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Washed up and ranting about the same old bitter things

The Week reports that Big Orange’s novelty is wearing off very rapidly:

… the man’s political potency is fading at a remarkably rapid rate. With Trump silenced on social media, still obsessed with nursing personal grievances against leading figures in his own party, and continuing to spread transparent, delusional lies about the 2020 election, he looks increasingly marginal, like a pathetic, weak, and comical figure.

I think Trump may have finally jumped the shark.

His latest bilious temper tantrum took place on Saturday night at his Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Beach, Florida, where Republican National Committee donors and 2024 presidential aspirants gathered to schmooze and listen to what the former president had to say. The message? The Republican Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell is a “dumb son of a b-tch” and a “stone cold loser” for failing to back up Trump’s baseless assertions of voter fraud during the election he decisively lost last November. The former president also castigated his vice president, Mike Pence, calling him a coward for going along with his constitutionally proscribed role in Congress on Jan. 6 instead of working to overturn the “bullsh-t” election results.

It wasn’t a speech about the accomplishments of his administration during its four years of running the country or the GOP’s electoral triumphs in the 2020 election (when the party exceeded expectations on multiple fronts and made potentially fruitful inroads among Hispanic and Black voters). Neither was it a speech that was especially forward looking — on his own political agenda for the future, or the priorities other Republicans ought to pursue in the 2022 midterm elections and beyond.

It was instead (in the words of one attendeequoted in Politico) “horrible,” “long,” “negative,” and “dour.”

I think I’ll stop right there. The writer has accurately captured what’s in store for the Big Orange for the rest of his life. He’s going to be sitting at a bar, nursing his Diet Pepsi (Diet Coke? Whatev.), getting all worked up about “routers”, like he actually knows what a router is.

If he knows what a router is, it can only be because he knows all about tinkering with them when his foreign assistants helped him win in 2016. Do I know this for sure? No. We didn’t have paper trails on our ballots back then so there’s no way to cross check. Let’s just say I have my suspicions. Not enough to go storm the Capitol and terrorize the lawmakers but, you know, it takes a cheater to know a cheater. The Big Orange thinks everyone is as corrupt as he is.

Like Moses to the promised land, Big Orange got the tribe there but can’t cross over with it to full fascism. As the author notes, Big Orange is a blunt instrument that smashed the party and remade it in his image. It’s up to the real politicians he hates in his own party to take it from here.

It’s probably just now dawning on him that he’s been used. They’ll use his name when they want his base and will swear to be even more over the top, more Orange than a traffic cone, noisier, more hostile to government, more vigilant about keeping Guatemalan toddlers out of the country and more emphatic about blaming poor people for being poor.

Do they even need Big Orange anymore? They’ve got his base wrapped around their fingers. They know how to inflame it, deceive it and even threaten its life for more fearful panic voting for the “Daddy’s going to save you” party. They’ve got this.

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  1. Well, I don’t know about the party exceeding expectations on multiple fronts; they lost the Presidency by over 7 million votes, and many electoral votes; they lost three Senate seats and Senate control. But I guess that we should take whatever good part of the analysis we can get, and not quibble too much about the dicta, even about Trump’s “accomplishments.” Four more years of those, and we would not have a country or planet left.

    • William, the issue is, as I am sure you know, they control too many states legislatures and governorships. They may very well gerrymander away enough seats to take the house back. The Dems need to hold the Senate at all costs, hopefully increase to have a clear majority.

      • This right here is the key. The Republican state houses and local officials are prepared to deny, reject and overrule at all cost. Somehow we have to convince Republicans/Independents to vote blue all the way down the ballot. This is not a dress rehearsal and these people are gunning for minority rule. Look at the antics in Red states where the Legislatures have simply rejected the will of the voters on various issues. This is complicated but any group that looks to Russia as a beacon is not living in reality. They like the whiteness, Christianity, and what they perceive as the way to keep America from being a multicultural democracy. It gets uglier when you have no free press, and perceived enemies are purged. I m not a regular here since the election but I wanted to give my two cents. The testimonies yesterday were riveting and I don’t know if any Republicans claimed to have watched.

  2. Package for The Former Guy! 😈

  3. Off topic: ZZ Top bass player Dusty Hill died yesterday. He was 72. 😦
    Some of the band’s hits are embedded as YT clips in the article.

  4. The Cops Who Defended The Capitol Were Heroes, by Chris Matthews (yes, THAT one), on the Washington Monthly blog:


    Yes, they were heroes.

    But hey, do you suppose that the Capitol cops might have been spared needing to be heroes, if Trump had never been President?

    And do you suppose Trump would have been elected President gotten close enough for his lord and master Vladimir’s intelligence services to steal the White House for him, if the Lefter-Than-Thou Purity Ponies–not to mention the Good Old Boys (and some Girls) of the So-Called Liberal Media–had not spent every waking moment doing their damnedest to undermine Hillary Clinton (oh, and Al Gore 16 years earlier)?

    History will not judge the Purity Ponies and the SCLM kindly.

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