Drink Up, Cultists

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Even as Trump demonstrates how crazy and unsuited for office he is, the GOP doubles down on him because of his popularity with the base (what’s the line? something like Democrats despise their base, Republicans fear theirs?).

Almost every elected Republican we talk to privately thinks President Trump’s warm embrace of Vladimir Putin was unexplainable, unacceptable and un-American. Yes, they wish they could say this publicly. No, they won’t — not now, and probably never.

The cold, hard reason: They see no upside in speaking out — and fear political suicide if they do, numerous Republican officials tell us.

Headed into a election that’s expected to favor Democrats, a top GOP Senate strategist says Republicans are counting on President Donald Trump’s media dominance to turn out their voters in November — and drown out opponents’ messaging…

“Everybody thinks that President Trump is some kind of drag on the Republican Party, [when] in this case, he’s just the essential ingredient,” said [Josh] Holmes, who’s helped engineer his party’s Senate strategy for the past 16 years as a chief aide to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky.

In other words, forget any appeal to better angels, compromise, reasonableness, whatever. DT’s done everything short of acting as Vladimir Putin’s personal footstool, but it’s not enough to shake the base, who cling to him…as strongly as they do to their guns and religion. Hell, Trump is pretty much their religion, and they fetishize him as much as they do their precious weapons.

And if he and they manage to eke out a win in the midterms…

 

2 thoughts on “Drink Up, Cultists

  1. … I may have to stay high 24/7

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  2. Bob Bancroft says:

    I remember learning about Jonestown as if it were yesterday. My boss and co-workers lost friends to the Jonestown massacre. Cult members drank Flavor-Aid laced with cyanide. Congressman Leo Ryan and four others were shot to death by Temple members. His aide Jackie Spier and several others were wounded. Be very afraid of cults. “Drinking the Kool-Ade” has become a cliche, a joke. The Jonestown massacre should always be remembered as a dire warning of how dangerous cults can be.

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