‘Nothing can stop what is coming.’
That’s the dire warning some of our MAGA acquaintances are posting on social media. They posted the same apocalyptic claptrap before the January 6 assault on the nation’s electoral process. No winning hearts and minds for these folk. The Republican Geheime Staatspolizei is hunting RINOs. Informants wanted.
For these purists, Reagan’s 80 percent friends are their 20 percent enemies. Are there too many Republicans? Is that the problem?
Republicans no longer need believe in life begins at conception, free markets, strong military, election integrity, low taxes, balanced budgets, equality of opportunity (not results), safe streets, school choice, and color-blind, limited government. Apparently.
The MAGA folks have coalesced around what the communists call the cult of personality — that personality being You Know Who. Their creed: the 2020 presidential election was stolen. Not the 12 Democratic House seats that Republicans flipped across the nation. Just the one. The absurdity of Hugo Chavez-jiggered voting machines is no impediment to this sacred belief. There are still those who believe Antifa stormed the Congress just to give the Proud Boys a bad name.
All of which is to say, the Werkes admires Liz Cheney as a profile in courage. If she has to go as Republican conference chair, so be it. Politics ain’t fair. Yes, we need the MAGA folk in our party. Blaska does not purge. Joe Stalin purged. Mao, Saddam, and Pol Pot purged. In contrast, real Republicans like Tommy Thompson preached: build the tent!
“The 2020 presidential election was not stolen. Anyone who claims it was is spreading THE BIG LIE, turning their back on the rule of law, and poisoning our democratic system.” — Liz Cheney, R-WY
The Big Lie
“This is about whether the Republican Party is going to perpetuate lies about the 2020 election and attempt to whitewash what happened on January 6,” Cheney’s spokesman said. “Liz will not do that.” Republicans will thank Liz some day but not next Wednesday 05-12-21 when her defenestration is scheduled to go down.
• One thing is certain — whoever ascends to the job if Cheney is kicked out will have to be willing to maintain strategic silence about something that shouldn’t be controversial, but is for House Republicans: The election wasn’t stolen.‘ — The Dispatch.
• GOP leaders shouldn’t have to lie about 2020 to keep their job. Even as President Biden proposes the largest expansion of government in decades, Mr. Trump is spending his energy settling scores in his own party. He’s thrown his loyal Vice President over the side because Mike Pence refused to pull an unconstitutional stunt to invalidate the pro forma Electoral College count on Jan. 6. As ever with Mr. Trump, everything is always about him.’ — Wall Street Journal.
• You don’t have to squint at the results to find Republicans who were demoralized by Trump’s false claims and his rabble-rousing. There are those who, after Georgia, were demoralized by the riot. Cheney’s views do not represent a majority. Not even close. But room for the sentiment she represents may be crucial to actually rebuilding a majority in purple states and to holding Republican institutions together. — National Review.
Blaska’s Bottom Lines: What was the name of that congressman who traveled to Wyoming to diss Cheney on her home turf? Republican in good standing Matt Gaetz! We can’t win if we believe in the tooth fairy. Joe Biden is doing his best to elect Republicans. Why can’t we let him?