Let’s take an assessment of where we are in this race, 17 days out.

Ben Sasse has secured his footnote in history as number one in a guaranteed conga line of Republican senators who will come forth and disavow Donald Trump, a day late and a dollar short. Sasse is predicting “a Republican blood bath.” Sasse is the very profile of Republican courage in 2020, meaning that he held his tongue when he wanted Trump to give him what was then a much-coveted endorsement. It’s rather transparent, and history will record that too, that Sasse is only willing to speak against Trump now, at the eleventh hour, when he doesn’t need his help and when the end of the road is in sight.

Stuart Stevens is a strategist who worked for Mitt Romney and he says Trump will be “absolutely crushed” and he analogized Sasse’s posture to a “parable why in the end, it’s better to have moral courage than trying to negotiate against something which you know is evil.” The glaringly obvious point here is that moral courage is a non existent quality in this iteration of the GOP and certainly in the GOP-led senate.

If Republican senators had any courage, they would have removed Trump from office, when they had the opportunity to do so. They would have lost a little face, temporarily, but gained a great deal of profile, paradoxically. And they would have saved their party, most importantly. They were given an opportunity to do the right thing and they blew it, and in doing so, blew themselves up. Adam Schiff begged them to do what they knew was right. And they couldn’t rise to the occasion.

If they had removed Trump, Mike Pence would have dealt more sanely with COVID-19 — because a mouse would have dealt with it more sanely than Trump did — and the Republicans would not be paying the price that they’re paying now, not to mention the fact that a lot fewer Americans would be dead. For a brief moment, the GOP-led senate wouldn’t have looked good, removing a president that was one of their own, but they would have looked credible, not to mention decent. Ironically, they could have looked great. They would have been doing their job. They would have been standing by their oaths of office. They would have elevated their stature in America’s eyes and in the world’s, and been worthy of the respect of both. They would have proven that the descriptor, “world’s greatest deliberative body” was in fact the case, and not a joke. They have none of that to fall back on now. All they have to show for their actions now is how weak and scared and morally bankrupt they are.

Make no mistake: the GOP has destroyed itself — just as Lindsey Graham predicted it would. Trump is heralded as the doom of the GOP. While that’s a valid interpretation to make, the fact is, he’s one guy and the rest of the senators and representatives could have stood up to him at any time. They chose not to. If they go down kicking and screaming in two and a half weeks, as the blue wave closes over their heads, it will be because they abandoned all decency and fair play and tied themselves to an anchor of immorality — and it’s not like Trump didn’t advertise early on that he was exactly and precisely just that.

The Republican party made a Faustian bargain, in the name of power, and now they’re going to pay the price.

Take the time to listen to this 6:20 clip of Stuart Stevens. It’s a good synopsis of “the weirdness of Donald Trump and what a freak show it is,” “late Elvis,” and why 2020 is “closer to 1964 than to 2020” — and “totally different” from 2016.

 

 

And soon, in true Trumpian form, he will be remembered as not only the worst GOP president, eclipsing Dubya, but also as the GOP candidate who took the biggest drubbing, eclipsing Barry Goldwater, if we are lucky. Could it be that bad? Oh, God, let Stuart Stevens be right.

Lyndon Johnson won 61.1% of the popular vote, and 486 electoral votes. Here’s what the map looked like.

Isn’t that a heavenly vision? This would be Lady Karma’s final gift to Trump, a narcissistic injury for the ages. Words cannot express how much I would love to see this, or something like it, come to pass. A Goldwater-esque routing, Ouch!

 

 

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28 Comments on "GOP Strategist Explains Why This Election Is ‘Closer to 1964’ Johnson v. Goldwater Than To 2020 Or 2016"

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Cherl Harrell
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He needs to see this and his supporters need to see it, in order to understand that the majority of Americans do NOT agree with them.

Bareshark
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Ah, but then you’d have to make them believe it. They’ll deny it all the way until Trump is gone. Then they’ll deny they EVER were this in the tank for Trump.

dana fairfield
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Yes, they would call this GOP strategist a “closet Democrat” who was always out to get poor little Trump.

p j evans
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Himself is talking about a “red wave”, as if he believes a miracle will occur.

Elizabeth
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That “red wave” is the blood bath.
HA!

Gerald Boyette
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Suppression and conservative courts can supply a “miracle”.

redheadedgammy
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I worry that Putin might somehow bring that miracle about.

Cherl Harrell
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What I meant was they need to see him get an overwhelming defeat, which would leave no room for denial.

rory darjiit
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I understand why Republicans held the line on impeachment…and we have to remember Covid wasn’t a factor. However, it still felt like a bloodbath was coming, and I have to think if I was in their position I would at LEAST consider removal then a “Reagan defense,” by which I mean consolidate Republicans around remove then say there were signs of Alzheimer’s and dementia, and while you think he was a great guy and good president in his prime, he had to be removed. I think if they’d sold the retired happy warrior who lost,his edge line long enough, they… Read more »
Denis Elliott
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It struck me looking at that map that while the Goldwater color was called red in the key, it actually looks orange! Here’s my suggestion: Screw this red and blue state stuff and start using maps and saying (and writing) the words red and orange. Folks here and on other social media that actually know politicians and journalists should pester them to do so too. Brand the GOP with a new color – orange. TRUMP orange. Make them own what they’ve done. Make the howl in protest over being labeled with that ridiculous color Trump paints his face with. Preferably… Read more »
dana fairfield
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It looks pink on my monitor.

p j evans
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I see it as a pinkish red, but not as orange.

martin
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It looks red-orange on mine, but I think yellow would be more appropriate, but only as a stripe down their backs. And I’ll leave it to you to determine the width of the stripe! (Some are only a little afraid, but others are quaking in their boots!)

Gus K.
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Well, they got what they bargained for and then some. All the judges and a probable super majority in SCOTUS.

I don’t see why they should complain they knew what they were doing.

Bareshark
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I do…or have you missed how Congress can–and in the event of a Democratic majority, WILL–expand the number of SCOTUS justices, possibly introducing term limits? Judges are simply a rearguard action for a fading status quo, nothing more. Without the executive and legislative branches, they’re a speed bump.

Bareshark
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Ursula, I love ya but you GOTTA know that hypothetical Republican Party you described was always a myth. In retrospect, Graham’s prophecy about being destroyed by Trump and deserving comes off as pathetic. It’s the alcoholic admitting they have a problem in one breath and in the next, saying that it’s time for another round. Lindsey was just hoping to avoid the scenario that went down because he knew his party was hellbent against ANY change in their habits. W has not covered himself in glory either. He could be speaking out now, if nothing else but Trump’s policies. It’s… Read more »
dana fairfield
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Trump could not have destroyed the GOP without the help of the GOP. So there’s that.

blueman
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Trump is a pure reflection of conservatives or fascist as they should rightly be called. All a fascist is is a traitor that is against everything the left is for. That is why his going around destroying everything Obama never got a complaint from any of them. They are all Trump. He didn’t destroy this country. They did. And they should be prosecuted and shamed till everyone living today is dead.

Bareshark
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**Heisenberg voice** You’re goddamn right.

Trump will be blamed after the fact, but it was really them all along.

Gerald Boyette
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A big lie repeated often enough becomes “truth”. The Republican opinion outlets create an alternate “truth”. Too bad Democrats tend to be more educated and analytical and are not as susceptible to big lies so opinion outlets are not profitable. We need outlets that are subsidized and do not depend on profitability.