Give up the Fantasy

I don’t know if it’s the bizarre continuation of Christian belief or just human nature, but it is getting exasperating and kind of depressing how many seemingly intelligent people, including journalists and pundits, still seem to write as if they expect, if not the Donald himself, then the Republican Party, suddenly to have an accession of integrity and responsibility and take action to limit the damage they are inflicting momently on the Republic with their crazy, unprepared, incompetent presidential candidate.

Notionally “conservative” columnist Jennifer Rubin, writing in the Washington Post, goes way into fantasy land, correctly assessing the huge problems the Donald has created with his stupid decision to fire James Comey and his absurd, inconsistent explanations for that decision, but then she lists an array of possible solutions to the problem, all of which involve the responsible involvement of Republicans. Guess again. Nowhere does she explain why she thinks that is going to happen. Bizarrely, she ends by saying, “The GOP is lost,” which is correct, but makes her proposals, such as a veto-proof bill requiring a special prosecutor, complete nullities. A veto-proof bill would require the cooperation of nearly the entire Republican caucus, plus — and here’s where she really runs into trouble — both House Speaker Paul Ryan and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell going along. Why does she pretend like that’s going to happen? Again, she’s a “conservative,” so maybe she’s also a good Christian, that is, someone who explicitly chooses to believe in myths. Who knows?

Another “conservative,” Max Boot, writing in the New York Times, follows his fellow “conservative,” George Will, in announcing the terribly weighty decision to leave the Republican Party.

Boot writes that “The Republican Party was once the party of small government, free trade, traditional values, principled foreign policy leadership and, most important of all, adherence to the Constitution.” Snort. He does at least recognize that the “soulless charlatan” in the Oval Office has sold out all of these supposedly upstanding “conservative” principles. His biggest concern is how the Donald’s firing of Comey is yet more evidence that the Donald has zero respect for the rule of law, which he rightly holds in high esteem. It’s not clear why he didn’t notice this problem when the so called President disparaged federal judges in grossly irresponsible terms.

He goes on to note how few Republicans have condemned the firing of Comey or called for any effective response. Trying desperately to salvage something of the Party’s reputation by pointing out that two men in the Department of Justice quit before the most conservative of “conservatives” finally did the ruler’s bidding and fired the special prosecutor. He then notes that three Republican Senators went to Nixon and told him that he had lost their votes in the impending impeachment, an event that precipitated Nixon’s resignation.

What Boot signally fails to do is to identify anyone among the current crop of Republican Senators who might play that role in the Donald’s case. There are none. One suspects that, as good “conservatives,” they are loath to take any responsibility for having helped create this mess.

Whether these, or any other, “conservatives,” want to admit it or not, the Donald is the logical outcome of their hugely irresponsible politics and policy since Nixon, and there is no reason to expect a sudden improvement now.

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