cover-up for the Saudi Prince

    This is a perfect example of why Trump was such a loser. He had no idea where to find the internal reports on Fast & Furious, Lois Lerner, etc, or any other thing which required knowing what phone number to dial to get stuff done.

    Kevin M (ab1c11) — 2/26/2021 @ 11:33 am

    He had people working for him that could do that. Barr, Pence, Kelly, and others all could have done that. At this point there’s a case to be made that the evidence isn’t there.

    Time123 (53ef45)

  17. But if the GOP is to be the Trump Party, we’d better get started on the non-Trump Party now.

    Possible names:

    The Federalist Party
    The Sane Party
    The Right Party
    The Center Party
    The Other Party

    Something. Then try to get a Paul Ryan-type to lead it. Young and a total contrast to bombast.

    Kevin M (ab1c11)

  18. Maybe even the Tea Party.

    Kevin M (ab1c11)

  19. OT: Today is the 18th anniversary of the bombing of the World Trade Center, which took place on Friday, February 26, 1993.

    But it wasn’t Purim that year. Purim took place on Sunday, March 7, 1993 (and the previous Saturday night)

    Two days later was the first Waco raid.

    Sammy Finkelman (c95a5a)

  20. The name isn’t important.

    It also doesn’t have to be a party that runs candidates on a separate ballot lime.

    I would think, if there’s a split. both sides would try to use the Republican name.

    Posssible platform or slogans:

    No Dogmatism (for real)
    No Dishonesty
    No Disgrace
    No Dictatorship
    No Disinformation

    Dissenters welcome
    Distinguished people

    Differences settled in primaries

    Sammy Finkelman (c95a5a)

  21. @11.

    https://www.jpost.com/breaking-news/us-to-sell-billions-worth-of-weapons-to-saudi-arabia-and-kuwait-653671

    US to sell billions worth of weapons to Saudi Arabia and Kuwait

    ‘The sale comes in the final days of US President Donald Trump’s term.

    The US State Department has approved the potential sale of 3,000 precision guided munitions to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in a deal valued at up to $290 billion, the Pentagon said on Tuesday.

    The sale comes in the final days of US President Donald Trump’s term. President-elect Joe Biden has pledged to halt arms sales to Saudi Arabia, the Middle East’s biggest buyer of American weapons, in a bid to pressure Riyadh to end a war in Yemen that has caused the world’s worst humanitarian crisis.’

    https://www.state.gov/u-s-relations-with-saudi-arabia/

    ‘The United States and Saudi Arabia enjoy a strong economic relationship. The United States is Saudi Arabia’s second largest trading partner, and Saudi Arabia is one of the United States’ largest trading partners in the Middle East. Saudi Arabia is the third leading source of imported oil for the United States, providing about half a million barrels per day of oil to the U.S. market. The United States and Saudi Arabia have signed a Trade Investment Framework Agreement. Saudi Arabia launched its Vision 2030 program in April 2016, laying out plans to diversify the economy, including through increased trade and investment with the United States and other countries.’

    Ahhhh. The sweet smell of free market capitalism: Reaganomics.

    DCSCA (f4c5e5)

  22. OT: Today is the 18th anniversary of the bombing of the World Trade Center, which took place on Friday, February 26, 1993.

    Just a quick FYI, 28 years.

    Colonel Klink (Ret) (1367c0)

  23. @11-

    Biden Won’t Penalize Saudi Crown Prince Over Khashoggi’s Killing, Fearing Relations Breach
    President Biden has decided that the price of directly penalizing Saudi Arabia’s crown prince, Mohammed bin Salman, is too high, according to senior administration officials, despite a detailed American intelligence finding that he directly approved the killing of Jamal Khashoggi, the dissident and Washington Post columnist who was drugged and dismembered in October 2018.
    ………
    Biden folds like a cheap suit, making America look like a paper tiger.

    Rip Murdock (9ff85d)

  24. For years, Republicans accused Democrats of worshipping Obama, which I always found baffling because I knew nobody who even rated him above average.

    Looks like they were projecting. This is the biggest personality cult the US has seen in my lifetime.

    aphrael (4c4719)

  25. American Alliance

    Dave (1bb933)

  26. 17, you need some token former Dems. Not a 1 to 1 ratio, but perhaps enough to make it look like they wont be the perpetual beneficiary of 2 right wing parties.

    urbanleftbehind (bfc26a)

  27. The GOP will be the non-Trump party a year from now, maybe less. Some of the rats still clinging to the flotsam will have swum away, some will be sucked down the whirlpool with the wreck.

    nk (1d9030)

  28. @22. Chilly. Snowy that morning. Flurries. Was in the ‘basement’ of the WTC that morning doing some banking- [for the benefit of the uneducated, there was a massive mall underneath the WTC w/banks, shops & subway/PATH stations to JFK, Uptown, Jersey City, Hoboken and Newark.] Caught a PATH to Hoboken for an early train; got across the river to the train station– heard and saw this commotion around the towers; choppers, sirens. Plugged into the Walkman and listened to reports of that attack. Commuters learned we’d caught the last PATH out minutes before the explosion.

    DCSCA (f4c5e5)

  29. 27.The GOP will be the non-Trump party a year from now, maybe less. Some of the rats still clinging to the flotsam will have swum away, some will be sucked down the whirlpool with the wreck.

    They’ll cling to Trump’s coattails through the 2022 cycle- even 2024- desperate to retake House/Senate seats… and perhaps the Oval. Then they’ll shave the beards, drop the masks and ‘Cruz’ away from him. It’s in their DNA to screw over the populists; the Royalists learned little from 1/6. It’s all about keeping their well paid, great benefited gov’t jobs. You know…”principles.” 😉

    DCSCA (f4c5e5)

  30. @17. Howzabout the Lincoln Project!?

    Oh.

    Wait.

    😉

    DCSCA (f4c5e5)

  31. nk, what’s the mechanism of action which you think causes the republicans to abandon trump within a year?

    aphrael (4c4719)

  32. I knew nobody who even rated him above average.

    I knew people who thought Obama was truly awesome, a leader of towering greatness. And there was some messianic language and imagery surrounding him at the beginning (the halos; “He stands above us, like God”; the songs of praise). But the Trump cult is more extreme, and often explicitly religious too.

    Radegunda (20775b)

  33. How Trumpism Has Become a Cult of Losing
    ………
    Donald Trump……..has moved into a role of opposition leader and president in exile, a sort of hybrid between a parliamentary system (where a defeated prime minister might often slide immediately into opposition leadership) and banana republic, where a deposed strongman flees the country with a Swiss bank account and a retinue of goons.
    …….
    ……. What value does he still have now? When previous defeated presidents were discarded, why cling to the one whose value proposition was based on never being a loser?
    ……..
    When you begin with the premise that Donald Trump rightly won the election, you naturally interpret the events that followed the election in a different light. Trump’s efforts to overturn the result, pressuring officials to produce new votes for him and whipping up a mob to storm the Capitol, are actually restrained.

    The Republicans’ understanding of the January 6 insurrection follows from their delusional beliefs about the election itself. …….
    At the same time, they deny their party had any responsibility for it. ……. Fox News has trained its audience to be able to simultaneously believe that the January 6 riot was a violent false-flag operation to discredit the right and a legitimate peaceful exercise in the petitioning of government for a redress of grievances. Both of these mutually exclusive stories share the vital characteristic that Trump supporters did nothing wrong.

    Indeed, to their own minds, the Trump supporters have been doubly victimized. First the election was stolen from them. And then, after they showed remarkable restraint in the face of this crime, they are being pelted with demands to affirm the legitimacy of the stolen election. Michael Anton has written a lengthy complaint about his appearance on a podcast with Andrew Sullivan, who annoyed Anton by interrogating his refusal to accept the election. Decrying “the apparent blatantness of the 2020 irregularities, the all-too-evident refusal to explain any of them, and now the official persecution of those who raise doubts,” Anton argues that efforts to challenge his fantasies are an attack on his “freedom of thought.”

    This persecution fantasy is not limited to niche websites like American Greatness. Tucker Carlson likewise decries efforts to affirm the election’s legitimacy as a form of fascism…….

    Support for Trump has ceased to be a strategy for acquiring power. It has become an act of rebellion.
    ……
    Defeat, in the right context, can inspire minds just as well as victory. (Witness the cult of the “Lost Cause” that still exists in the white South.)…….
    ……..

    Rip Murdock (9ff85d)

  34. In my last post I pointed out trump is supported by 85% of the republican party. Since he got 74,000,000 votes he was supported by a lot of independents half of which vote republican. Populists represent the people economic free trade libertarian conservatives represent the wealthy donor class. But! Trumps not moral enough! as arlo guthrey sings in alice’s restaurant. The voters are fed up with milton freedmen’s capitalisms creative destruction pseudo morality.

    asset (b2122c)

  35. The problem w/t GOP– [and the D’s as well] is they’re already harping about ‘the next election’ when this one is barely three months in the rearview mirror.

    No ideas, no compromise… no governing. Just posturing for the next cycle. Piss on both; they’ve done more damage to the infrastructure of American life over the past 45 years than Hitler, Stalin or Tojo could have dreamed.

    DCSCA (f4c5e5)

  36. @34. The voters are fed up with milton freedmen’s [Friedman] capitalisms creative destruction pseudo morality

    Reaganomics.

    He was dead wrong. Now, just dead.

    DCSCA (f4c5e5)

  37. asset (b2122c) — 2/26/2021 @ 1:18 pm

    Spoken like a true Teamster. This is the Republican Party, right?

    Paul Montagu (77c694)

  38. 22. Colonel Klink (Ret) (1367c0) — 2/26/2021 @ 11:57 am

    Just a quick FYI, 28 years.

    I missed that typo. I appreciate the correction. Twebty eight years is the period of time the Julian calendat repeats itself exactly

    Sammy Finkelman (c95a5a)

  39. 29. DCSCA (f4c5e5) — 2/26/2021 @ 12:35 pm

    They’ll cling to Trump’s coattails through the 2022 cycle- even 2024- desperate to retake House/Senate seats… and perhaps the Oval.

    Trump has negative coattails.But he lies about that, just like Bill Clinton did.

    Wat Trump does have is the power to cost a candidate votes, and he may do more damage coming out against someone than for that person. Coming out against may hurt someone – possssibly – in a primary (at least in the right location) Coming out in favor of someone hurts that person in the general election.

    Sammy Finkelman (c95a5a)

  40. 11. 23. Saudi Arabia is too big to fail. Biden is attempting to get King Salman to name a different person as Crown Prince.

    Sammy Finkelman (c95a5a)

  41. Unfortunately for me it almost doesn’t matter what the Dems do at this point. I can’t vote for anyone who won’t roundly, definitely, and permanently condemn anyone who attempted to foment an insurrection in an attempt to overturn the presidential election. So I guess I’ll be voting Dem for, what, at least the next several presidential election cycles? unless the majority of Rs who have decided that they are Trumpists before they are Americans manage to get themselves back to being Americans and do so decisively, or the Dems decide to foment an insurrection to overturn the presidential election.

    Nic (896fdf)

  42. Biden ratifiedd the strategy with regard to combat with Iran that Donald Trump sort of stumbled into. With regard to the nuclear problem, his strategy is based on hope – bringing back the nuclear deal with changes that make it more anti-Iran. I suppose the thought is – why not offer Iran a way out?

    Sammy Finkelman (c95a5a)

  43. Since he got 74,000,000 votes he was supported by a lot of independents half of which vote republican.

    Binary choice! At least that’s what Trumpers insisted before the election: You might not like Trump, but you’ve gotta vote for him to keep the socialists out of power!

    After the election, they switched to a different line of reasoning: Every single person who voted for Trump must be an enthusiastic, unqualified supporter of Trump above all others! And they all hate free trade!

    Radegunda (20775b)

  44. Coming out against may hurt someone – possssibly – in a primary (at least in the right location) Coming out in favor of someone hurts that person in the general election.

    Sammy Finkelman (c95a5a) — 2/26/2021 @ 1:37 pm

    All the more reason for Trump to STFU and start scouting a replacement for Melania.

    norcal (01e272)

  45. All the more reason for Trump to STFU

    Not from his perspective. He would hate to see the GOP doing better electorally without him. I think some Trump-apologists wouldn’t like to see it either. They would rather maintain the belief that Trump saved the GOP and that they were absolutely right to promote and defend him.

    Radegunda (20775b)

  46. All the more reason for Trump to STFU

    Not from his perspective.

    Oh, I know. Trump will never change. He’s always been a demented clown. He may not even know any better. That is why I think Cruz and Hawley are even more despicable than Trump. They know better, but are so thirsty for political power that they are all too glad to debase themselves.

    norcal (01e272)

  47. I can answer that question, aphrael. Because he’ll be being prosecuted for multiple crimes in several states. I suppose the general public couldn’t care less about the civil cases for defamation or slander, because they’ve come to expect that from Trump. But bank, wire and tax fraud, campaign finance violations, and fraudulent business practices? Grand juries are sealed, but these trials will be public. And believe me there will be nightly reports on every network and cable channel.

    Prosecutors are going to craft their cases meticulously, because they’re not trying Trump for kicks. They’ll probably schedule the trials to begin a few months before the midterms for maximum exposure and effect. And the Republicans running for election or re-election will have to twist logic into a fractal pretzel to justify their continued support for the corrupt fraud Trump will be exposed to be.

    When everything is said and done, in the court of public opinion the Trump brand will be worthless.

    Gawain's Ghost (b25cd1)

  48. And the Republicans running for election or re-election will have to twist logic into a fractal pretzel to justify their continued support for the corrupt fraud Trump will be exposed to be.

    I think they’ve proven themselves more than capable on that score.

    Dave (1bb933)

  49. The people here seem to be pretty intelligent so it must be ignorance that you don’t understand the situation. I will try to inform you what happened why the republican party stands for what 74,000,000 trump voters says its stands for not your conservative libertarian free trade ideology. Republicans gained house seats and if not for stacy abrams would control the senate. More importantly biden did not win the presidency because he got 7,000,000 more votes then trump. He won because he got 44,000 more votes in three states: wisconsin 20,000 georgia 13,000 arizona 11,000 votes and only because the green party was prevented from getting on the ballot by election laws put in by republican legislatures to keep the libertarian party off the ballot to stop them from siphoning off republican votes. The populist controlled republican party does not need the voting majority to be successful 18 % of the population in 26 states controls the senate and republican gerrymandering of congress and state legislatures has kept them in control of house until 2018 and will likely do so again. Example in pennsylvania in 2014/16 democrats got nearly a million more votes for congressional seats ;but thanks to gerrymandering republicans won 11 of 16 house seats. So why should the now populist republican party care what you think they don’t need never trumpets to be successful in elections thanks to are undemocratic political system.

    asset (c207c9)

  50. This is the biggest personality cult the US has seen in my lifetime.

    You must be young. See the Kennedys and Reagan for details.

    DCSCA (f4c5e5)

  51. So why should the now populist republican party care what you think they don’t need never trumpets to be successful in elections thanks to are undemocratic political system.

    Actually the new gameplan is to just toss out unfavorable election results entirely.

    Dave (1bb933)

  52. O.M.G.

    The Walking Dead; the stride of the died– President Plagiarist displays the old man shuffle to Texans and chopper watchers today.

    Do you stand or sit to pee, Joey? Kamala wants to know.

    DCSCA (f4c5e5)

  53. nk, what’s the mechanism of action which you think causes the republicans to abandon trump within a year?

    Their campaign fund raising and their polls as their primaries come up and the 2022 midterms near, aphrael. Trump’s trials and tribulations that Gawain’s Ghost mentioned will be a part of it, but even without them Trump will be a drag on both money and voters.

    nk (1d9030)

  54. The Republican Party is not the party of the country clubs, it’s the party of hardworking, blue-collar men and women.

    https://twitter.com/SenTedCruz/status/1365397741044654086

    The jokes write themselves.

    Davethulhu (6ba00b)

  55. How many country clubs does their blue-collar god-king own, again?

    I mean, other than the one where he lives…

    Dave (1bb933)

  56. I think Sammy at 39 is right on, too:

    Trump has negative coattails.But he lies about that, just like Bill Clinton did.

    W[h]at Trump does have is the power to cost a candidate votes, and he may do more damage coming out against someone than for that person. Coming out against may hurt someone – possssibly – in a primary (at least in the right location) Coming out in favor of someone hurts that person in the general election.

    nk (1d9030)

  57. I also think that Twitter did Trump a big favor. Trump is more effective in his gerbils’ imaginings than he is in his semi-coherent harangues.

    nk (1d9030)

  58. @”57.” Yes. Anticipation sold a helluva lot of Heinz Ketchup, too. His Sunday outing should generate some delicious ratings.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Uy5krCbapEA

    “Anticipation. It’s makin’ me wait…’ – Carly Simon ‘Anticiption’ 1971

    DCSCA (f4c5e5)

  59. I also think that Twitter did Trump a big favor. Trump is more effective in his gerbils’ imaginings than he is in his semi-coherent harangues.

    they did it for the rest of us mr nk

    Dave (1bb933)

  60. You can always support Ron DeSantis.

    NJRob (49cc84)

  61. Biden administration ends Trump’s murder cover-up for the Saudi Prince:
    US intelligence report finds Saudi Crown Prince responsible for approving operation that killed Khashoggi
    Dave (1bb933) — 2/26/2021 @ 11:24 am

    Both Trump and Biden whistle past the graveyard of thousands of dead Chinese and Uighurs, not to mention tens of thousands more detained.

    I guess Stalin was right about one death…

    Hoi Polloi (b28058)

  62. Biden folds like a cheap suit, making America look like a paper tiger.
    Rip Murdock (9ff85d) — 2/26/2021 @ 12:00 pm

    If Biden can’t stand up to the Saudis, like all the Democrats said he would, then he’ll fold against everyone. Not surprising.

    Hoi Polloi (b28058)

  63. If Biden can’t stand up to the Saudis…

    He can barely walk.

    DCSCA (f4c5e5)

  64. Ha, ha, ha!
    Who got the Presidential Seal?
    Who got the Presidential podium?
    Who got the House?
    Who got the Senate?
    What do it say about the orange loser who lost by 74 Electoral Votes and 7 million popular votes?
    Yeah, only Trump could have gotten Biden elected and given Congress to the Democrats.
    Pelosi knew what she was doing when she let him remain the Republican candidate with the first impeachment and an albatross around the GOP’s neck with the second.

    As for Khashoggi, wasn’t it Trump who kept the just released report classified? If Biden is a pussy, isn’t Trump an accessory after the fact to Khashoggi’s murder?

    nk (1d9030)

  65. 13 House Republicans are voting by proxy on COVID relief bill, citing pandemic, but they’re speaking at CPAC
    At least 13 House Republicans have filed paperwork to have colleagues cast their votes on the COVID-19 relief bill Friday evening, citing the ongoing pandemic. However, they are also slated to speak at the Conservative Political Action Conference in Orlando, Florida.

    Republican Representatives Madison Cawthorn and Ted Budd of North Carolina, Matt Gaetz and Greg Steube of Florida, Paul Gosar of Arizona, Mark Green of Tennessee, Devin Nunes of California, Mike Kelly of Pennsylvania, Darrell Issa of California, Lauren Boebert of Colorado, Ralph Norman of South Carolina, Jim Banks of Indiana and Ronny Jackson of Texas, filed paperwork with the House clerk this week, stating, “I am unable to physically attend proceedings in the House Chamber due to the ongoing public health emergency.”

    In a statement, a spokesman for Budd said, “After Democrats rearranged the House schedule with extremely late notice, Rep. Budd was forced to proxy vote for the first time. Rep. Budd remains philosophically opposed to proxy voting, which is why he has already donated his congressional salary for the days he proxy-voted to the North Carolina Restaurant Workers Relief Fund to support restaurants who were shut down during the pandemic. Mentioning the pandemic in the letter is the standard language that both parties are required to use to proxy vote.”

    In May 2020, he introduced a bill entitled the “No Pay for Proxy Voting Act.”
    …….
    Before he was elected, Cawthorn tweeted, “Leaders show up no matter how uncertain the times are. The Democrats are cowards for hiding and not showing up to work. I guess we can label them as ‘Nonessential personnel’?”
    ………

    Rip Murdock (9ff85d)

  66. You may be right on the numbers, asset, but your logic is flawed.

    It is true that Trump lost the election because of the three states you mentioned, Wisconsin, Georgia and Arizona. However, all three voted for Trump in 2016, but not in 2020. Why? Because a lot of Republicans voted against Trump. Thus, the 74 million votes he received are illusory. How many of those votes were against Biden rather than for Trump? I suspect a good many. Even some Democrats voted against Biden, but far more Republicans voted against Trump.

    But Biden received 80 million votes, the most for any presidential candidate in history, and the 7 million margin of victory is the widest ever. You don’t get those numbers without winning a large majority of Independents.

    While gerrymandering did allow the Republicans to gain a few seats in the House, that was because of state, not national, politics. Also, the election on Nov. 3, 2020, was two months before the siege on the Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021. That really pissed off hundreds of millions of Americans. So the dynamics of the midterms in 2022 and the election in 2024 have changed dramatically. If you think Democrats aren’t going to be running ads with video footage of that horrific day, asking do you want to see this again? you’re a fool.

    Also, assuming Garland is approved to be AG and head of the DOJ, which he will because he has wide bipartisan support, and the FBI gets real serious about tracking down and arresting the traitors–I don’t use that term lightly, because that’s what they were, traitors to America–who stormed and ransacked the Capitol, which it already is, there’s going to be video footage of that in campaign ads as well.

    In fact, the FBI released a memo the other day stating that there is internet chatter that these treasonous fringe extremist groups are planning to blow up the Capitol during Biden’s State of the Union address. I seriously doubt they’ll be able to pull something like that off, because security will be tighter than anything seen before. However, there is also chatter of assaults on state capitols, particularly in those states that went for Trump in 2016 then for Biden in 2020. If anything like that happens, or is even attempted, it’s going to doom the Republican party for a generation.

    The Republicans did not fail to retain their majority in the Senate solely because of Abrams. They also lost the two seats in Georgia, much to the chagrin of McConnell. And why was that? Because of Donald Trump.

    What you fail to grasp is that Trump not only lost the House, he lost the Senate and the White House, all in one term. The Republicans held all three just four short years ago, then squandered their majorities and the presidency in favor of fealty to a corrupt fraud.

    Finally, there is no populist strain running throughout the Republican party, because Trump is not a populist. He’s a demagogue and an opportunistic con man. His marks are not the American people, but rather Republican leadership, quivering cowards that they are. Trump never expanded his base. In fact, he shrunk it. So he deviously replaced fleeing Republicans with white nationalists and supremacists and unhinged extremists, who the FBI reported committed the majority of violent political crimes last year. That is not the American people. It is a small cabal of cultists, fueled by conspiracists.

    Have you seen the ridiculous gold statue of Trump at CPAC? It is so obscenely obsequious as to be ludicrous. There he is with his golden head, dressed in a star-spangled outfit with shorts, holding a scepter. If this is the Republican’s idea of the image of a monarch, they’ll be laughed out of elections for the foreseeable future. They might as well have chosen the Trump piñata, made by ABC Party HQ in Dallas, for their golden calf, because it’s a much more accurate depiction.

    The Republican leadership is swirling around the drain, heading for the sewer bowl of history, and would be taking the entire party with them were it not for resistance.

    Liz Cheney isn’t going anywhere. She has too much integrity to step down from her leadership position in the party. Mitt Romney isn’t going anywhere either, at least for a few more years. But I see Adam Kinzinger as the leader for a return to the conservative principles the Republican party embraced before Trump. He won his district by 65%, while Trump won the same district by only 57%. He’s not going anywhere soon, and his website–countryfirst.com–is excellent.

    There is hope that the Republican party can recover its identity, principles and values. It’s just that it’s always darkest before the dawn. That’s where you are, asset, in the darkness. Just do not lose your soul as you stare into the abyss. It is said that when a man stares into the abyss, that is when he finds his character. Will you find yours? Or will you surrender to oblivion. That is the question.

    Oh, just as a warning, the next time you praise the main commenters on this excellent blog as intelligent, then accuse us of ignorance, I will eviscerate every post you make mercilessly. After the state prosecutions, the civil lawsuits, the FBI investigations, and the midterms, we’ll see who is posting idiocy and who is not.

    Gawain's Ghost (b25cd1)

  67. Rome got Augustus after the Republic fell. We’ll get … Trump? And will Melania play Livia Drusilla to get Baron the succession?

    Kevin M (ab1c11)

  68. The only bigger ass than Ted Cruz in Orlando is stitched to the butt end of the King Kong exhibit at Universal Studios.

    DCSCA (f4c5e5)

  69. @67 I read your comments carefully. First and most important. “all three voted for trump in 2016 ;but not 2020 why?” In 2016 a lot of democrats voted against clinton. Far more would have voted against biden ;but green party was not on ballot Green party in 2016 got far more votes then the difference in 2020. The most glaring example 2016 wisconsin. Trump gets 22,000 more votes then clinton with green party’s jill stein getting 36,000 votes. In 2020 biden wins by 20,000 with no green party to attract disenchanted democrats. In arizona in 2020 I had to write in green party candidate for president. We don’t elect presidents by popular vote and trump got nearly half of independent vote. Pissed off are not republicans as polls show. this includes your arguments about the insurrectionists. Those who care didn’t vote for trump in the first place. 74,000,000 is not a small cabal of cultists. You are wrong about populists in the republican party as boner and kanter found out before trump decided to lead the populists in taking over the republican party from its hollow shell. Resistence your a small minority that has been discredited. See: liz cheney and so called republican intelligencia. I have tried to refute your arguments that were relevant. If you read my post carefully you would see I voted third party in 2020 as I did in 2016 not trump. I am a populist ;but not a trumpkin. I am making observations on the situation in the republican party and am not emotionally involved. When you stare into the abyss the abyss stares in to you. F. Nietzsche I am non-ignorant southern white trash populist so I know how these republican populists think.

    asset (df8942)

  70. When you stare into the abyss the abyss stares in to you. F. Nietzsche

    Sigh. Everybody gets that wrong. It’s: “When you gaze at the abbess, sometimes the abbess gazes back”, from the lost Marx Brothers movie, A Night In A Nunnery, Groucho talking to Harpo. And Chico chimes in: “And-a some-a-time she-a laugh.”

    nk (1d9030)

  71. heh! I love the comments here. wonderful.

    JRH (52aed3)

  72. asset, if you’re not a Republican, why are you expending so much oxygen telling us who Republicans should or should not allow in the party…and what Republicans should or should not believe? It’s sort of like DCSCA, why should conservatives listen to someone who does not share any of their core values/principles? If you’re a Green Party supporter….that’s great…..maybe try and convince us why their policies should be adopted….otherwise you just come across as a troll who should be ignored

    AJ_Liberty (a4ff25)

  73. The GOP belongs to Trump now.

    DRJ (aede82)

  74. @73. Listen to your echo chamber, instead; and keep losing. It’s 2021; by your own actions and betrayals, most of America has rejected your values and principles;’ hence the rise and rooting of populism.

    DCSCA (f4c5e5)

  75. @73. There’s difference between being a ‘Republican’ and being a ‘conservative.’ Communism and conservatism have something in common, too, besides letters. You can’t kill an idea, but it can be contained.

    DCSCA (f4c5e5)

  76. The GOP belongs to Trump now.

    Hi, DRJ!
    [Insert appraisal joke here.]
    [Insert Deutsche Bank joke here.]
    [Insert property tax joke here.]

    nk (1d9030)

  77. @75, continue to listen to the echo chamber of your mind. Push comes to shove, one has to actually define populism….and what it generally amounts to is an irrational out-sized fear of outsiders….whether it’s immigrants, Chinese, Muslims, or colored folks. And irrational only works for so long. Trump is entertaining on a very base level….like viewers enjoying eaves dropping on people behaving badly on reality tv shows. Deep inside, people crave something nutritious….and want more than a steady diet of bologna. Eventually the lies, broken promises, and empty rhetoric will catch up to Trumpism and people will return to valuing character and principle. You insult conservatives and conservatism on a daily basis, why should we listen to you and not just skip your posts?

    AJ_Liberty (ec7f74)

  78. continue to listen to the echo chamber of your mind. Push comes to shove, one has to actually define populism….

    CPAC is doing both for you this very moment.

    There is a certain humor to note that the very party hacks who stole the clothes off their back are trying a pitch selling’em a new wardrobe.

    DCSCA (f4c5e5)

  79. You insult conservatives and conservatism on a daily basis

    Actually, you do it to yourselves; the likes of the Limbaughs in that movement did that.

    When the going gets tough, the tough get going– and left for the likes of ‘The Lincoln Project.’

    DCSCA (f4c5e5)

  80. Deep inside, people crave something nutritious….and want more than a steady diet of bologna.

    Steady diet? Limbaugh was on the air 30 years. Now they’re listening to the Big Mac Man.

    Eventually the lies, broken promises, and empty rhetoric will catch up…

    It has:

    Reaganomics.

    Hence the rooting and rise of populism.

    DCSCA (f4c5e5)

  81. @73 I am not a green party member I vote third party because the reprobates the two major partys put up. I am a populist and the republican party is now populist not economic libertarian conservative. Trump was and is a standard barer for populism until someone better comes along. MTG perhaps?

    asset (9c9703)

  82. “We will see the start of planning for the next administration and I can tell you, the people that are at the top of that list, all of them have Trump as their last name.” Mark Meadows

    They really want a monarchy. They really, really do. It’s nauseating. What the ****.

    noel (9fead1)

  83. @82, what does populist mean to you and are corporate tax cuts and conservative judges part of populism?

    AJ_Liberty (ec7f74)

  84. @84. You should ask Pat Buchanan, Sarah Palin… or Ross Perot–but then, he’d dead.

    DCSCA (f4c5e5)

  85. 85 Tax cuts for hourly workers great for mitt romney and his wealthy friends NO. If conservative judges look after the little people’s interests and not the large corporation’s interests fine with me. Populism is the average citizen fighting back against the elites, multi national corporations and the establishments control of government, courts and businesses when they run rough shod over the little people. Parler is example of this. This would be similar to the text book definition of populism.

    asset (abb400)

  86. Most people who have been successful in life have had unfair advantages. Trump sees that because he has been around these people, and his goal is to get even with them and take away that advantage.

    Does that sound right, asset? Is that a way to describe Trump’s populism?

    DRJ (aede82)

  87. Unfortunately asset, since you did not support Trump, you don’t have much say-so in the current GOP. You may have even less influence than those libertarians you keep going on about.

    AJ_Liberty (a4ff25)

  88. Populism is the average citizen fighting back against the elites

    Asset,

    I think this is honesty about what’s in the hearts of many Trump supporters, and I also think Trump is totally insincere in his efforts. For example, he could have accomplished much more in his first couple of years on illegal immigration, which really does affect low wage workers. Instead, we got EOs and the issue is radioactive, probably ready for a shift left. Trump kept the issue alive for the mid-terms, instead of delivering on promises.

    The GOP now… I can’t even understand what it is. Celebrities dancing around? Loyalty to golden statues? It’s really like a (very dumb) caricature of the GOP. And I don’t think the rank and file GOP voter is unaware of how stupid this is. They just feel they have no choice, no other faction supports them. Eventually I wonder if some of these folks give up and start supporting the other kind of working class political argument, the Bernie stuff. This doesn’t make any sense in a political science sense, but what makes sense these days?

    Dustin (4237e0)

  89. Hi, nk!

    [Insert tax return joke here.]

    DRJ (aede82)

  90. asset (df8942) — 2/27/2021 @ 3:01 am

    . Trump gets 22,000 more votes then clinton with green party’s jill stein getting 36,000 votes. In 2020 biden wins by 20,000 with no green party to attract disenchanted democrats.

    That’s Wisconsin but what about other states? And adding 36,000 votes to the Dem nominee (and things don’t really work that way) would lad to Trump loss by 14,000 votes, not 20,000.

    Now in general, Trump lost percentages in Republican counties, but gained in Democratic strongholds – I mean where blacks and Hispanics resided , except Hispanics in Arizona and Nevada, and probably California too but nobody is looking at California.

    Sammy Finkelman (db2a13)


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