“. . . But since prediction is often just an expression of desire, I’ll tell you what I want to happen. Even though the party richly deserved some sort of punishment, I didn’t want the G.O.P. to be destroyed by its affiliation with Trump, because I’m one of those Americans who don’t want to be ruled by liberalism in its current incarnation, let alone whatever form is slowly being born. But now that the party has survived four years of Trumpism without handing the Democrats a congressional supermajority, and now that Amy Coney Barrett is on the Supreme Court and Joe Manchin, Susan Collins and Mitt Romney will hold real power in the Senate, whatever happens in Georgia — well, now I do want Perdue and Kelly Loeffler to lose these races, mostly because I don’t want the Republican Party to be permanently ruled by Donald J. Trump.” . . . .
“Of all the strange images of this strange campaign, I find myself particularly struck by this vision: Mitt Romney, pacing alone in one of his many houses, his angst evident in his faintly mussed-up hair, placing pleading phone calls to Republican politicians asking them to run as a third-party candidate against Donald Trump.That bizarre, existential one-act play — “Conversations About Trump,” opening Off Broadway, with Josh Brolin as Romney and the voice of William H. Macy as John Kasich — is apparently where the quest for a conservative alternative to Trump and Hillary Clinton ran into a wall.”
This piece so enraged me that I wrote a tirade, that the NYT would not print. And I was in a hurry, and didn’t make a copy.
I wrote something like, the subtext of Douthat’s argument is that Hillary Clinton is a disaster for the country, equal to Trump, and that Obama has been a disaster. According the right wing propaganda hate machines, the extraordinary leader, President Barack Obama has been a disaster. The reason, unsaid, is because he is a nigger. Mitch McConnell said, we will oppose him on everything, regardless of what he is for. Hillary Clinton is of course, a disaster for the country, because she worked for the the first black predident, and she is a lying corrupt witch. I admitted that I hadn’t even finished the op-ed piece, but though my language was harsh, the ideas are sound. Had I finished Douthat’s lament, I would have realized it was mostly about Mitt Romney, and I should have incorporated that into my rant.
Many of the commentators were nearly as upset as I was, but more articulate or polite.
Here is an excellent one, but where I have cleaned up some typos and double negative issues.
Bounarotti Boston. MA 1 day ago
“Can we please nip this Hillary is despised because she’s patently corrupt nonsense in the bud. This is the fruit of a long standing Republican smear campaign 25 years in the making. What exactly has Hillary actually done – not is accused of having done – that earns her the label “corrupt.” We all have developed such short attention spans that we seem to forget that with all the Republican accusations of misdeeds by Hillary, careful investigation ultimately reveals that there is no substance to any of them. She did nothing wrong in Whitewater, she didn’t kill or move the body of Vince Foster, and she didn’t willfully let 4 Americans die in Benghazi.
Why are we letting a long standing, carefully cultivated, manufactured narrative about her take on credence? Why is there suddenly rising an infamous equivalence between Hillary’s moral character and that of a well-documented sleaze ball like Trump? Why do even some Democrats sink to believing these baseless smears, thereby validating the Republican dirty tricksters who since Lee Atwater have believed that if you repeat a thing often enough – regardless of its lack of factual basis – a lot of intellectually lazy people will believe it.
Start demanding factual support for Republican allegations of wrongdoing on Hillary’s part. And while you’re at it, start demanding that Trump provide the occasional fact for the wild things that fly out of his mouth on a daily basis.
Have we really become this stupid a people?”
Yet say this for Kasich: Despite having lost every single Republican contest except on his home turf of Ohio, despite having finished behind Marco Rubio in Arizona after Rubio dropped out, despite running a campaign that has failed at signature gathering and filling delegate slots and made pointless forays into unwinnable states, when this dust of 2016 settles he will have one claim to bragging rights.He’ll probably be the only Republican nominee to ever lead Hillary Clinton by 11 points in a national poll.
Thank you Ross Douthat for another brilliant piece of analysis and writing. John Kasich is presidential, and on foreign policy, educated and intelligent. His acts to defund planned parenthood make my mother roll over in her grave, and I find revolting. But he is the only Republican candidate that I fear, who could challenge the candidate I think should be president and commander in chief, Hillary Clinton.
I support John Kasich as the Republican party nominee, because I agree with Tom Friedman that this country desperately needs two, strong, wise and problem solving parties, to push each other into choices that serve the American public and their allies.