Years ago, in the 1980s, there was a meeting at Democratic Party fundraiser Pamela Harriman‘s house attended by prominent Democratic officials. They were debating whether Democrats should “let Reagan be Reagan”–that is, let him have his way, allow things to go completely to shit, and then clean up electorally. They decided to oppose Reagan’s policies, and they did curb the worst of his administration’s excesses. I’ve always wondered what would have happened had they just decided to get out of the way, and thrown him an anvil.
Which brings us to a particularly annoying genre of news story, the one that describes a Republican voter who is suddenly surprised Republican officials are planning to do all of the things they said they would do, such as screw up healthcare*. One recent example are the Iowa policemen who are shocked that Iowa Republicans are conducting a frontal assault on public sector unions. Apparently, they believed they could have it both ways: they could indulge their Palinist** impulses and vote for the candidate that represents their values (i.e., Make America White And (a Certain Kind of) Christian Again), while avoiding the awful Republican policies that would nail them in the pocketbook.
A major reason they believe this is that Democratic officials, despite their myriad faults, have attempted to plane off the sharpest edges of Republican policies–and, since the devil typically takes the hindmost, unlike to Democratic voters, who often really need this crap, Republican voters are less likely to be harmed.
Republican voters are about to learn what happens when there are no Democrats in a position to protect Republican voters from themselves. They wanted conservative values in government. Now these bozos are going to get conservative values good and hard.
I would enjoy this, except that the rest of us will be fucked too.
**I would argue that Palinism was just proto-Trumpism and are essentially the same.