This is especially for the Bernie Bros who follow my clippings and rants.
Tim Egan: “They will remember, a century from now, who stood up to the tyrant Donald Trump and who found it expedient to throw out the most basic American values — the “Vichy Republicans,” as the historian Ken Burns called them in his Stanford commencement speech.
The shrug from Mitch McConnell, the twisted explanation of Paul Ryan, who said Trump is a racist and a xenophobe, but he’s ours — party before country. As well, the duck-and-hide Republicans, so quick to whip out their pocket copy of the Constitution, now nowhere to be seen when the foundation of that same document is under assault by the man carrying their banner.
They will remember, in classrooms and seminars, those who wrote Trump off as entertainment, a freak show and ratings spike, before he tried to muzzle a free press, and came for you — using a page from another tyrant, Vladimir Putin, admired by the homegrown monster.”
“Although Ryan and McConnell would never admit it, the fate (or at least the soul) of their party might depend on a crushing defeat in November, not just at the presidential level, but even in the state elections. The GOP, through its relentless determination to crush the Democratic party by any means, foul or fair, has converted itself into a narrowly doctrinaire organization, in thrall to extremist elements calling themselves conservatives.
As long as those elements, exemplified by the conservative House caucus, remain in office, the party may prove unable to replace its mechanical hostility to the federal government and the social safety net with a more genuinely conservative outlook, as articulated in the writings of David Brooks and Ross Douthat. If Trump’s candidacy serves as a catalyst that, through defeat, galvanizes the Republican party to reform itself and its philosophy, then both the institution and the country will benefit.
The stark alternative features a scenario too chilling to contemplate. If economic difficulties, coupled perhaps with more more terrorist attacks, should so unsettle the electorate that Trump wins the White House, then the US might experience a time that would cause the staunchest liberal to pine for a return of the Bush years.
Even if my prediction exaggerates our peril, the reality would prove harmful enough. The republic would endure, but not without damage to its institutions.”