This is almost like a remake of the Mel Brooks classic Young Frankenstein. Friedrich and Igor, played by McConnell and McDaniel create a monster. Then FrankenTrump gets loose, and they can’t get him back on the table again. So now they want the villagers, played by Willis, Bragg, James, and Smith to lock him up so they can go back to the castle and say, Damn! That was a close one!
The closer that the field gets to coming into focus on the GOP side, the more you’re hearing political analysts, especially conservative ones with better contacts, the more you’re hearing that the panicked GOP leadership is secretly praying for somebody, anybody with a badge to whisk Traitor Tot away to the crossbar Hilton, and save the 2024 cycle for them. There’s just one small problem. It, Can’t. Work.
We’ll start at the top. Trump already made it clear in a press gaggle after his DPAC speech that he will continue to run whether he’s indicted or not. What choice does he have? Presidential Immunity is his only salvation.
And if El Pendejo Presidente keeps running, there is certainly nobody in the RNC with the balls to pull his name from the ballot, even if he’s indicted and awaiting trial. They can’t. That would lead to a full out MAGA revolt, which could threaten the safety of Freedom caucus seats if their holders are deemed by the rabble to be insufficiently loyal to Trump. And if Trump’s name appears on the gallot, his baboon army will vote for him, even if he’s in lockup.
And that dovetails into the next reason. If The Trumpster Fire is indicted, he is going to be feral, and immediately circle the wagons. Every MAGA candidate and incumbent will be required to show sufficient loyalty to His Lowness, or else. You’ve already seen moderate GOP incumbents retire their seats, rther than put themselves and their families through another reelection campaign filled with abuse and death threats. How man y do you think will head for the hills when Trump’s Winter Palace mob gets turned against the GOP itself instead of the Democrats for a change?
The one who will get it first will be Trump’s strongest opponent, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis. Wherever the indictments come down, you can bet your ass that Hair Twitler will be bunkered down in Mar-A-Lago. And when the legally signed extradition order gets to Florida with two detectives, the first thing Trump will demand is that DeSantis refuse to authorize the order on his end. You can bet that MAGA nation will surround the Governor’s mansion to make their feelings known.
Either way, DeSantis’ campaign is effectively over. If he follows Trump, then Trump likely wins the nomination, and Pissantis gets embroiled in a constitutional crisis, ensuring no moderate or independent would vote for him even if he wins the primaries. And if he boots Trump, then he’s toast. No self respecting MAGAt would vote for him even if he won the primaries. Welcome to Trumpmenistan, Ronnie.
The funny thing is, you would think this was the dream scenario for the GOP leadership. This gives a wide, clear lane to the moderates like Pence, Pimpeo and Haley to make their pitch. No way for, two reasons. First, the MAGAt’s will revolt and sit out if anybody but Trump wins the nomination. And second, moderate GOP voters and independents have already proven in 2018 and 2022 that they’ll just sit the cycle out if it becomes too big of a shit show. And I can’t imagine a much bigger shit show than we’re about to see.
The GOP has nobody to blame but itself. They could have stopped Trump in the 2016 primaries when he was still just a freak show attraction. But they didn’t, and this is what happens when you let your constituents pledge their allegiance to a man, instead of the party and Democracy. It is going to be brutal to watch this play out on the GOP side, but it gives the Democrats a hole they can drive a Mack truck through. Gentlemen, start your engines.