Poor Donald Trump. He’s taking incoming fire from all sides and wondering which is worse, the Evil Democrats or the Never Trumpers in his own party — the party that he is now castigating vociferously, because they won’t defend him properly. And he does have a point. The GOP has enabled him all the way so far, why are they jumping ship now, when, according to Trump, they should be rallying behind him. The Hill:
Asked later to elaborate on his desire to see Republicans get tougher, Trump said he felt Democrats were “vicious.”
“I think the Democrats fight dirty. I think the Democrat [sic] are lousy politicians with lousy policy,” he said.
Trump added that so-called “Never Trump” Republicans “might be worse than the Democrats.”
“The good news is they’re dying off fast,” he said.
That’s interesting news. The old GOPers are biting the dust at a faster clip than usual? Maybe the stress of having Donald Trump as their standard bearer is shortening their lives. However, since this stat is coming out of the bubble world of Donald Trump, I’ll take it with a pillar of salt, for the moment.
“The two things they have: They’re vicious and they stick together,” he said of Democrats. “They don’t have Mitt Romney in their midst. They don’t have people like that.”
I think that we’ll all agree that no, we don’t have Mittens in our midst, or anyone like him. No argument there. As to the “stick together” comment — that’s hilarious. Does he not know what a herd of cats we are? Apparently not. And it’s a cinch he never heard Will Rogers’ famous line, “I don’t belong to any organized political party — I’m a Democrat.” And he doesn’t know, “Democrats fall in love, Republicans fall in line” — mountains of truth in that one. The Republicans are better at strategy than the Democrats for the most part, because they see the existential nature of politics and go along with it. Perfect example: Chuck Schumer approached Beto O’Rourke to drop out of the presidential race and run for John Cornyn’s senate seat last month. O’Rourke refused. On the same facts, if McConnell had proposed the idea to a Republican running unsuccessfully for the GOP nomination, my bet is that the Republican in question would have gone along with it, to strengthen the party. They do strategy, we do purity, and personally, I wring my hands and jump up and down a lot, watching it and fretting. From time to time my hysteria rises to where I contemplate registering as an Independent, even.
So, we are the cat herd. But let me tell you something about that. Even a bunch of cats will band together for a common cause that benefits them all, and this I’ve seen with my own eyes. When I was in college, I shared a house with a roommate who was a pootie person, and had eight cats to prove it. One night I awakened for some reason about 3:30 a.m. sensing something odd, and I went into the kitchen. There, all eight cats were sitting in a circle, equidistant from one another. In the middle of the circle was an enormous blue jay, the largest I had ever seen. it was the prize that one of them got and the cat community just decided that they were all going to share in the spoils. It was a remarkable sight, eight cats in a circle, long hair, short hair, striped, calico, in a large square kitchen, on a red linoleum floor, with a blue bird with a wing span of two feet in the middle. They took turns running into the circle, grabbing a piece of the bird, and then running back out again. Point being, even a cat herd will unite if the prize is appealing enough, and I don’t know any Democrat that doesn’t think taking down Donald Trump yesterday isn’t the most tantalizing inducement for unity we’ve ever imagined, let alone seen.
In any event, the Democrats are circling around Donald Trump, just like the cats around the blue jay, and obviously it’s getting to him.
Trump said Republicans have to “get tougher and fight” to counteract Democrats pursuing an impeachment inquiry.
“I watched a couple of people on television today. They were talking about what a phony deal it is. What a phony investigation it is,” Trump said during the Cabinet meeting, dismissing allegations that he’s abused his office.
“And Republicans have to get tougher and fight,” he continued. “We have some that are great fighters, but they have to get tougher and fight because the Democrats are trying to hurt the Republican party for the election, which is coming up, where we’re doing very well.”
Meanwhile, Mitt Romney has slammed Trump’s recent actions with regard to Syria, and called Trump’s requests to China and Ukraine for help finding dirt on the Bidens “appalling.” Plus Joe Walsh is chiming in from the sidelines about how Republicans are going to flip on Trump. Raw Story:
Former Republican Congressman Joe Walsh predicted this week that lawmakers from his own party will eventually support the impeachment of President Donald Trump.
“I think he knows it’s coming,” Walsh told CNN’s Brianna Keilar following the president’s remarks to reporters. “He sounded like a frightened baby right there.”
“It’s really important to note, I need to say this, Republicans don’t like him,” Walsh explained. “Republicans in Congress. They don’t like him, they don’t fear him, they don’t respect him. They do believe he’s incompetent, they do believe he’s a moron.”
While I don’t doubt that they do believe Trump is a moron, I’m not sure that they’re all going to turn on him, and I don’t believe that impeachment could prevail in the Senate at this time. That said, I didn’t think Moscow Mitch would ever write a scathing denunciation of Trump in the Washington Post, and that happened last week. All we can really do is keep the House committees going full speed ahead and just watch this tragi-comedy unfold and stand by with fire extinguishers and hoses; because at some point, this baby’s gonna blow.
If you’ve never seen the cat herder video, take a minute. It will resonate with your Democratic sensibilities.