Category Archives: Republicans

The Omen: Establishmentarian Paul Ryan Beats Rebel Paul Nehlen

Conservatism, Constitution, Donald Trump, Republicans

By caving to GOP pressure and supporting the Other Guy Who Never Built a Thing, Paul Ryan, Donald Trump helped return Ryan to the House.

The opponent, Paul Nehlen, 47 had “hard-line views on immigration. He espoused enthusiasm for Trump’s proposed wall along the U.S.-Mexico border and said a discussion on deporting some Muslims was in order.” (WaPo)

For Ryan’s critics, the speaker’s victory represented an opportunity lost. Though they have long acknowledged that Nehlen’s insurgency was more quixotic than competitive, they had hoped that he would have come closer than he did Tuesday, believing that a strong finish would perhaps show Republicans nationally that the party’s Trump-aligned bloc was gaining. (WaPo)

The key words in Ryan’s acceptance blather: We want unity (totalitarians don’t brook differences). We’ll restore the lost constitution.

I put the lie to that bit of fiction in the introduction to “The Trump Revolution: The Donald’s Creative Destruction Deconstructed,” titled “Welcome to the Post Constitutional Jungle.”

The Constitution is a dead letter. There is no bringing it back from the dead, buried as it is under rooms full of legislation, statute and legal precedent. The Constitution is the box Republicans check when they want to con their constituents.

More of why the Constitution is dead in “The Trump Revolution: The Donald’s Creative Destruction Deconstructed.”

GOPers Want A Get-Out-Of-Jail Card From Trump

Democrats, Donald Trump, Foreign Policy, IMMIGRATION, Republicans, Russia

REPUBLICANS WANT A GET-OUT-OF-JAIL CARD FROM TRUMP. I analyze this aspect of the Trump candidacy in my book, The Trump Revolution: The Donald’s Creative Destruction Deconstructed.

The Republican establishment is as culpable as the Democrats in the state of this disunion. Their guilt as co-conspirators, Republicans must conceal from gullible voters. So the Republicans are vested in leveraging their power against Donald Trump with the goal of, first, deflecting from their crimes, and, second, focusing the attack dog, The Donald, on Hillary Clinton so that they, regimist Republicans, may retain their reputations and political perches.

To this end, Republicans and their supporters in media are making energetic use of the idiom of unity.

The people are being fooled. And Donald Trump is giving Republican establishmentarians their get-out-of-jail card.

Trump is caving on all but war with Russia. Small mercies.

MAD Media In Throes Of Death, We Hope

Donald Trump, Journalism, Left-Liberalism, Media, Republicans

On a tip from their Republican friends, CNN liberals have been running away with speculations that Donald Trump will quit, drop out of the race. CNN’s man with a chalkboard pointer was scouring the Banana Republican’s rule book for a “rule” to invoke to void the people’s choice. In “The Trump Revolution: The Donald’s Creative Destruction Deconstructed,” I describe this as “wish-fulfillment,” and deconstruct the dynamics of this ongoing media frothy with predictive precision:

The … sprawling political apparatus that makes up the D.C. Comitatus [is] now writhing like a fire breathing mythical monster in the throes of death.—ilana

How Weak Is Mike Pence! How Wrong is He For Trump VP!

Donald Trump, Military, Republicans

Mike Pence is so weak, so stylistically establishment. Chris Christie may be establishment neoconservative to the marrow, but in temperament; he offers fireworks and is quick on his big feet. I can just imagine how Christie would have reacted to this attack dog of a woman:

… at a town hall in this Nevada town on Monday night, the Republican vice presidential nominee got the question — from a mother of an active Air Force staff sergeant:

‘Time and time again Trump has disrespected our nation’s armed forces and veterans — and his disrespect for Mr. Khan and his family is just an example of that,’ Catherine Byrne, the mother of Raymond Harmon, who is currently deployed in the Persian Gulf, said to Pence. ‘Will there ever be a point in time when you’re able to look Trump in the eye and tell him ‘Enough is enough?’ You have a son in the military. How do you tolerate his disrespect?’ …

… Mike Pence had only released a text statement in the more than 48 hours since Donald Trump questioned the mother and father of fallen U.S. solider Humayun Khan. He had avoided cameras and questions on Monday during his travels to Nevada after a weekend at home in Indianapolis.

The woman, sainted because she has a son in the military, was whining about Muslim Brotherhood devote and Hillary Clinton attack dog Khizr Khan :

Pence “went on to claim that Trump supports veterans ‘like no other leader in my lifetime.'”

“The only other thing I would say to you is having spent time with our nominee, I have never been around someone more devoted to the armed forces of this country, more devoted to the families of our soldiers, sailors, airmen, marine and coast guard and no one more devoted to the veterans in this country,” Pence said without any real evidence for such hyperbole. “Donald trump supports our soldiers and supporters our veterans like no other leader in my lifetime.”

That’s it?! How feeble!

Trump is unorthodox. Let him fire Pence and start afresh.

Beef up on Mike Pence:

“The Pence Omen: Pro Wars, Pro Islam, Not-So-Pro-Private Property.”
“Get Off Your Knees, Gov. Pence! (You’re Not In A Gay Bathhouse).”