or the cult of personality.
We endured all 1½ hours of Donald Trump Sunday afternoon 02-28-21 at CPAC. We are happy for the disciples who were inspired, motivated, energized. We expect reports of stigmata any day now. The indentured servants here at the Stately Manor are simply fatigued.
Perhaps we are too old to worship political figures any more. JFK inspired us Boomers to “Ask Not” in the sacrifice for American greatness. Put a man on the moon before the decade is out. Ronald Reagan taught self-reliance and thrilled us with “tear down this wall.” Aside from checking an important box, Barack Obama did not do it for us as he clearly did for so many Americans. Ferguson MO, Portland OR and Kenosha WI are his legacy.
Donald Trump, it must be said, was a phenomenon. Defiantly, gloriously, in your face! P.C. kryptonite! The outlaw President! Did we get Barrabas?
Broke with his party on forever wars and giveaway trade deals. Refused to be cowed by racial arsonists. Captured working men and women from the party of FDR. Appointed solid jurists and provoked Democrats’s inherent sleaze doing so. Got the COVID-19 vaccine in human arms in only nine months when “experts” said it was impossible. We do believe his shambolic coronovirus press conferences hurt him. But then, Andrew Cuomo gave good TV; he lied and New York died.
Trump’s presidency was truly consequential
We just prefer Presidents who do not foment coups d’etat. At least Sunday 02-28-21 in Orlando, Trump did not blame January 6 on Antifa. Tiptoed right past that particular assault on the Constitution. Eschewed starting a third political party. Instead, he will take the GOP hostage. Or try.
Still claims the election was stolen. “What happened at 3:02 in the morning?” he whined. Didn’t Thomas Dewey go to bed thinking he had won? 1960 wasn’t decided until the next day. Gore v. Bush, anyone? That court also refused to overturn an election.
Trump is more Aaron Burr than Alexander Hamilton.
Like all bad losers
Donald Trump blames everyone but himself for being outplayed. The Supreme Court, somehow, did “not have the courage” to overturn the election. Judges that he appointed! (Lin Wood says Jeffrey Epstein is blackmailing John Roberts.) The Pillow Guy is now the go-to guy to explain The Big Steal.
To his credit, Trump at CPAC listed election reforms sorely needed. Ballot harvesting must be banned entirely, for instance. And courts must not, cannot unilaterally change legislatively mandated election deadlines. As Justice Clarence Thomas pleaded, “a little help here?”
Addition, not subtraction
Trump is not building a movement; he is compiling an enemies list. Sticking pins in little dolls. Got the CPAC crowd to boo Mitch McConnell, who twice saved this President from conviction. Will primary the 17 Republicans who voted to impeach and convict.
- What does it tell you that Mike Pence spurned CPAC?
- What does it tell you that only 55% of CPAC attendees would vote Trump in 2024? At what amounted to a Trump family reunion?
- Of what does that over-sized statue of Trump remind you? Golden Calf in the time of Moses?
Blaska’s Bottom Line: Recrimination and revenge do not wear well. Speaking of which, Donald Trump will be 78 years old in 2024. The Republican bench is young and talented, deep and hungry. Donald Trump will not be the party’s nominee in 2024.