On Wednesday, CNN reported that a Republican strategist is sounding the alarm that his party is devolving into a personality cult that is incapable of governing.
"The worry, says former Republican National Committee communications director Doug Heye, is that the party is heading to a place in which 'we don't have to accept elections and policy doesn't matter, like penalizing people voting for an infrastructure bill,'" reported Gloria Borger. "(Not to mention the fact that Trump himself was gung ho in 2019 for a $2 trillion measure until he walked out because Democrats wouldn't halt their investigations of him.) And the question, Heye adds, is 'How do we get past this?'"
This week, noted Borger, has been rife with signs that the party is circling the wagons around Trumpism at the expense of anything else.
"GOP Rep. Liz Cheney, a diehard conservative, daughter of a diehard conservative vice president, has been excommunicated from the Wyoming Republican Party," wrote Borger. "GOP Rep. Paul Gosar, who tweeted a bizarre anime video showing him appearing to kill progressive Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, is forgiven at a House GOP caucus meeting ... And what about those 13 House GOPers who dared to vote for the Biden infrastructure bill, which two-thirds of the American public actually wants? There's talk of stripping them of their committee assignments."
Ultimately, the censure vote against Gosar only saw two Republicans voting for it, even as the GOP discusses purging pro-infrastructure elements from their ranks.
"The Republicans, in an otherwise admirable political environment, are somehow being driven by the man who once lost it all for them," concluded Borger. "A truly Alice in Wonderland predicament. As Alice asked the Cheshire Cat: 'Would you tell me, please, which way I ought to go from here?' To which the Cat responds: 'That depends a good deal on where you want to get to.' Sadly, it seems, all roads now lead to Donald Trump."
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