The Lincoln Project is busy today. Steve Schmidt was on television earlier addressing the issue of Lisa Murkowski “struggling” with the decision to vote for Donald Trump or not. Here’s what he said, and it is music to my ears. Raw Story: “We saw the president direct violence against peaceful protesters this week, and seen the president lie to the country nearly 20,000 times,” said Schmidt. “We’ve seen the president divide the country and incite violence. And we’ve seen a level of ineptitude in this historic pandemic that defied description, but included standing in front of the nation when tens of thousands are dead, talking about his ratings or telling the American people that it is a good idea to ingest or household disinfectants. We’ve seen a president preside over the shattering of an economy. We have seen a president race-bait, demean, disgrace his office, to desecrate the bonds of affection that exist between us as Americans.” “He has completely, utterly failed in the execution of his duties,” said Schmidt. “He has attacked our institutions. He has no fondness for liberal democracy. He doesn’t understand the American ideal and idea. And the notion that you would struggle with the question of four more years of this or President Joe Biden is extraordinary to me. I can’t fathom it. I can’t process it.” “It is the choice between a good man and a bad man,” said Schmidt. “A moral man versus an immoral man. A patriot versus somebody who has desecrated our freedoms and ideals by his assaults on American people. The choice between Trump and Biden isn’t a difficult one. It is a choice between decline and the chance of a restoration and recovery from these tragic events. That is what the election is about. And she shouldn’t be sweating it in the way that she is. It is not a troubling decision. It is an easy one.” Isn’t that poetry? Couldn’t you just listen to that all night? Especially knowing that it’s coming out of the mouth of a Republican strategist? Oh, how that makes it all the more sweet. And here’s more from George Conway, publishing in the Washington Post: So much of Trump’s inaptness and ineptness in these and other matters stems from his exceptional narcissism, and the empathic deficit that attends it. Few who have considered it would today doubt, as Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.) so perceptively put it in 2016, that Trump was “a narcissist at a level I don’t think this country has ever seen.” But it’s more than just narcissism that drives this failing, flailing president. However difficult they can be, even extreme narcissists can have consciences. They don’t necessarily cast aside behavioral standards or laws, or lie ceaselessly with reckless abandon. Trump’s behavior is conscienceless, showing utter disregard for the safety of others, consistent irresponsibility, callousness, cynicism and disrespect of other human beings. Contempt for truth and honesty, and for norms, rules and laws. A complete inability to feel remorse, or guilt. As a New Yorker profile of Trump put it nearly a quarter-century ago, Trump lives “an existence unmolested by the rumbling of a soul.” That’s Donald Trump’s problem yesterday, today and tomorrow. It’s our problem, too, for now: We remain governed by a soulless man with a broken mind. The damage will continue, and it won’t […]
Let’s acknowledge right up front that the people we’re welcoming to our bosom today are not our friends. George Conway III is a corporate lawyer and a proud member of the Federalist Society. Reed Galen is a veteran political consultant who helped inflict George W. Bush on the Oval Office. John Weaver is another political consultant who tried to give us John McCain and John Kasich as presidents. Steve Schmidt is the political consultant who thought the best choice for vice president in 2008 was Sarah Palin. Rick Wilson, another political consultant, gave us a truly brutal campaign ad that tried to tie war hero Max Cleland to Osama bin Laden and Saddam Hussein. In normal times, we would be pillorying them for the damage they helped inflict on our country. These are not normal times. These five are board members of The Lincoln Project, the “hive mind” of what the mainstream media has giddily dubbed the “Never Trumpers,” a loose coterie of Republicans who have taken what they say is a principled stance against the modern GOP, because it “has abdicated” the responsibility of serving the people and respecting the Constitution, “and instead pledged their loyalty to one person.” I agree completely, but damn, y’all. Sarah Palin? George W. Bush? Sarah Palin? Let’s let them explain a bit: Patriotism and the survival of our nation in the face of the crimes, corruption and corrosive nature of Donald Trump are a higher calling than mere politics. As Americans, we must stem the damage he and his followers are doing to the rule of law, the Constitution and the American character. … Congressional Republicans have embraced and copied Mr. Trump’s cruelty and defended and even adopted his corruption. Mr. Trump and his enablers have abandoned conservatism and longstanding Republican principles and replaced it with Trumpism, an empty faith led by a bogus prophet. … [Between now and November], our efforts will be dedicated to defeating President Trump and Trumpism at the ballot box and to elect those patriots who will hold the line. Yes, indeed. I agree absolutely. And in normal times, I would continue with a “But” or a “However,” and qualify this new-found resistance to Republican criminality and excess with a reminder of how they were involved and complicit with the high crimes and misdemeanors of the Bush administration and other nests of GOP wrongdoing. I’m not going to do that for today. In fact, I’m not going to do it between now and November. Because these are not normal times. The five members of the Lincoln Project wrote an op-ed published on April 15 that reads in part: This November, Americans will cast their most consequential votes since Abraham Lincoln’s reelection in 1864. We confront a constellation of crises: a public health emergency not seen in a century, an economic collapse set to rival the Great Depression, and a world where American leadership is absent and dangers rise in the vacuum. Today, the United States is beset with a president who was unprepared for the burden of the presidency and who has made plain his deficits in leadership, management, intelligence and morality. So they’ve taken a step unprecedented in modern American history. They, prominent Republican movers and shakers all, have turned their backs on their party and endorsed Joe Biden […]
Hold your friends close, and your enemies closer Traditional This almost five year long myth about the infallibility of Trump and his maniacal base is about to be put to the test. And no, I’m not talking about his impending trial before the Senate. While House Speaker Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer may be able to barter some more equitable treatment in the Senate, I still cannot envision Trump being removed from office. I’m talking about Trump’s re-election campaign next year for another four years to complete the demolition of the United States. And a new, unlikely ally that may just turn the whole thing on its head. You may or may not yet be familiar with a brand new political action group named The Lincoln Project. It was officially launched 4 days ago, and raised over $1 million in its first 24 hours of life. The project is different, since it is made up entirely of seasoned long time GOP political strategists. The pillar members are GOP strategists Steve Schmidt, Jennifer Horn, Rick Wilson, and my personal favorite, George Conway, none other than the husband of chief Trump aide Kellyanne Conway. And the group is poised to become not only Trump’s worst nightmare, but the worst nightmare for his enablers in congress, especially the Senate as well. Senior GOP strategist Rick Wilson, author of one of my favorite book titles of all time, Everything Trump Touches, Dies. is the current media point man for the group And his message is simple and straight forward. Mainly that Donald Trump is an existential threat, not just to the traditional Republican party, but to the constitution, and the fabric of the American system as well. His message is simple, Trump as president, with the help of his enablers, is posing an existential threat to our democratic form of government. His point is, hell, even if you have to vote for someone who isn’t a conservative, it’s transient. He points out that the country has had Democratic presidents, and both the country as well as the Republican party have survived. But neither may survive another four years of Trump. Nice sentiment, but that and $2.75 will get you a mocha vente latte at Starbucks. In his roll out announcement appearance on Deadline White house with Nicole Wallace, Donnie Deutsch asked Rick Wilson a rather pointed, but totally pertinent question. It went something like, No slight intended, but everybody on earth knows who and what Donald Trump is. There have been “Never Trumpers” around since early 2016. What kind of a message can you bring to the table that is somehow different from all of the other messages? Rick Wilson’s reply was one that should send a shiver down the spine of Trump and every vulnerable GOP incumbent in the Senate. Again, to paraphrase, it went something like this, Well, let me just say this. With the executive board, between the four of us, we have over 120 years of experience in Republican politics. We are some tough old bastards. And to put it politely, when it comes to advertising, we have vast experience in the kinds of messaging that the Democratic party normally tends to shy away from. BOOM! Rick Wilson just went there. How many times in the past have you watched a vicious raw boned, knee-in-the-nuts GOP political […]
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