Their lies do not excuse ours.
As First Lord of the Admiralty in 1915, Winston Churchill had an audacious plan. He would send the world’s most powerful navy up the narrow Strait of Dardanelles to knock the Ottoman Empire out of the war. But generations of peacetime ship captains learned that to lose your ship was a disgrace; after several sinkings, they faltered. Failing to press on through to Istanbul, the subsequent Battle of Gallipoli was a disaster.
That’s our analogy for Republican leadership’s surrender of the high ground in Washington. Alexander Burns and Jonathan Martin summarize their findings in the New York Times:
‘I’ve had it with this guy’
In the days after the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol building, the two top Republicans in Congress, Representative Kevin McCarthy and Senator Mitch McConnell, told associates they believed President Trump was responsible for inciting the deadly riot and vowed to drive him from politics.
Mr. McCarthy went so far as to say he would push Mr. Trump to resign immediately: “I’ve had it with this guy,” he told a group of Republican leaders, according to an audio recording of the conversation obtained by The New York Times.
But within weeks both men backed off an all-out fight with Mr. Trump because they feared retribution from him and his political movement. Their drive to act faded fast as it became clear it would mean difficult votes that would put them at odds with most of their colleagues. …
“What he did is unacceptable. Nobody can defend that and nobody should defend it,”
Kevin McCarthy told the group.
Mr. McConnell’s office declined to comment. In a statement on Twitter early Thursday, Mr. McCarthy called the reporting “totally false and wrong.” His spokesman, Mark Bednar, denied that the Republican leader told colleagues he would urge Mr. Trump to leave office. “McCarthy never said he’d call Trump to say he should resign,” Mr. Bednar said.
But the recording tells a different story.
The Werkes continues to appreciate Donald Trump’s sangfroid in the face of withering fire from the networks, academia, and other elites. The man weathered the Russian collusion hoax, authorized and paid for by Hillary Clinton and the Democrat(ic) party, eagerly peddled by the dishonest news media. He was falsely accused of racism. Where the Bushes and Mitt Romney cut their sails to win strange new respect, Trump damned the torpedoes and forged full speed ahead.
If some of my Republican friends now are too willing to believe the absurd it is because Rachel Maddow, Adam Schiff, and the NY Times spread too many lies and, as in the case of Hunter Biden’s laptop, covered up too much truth.
Blaska’s Bottom Line: Yes, McCarthy would have taken considerable “incoming.” May have joined Liz Cheney in the wilderness, as did Churchill after Gallipoli. But might have encouraged a small outbreak of courage that would have spared us Republicans from the Spin & Marty snipe hunt for bamboo ballots, tinfoil hat theories of voting machines somehow jiggered by Hugo Chavez, and the on-going Gableman clown show. We’ve got elections to win and voters to persuade.