The Last Gasp of Never Trump

So, one-term Congresscritter Joe Walsh has decided to challenge President Trump in the GOP primary. I can figure why Walsh would do it: attention hounds do need attention and grifters do gotta grift…I’ve been watching Walsh implode towards this position since 2017 and it hasn’t been a pretty sight. But, he’s going to get media attention and donations and, for him, that is what is must be about. But what about those who engineered his entry?

We must not discount the mere sins of Pride which are likely driving a good portion of this, but beyond the Never Trumpers risking their immortal souls there is, I think, something else behind this: I can’t remotely prove it, but I’m thinking that the selection of the old GOPe money class – seconded by Democrat money bags sowing division – it making one, last effort to recapture the GOP. They only liked the GOP when it was a party of Progressive Light: the Progressive party which wanted low taxes, especially on corporate earnings and large amounts of stored wealth. As far as it went, such people only tolerated gun owners, pro-lifers and such because these people were, by an large, in favor of low taxes. But, all along, these Never Trump types despised their base…considered them hicks and were never going to do anything to help the base’s cause. Trump came along, read the situation precisely as it was (and is), and proceeded to roll over the GOPe simply by speaking to the desires of the GOP base. The real fear of the GOPe types is not just that Trump will be re-elected (though they’d hate that). No: their real fear is that the GOP base will never come back to the GOPe. That after Trump, the GOP will become an increasingly Populist Conservative party and start doing horrendous things like breaking up large corporations; taxing high end wealth; dismantling the education system…you know, destroying everything that keeps GOPe types rolling in wealth and privilege.

So, they’ve been looking not for a way to win, but for a way to show the GOP base that they can’t have what they want. They want to show that Trump was a one-off which only happened because the GOPe was asleep at the wheel and that the GOPe can just whistle up a situation where Trump gets destroyed. After that, the GOP base – in their thinking – will just have to knuckle under and accept a whole string of Mitt Romney’s and Jeb’s and live with the fact that every last iota of the Progressive agenda will be enacted (except high taxes on corporations, of course). Trouble is, they couldn’t really find anyone to go after Trump. In this, I think that the leadership of McConnell and Graham has been crucial: by understanding what Trump really represents, these two (and there are others) have understood that the GOP can win smashing victories for an indefinite period of time…and all it takes is actually doing something for the base. McConnell is cementing his legacy as the most consequential Senate Majority leader in half a century…and he seems to be enjoying the heck out of himself doing it. Why would he want to give that up so that Democrats can take the White House in 2020 just because Orange Man Bad? Why would any serious political leader want to do that?

But now momentum takes over – the Never Trump contingent has to keep going, or admit defeat. Too filled with Pride to admit defeat or error, they just kept going and going and going…until the found Joe Walsh, who seems to be a bit of a raving lunatic. He’s made racist statements in the past – and I’m not talking Progressive versions of racist statements; actual, genuine racist statements. He once tweeted out that if Trump lost in 2016, he’s grab his gun and start shooting. He peddled stories about Obama that would make a paranoid conspiracy theorist blush. The guy, in short, is all over the place…with the only consistency being that he’ll say whatever garners him attention. Being just another trooper for Trump wouldn’t get him anywhere (likely because he’s so mercurial that only an idiot would trust him); so he decided to become anti-Trump…and the Ahoy Boys of Never Trump have now latched on to him. It is going to be fun to watch.

But, mostly, it is going to be fun to see the last of these types. We’ve been sold out by them too many times and for too long. They’ll ride Walsh right out of the GOP and Conservatism, and I believe for good.

10 thoughts on “The Last Gasp of Never Trump

  1. Cluster August 25, 2019 / 6:34 pm

    I can’t think of a more dyed in the wool Never Trumper than Jennifer Rubin and Mark’s commentary is spot on:

    … It’s not only that Trump has to lose, but that all his enablers have to lose — we have to collectively, in essence, burn down the Republican party. We have to level them because if there are survivors — if there are people who weather this storm, they will do it again — will take this as confirmation that, “Hey, it just pays to ride the wave — look at me, I’ve made it through.”

    LOL She doesn’t like us very much

  2. Ryan Murphy August 25, 2019 / 8:01 pm

    They can’t give in to the voters. If they give in to the voters they would have to admit they were wrong, and that can’t be true.

    • rgrg2 August 25, 2019 / 10:41 pm

      They can’t give in to the voters? More people voted for Hillary Clinton than Donald Trump. lol

      • Amazona August 26, 2019 / 12:28 am

        If you deduct either the vote difference in Los Angeles or NYC you lose the popular vote advantage.

      • rgrg2 August 26, 2019 / 12:43 am

        If you deduct either the vote difference in Los Angeles or NYC you lose the popular vote advantage.

        What is your point? That Americans who live in Los Angeles or NYC are less American than other Americans and should not have their votes counted? Surely you can’t be serious.

      • Amazona August 26, 2019 / 2:25 pm

        Oh, get over yourself! That is not what he said, or what he implied, and even you know it. This incessant carping and infantile focus on word games is one of the reasons we find you so tiresome. You try to posture as a political commentator, but really all you do is say insanely stupid things till someone responds to your stupidity and then rummage around in the words used to try to find a “gotcha!”

        Not even you, wallowing in the depths of your pathology, can pretend that anyone ever said that people in ANY state should not have their votes counted. You are getting reckless in your lies, because we have allowed you to stay here so much longer than usual.

      • Cluster August 26, 2019 / 8:57 am

        Amazone, RG thinks that the votes for Trump in California should count somewhere because they totaled more than Trump votes in other States.

        It’s laughable but he said it. He doesn’t understand the reason for the electoral college. He thinks were a democracy.

      • Retired Spook August 26, 2019 / 10:23 am

        More people voted for Hillary Clinton than Donald Trump. lol

        And yet she’s STILL NOT PRESIDENT. lol!

        The funny thing is Hillary spent more time and money in California padding her popular vote total when she should have been spending time and money in PA, MI and WI. lol!

  3. jdge1 August 28, 2019 / 1:14 pm

    More people voted for Hillary Clinton than Donald Trump.

    First, I wish people would stop peddling this as though it were true. What one can (reasonably) say is; “Of the votes that were counted, Hillary received more votes than Trump.” However, that does NOT take into effect the votes that were not counted such as most absentee votes. Military votes in particular are often problematic as their absentee ballot is often not received in time for them to fill out and return by the stated deadline. And since military absentee ballots do not require postage, they are not postmarked with a date stamp. Poor handling of mail often delays these ballots to be received until after the election and are thereby, discarded.

    Second, if you play a game with stated rules but your opponent wants to change the rules to their advantage midgame, why bother playing. The rule for the Presidential election is to win 270 or more electoral votes. What that entails is winning states, not overall popular vote. President Trump effectively campaigned and won the electoral vote as stated in the rules. If the rules were to win by popular vote, I’ve no doubt he would have campaigned differently. So of course, leftist want to discount or steal Trump’s win by claiming a preference of rules that were not in place and were not considered by him when campaigning. This is totally without merit but used to sooth the sting of the assured win loss.

    • Amazona August 28, 2019 / 1:54 pm

      We also have to remember that at least in some states if the uncounted absentee ballots are deemed to be statistically unable to change the vote ratio they are not counted. Add those to the military ballots not counted for any of several reasons and you have an undetermined but possibly substantial number of votes for the person deemed to have lost the popular vote.

      Also, until we have cleaned up our voting process there is no way to really know how many valid votes have been cast. Spook has written of his Indiana neighbors who winter in Florida and openly admit that they vote in Indiana and then go to Florida and vote again. Until we can stop the repeat votes, non-citizens voting (how many are illegally registered thanks to Motor Voter) and votes cast in the names of dead people or people in nursing homes, the concept of a “popular vote” is a fantasy. (Which will be pointed out quite loudly if Trump appears to win the popular vote in 2020.)

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