I'm shamelessly recycling the title of a post I did eight years ago because absolutely nothing has fundamentally changed about the depravity of the GOP or the cowardice and complicity of the media.
Kinzinger says in 10 yrs he thinks "you're not gonna be able to find a single person that admits to supporting or voting for Donald Trump in this country. Because they're gonna be embarrassed, because their kids are gonna say, 'you actually supported Trump? Are you kidding me?'" pic.twitter.com/sxbgMOv7OV— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) July 22, 2022
To longtime readers, this assay of the state of the GOP base should sound depressingly familiar. From me, 16 years ago:
In five years, having voted for Bush will have become the parachute pants of this decade.It will become the “Oh my GOD. What the fuck was I thinking?” shameful secret people will occasionally and elliptically allude to by piping up with, “well, he did good after 9/11” as schoolchildren are taught what a disaster on every front and by every measure he was, and as adults who now have to pay and pay dearly for the myriad lies and crimes and follies of George W. Bush recount his Top 100 Fuckups and bitterly laugh and laugh and laugh.
The two things I got wrong way back then were the result of the cheery optimism of my younger self: it didn't take anywhere near five years for the GOP and the media to bulldoze the Bush administration down the memory hole, and the erasure and denial was so thoroughgoing that I don't think schoolchildren are taught much of anything about that period.
On the other hand, some of us adult still laugh bitterly about.
The eradication and revision of recent Republican political history is going to be a little more complicated this time around since, unlike Bush, Trump has no intention of quietly slinking offstage and taking up a new career as a shitty painter. But you can rest assured that titanic media, financial and political forces are quietly aligning to move Trump far enough out of the limelight so that a newly upgraded Bush-Off Machine can be wheeled out to do its terrible work. In fact, an early, upscale prototype of the Trump-Off Machine has already been in successful operation since 2016:
Now all they have to do is scale it up to accommodate the base of the party and all those party "heroes" who happily collaborated with Trump right up until January 6th, who would vote for him again if he were the party's nominee and who really, really want everyone to remember all the "good" things Trump did.
I'll detail exactly how they'll get away with it in a later post, but the one thing you can count on is that they will get away with it.