— Rudy Giuliani asking Republican house speaker Rusty Bowers to throw Arizona’s electors to Donald Trump
After their jewel heist fails, the criminals in Quentin Tarantino’s first movie, Reservoir Dogs, hole up in a warehouse. Blaming each other for their failure, all draw guns before blazing away in a bloodbath.
It’s called a Mexican stand-off. The Republican party is facing off with itself these days due to Mr. Orange’s failure to win — or overturn — the 2020 election and leadership’s fears of calling out his constitutional perfidy. Will the party survive?
Mr. Orange and his co-conspirators blame RINOs — like his former vice president and attorney general. “Just like Bill Barr and the rest of these weak people, … Mike [Pence] did not have the courage to act,” #45 said just two days ago. So much for moving beyond January 6, fellow Republicans. Donald Trump won’t let us.
Just as some nonagenarians refuse to this day to believe that Alger Hiss was a communist spy, many Republicans will go to their graves believing bamboo ballots and jiggered voting machines stole the 2020 presidential election. Mounting evidence to the contrary, to them, is evidence only of the enormity of the pederastic Deep State.
“Leaders” like Wisconsin Assembly Speaker Robin Vos and House GOP leader Kevin McCarthy are afraid of these people. The Always Trumpers make stupid noises and flood party conventions out of proportion to their numbers. Vos appoints a dunderhead to ferret out voter fraud that he well knows is vapor. McCarthy thinks he needs Loren Boebert, Matt Gaetz, Marjorie Taylor Greene, et al to become House Speaker, forgetting what true leadership requires.
“It is wishful thinking on the part of Trump supporters to dismiss the hearings on the grounds that most Americans didn’t watch them,” Reagan speechwriter Peggy Noonan writes. “It will further damage Mr. Trump’s standing.” Noonan points out that Trump could triumph in a field of 17 Republican hopefuls in 2016 by getting only one-third of the vote. Trump was incredibly lucky in his Democrat opponent. The unlikeable, manipulative, and ethically challenged Hillary Clinton was the only candidate Trump could have beaten.
‘Wouldn’t it be nice if he just went away’
Former federal prosecutor and true conservative Andrew McCarthy agrees. “There are two poles in GOP politics right now: a) the too-gradually eroding pro-Trump faction that punches above its weight in intra-party matters and b) the preponderant but diffident “wouldn’t it be nice if he just went away.” …
→ ‘Trump’s obsession with January 6 is an anchor for Republicans.” — Rich Lowry, Politico.
“It is already manifest to those willing to open their eyes that Trump cannot win a national election.” — Andrew McCarthy in National Review.
Fox News political analyst Brit Hume said this 06-13-22 about the Republican majority:
They’re afraid of his supporters and don’t want to come out against him directly. But they’d like him to go away. If the effect of this committee is to make his possible candidacy go away, I think a great many Republicans would privately be very glad.
Peggy Noonan’s Bottom Line: “In this atmosphere a normal upstanding Republican or a normal accomplished conservative would beat whatever the Democratic ticket is. It is only Mr. Trump who would surely lose. … America isn’t going to elect him again.“