Should the Republican Senate vote with Democrats to convict Blumpf?
“What McConnell has before him, then, is an opportunity to exert agency, to wield power, that is entirely unique to early 2021, and will be long gone by 2024. There is no guarantee that using it will work, but at a moment when every Republican scenario looks bad, it seems more likely to leave Trump weakened than just doing nothing and hoping that some kind of wasting disease will carry his political potency away.
My expectation is that the lure of doing nothing and hoping for the best will still prevail, as it has for Republicans so often in this era. But there is a chance, at least, that a man who understands institutional power so well will see the opportunity before him, the chance to actually prevail over Trump and not just manage and contain him — and for all of our sakes, take it.”
After losing two Senate races in Georgia and spitting in the face of the populist wing of the GOP on the $2,000 checks issue, Ross Douthat thinks Turtle should gamble again and roll the dice. Keep in mind that the GOP lost the Senate races in Georgia with the support of Trump and with his most delusional voters still committed to the idea that he would ultimately prevail on January 6th.
“It does, however, mean that elected representatives have obligations to their constituents. Republican leaders have a legitimacy crisis with their own voters. That is what created the conditions that led to Trump’s rise, that made his presidency thinkable in a way that Michele Bachmann’s or Tom Tancredo’s was not.
For the Republican Party to truly move past the last four years, its leadership class must attempt to determine why so much of their constituency believes Trump offers them more than the party establishment does. If the only answer they can come up with is “because our voters are stupid,” their struggles will continue. …”
Hopefully, we can remove even more establishment Republicans from power in 2022 and 2024 who refuse to represent their own voters. Personally, I am in favor of redistributing all the money of their wealthiest donors until they throw in the towel and quit screwing over their base.
Note: Needless to say, this site doesn’t support Blumpf but letting him go out on this sour note as a failure is much better than martyring him. Convicting him after Biden becomes president though would further polarize and inflame the country and probably kill off the GOP for good. Maybe he should do it just for the hell of seeing what happens. It isn’t like Trump will run anyway in 2024.