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Tuesday, August 02, 2016

Washington is too impotent to stop Trump

Jeffrey Goldberg at Atlantic Monthly must realize that Trump is going to schlong Hillary in November, just like Obama schlonged her in 2008. Goldberg's beat for the past two years has been pushing the Iranian nuke deal and blaming Bibi Netanyahu for the evils of the world. Goldberg woke up to the presidential race and is alarmed.

Trump is winning.

How could this be?

Goldberg asked in a sub headline: "Why didn't the most talented, most influential Republican politicians — men like Chris Christie, Tom Cotton, and Paul Ryan — do more to stop Donald Trump?"

My answer? They tried. They couldn't. They are politically impotent.

From Goldberg:
I recognize that it took millions of Republican primary voters to bring America to this frightening moment, a moment in which a preposterous grifter of authoritarian bent whose mental health is the subject of pervasive and anxious speculation, has become a major-party nominee for president. But it was men like Christie who were indispensable in the creation of this moment. Donald J. Trump could have been stopped. I believe he could have been stopped early, by a concerted effort to unify the party behind a single, viable, non-fraudulent candidate; and he could have been stopped late, if Republicans like Christie had not crumpled before Trump. A handful of honorable men did, in fact, try to stop him. But they were too few in number, and too marginal to make a difference. Collectively, the most influential and smartest Republican elected officials — people who fall into the general category of Them That Knew Better — just might have been able to devise a way to prevent what is happening from happening. But abdication of responsibility and self-debasement in the pursuit of power were the order of the day.
Now I realize that Goldberg's career for the past few years has been to repeat Ben Rhodes's talking points about the Iran deal and Israeli politics. This article explains that.

But even an in-bred booger-eating moron could see that Chris Christie and 15 other candidates did everything they could to stop The Donald. They spent $700 million of other people's money to win the nomination. They failed.

And the party nomenclature did line up behind one candidate: Jeb Bush. He failed to make the cut. He quit after Trump won New Hampshire and South Carolina, and came in second in Iowa because Bush knew it was over; Trump locked up the nomination despite the best efforts of all the Washington insiders.

And he beat them because they are Washington insiders. All the sources Goldberg has, all the politicians he covers, and all the president he adores -- all of them -- are the reason Trump won.

They failed.

Miserably.

They failed to protect the border. They failed to stop terrorism. They failed to stop North Korea from getting nukes. They failed to stop Iran. They failed to make health care affordable. They failed to protect American jobs. They failed, they failed, they failed.

All of them failed the American people. Goldberg does not realize this. Ben Rhodes did not tell him this.

Goldberg ended his column:
This is not a normal year, because Donald Trump is not a normal candidate. These men — Chris Christie, Tom Cotton, Paul Ryan, along with a large number of other influential Republicans — know that Trump is not a normal candidate. They also know that another path existed for them, a path traveled by Mitt Romney, by the Bushes, by Ben Sasse and Mark Kirk and Jeff Flake. But they've so far chosen the path of submission and expediency and rationalization. It is not, however, too late. The saving grace here is that they have until November 8th to tell the country what I believe they know to be true — that Donald Trump is singularly unfit to be president, and that the country is more important than their party, or their careers.
Yes, he wrote "singularly unfit to be president," a talking point the White House fed Never Trump and liberals alike.

It won't work. Failure has its consequences.

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12 comments:

  1. The Never Trumpers like to intimate that Trump is not a "pure" Republican.

    Could it be that only the impotent are pure?

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    1. Oooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooh. BURN!!!!!!!!

      OutSTANDING, Dave!

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    2. Shakers without any practical skills.

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  2. The best part about progs like Goldberg's screeds against Trump is their new-found respect for the likes of Christie (BRIDGEGATE!!!), Ryan (actually run ads with his look-alike throwing grandma off the cliff), and Mitt (whom they accused of murder in 2012). They want to rewrite history; too bad not all of us are as easy to fool as the average Dim voter.

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  3. "in-bred booger-eating moron" Oh man! Outstanding! Made my day.

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  4. This screed is a veiled attack on R primary voters. It reflects the deep Eastern liberal contempt for inhabitants of anywhere but here, that is where they are, especially Manhattan. They loath Trump not because he is unfit, but because like Andrew Jackson he will let the rabble into the white house where they will stand in muddy boots on the plush furniture they worked to pay for as they applaud him. Indeed this is one reason they want Andrew off the 20. Goldberg is just another easily forgettable prig hack combo found everywhere in the media today.

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    1. Veiled--by a sheet of clear plastic wrap.

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  5. Don, I would have used "nomenklatura", the Russki word, instead of nomenclature, because I think the Russki version is more telling. But, that's just me.

    "Collectively, the most influential and smartest Republican elected officials — people who fall into the general category of Them That Knew Better — just might have been able to devise a way to prevent what is happening from happening."
    "Them That Knew Better" is a very telling phrase because the voters individually and collectively decided that Them didn't know better. Because they hadn't DONE better. They just thought Them talked a good game, but didn't play the good game.

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  6. http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2016/07/case-against-media.html. They still don't get it.
    Tocqueville, The Old Regime and the Revolution: Never had the newspapers' language been so inflamed, never was their clamor more lively than at the moment they were about to be silent for fifteen years. If you want to know about the real power of the press, never pay attention to what it says, but rather the way people listen to it. Sometimes it's passion announces it's weakness and foretells its end...It shouts so loudly only because it's audience has become deaf, and it is this deafness which, one day, finally allows it to be silenced with impunity.
    Me now: It is being silenced, not by a despot, but by the people at large by not listening. They are talking to the hand.

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  7. Remember, SJWs always project and there is pure projection in the very first sentence.

    I recognize that it took millions of Republican primary voters to bring America to this frightening moment, a moment in which a preposterous grifter of authoritarian bent whose mental health is the subject of pervasive and anxious speculation, has become a major-party nominee for president.

    What a great description of Crooked Cankles: "preposterous grifter of authoritarian bent whose mental health is the subject of pervasive and anxious speculation".

    Don, the correct phrase is "booger eatin' moh-ron". I stole it from my buddy Richard.

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  8. I'm sorry. I'm gonna hafta say it. Liberal Jews have lost their f---ing minds. I'm not sure they give a sh-- about Israel's security, and honestly, I'm not sure they give a sh-- about America's security either. Liberal Jews have lost their f---ing minds. Big D, feel free to delete this if you think I've gone too far. You're still my DubVee brother.

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  9. Well said, Don!

    I beg to differ on a couple of points though-

    Where you said, "They failed... they failed... they failed..." about the border, terrorism, and so on- no, they didn't fail. They accomplished exactly what they wanted to accomplish! What they failed at was to have been surreptitious about it. Stoopid voters are supposed to think, "these brave heros of conservatism have risked all for insignificant peons like me, they fought the good fight, too bad they lost, we'd better send them more money." Well, this particular stoopid voter saw right through their phony 'conservativism' that never conserved anything but their high-paying jobs!

    And Goldberg wants to tell us all that Donald Trump is "singularly unfit to be president"- but he has no candidate with which to replace The Donald, does he? If so he fails to mention him. He also wants us to realize that "the country is more important than party, or careers"- that of course is EXACTLY why Donald Trump is mopping the floor with these idiots: not one of the 16 dwarves took up the policies that ignited the Trump Rocket, and none of them ever will; they are welded to their iron rice bowls. They can't imagine how they will survive if the bowls are broken, the mere thought sends quivers up the jelly they call a spine!

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