Last week, this clip of NY Times
royal court scribe White House reporter Maggie Haberman made the rounds. In it, she describes how Republicans are admitting privately that they regret support Il Trumpe. Mind you, they’re still not actually doing anything. It’s not as if they said, ‘you know what? We need to protect the Mueller investigation.’ None of them are proposing any concrete action. So it’s just more intensely furrowed brows, signifying nothing.
But what this is, to my mind, is a way to influence the political press, to convince them that Republicans didn’t like Trump. To convince the hapless political press corps that, in fact, they opposed him–when in reality, they enabled him. In about five years, most Republicans, including voters, will act as if Il Trumpe never existed. And the useless political press corps, which still has not really confronted how they enabled Trump’s rise, will gladly go along. Those politicians and their associated operatives won’t be personae non grata. Nope. They will be invited onto the talk shows, into think tanks, and the corporate board room.
I fear there will be few, if any, consequences for Republicans or the Republican Party as a whole. If there aren’t any consequences, if there is no punishment, then they will do the same crap again, except this time more intelligently with a better front man.
This is why, if Democrats take back power in 2021, we can’t afford to do the ‘looking forward, not back’ bullshit again: without consequences, we will enable even worse behavior.