Republicans are beginning to wean themselves from Trump
I’m back in the U.S.S.R.
You don’t know how lucky you are, boy
… That Georgia’s always on
My, my, my, my, my, my, my, my, my mind
Kamala Harris is going to be very busy the next two years. The two Republican senators in Georgia were lackluster candidates. Kelly Loeffler had this vacant, Stepford wives stare. David Perdue skipped a debate? What kind of candidate skips a debate? Both were ethically challenged but they were crippled by a spectral wraith — Donald Trump.
The Republic will survive. Democrats will over-reach. In the Squad and Bernie (add Warnock and Ossof) they carry seeds of their own destruction. In the meantime, America will not go communist, we’ll keep our guns, we won’t be speaking Chinese — contrary to the choir of bulging neck veins.
The Georgia results broke the back of Trumpism. His phone call to Brad Raffensperger was hunker-in-the-bunker bonkers. The President’s coattails are toxic. He under-performed all five Republican congressmen in Wisconsin, who won election without difficulty. Had he matched their performance, he would have won the state.
Georgia, we should note, elected a Republican legislature in November and until today had two Republican U.S. senators. Republicans in November flipped two Democratic seats to take 10 of its 14 House seats even as Trump lost the state for the first Republican defeat in 28 years. Two years ago Georgia elected a Republican governor and secretary of state. As for the crazies who would suspend the Constitution in order to install Donald Trump for four more years, they are our version of the Squad and their social justice warriors. Tuesday 2021 is on Donald Trump. (Worth noting that Stacey Abrams said Georgia elections were crooked two years ago. The Democrat STILL has not conceded to Gov. Brian Kemp.)
Trump pulled the temple down on his own head
The GOP was hamstrung from fully making its best case — a Republican Senate as a check on the Biden administration — because acknowledging the reality of a Biden administration would likely provoke a vengeful Trump tweet. This weekend’s leaked call between the president and Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger almost assuredly kept some suburban Biden voters from coming home and voting Republican.
We’ll watch the fun and games this afternoon as Congress certifies the Electoral College vote. Not surprised if a handful of Republican legislators blast Trump and his -isms. As for Trump’s Bitter Enders, they will not trust the fingers on their own hands unless Trump bestows his blessing. They will beclown themselves in the streets of Washington for the entertainment of WOW county suburbanites. At least, they will break no windows.
Some time late today (01-06-21), after all the palaver, Mike Pence will declare Biden/Harris the winner and go home to Indiana and say no more.
‘Trump threw it away’
“Elections are unfair. Unfairness is part of the fitness test … If Mr. Trump didn’t find a way to prevail in the world we actually live in, the blame starts with him. … He lost the pivotal electoral votes of Georgia, Arizona, and Wisconsin by fewer than 43,000 votes. … He absurdly over-supplied those voters with reasons to vote against him and he still almost won.” — Holman Jenkins in the Wall Street Journal.
Blaska’s Bottom Line: It will take some time for the Republican party to detoxify itself from Trump’s paranoid narcissism. But the man did show the way to a worker-oriented, traditional values political movement. The party’s task is to find someone with the common touch who isn’t batty. So far, Sen. Tom Cotton looks good. Maybe Ben Sasse or Nikki Haley. Like they say after hurricanes, we will rebuild.
As for the crazies who would suspend the Constitution in order to install Donald Trump for four more years, they are Republicans In Name Only.