I don’t mean to scare you.
Perhaps I mean to mobilize, more than anything, although I do have to admit that “motivation” doesn’t seem to be a problem when it comes to Democratic hopes this coming fall. “This fall” is pretty meaningful when an expert in Republican politics tells us it might be our last shot to ditch the Trumps for a long time.
Rick Wilson thinks that a Trump win will ensure we usher in the Trump era, with perhaps Don Jr. waiting in the wings to move the cult forward into 2024 and beyond:
Get ready for Donald Trump Jr., a man who speaks the fluent asshole dialogue of the own-the-libs Trump Party, to rise to the top of the 2024 GOP primary ranks. The dynastic talk that was once treated as a joke (even by me) is already growing around both Don Jr. and Ivanka. Poor Eric is left out, but then again, he always has been.
As I have said before, if it looks like America is committed to dynasties, and Don Jr. looks to be setting himself up for the real inheritance, well, at that point Michelle Obama is going to need to get off the bench and take our country back.
Back to Don Jr., which means we have to get back to the same thing to which any analysis of Trump turns, money and corruption. Wilson notes that Trump has even turned the military into a for-profit endeavor, and his brand of corruption is not just tolerated, but cheered. It is inevitable that the Trumps will attempt to keep it going, and going:
The ambition that drives the Trump spawn these days is powerful, and the corruption and collapse of the GOP as a party will enable their dynastic fantasies to play out with real consequences for the country. The Orange Kardashians will have the brand power of Trump, as well as the shameless hucksterism of Fox and the degraded conservative media, behind them. Mark my words, even the “respectable” elements of the conservative media will soon be producing think pieces on why Don Jr. is the bridge from raw Trumpism to a smoother, smarter populist nationalism.
There is a “respectable” conservative media in existence? Where? Breaking news!
We know those pieces are coming. Hell, Don Jr. is already a best-selling author, and he knows how to “trigger” the left, which might be the only quality that the Fox-watching right cares about at this point. Indeed, I do think that the degree to which a Republican candidate infuriates the left is perhaps the single most important quality to the average right-wing voter. If you can’t make the leftists scream in pain, you need not apply.
To that end, none can burn our nerves like the Trumps.
Were that our only problem.
Just like “Luke” wasn’t the only Skywalker, strong with the force, we do have to keep our eye on … sister. Thankfully, the poor analogy stops there, because this sister is anything but hidden, and she sure isn’t a fighter for the Republic:
Get ready for four years of the right-wing press writing strained profiles of the Strange New Respect that Ivanka is generating among conservatives, and how the first woman Republican president might not be Nikki Haley but rather the deceptively smart and successful fashion icon supermom Ivanka Trump, who is surprisingly down-to-earth. They’ll “discover” she has an easy, self-deprecating sense of humor. Even skeptical conservative media will find themselves drawn to how the Princess Royal now represents the Trump nationalism without the rough edges and ugly tweets.
Given a choice between the two, I would … not choose, I’d refuse, neither is “less bad” than the other.
We have written about the straw polls taken already, and how normally they are nothing but name recognition. Correct. Normally.
But as Wilson points out, “normally” there isn’t someone like Trump controlling the Republican party. Wilson believes that Trump might override the primaries and appoint one of the spawn to be the Republican candidate.
(No, he is not talking about the general election and appointments to the presidency, yet.)
Do you see anything that could stop Trump from doing such a thing? To the extent you do, note that it is only 2020, and in 2017 – just after took office, Lindsey Graham was still an antagonist, and the Republican senate affirmed sanctions against Russia. Things change. It will be worse four years from now, if it happens.
So, now, does anyone want to talk about not being able to vote for this Dem or that Dem candidate, or what this stupid Dem candidate did back in the day?
#VoteBlueNoMatterWho, because this might be our last shot in a long time.
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