Trump didn’t lose! He was betrayed!
“We have seen the enemy and he is us,” Walt Kelly’s comic strip character Pogo famously said.
A good many of my political tribe regard their fellow Republicans as enemies. They are convinced that a species they call “RINOs” stabbed Donald Trump in the back — much as certain Germans scapegoated undesirable countrymen for their defeat in WW1. They believe the Insurrectionist in Chief would be President today were it not for a traitorous Fifth Column within the party.
Nationally, Mitch McConnell is their preferred Judas. Trump hath spoken: “Giveaway Mitch McConnell is a RINO who gives the Dems everything and gets nothing for it. Never fights for Republicans.” (More here.)
Never fights for Republicans? Never mind that McConnell confirmed Supreme Court justices Gorsuch, Kavanaugh, and Coney Barrett. Trump’s tax cuts. How will McConnell be majority leader unless he fights for Republicans? — even some of the mistakes Trump endorsed this year!
Here in Wisconsin, the RITOs have settled on Assembly Speaker Robin Vos as their traitor (a term they use promiscuously). His sin? Telling Republicans point blank there is no way to decertify an election — something that Mike Pence also discovered while escaping the gallows on January 6. Vos compounded his treachery by firing Mike Gableman — after hiring him in the first place. (Lay down with fleas …) Vos barely survived a primary challenge from Election Truther Adam Steen, who announced a write-in campaign for the November 8 election.
Sore losers need scapegoats, as did the Hebrews in the Book of Leviticus.
A hothead named N.c. Bill Gillette …. puts Vos “on notice!”
Vos – You are on Notice: First, Apologize to Judge Gableman, Assemblywoman Brandtjen and Tim Ramthun for slandering them. Second, use as much money from your [Republican Assembly Campaign Committee], as you can, to run Commercials on behalf of Tim Michels and Ron Johnson and attacking Evers & Barnes… Get with it – Now!
We asked N.c. Bill Gillette why he would unilaterally disarm Republican Assembly candidates to the advantage of Democrats? Also asked if multi-millionaire Tim Michels was running short of campaign funds? Did he declare personal bankruptcy? We also asked N.c. if he had any enforcement measures in mind. Awaiting his response.
Another fratricidal Republican, Dan Clauser, faults Vos for “put[ing] up election [integrity] bills he knows will be vetoed but sabotages election investigations.” Is he aware that a progressive Democrat now occupies the governor’s mansion? Tony Evers vetoed them all! Vos cynically started an investigation into the stolen election myth only to pull up the football when Mike Gableman got too close to the truth? It is to laugh:
Social media traffic:
Paris Procopis: Interesting….[Vos] been literally lying to Trump all these months. I imagine he will align more with Liz Cheney.
Nicholas Charles Kind: Sure hope the Steen write in campaign can succeed over this tool. We’d be a lot better without him.
Heidi Henkel- Hanke: The man is vile!! Toss this tu rd Voss….write in Steen.
Gabrielle Bodie: Vos is Corupt
Speaker Vos, Sen. McConnell, and Republican governors like Doug Ducey of Arizona and Brian Kemp of Georgia are — what? Sleeper agents? Nominal Republicans, just waiting for the Queen of Diamonds to be turned face up so that they can sabotage Donald Trump? Attorney General Bill Barr is a Benedict Arnold? Sixty courts, state and federal, many of the judges and justices appointed by Republicans, bought off by three pieces of silver?
Blaska’s Bottom Line: Stolen Election true believers need villains because too many gag cigars have exploded in their faces. Cyber Ninjas found more votes for Joe Biden in Maricopa County, not fewer. Sidney Powell says Never Mind about her allegation that Hugo Chavez jiggered voting machines. Mike Gableman spent $1 million on a snipe hunt. They’ll believe anything that confirms their conspiracy theory because the truth hurts too much.