Wednesday, February 07, 2018

Today In Republican Detachment Disorder: Michael Gerson

In which former George W. Bush chief speechwriter, senior Republican policy adviser and reliable Beltway Republican stalactite, Michael Gerson, demonstrates yet again that it is virtually impossible for a Republican to look Republican evil in the eye and call it by its true name.
The cowardice among Republicans is staggering
You say "staggering".  I say "utterly predictable". 

But do go on.
According to House Speaker Paul D. Ryan, the declassified Devin Nunes memo — alleging FBI misconduct in the Russia investigation — is “not an indictment of the FBI, of the Department of Justice.” According to President Trump, the memo shows how leaders at the FBI “politicized the sacred investigative process in favor of Democrats” and “totally vindicates ‘Trump’ in probe.”

Both men are deluded or deceptive...
No,  both men are evil.  They are both liars and they are both evil.
The existence of reckless partisans such as Nunes is hardly surprising. The nearly uniform cowardice among elected Republicans is staggering. 
No,  we've discussed this.  You can't say the performance of something is "staggering" when you have spent your entire adult life working to ensure that it will perform exactly as it is performing.  You stocked your GOP with bigots and imbeciles, con men and lunatics, gun nuts and oligarchs, fake Christians and real fascists.  You did it strategically, methodically, over the course of decades. 

How the fuck did you expect they would act like when their Il Douche finally arrived?
And what to make of Ryan (R-Wis.)? 
That he is an evil man.
I have been a consistent defender of his good intentions. 
Because you are an idiot and a terrible person.
But after the 17th time saying “He knows better,” it dawns that he may not. 
Because, as I just said, you are an idiot and a terrible person.
By his recent actions, the speaker has provided political cover for a weakening of the constitutional order. He has been used as a tool while loudly insisting he is not a tool. The way Ryan is headed, history offers two possible verdicts: Either he enabled an autocrat, or he was intimidated by a fool. 
No. There is a third verdict.  That he was an evil man, leading a party of monsters.
I believe Ryan to be a good person. 
But you believe because you must, not because it is true.  You believe it because to believe otherwise would mean that you are an idiot and a terrible person who has spent his adult life enabling a party of monsters. 
But the greatest source of cynicism is not the existence of corrupt people in politics; it is good people who lose their way.
Paul Ryan was never a good person who lost his way.  He is an evil man who found a hospitable ecosystem in which his evil could thrive in your party of monsters.
Why can’t Republican legislators see the personal damage this might cause? 
Because they are a party of monsters, led by evil men.
A generation of Republicans will end up writing memoirs of apology and regret.
No, they won't.  Y'all will just do what you did the last time your party of monsters collapsed under the weight of your own corruption and perfidy.  Republicans and their quisling enablers in the media will spend a shit-ton of money gassing up the Bush Off Machine and then taking it out for a  nationwide propaganda blitz.  Almost overnight millions of Trump-loving MAGA Republicans will disappear and be replaced with "Independents" who never even heard of Donald Trump.
But it is damage to the conscience that is hardest to repair. 
But Republicans don't have a conscience. 

They have a Hannity.

Behold, a Tip Jar!


yowlz said...

Thank you for continuing to speak truth to evil.

The Kraken said...

A more succinct summary of the Driftglass critique of republican evil could not be penned.

Frank said...


Belvoir said...

Absolutely outstanding, Drifty. This was magnificent and true.

Robt said...

The slight problem with Gerson's all knowing all ending of debate conclusion.

In his , "who done it". he is saying all the republicans did it?

Comey, Sessions, Meuller, Rosenstein, McCain, all the conservative judges who approve and disapprove FISA requests.
OH NO!, It is Supreme John Roberts that dictates which judges perform the FISA duty. No, Not Chief Justice Roberts!

Trump who put them in place with the Senate GOP confirming them.

Like the GOP love to say,
Trump has nothing to fear from FISA if he has nothing to hide and nothing to worry about interviewed by Meuller if he is innocent.

Not just Gerson. many forked tongued three toed sloth republicans pretending they are Paul Revere riding and ringing his liberty bell as a warning (as Sarah Palin describes).

So her it is,

If a liberal ehitnessed a crime. Murder, store robbery etc. and reports it.

The police take the info from my 9/11 call and it leads to the apprehension and arrest of the evil doers.
At court arraignment, the Perp tells the judge he needs to throw out the case. Sure he might have performed the crime. But he is a republican and the whitness that saw him was a democrat. This is partisan whitch hunting from one political group on another.
Case dismissed.

No, not finished.

If it is a republican (like Nunes) that accuses foul by a Democrat.

Well, we have no time for constitutional courtesies or that silly innocent until proven snow flake gay nice-ry political correctness.
Take them to the nearest tree and hang 'em high. As the republican tells you, Trust him. That is all you need do.

dave said...

the great forgetting is the most useful tool the gop has. they think that after the fact 'alli oxen free'.

our job is to make that impossible.

lostnacfgop said...

Methinks, Drifty, it's time you updated your Sneetches saga. Gerson, Kristol,Scar, Boot, Schmit, Wallace, and recently Dubya himself, the Neo-Con lifebout bound for the Isle of NeverTrump is a bustin' at the seams.

jim said...

Surely no-one could have predicted that a fascist mob of psychosexually retarded chickenhawks with too much money & power would fly America into an open sewer!

Troll's Remorse: goes down smooth as silk - as long as other people's kids get stuck with the tab.

dinthebeast said...

...And their Hannity still has a job. For now.

-Doug in Oakland

timmy said...

Thanks, DR. When constant, over-the-top gaslighting begins to take its toll, I can count on you for a walk in the fresh air.