Full Retreat

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What a difference a day makes. 24 little hours   Dinah Washington

Everything is falling apart all at once. Arizona Governor Doug Ducey has not only halted progress on the grand re-opening, he has back pedaled and re-closed the bars in response to the coronavirus surge his bone headed leadership helped to fuel.

Likewise in Texas, Governor Greg Abbott has also re-closed the bars, as well as dropping the capacity in restaurants back to 50% in response to his own coronavirus day of reckoning. What the hell Abbott thought he was doing in raising the capacity from 50% to 75% in three weeks, when it takes a minimum of 3 weeks for new cases to gestate is anybody’s guess. But this is one time when the phrase better late than never just doesn’t seem to apply.

And in Florida, while Trumpite  Ron DeSantis won’t close the bars, because God knows he needs a drink, he has gone ahead and re-closed Florida’s beaches in advance of the 4th of July holiday. And cities and counties in Florida are charging ahead with orders mandating mask wearing in public, despite howls of protest from misguided souls, most of them misguided by DeSantis and Trump.

I know this is Saturday, but do yourself a favor. Stop, relax, and just take a good long gander. Because this is what a rout looks like. A rout is defined as a panicked, disorganized retreat, and that’s exactly what you have here. DeSantis, Abbott and Ducey may all stand there in front of the cameras, spouting off bullshit excuses to shore up their failed leadership, but everybody underneath them has already turned tail, and is running full speed in the opposite direction, firing wildly over their shoulders.

And it only gets better. Because not only are the GOP Governors being routed, so are the White House and the Trump campaign. Next week, Vice President Mike Pence was scheduled to fly to Arizona and Florida, to meet with the Governors about the coronavirus, but also to hold political events geared towards Evangelical voters. But it was announced today that while Milquetoast Mike will still fly to Arizona and Florida to blow sunshine and pixie dust up the Governor’s asses, the political events for the Evangelicals had been postponed. And the campaign was forced to admit that the reason that the events were postponed was that the optics of packing a bunch or people into an enclosed space during a viral outbreak was a bridge too far, even for the Trump campaign. As I said, a complete rout.

Now, get ready for the back stabbing and Et tu, Brute’ing at the state level. Local and county leaders who were hamstrung by these Governors in putting their own protective measures in place are going to want their pound of flesh. And so are state functionaries who set up their own alarm bells on good faith, only to be silenced by the Governor’s offices. And the best part is that these three cowardly poltroons are going to have to stand there and take it. The last thing that they can afford to do is to whine about being misled by Trump. After all, they’re Governors for God’s sake, they were elected to successfully steer the ship of state, not to take orders from the Mango Messiah!

The most interesting thing to watch going forward is going to be the power dynamic inside the Trump campaign itself. Trump wants to hold these rallies, even if it means scaling back the size of the venues or returning to outdoor rallies such as in airplane hangers. He feels that this gins up his base that attends, and also gins up the television viewers. But as the Tulsa rally clearly showed, when given a choice between seeing Trump and a slow, painful death, the majority of his supporters will stay at home and turn on Netflix instead. And if Trump pulls rank and demands to hold the rallies, then the negative image he portrays of actually being a public health threat more than cancels out any advantage he gets from ginning up his base. A classic lose-lose.

Normally, the way a rout stops is when the fleeing army gains enough space to stop, take a breath, reconstitute their lines, and dig in to defend the new position. One question with this current rout is how far will the Trump campaign fall back before turning to fight again? But the even more pressing question is will we even know if they turn around to fight again. It seems to me that they’re running out of positions to defend.

To know the future, look to the past.before the insanity of the 2020 election, relive the insanity of the 2016 GOP primary campaign, and the general election, to see how we got to where we are. Copies of President Evil, and the sequel, President Evil II, A Clodwork Orange are available as e-books on Amazon, at the links above. Catch up before the upcoming release of the third book in the trilogy, President Evil III: All The Presidents Fen

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Bareshark
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A term from the retreat of the Union Army during the First Battle of Bull Run during the Civil War seems to apply here: the Great Skedaddle.

Cherl Harrell
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I agree, they are running out of positions to defend. This seems to be a year of great reckoning, in many ways.

Bareshark
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All things end, even longtime political alliances. That moment has finally arrived for this incarnation of the GOP.

p j evans
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With luck – but so far they’re trying only to distance themselves from Himself, not change any of the cr*ppy policies that got them into this mess.

Meg Corrigan
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Bareshark, that’s wishful thinking! GOP suck ups are up tRump hind end so far, there is no return!

Bareshark
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And what exactly is Trump’s trajectory again, Meg? They go down with him, it’s still the end of this incarnation of the GOP. And the old guard will be horrified by what has been lost in the aftermath.

Joseph
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Funny thing about de Santis: I read, a few days ago, that he was going to leave the bars open but prevent them from serving alcohol. I thought that had to be the dumbest idea I’d ever read–and went back to reread the story just to make sure I hadn’t misread it. But, no. I’d read it correctly so either de Santis didn’t get how bars work* or whoever wrote the story had his or her facts wrong. So, if he needs that drink, he’s made sure that he won’t get it in a bar. (If that earlier story I… Read more »
anastasjoy
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That makes no sense. Here in Ohio (and I believe in Illinois) they revamped liquor laws, at least temporarily, so it could be served by restaurants to GO.

Meg Corrigan
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Anastasjoy, Minnesota did the same thing. “To Go” now includes alcohol. How you get the drinks home without being stopped for open bottle, I have no idea. Maybe you have your four-year-old hold the drinks in the back seat. (I don’t drink any more anyway, so I have no experience here. 🥴)

mb
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In Missouri the alcohol to go must be in a sealed container, however my suggestion to customers back in the old days was to put it in their trunk until they got to their destination! Missouri just legalized to go when everything closed due to COVID. Now that I think about it, I should say that this law applies to St. Louis County. I can’t speak for the rest of the State.

Nancy M Parker
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Is he letting them sell take out only? (Customers won’t care for that, they like the social aspect of drinking in a bar)

Miranda
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One thing is certain, at least in Arizona, when the Governors are up for reelection, they had better just drop out and look for a different job.

Meg Corrigan
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Miranda, 🤣😂🤣😂🤣🙃

mb
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Murf, thanks for the song reference at the beginning! Now I haven’t been able to get it out of my head!! 😂

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