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Saturday, June 03, 2017

Today's Must-Read: The GOP's Civil War

Digby has a good article that I think pretty much lays out where the Republican party is these days, and what it has become.

Generally speaking after an election loss the Democratic Party goes into a metaphorical circular firing squad and everybody simultaneously pulls the trigger. In common beltway parlance this is known as "Democrats in disarray" and the pundits spend many hours gleefully covering the tears and recriminations as the party tears itself apart.

This post election season has not disappointed. But all in all, it's actually been a fairly civil affair by comparison to previous years. The congressional caucuses are united in opposition to Trump and the Republicans and all signs point to a strong turn out in the mid-terms in 2018. So despite plenty of squabbling on social media, the usual internecine battles have been relatively subdued.

What is more interesting is that the Republican Party, which has everything --- the congress, the courts, the White House and a majority of state houses all over the country --- seems to be coming apart at the seams. This is, to say the least, unusual. But then it's also not usual that winning political parties elect intellectually inadequate, inexperienced, incompetent, narcissistic celebrities to lead them. It is causing more than a little distress at a time when the party should be in a position to enact a sweeping agenda.

This pretty much sums it up:

I'd love to see the results of that poll.


Glenn Ingersoll said...

I don't know what a dimm is, but I'm fine not knowing.

Hunter said...

I take it as being an example of right-wing "wit" and an insult, of course, to Democrats.