In a column for the conservative Bulwark, executive editor Jonathan Last said the Republican lawmakers are reaping what they have sown for underestimating Donald Trump’s self-absorption and the Republican Party will be left in tatters after the president is long gone.
Taking a cue from several of the Never-Trumper Lincoln Project founders who have said that they want to “burn it all down” and start all over again, Last said the president is way ahead of them when it comes to destroying the GOP which is headed for a November wipeout.
As Last notes, Republicans are furious with the Never-Trumpers for damaging the president’s and their election prospects, but that their anger is misdirected because Trump is the one dragging them all down.
According to the columnist, more than a few people warned them about Trump in 2016 but they plunged ahead anyway with a man who “has no interest in the Republican party as an institution and will burn it to the ground if he thinks it will profit him one iota” — which is where they find themselves today.
Adding that he sees no way for the president to pull out a victory in November. Last suggested that the president is spending his last months in office preparing to blame others for his eventual loss and making sure he takes as many of his followers with him — to the detriment of the Republican Party.
Writing, “You will note that ‘Protecting Congressional Republicans’ is not on that list,” Last warned, “… we should expect Trump to be more erratic and outlandish, more openly racist, and to flirt even more openly with outright delegitimization of the election.”
“All of this will be—just objectively speaking—good for Trump,” he elaborated. “It will make him money, enhance his hold on the Republican party, and pave the way for him to be the decider on the party’s 2024 nominee. It is unlikely to be good for the Republican party.”
“In all the hand-wringing about how the awful, no-good Never Trumper types want to ‘burn it all down’ you rarely see any Republicans complaining about how it’s Trump who’s doing the actual burning,” he wrote before adding, “Which only proves my point. The party made a deal with a man they did not fully understand. And now they’re trying to pass the bill to someone else.”
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Supreme Court mail-in voting ruling raises alarm: Democrats may ‘never win another national election’
A divided Supreme Court rejected a Pennsylvania Republican effort to curtail mail-in voting, but experts say the Democratic victory may be short-lived — and confirming Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett would be a "disaster for Democrats."
With Chief Justice John Roberts joining the court's three liberals, the court split 4-4 to reject a request from Pennsylvania Republicans to block an order from the state's Supreme Court allowing mail-in ballots to be counted if they are received within three days of Election Day — even if they do not have a clear postmark. The tie left the state decision in place, which Democratic lawyers hailed as "great news for voting rights."
Trump can ‘rage from the balcony’ but he ‘will not succeed’: Dem super lawyer promises to protect the vote
President Donald Trump has a lot of options available to him when it comes to his attempt to steal the election. That doesn't mean they'll work, however.
In an interview with Democratic "super-lawyer" Bob Bauer, "The Circus's" John Heilemann listed a few scenarios for Trump trying to steal the election.
"We already have an electoral infrastructure -- a voting system -- that is not always adequately resourced or supported," Bauer explained. "You take that system, you layer on top of it a pandemic, you lay on top of that destructive behavior by one of the major political parties who espouses this kind of nonsense, and you add on top of that the internet-distributed misinformation plays, and that just means that the task that you have to address these contingencies is much larger than it's been as a structural matter any time in the past."
Will American elections ever again be legitimate?
Only an established, legal “right to vote“ can defeat Republican voter suppression.
Republican politicians and conservative commentators are shocked, shocked! that Chief Justice John Roberts would say that people who voted before election day in Pennsylvania but their ballots were delayed by Lewis DeJoy’s sabotage of the Post Office should have their vote counted.
Increasingly, this election is coming down to the simple question of how effective 40 years of concerted Republican voter suppression efforts will be.
Their main strategy, particularly since George and Jeb Bush got together in 2000 to use a Texas felon list to purge 90,000 Black people off voting roles in Florida, has been removing the names of people who are legitimate voters.