Tagged: Tea Party

The Uniters

It is true that after four years of Trump’s vulgar divisiveness, following eight years of Obama’s slick divisiveness, America needs a “uniter.” Joe Biden will not be one. Contrary to all the Forrest Gump fantasies of the popular psyche, an addled mind cannot accidentally happen upon the kind of subtle understanding and persuasive decency required to effect significant societal change in the direction...

Nothing Left to Lose: A Plea to Trump Followers

Early in the 2016 Republican primaries, when it became obvious that the GOP establishment was lining up behind Mitch McConnell’s anti-Tea-Party megadonor Donald Trump, I began shouting from the rooftops that Trump was the Republican establishment’s secret weapon to demolish the pesky but electorally-needed constitutional conservative faction of the party forever. (For my troubles, I lost my highest rooftop.) Mission accomplished. Not a...

The Wall Gets Higher

The day Donald Trump announced his presidential campaign, in the summer of 2015, a large chunk of irrational mass movement hatred broke off the old Tea Party constitutionalist ice cap, and that idol-worshipping chunk has been growing continually ever since, finally eclipsing its source in size, fervor, and power. Today, in as clear a rejection as possible of the principles that created the...

Here’s the Man Trump Helped McConnell Defeat

In 2014, Tea Party candidate Matt Bevin challenged Mitch McConnell’s senate seat in the Kentucky Republican primary. In answer to this challenge, McConnell vowed to “crush” the Tea Party in general. A falsely-named PAC, Kentuckians for Strong Leadership, consisting primarily of donors to Karl Rove’s American Crossroads, sprang up to support McConnell’s Tea Party-crushing efforts. Among the group’s major donations was Donald Trump’s...

Dwarf Wars II: Gee, Guess Who Wins

Matt Drudge — for years the GOP establishment’s most influential and valuable mouthpiece (aka fraud) within the so-called “new media” — inserts himself into the Trump-Bannon messy divorce case as Trump’s public defender and deflector shield. No surprise there. But what most people will fail to see is whom Drudge’s seek and destroy mission is really destined and designed to help: Mitch McConnell....

Is Trump a McConnell-Rove Establishment Tool?

(Originally published in January 2016) On January 19, Donald Trump, the loudest Republican claimant to the anti-establishment label, filled out his recent attacks on Ted Cruz in a very telling way, as revealed on Mark Levin’s radio program that evening: We’ve been contacted by the establishment types. They all want to know, how do they get involved with the campaign? They’re giving up...

The Cult of The Wall

(Originally published in May 2016) If a presidential candidate were hoping, absent any reasoned case for his candidacy, to lure the weary and despondent into a personality cult that would follow him to the ends of the Earth without reason, he could do no better than invoke “the wall” as his campaign’s defining idea, and to repeat that idea, endlessly, as his cult’s...