As one of, if not the earliest and most consistently vocal of the Never Trump Generation 1 folks, I've taken a lot of ---- over the years from my old GOP friends.
Trust me, there's a reason I'm not on the list for events the gentry types who still dream of recapturing the party from MAGA hold.
I will not soft pedal this. I will not tell myself or anyone else comfortable lies about the Republican party. I will not tell you there are secret words from a mystical focus group seance that will convert the Red Hat Trucknutz Cadre back to the Reagan GOP.
I have a long record of very accurately seeing ahead to what Republicans will *really* do viz Trump, as opposed to what people *dream* they'll do.
How many times have I gotten the call of "Oh, you can't attack X or Y...they're one of the good ones" only to see the "good one" bend the knee to Trump in hours or days? (Sue Collins, anyone?)
When did they stand and fight? When did they say, "I won't serve in a party that serves this monster."
Only a handful; Liz, Adam, David, Denver...and they're gone.
Not one Republican elected (correct me if I'm wrong) has come out today with both barrels blazing on Trump's latest Russia capitulation. In fact, per Marco's "What, me worry?" interview with Tapper today, they're doing the opposite.
It's not enough that they're compliant taint-sniffing Quislings. It's not enough that he's a rapist, a fraud, and slipping deeper into mental illness and sociopathy. It's they they're fine with it as long as they keep the sweaty, febrile MAGA masses happy and keep their jobs.
There are no good guys in office staying in the fight. The MAGA GOP is corrupt to the core, craven to its bones, and its utter abandonment of every shred of principle in Trump's service is a disqualifier for redemption.
Stop trying to put the paddles on the chest of this zombie party.