Valued commenter cope emailed me a link to an optimistic piece published today on 3 Quarks Daily. The author is Evert Cilliers, and the argument is that since Putin has Trump by the balls, and Trump has the GOP congress by the balls (because the base worships Trump), the whole rotten shebang will eventually go off a cliff. An excerpt:
Trump is going to dig himself a hole so deep, his tiny hands will never be able to pull his big butt out of it.
He will go down to a thundering defeat in 2020, together with the entire GOP — a calamity from which they will never recover.
To that, I say — if we can’t cut Trump’s term short by other means — from Cilliers’ keyboard to the Flying Spaghetti Monster’s delicate, al dente orecchiette. Now, I’ve seen Republicans stuff a ruinous war against the wrong country and obliteration of the economy on their watch down the memory hole inside a decade, so I’m not quite as optimistic. But I sure hope Cilliers is right about the eventual outcome.
He’s definitely right about Republican candidates dancing like a rodent conga line behind King Rat Trump. Exhibit A, a new ad from Ron DeSantis, a wingnut congressman from Florida whom Trump endorsed for governor. Trump seems to have elevated the previously obscure DeSantis over Adam Putnam, a familiar establishment Gooper (current Ag Secretary) who has been considered a lock for an eventual GOP governorship from the cradle. And boy, is DeSantis grateful. Check this garbage out:
A grown-ass man teaching his toddler to “build a wall” to keep desperate Central Americans out and reading “Celebrity Apprentice” scripts to his baby is cringe-inducing to folks outside the Cult45 bubble. But I think DeSantis is going to kick Putnam’s ass in the Republican primary precisely because he is a shameless Trump sycophant.
However, I don’t think that’ll fly in the general. Someone asked last week if I thought DeSantis’ toadying would hurt him in the general. I said I hoped so but I assumed DeSantis would dial it back after winning the GOP primary. Not sure an ad like that can be dialed back. If I were in charge of the Democrats’ Florida strategy, I might supplement that ad buy.
Something similar is happening in other purple or red states. The Georgia GOP gubernatorial candidates had a Trump-off featuring deportation trucks, for fuck’s sake. TaMara says Stapleton in Colorado is also running as a squeeing Trump fan boy. And that fool Stewart, who’s running against Kaine in Virginia, continues to double down on the stupid. The point is, they’ve stacked all their chips on Orange — all over the country.
And, to the point of the 3 Quarks article, the Republicans really don’t have a choice, in the absence of courage and integrity. May the lack of those qualities come back to haunt them — bigly.