David French has a new article on how the True Cons are winning the Republican Civil War:
“In the days after Donald Trump beat Hillary Clinton to become the 45th president of the United States, a number of friends asked me what concerned me the most about a Trump presidency. The answer was comprehensive. I had concerns about Trump’s character, his associates, and his policies. …
Indeed, when elements of the Trump coalition said “burn it all down,” they truly meant “all” — not just the Obama/Clinton Democratic establishment, not just the McConnell/Ryan Republican establishment, but the post–World War II economic and military order. They wanted a revolution, and Trump was the man they chose to bring it about.
What a short, inglorious revolution it turned out to be. Fast-forward eleven months. Flynn’s out. Bannon’s out. Our NATO alliances are firm. We’ve rushed missile-defense batteries to South Korea. We’ve reinforced Afghanistan, Iraq, and Syria. Though elements of ISIS endure, we’ve defeated its caliphate in conventional combat without resorting to any war crimes. We’ve seen Trump’s first major legislative victory, a thoroughly Republican tax plan that delivers on long-desired hopes for cuts in corporate rates. Obamacare’s individual mandate is effectively gone. Judicial nominations are heavily influenced by the conservative Federalist Society, and they’ve been breezing through the Senate at a historically fast clip. Fears of a Russophile foreign policy have been eased by the delivery of lethal aide to Ukraine — a step the Obama administration wouldn’t take. …
But while conservatives can look back at 2017 and take no small measure of satisfaction in vanquishing (at least for now) the worst of the nihilistic, populist revolutionaries and restoring — through the defeat of the abominable Roy Moore — at least some regard for character in politics, there are storm clouds on the horizon. …”
The problem here is that conservatives really haven’t won any elections. They aren’t becoming more popular in America. Quite the opposite.
Consider the following: all of their candidates were defeated by Trump in the 2016 Republican presidential primaries, their candidate Egg McMuffin failed as a spoiler, Ed Gillespie narrowly edged Corey Stewart only to go down to defeat in a blowout in Virginia and Luther Strange was soundly defeated by Roy Moore in Alabama. Bob Corker and Jeff Flake announced their retirements.
And yet, David French is right about the Trump administration. Even though conservatives lost the Republican primaries, they have succeeded in weaseling their way back into power, pushing out the populists in the White House, preserving the status quo, hijacking control of the agenda and advancing the agenda of wealthy donors. A year later, the result has been that the Trump administration has done all the things a Marco Rubio or Ted Cruz administration would have done.
In the 2018 midterms, the Republican Congress is going to have to run on that “thoroughly Republican tax plan” which has a whopping 25% approval rating and I suppose other popular things like entitlement reform, a DACA amnesty, and Dodd-Frank repeal which are slated for early next year. The GOP is also going to have to run on failing to build the Trump border wall, preserving our free trade policy, pulling out of the Paris climate agreement and repealing the Obamacare individual mandate.
Who is on the ballot in the 2018 midterms? It is the Republican Congress led by Paul Ryan and Mitch McConnell which unanimously passed the Charlottesville resolution. After what happened to Roy Moore in Alabama, it would be a real shame if all those True Cons on the ballot were to be vanquished in their own races by their own version of Doug Jones.
If Paul Ryan and Mitch McConnell lost power, I don’t know how I could sleep at night. I don’t know how I could carry on knowing that populist voters have walloped those scheming conservatives in the 2018 midterms and sent them packing into the wilderness. Perhaps forever.
Note: Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Israel) is running for reelection in 2018.
As a permanent member of the Security Council and the largest contributor to the UN, it is past time for the US to use our leverage to hold the UN accountable for its hostility towards Israel, and actions that undermine our sovereignty and national security interests.
— Senator Ted Cruz (@SenTedCruz) December 22, 2017