In the spring of 2018 we learned about how a two-bit mostly out of work actor Brandon Straka
“I am a Republican in the era of Donald Trump, and I am emotionally depleted by the constant cruelty of the President of the United States. I’ve told myself repeatedly that I am done being shocked by a degenerate of such magnitude that I wouldn’t want to invite him to a family gathering for fear of what he might say in front of my mother…[link]
How I miss Barack Obama.
And I say that as someone who worked to defeat him: I was a foreign policy adviser to John McCain in 2008 and to Mitt Romney in 2012. I criticized Obama’s “lead from behind” foreign policy that resulted in a premature pullout from Iraq and a failure to stop the slaughter in Syria. I thought he was too weak on Iran and too tough on Israel. I feared that Obamacare would be too costly. I fumed that he was too professorial and too indecisive. I was left cold by his arrogance and his cult of personality. (link)
And this article is adapted from Max Boot’s new book, “The Corrosion of Conservatism: Why I Left the Right.
“We’ve had, for decades, a departure from the fundamental values of the Republican Party and of America.”
“I’ve been a Republican for 30 years. There’s no way that I would want to see the Republican Party stand up for covering up for Russian espionage and whoever in the United States has been helping the Russians. It’s going to be a disaster for the Republicans. It’s going to be a disaster for our country.”
Norman Ornstein: “I’m at an age where I can be blunt. I think it’s been clear for some time, whether it is a clinical diagnosis or not, that Donald Trump is a 71 year old lifelong narcissistic sociopath. I would say as an aside it’s a reflection of our times, and not a very positive one, that Corker’s colleagues are not doing much to support him publicly. They’re basically putting the need for tax cuts for the rich ahead of the danger that he poses. I believe fundamentally that 95% of the Republicans in Congress, if they could snap their fingers and have Donald Trump simply disappear and make Mike Pence president without any adverse effects on them, they would do it in a nanosecond. But they are scared to death of that base. To go after Trump means that you are going to alienate a significant portion of your own party base. But it also means you are going to be taking on not just President Trump but the Mercers and other billionaires, Sean Hannity, Tucker Carlson and the army of right wing tribal media who will stick with Trump and attack the others.” (What Happens After Trump? | Freak Out and Carry On)
Vox producer Carlos Maza looks at Norm Ornstein and how Republicans have broken the American political system…
And some more I’ll detail soon….
George Will –
Richard Haas –
Jeff Flake –
John McCain –
Bret Stephens –
Cheri Jacobus –
Mona Charen –
More to come….