One takeaway from years of covering Donald Trump and MAGA is that crossing the Rubicon is not a one time, definitive act. In the GOP’s case, it’s both gradual and recurring. What the embrace of MAGA has in common with crossing the Rubicon is that it’s irreversible; once it’s crossed there’s no going back. The die is cast, the path is set. The Republicans have had any number of opportunities to abandon Trump and they will not do it. This is a deranged marriage made in Hell and the GOP is in it for life. Paul Ryan is one of the few Republicans who is committed to moving the part post-Trump and for his efforts he’s about to be eliminated. This is what happened yesterday after Ryan did an interview on Fox News describing how many seats Trump and MAGA had lost the GOP in both chambers of Congress.

The fact of the matter is, as Ryan pointed out yesterday, that he’s a conservative and stands for conservative principles and there are no principles in MAGA. Ryan also said the GOP needs legislators and not entertainers, and that brought down MAGA wrath upon him as well.

You see the harmony in the GOP. Doubtlessly, if Ryan is being put on the chopping block, so will Mike Pence and Chris Christie and anybody else who openly defies the unequivocable dictatorship of Trump.

This is the path they chose back in the fall of 2015. This is where it has led. But they still don’t want to get off the Trump train, evidently believing that a miracle is possible and the GOP will not only be restored to power but will stay in power, with King Donald I, until his death. Then who takes over? Junior, or whomever the titular vice president is at that time?

Evidently nobody is thinking that far ahead. And that makes sense. Since Trump came down the escalator, nobody in the Republican party has been thinking at all. One thing about this era in our history will stand out forever, I predict: Trump is an example of how a group of people with no leadership ability will allow the loudest voice in the room to “lead” after a fashion. Trump is no leader. He has no ideas. He has no ability to implement plans and execute those plans. He is merely the biggest mouth in the room.

But that’s enough in today’s GOP. The people in today’s Republican party are performers. They’re in it for money and fame. They’re not public servants as that term used to be understood. Some of them, the like of Lauren Boebert, Nancy Mace, Marge Greene, etc., are woefully and laughably underqualified. They have no business voting on laws.

But in 2024, in TV land, which is all that MAGA is, is an extension of Trump’s television persona, that’s considered enough. Just have a good line of bull. You don’t need to know anything or be able to do anything. Just look good for the cameras, have teeth that blind, and great makeup and talk the talk.

Unfortunately, there comes a time to walk the walk and we’re going to see how that works out for the Republicans in the fall — bearing in mind what we saw in 2022, 2020, 2018, and the special elections.

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  1. Evidently nobody is thinking that far ahead. And that makes sense. Since Trump came down the escalator, nobody in the Republican party has been thinking at all. One thing about this era in our history will stand out forever, I predict: Trump is an example of how a group of people with no leadership ability will allow the loudest voice in the room to “lead” after a fashion. Trump is no leader. He has no ideas. He has no ability to implement plans and execute those plans. He is merely the biggest mouth in the room.

    One of THE BEST paragraphs in any article I’ve read in a long time. Congratulations on an excellent presentation!

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  2. No principles, no platform, no last century ideas let alone 21st century ideas…Ryan nailed it and them (kind of surprised he is capable of nailing anything). There is no republican party at present, there are only magats and people who are not magats. That nehls fool demonstrated to the entire world that magats are in a cult and ready to drink the kool-aid. I hope for our country’s sake they do it soon. Yes, there will be a f*ck-ton of bodies to dispose of but the nation and the planet will be a much better place.

    Keep hoping, keep getting disappointed, that we might see the bottom of the barrel of stupidity. magats prove once again that when it comes to outdoing each other for the title of stupidest mother-f-cker in the world, there is a new winner every f*cking day.

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    • Turn the soil over the bodies (or the ashes after massive funeral pyres) and let the remains enrich(( the soil. That way, a future generation will have nourishment.

      This is the only way the cult members will ever be an asset to society.

  3. Of course nehls is from Texas, ground zero for purging all republicons not sufficiently loyal to trump. Ryan was speaker not that long ago, and a vice presidential candidate. People may still have Romney Ryan buttons in a drawer somewhere. Every time these purges occur I see trumps chances shrink. Ryan and Romney will never vote for Biden, but they wont vote for trump either, and there are a fair number of republicons who will do the same thing. Biden won in 2020, by pretty good margins over all. I expect Biden also to lose some of his marginal voters from that election, but not enough to let the trump base win.

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  4. This 2017 Rolling Stone article may/not help in the understanding of why things are like they are today in the American political landscape, in support of Ursula’s “… another red line …” article above. The Rolling Stone article helps in historical contexts (not due to the date of publication of the article, but from its content). Hope you don’t mind, Ursula.
    See:
    https://www.rollingstone.com/politics/politics-features/trumps-mental-health-is-pathological-narcissism-the-key-to-trumps-behavior-126354/

  5. “woefully and laughably un-qualified.” There, fixed that for ya! That phrase applies to the entire MAGApublican “party”. All of them barely qualify as human

  6. To exploit and ignore the poor and give to the rich, using government to further those aims…that’s the so called ‘conservative’ principles. I’m almost 71 and have seen it in action all my adult life. FACT. Oh and fool the masses at every turn using religion, wars, lies, racism, sexism, ageism…whatever works.

    • At 79, and admittedly relegating the gradual destruction of the country’s societal and political norms to a distant second place while focused upon bringing our children safely into adulthood, I have to agree totally in looking back with Scott’s comment. I was late coming to the realization, and I apologize, but I’m here now, supporting VoteVets, Ruben Gallego, Colin Allred, Lucas Kunce, Bob Casey,the newly formed and Al Franken-sponsored Midwest Values PAC, and others as resources allow.

      Let’s always keep in mind: In one sentence, the ‘principle’ of conservative is “I’ve got mine – screw you!”

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