by Michael Gulett –
It was not that long ago that US political experts were predicting the demise of the Republican Party because of the hostile takeover by Donald Trump.
After the US president election last week the Republican Party not only won the White House but they also maintained control of both houses of Congress.
The Democrats are now in a head spinning position of trying to figure out what happened and what they do next. And the many, many Republicans who opposed Trump have to figure out their own future – good luck with that, apparently Trump does not forgive easily, if at all.
In July former President George W. Bush said “I’m worried that I will be the last Republican president.” He doesn’t need to worry about that now (assuming he considers Trump a Republican).
The following was in Politico Magazine in July,
There’s a school of thought that Trump, who’s gonna get crushed, will somehow teach the party a lesson and they’ll get it out of their system,” said Stuart Stevens, who was Mitt Romney’s chief strategist in 2012. “I don’t have confidence in that”.
There could still be lessons taught by Trump.
In May The Atlantic published an article titled “The Day the Republican Party Died”. The title says it all.
In the New York Times on May 3, Senator Ted Cruz was quoted,
Mr. Trump is a “pathological liar,” he said — an “utterly amoral” man and a “narcissist at a level I don’t think this country has ever seen.”
Maybe a sore loser – or did he really mean it?
On September 8, Salon wrote,
Trump brings rhetoric and reality together in a cartoon caricature of a Republican politician that anyone can understand. That gives him a vital role in history. He is the perfect exorcist to drive a stake through the heart of the modern Republican Party.
Do exorcists use stakes? It would be good to know, just in case.
You get the idea, nearly every political expert and political journalists said stuff like this – yet we are on the way to inaugurating Mr. Trump on January 20, 2017.
I have lost faith in the political experts and forecasters.
A ouija board would have done better or a group of chimpanzees throwing darts at a dart board or the Three Stooges discussing the facts and coming to a reasonable decision…
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