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Thu Nov 26, 2020, 01:21 PM

The Next Republican President Will Be The Last Elected President: Politico

Daily Kos, Nov. 26, 2020.

No, thatís not the exact headline, but itís the essence of the final sentence in this doom-and-gloom Politico article:
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- 'Did American Democracy Really Hold? Maybe Not.' By Jeff Greenfield, Politico, Nov. 25, 2020. www.politico.com/Ö
https://www.politico.com/news/magazine/2020/11/25/did-american-democracy-really-hold-maybe-not-440595

["..Like the German military who saw the Spanish Civil War as a testing ground for the Luftwaffe, the GOP may come to see 2020 as the election that illuminated the path to seizing power over the will of American voters...]
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Let me just get two points out of the way:

Yes, I know that Politico has an affinity for clickbaity articles about anything and everything being doomed.
Iím normally not an Eeyore about the future of the country as a whole. But.

While the article doesnít state anything we didnít know already, it pretty concisely lays out the exact steps a future Republican president could, and likely will, take in order to finalize the collapse of American democracy that Trump started, and how Republican legislatures could and will play into that agenda.

And frankly, itís hard to see how the US didnít just get a 4-8 year lease on normal life with something much worse to come after. The anger and insanity that has all but consumed every American right of center is not going to go away; rather, itís going to be a litmus test for all future Republican nominees to run on. The next Republican president will be elected on his or her (but probably his) innate ability to surf that wave all the way to the inevitable conclusion.

Thereís no way we keep Republicans out of the White House indefinitely, so I guess the question here is, what can Biden really do to turn the tide in a term or 2, given that:

Non-loyalists will be fired at all levels on day 1 after the inauguration of a Republican prez. What Trump is doing in this regard right now during his lame-duck period is a preview of what had been planned for his second term, and thereís absolutely no reason for the next MAGA president to not clean house immediately.
It took Trump a year or 2 to do away with any pretense at sticking to decades-old norms. One or 2 Biden terms wonít be enough to establish new norms of presidential decency that any future R-prez wonít just ignore from the get-go...

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appalachiablue Nov 26 OP
BlueTsunami2018 Nov 26 #1
appalachiablue Nov 26 #3
Kid Berwyn Nov 29 #7
dawg day Nov 26 #2
The Roux Comes First Nov 26 #4
Midnight Writer Nov 26 #5
appalachiablue Nov 26 #6
GoneOffShore Nov 29 #8

Response to appalachiablue (Original post)

Thu Nov 26, 2020, 01:28 PM

1. That's why we absolutely must prosecute Тяцмр.

Pardoning Nixon, not impeaching Reagan and not prosecuting W has only taught them that they can do whatever they want without repercussions. I agree with this 100%. If we donít prosecute this guy, the next time they win, the country descends into fascism.

Itís disheartening because it seems inevitable.

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Response to BlueTsunami2018 (Reply #1)

Thu Nov 26, 2020, 01:40 PM

3. Good pts, measures are critical to avoid anti democratic descent

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Response to BlueTsunami2018 (Reply #1)

Sun Nov 29, 2020, 01:45 AM

7. Absolutely!

Every time they escape justice ó from lying America into war to emptying the Treasury for banksters to betraying America for Putin ó they come back to do worse.

Prosecuting, convicting and jailing the bastards is the only way to stop them from coming back.

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Response to appalachiablue (Original post)

Thu Nov 26, 2020, 01:34 PM

2. I am hoping that some relatively moderate "safe" Republicans (Romney, Murkowski)

will decide to become independent and caucus with the Democrats. After all, no matter what their policy considerations, they have to know that the GOP has gone mad. And they can't deal with insane people. Dems might be "too liberal," but they're not crazy and they're not beholden to Trumpists.

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Response to appalachiablue (Original post)

Thu Nov 26, 2020, 01:45 PM

4. Very Dark, But Ever-so-plausible, Alas

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Response to appalachiablue (Original post)

Thu Nov 26, 2020, 03:44 PM

5. They made a mistake this time with Trump. They will be smarter next time.

Sadly, democrats tend to get complacent after a win.

I hope we keep our enthusiasm up for the next assault against our democracy, because they will keep coming to take it away from us.

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Response to Midnight Writer (Reply #5)

Thu Nov 26, 2020, 03:57 PM

6. Thomas Jefferson always feared the British would be back

and he was right.

The next advance to authoritarianism which will be led by a smarter, more competent fuhrer is certain.

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Response to Midnight Writer (Reply #5)

Sun Nov 29, 2020, 04:47 AM

8. My feeling is that Democrats now are awake enough not to get complacent after this.

There's no complacency in Stacey Abrams, et al., nor in the new crop of voters.

There's a lot of work to do and people are willing to do it.

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