Welcome to DU! The truly grassroots left-of-center political community where regular people, not algorithms, drive the discussions and set the standards. Join the community: Create a free account Support DU (and get rid of ads!): Become a Star Member Latest Breaking News General Discussion The DU Lounge All Forums Issue Forums Culture Forums Alliance Forums Region Forums Support Forums Help & Search


(15,860 posts)
Mon Sep 30, 2019, 07:41 AM Sep 2019

What's the Matter With Republicans?

In a sane world, the reaction of Republicans to the “memorandum of telephone conversation” between President Trump and the president of Ukraine, Volodymyr Zelensky, combined with the whistle-blower complaint filed by an intelligence officer describing a White House cover-up, would be similar to the response of Republicans after the release, on Aug. 5, 1974, of the “smoking gun” tape that finally broke the Nixon presidency. Republicans would begin to abandon Mr. Trump, with senior figures urging him in private and in public to resign.

This may be asking too much of Republicans, who have lost their way in the Trump era. One might hope that some of the party’s elected officials would forcefully condemn the president on the grounds that there is now demonstrable evidence that he had crossed an ethical line and abused his power in ways even beyond what he had done previously, which was problematic enough.

But things are very different today than they were in the summer of ’74. Mr. Trump was on to something when he famously said, during the 2016 campaign, “I could stand in the middle of Fifth Avenue and shoot somebody and I wouldn’t lose any voters, O.K.? It’s, like, incredible.” What most people took to be hyperbole turned out to be closer to reality.

This isn’t to say that some Republican members of Congress aren’t deeply uneasy with Mr. Trump’s conduct. A few, including Senators Mitt Romney and Ben Sasse, have expressed their concern. But many others, from Senator Lindsey Graham to Kevin McCarthy, the House minority leader, are aggressively defending Mr. Trump, going so far as to argue that the notes from his July 25 conversation with Mr. Zelensky are exculpatory.


3 replies = new reply since forum marked as read
Highlight: NoneDon't highlight anything 5 newestHighlight 5 most recent replies
What's the Matter With Republicans? (Original Post) Zorro Sep 2019 OP
They are opportunistic zealots, many with no conscience dlk Sep 2019 #1
They lost their way a long time ago Kaiserguy Sep 2019 #2
Power by any means Liberalhammer Sep 2019 #3


(11,697 posts)
1. They are opportunistic zealots, many with no conscience
Mon Sep 30, 2019, 08:31 AM
Sep 2019

As a party that does not truly believe in democracy and who’s purported beliefs in fiscal responsibility, national security, and so so, are completely fraudulent, the ends always justify the means, any means they deem necessary.


(740 posts)
2. They lost their way a long time ago
Mon Sep 30, 2019, 11:14 AM
Sep 2019

Today is just more of the same. It's ok as long as a Republican does it. The Republican Party has been nuts for a long time and getting worse each and everyday.

Latest Discussions»Editorials & Other Articles»What's the Matter With Re...