God, I love it when they eat their young! Murfster35
A crisis is the ultimate test of leadership. It’s also the most difficult to navigate, because it is normally unplanned and unexpected, it can spin off madly in all different directions, and every action taken is magnified, because a single misstep can have the most grave consequences. But it’s also the single most important reason why we elect our officials.
And in this crisis, the difference between Democrats and Republicans in terms of leadership is as vast as the difference between sushi and a tuna salad sandwich. Those differences are being played out in the most public way possible, in the lead up to an election that will determine not only the White House, but likely also control of the Senate, based on leadership.
Since day one, the Democrats have had their shit together, both at the state and federal level. As the first state to get hit, Washington Democratic Governor Jay Inslee had to plot uncharted territory, and did the best job possible. In Washington DC, the Democrats, led by Speaker Nancy Pelosi, seized the day. In rapid succession, Pelosi drafted, voted on, and passed two emergency funding bills to start the battle in earnest, and in each put in things that infuriated Ditch McConnell, but that he was powerless to strip out, and that Trump had to sign. And when McConnell and Mnuchin tried to put in a “”no-look” corporate giveaway in the stimulus bill, the Democrats made sure there was oversight to put limits on the largesse.
If there is one thing that the Democrats have been, from the state level to the national level, it is unified. From day one it was the Democrats who, at both levels, sounded the alarm and begged for proactive preparation. Every request, demand, and bill that the Democrats have crafted have been focused on the emergency response, and the people most effected, and they’ve made damn sure that everybody knows it.
On the Republican side, there has been no leadership whatsoever, which should surprise no one. From day one, Trump has been purely ornamental, you half expect him to spread his arms, lift one leg behind him, and have water come shooting out of his mouth. This is why McConnell has been able to do nothing but pass judges, Trump refuses to give him even an inkling of an actual agenda to move on. Trump has spent three years bellowing out This is the song that never ends while his GOP caucus joined the singalong.
This is the cats in a sack part, and I am so loving it. The GOP is incapable of leading, and they know it. They had the House, the Senate, and the White House for two years, and could accomplish nothing but a corporate tax cut giveaway. But Trump is the President, so the GOP is in charge, and everybody is watching, and looking to them for leadership. And they’re wilting under the heat.
The GOP has a problem, they can’t turn on Trump, sp they’re turning on each other instead. Without directly criticizing Trump, GOP .Governors are making it clear that they don’t give a fat rats ass what Trump says, they’ll lift their state restrictions when they’re damn good and ready. When the emergency stimulus bill passed the House on a voice vote, GOP lawmakers joined the Democrats in cheering, shouting down GOP hack Tom Massie, who forced dozens of them to return to the capitol to provide a quorum. Trump himself took to Twitter to label Massie 10 different kinds of asshole, and call for him to be booted from the party. Rand Paul is about as popular in the Senate as the coronavirus itself, after working out in the Senate gym, while awaiting test results that showed him infected. And GOP Senator Thom Tillis is in such deep shit in his reelection campaign in North Carolina, that he took a cheap shot at NC retiring GOP senior Senator Richard Burr for possibly suspicious stock trades during the coronavirus crisis.
This is only going to get worse for the GOP. Governor Cuomo of New York is predicting that New York is at least three weeks away from hitting their apex, and slow footed Miami and Florida will be at least three to four weeks behind that. What successes there are are coming almost exclusively from mayors and governors, most of them Democratic, annexing hotel rooms for temporary quarantine beds, shelter in place orders that are slowing the curve of new infections, and building field hospitals wherever there’s enough space and utilities.
As the crisis worsens, and federal leadership wallows around like a pig ion slop, and as every man for himself syndrome starts to rage among GOP lawmakers, they’re only going to start to bicker among themselves more and more, like kids in the back seat on a long car trip. And as long as the Democrats continue to portray a strong,m unified, calm, resourceful, citizen centered response to this crisis, the contrast only becomes more stark. It’s all about leadership, and November is not that far off. Tick-tock.
To know the future, look to the past.before the insanity of the 2020 election, relive the insanity of the 2016 GOP primary campaign, and the general election, to see how we got to where we are. Copies of President Evil, and the sequel, President Evil II, A Clodwork Orange are available as e-books on Amazon, at the links above. Catch up before the upcoming release of the third book in the trilogy, President Evil III: All The Presidents Fen