The Republican Fausts – The New York Times

“Many Republican members of Congress have made a Faustian bargain with Donald Trump. They don’t particularly admire him as a man, they don’t trust him as an administrator, they don’t agree with him on major issues, but they respect the grip he has on their voters, they hope he’ll sign their legislation and they certainly don’t want to be seen siding with the inflamed progressives or the hyperventilating media.

Their position was at least comprehensible: How many times in a lifetime does your party control all levers of power? When that happens you’re willing to tolerate a little Trumpian circus behavior in order to get things done.”

Thank you David Brooks. Here is a comment I endorse:

Ami Portland Oregon 7 hours ago

“Thank you for this position. I know as a life long Republican this could not have been easy for you to write. The Republican party has a choice, they can put country before party and stand up to the bully who calls himself a Republican president or they can make excuses for him hoping he will throw them a bone and pass legislation they care about. The American people are watching closely.

Some things that the Republicans need to keep in mind as they make their decision. Trump lost by 3 million votes so he doesn’t have a mandate. Despite what fox news reports there were women’s marches in all 50 states. When people march in conservative states Republicans need to pay attention. Also, Trump will eventually turn on the Republican party. He’s not really a Republican, he just used their platform to get elected.

We’re a nation made up of people who are united in our differences. Each part of the country has different priorities and beliefs but the one thing we all agree on is that we are Americans first. As Americans we are proud of the fact that we are a nation of laws. We are not deliberately cruel.

If Americans feel that the only way to control Trump is to vote Republicans out of office in the mid terms we will do so. Republicans need to decide what they are going to do quickly. Trump will define the Republican party for a generation if they don’t act soon.”

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