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2020-08-02 1:14:26 PM  
What it should look like for anyone that still calls themselves a republican after being a Trumper.
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2020-08-02 1:22:12 PM  
Too late MFers
 
2020-08-02 1:23:49 PM  
QAnon dildos will take over from the Tea Partiers who became Trumpholes. Republicans are only going to get worse.

Hopefully, Barr and Trump will be procecuted, tried and found guilty. Might be nice to hang them hang by the neck in the Rose Garden.
 
2020-08-02 1:39:23 PM  
Republicans trying to clone a shiatty artist with a funny moustach?
 
2020-08-02 1:40:40 PM  
There will be a blizzard in Miami in the middle of August before I ever vote for another Republican.
 
2020-08-02 2:01:28 PM  
Their identity is built on the foundation of authoritarianism and discrimination against anyone who is not a old white wealthy male, those (and the wannabes) are the kind of individual they attract and that is where the money comes from. The only thing that will change is their propaganda.
 
2020-08-02 2:03:54 PM  
Still the party that attracts more of the self-dealing, lunacy, hypocrisy, willful ignorance, racism and other prejudices, siding with corporations over people, and most of all - short-term profits over long-term well-being.
 
2020-08-02 2:13:28 PM  
"His weaker poll numbers and off-the-wall tweets plus his flexible, day-to-day ideology empower and in some cases encourage dissent," said Tom Davis, a former chairman of the National Republican Congressional Committee. "Politics is, above all, a game of survival, and his off-message remarks do not inspire confidence."

That's exactly what he was in 2015 and you made him your nominee anyway.  Just like you'll make him the nominee in 2020... because you want the Democrats to deal with him for you.  You're 'uncomfortable' and 'concerned' but you don't dare stand up to his rabid, screeching bucket of deplorables.
 
2020-08-02 2:19:36 PM  
It will still be around.  People with money and power tend to not want to relinquish it.
 
2020-08-02 2:27:36 PM  
Garsh.  What will we do next considering we've spent the last 4 years acting like Trump's not insane?  And, that we have no thoughts of our own?  That out ideology is whatever dumb-ass slobbers out of his mouth?  What will we do?
 
2020-08-02 2:28:02 PM  
Lifted from Fb:

I am the son of an Air Force brigadier general and served myself to the rank of colonel. Of my 57 years drawing breath, I've spent 51 of them directly or indirectly serving this once great nation. So, as you might imagine, I found myself on Nov. 8, 2016, more than a little dismayed at the news we had elevated Donald J. Trump to the nation's highest office - a man so clearly unfit to lead America.

But over time I've come to appreciate Trump in ways I did not expect. Now, I am thankful that we elected Trump.

Because Donald Trump is exactly what America needed. Trump is a mirror, a warning, and ultimately a catalyst for change. Reflected in Trump is all that is wrong with the United States: the injustice of our broken social contract, the crassness of our politics, and the cruelty of our economy. Trump is also the shock that a mature democracy needs for action. To use a timely metaphor, Trump and his supporters are a virus, and they have activated our democratic antibodies. What we are seeing in the streets is the body fighting the infection.

America was the first modern nation, created of, by, and for the people-supposedly a nation with no class structure, where anyone could reach their potential. But that was a myth. America had classes: slaves at the bottom-treated not as people but property-then poor and working-class whites, and atop it all our original aristocracy of landed gentry and traders in the South, merchants and industrialists in the North. We fought a civil war to end slavery but failed in its aftermath to establish the more perfect union mentioned by our Founders. What we are seeing in our current moment is not only a race war but a class war. America must confront systemic racism to move forward, but it also must acknowledge that we have created a permanent underclass of all colors (though mostly Black and brown). We are a society where your melanin content and your zip code determine your future.

Beginning with Newt Gingrich in 1994, Republicans stopped trying to govern and instead began accumulating power. McKay Coppins writes in his profile of Gingrich in the Atlantic, "... few figures in modern history have done more than Gingrich to lay the groundwork for Trump's rise." Effective governance requires compromise, trust, and mutual respect. Gingrich's new version of Republican had no interest in that. He destroyed the bipartisan structures for governing and even resorted to name-calling and conspiracy theories-over the line at the time, but in hindsight presaging Trumpism.

A straight line can be drawn from Gingrich's "Contract with America" to the tea party in 2009. Another outsider movement characterized by distrust of government, expertise, and experience, the tea party helped elect a rogues' gallery of loathsome lawmakers-I'm looking at you, Rand Paul (Ky.) and Ted Cruz (Texas). Trump's dystopian vision of America is the ultimate flowering of the outsider, populist, anti-government thinking that has metastasized in the Republican Party over the past decades.

Under both political parties, America has rolled back regulatory guardrails and created a volatile economy that values the wrong things. Executive compensation packages for publicly traded companies show that our current economic model rewards short-term financial performance, placing little value on the broader social landscape. It also encourages risky and complex structures that are susceptible to wild swings and disastrous crashes. When bailouts are needed, it's not the wealthy who pay. The system helped create the greatest wealth disparity in the United States in 100 years. As wealth is concentrated at destabilizing levels, our tax system, according to leading economists, is increasingly regressive, pushing the burden of taxes onto the shrinking middle class.

Over the same period, we dismantled the meager social safety net we had. We have reduced access to food aid, job training, and unemployment insurance. Meanwhile, the cost of health care and higher education has skyrocketed, placing both out of reach for many Americans.

Now for the good news.

Everything wrong with America is manifested in Trump. The hunger for power, the vile derision of people who don't look like you, the cruelty, the privilege, the gleeful ignorance, and mendacious narcissism. Our revulsion at Trump is causing Americans to ask: How did we get to this place? And how do we get out? That will take time and hard work by well-intentioned people from every corner of American society.

But the process has started.

What is happening in our streets is how open, progressive societies improve-fitfully, imperfectly, frustratingly, sometimes tragically. But we do improve. So, thank you, President Trump. Thank you for showing us what we were becoming and helping us find the courage to confront it. We are going to be OK.


by USAF Colonel (ret.) Curtis Milam
 
2020-08-02 2:52:50 PM  
"Overzealous President. We barely spoke. I never knew him. I was too focused on my district to pay attention to Tweets. Wasn't he just a coffee boy for Pence?"
 
2020-08-02 2:55:23 PM  

markie_farkie: Lifted from Fb:


<frighteningly optimistic Fb post>

Col. Milam needs to get a job writing for Hallmark or something.  Yes, Donald Trump is the embodiment of everything wrong with our country, everything the f*cking Republicans created and the Democrats were too cowardly to stop before it got out of hand.

But the process has not started.  There is no process. No one is going to lead that process, because what's happening now in terms of resistance is not an organized movement.  No one with the skills to organize it is going to fix it, because all those people are the ones benefiting from the current system.  JFC - we had a chance with "Our Revolution", and they couldn't organize the political equivalent of a goddamn bake sale because of the in-fighting over ideological purity and identity politics.

I don't have a solution.  But I do know that it's not going to just magically happen because people are pissed off.
 
2020-08-02 2:59:40 PM  
Sorry guys that stink ain't ever gonna wash off. I don't care what home remedy you use, club soda, peanut butter, tomato juice, gasoline, dryer sheets... You all are stuck with that smell.

Enjoy!
 
2020-08-02 3:08:35 PM  

markie_farkie: Lifted from Fb:

I am the son of an Air Force brigadier general and served myself to the rank of colonel. Of my 57 years drawing breath, I've spent 51 of them directly or indirectly serving this once great nation. So, as you might imagine, I found myself on Nov. 8, 2016, more than a little dismayed at the news we had elevated Donald J. Trump to the nation's highest office - a man so clearly unfit to lead America.

But over time I've come to appreciate Trump in ways I did not expect. Now, I am thankful that we elected Trump.

Because Donald Trump is exactly what America needed. Trump is a mirror, a warning, and ultimately a catalyst for change. Reflected in Trump is all that is wrong with the United States: the injustice of our broken social contract, the crassness of our politics, and the cruelty of our economy. Trump is also the shock that a mature democracy needs for action. To use a timely metaphor, Trump and his supporters are a virus, and they have activated our democratic antibodies. What we are seeing in the streets is the body fighting the infection.

America was the first modern nation, created of, by, and for the people-supposedly a nation with no class structure, where anyone could reach their potential. But that was a myth. America had classes: slaves at the bottom-treated not as people but property-then poor and working-class whites, and atop it all our original aristocracy of landed gentry and traders in the South, merchants and industrialists in the North. We fought a civil war to end slavery but failed in its aftermath to establish the more perfect union mentioned by our Founders. What we are seeing in our current moment is not only a race war but a class war. America must confront systemic racism to move forward, but it also must acknowledge that we have created a permanent underclass of all colors (though mostly Black and brown). We are a society where your melanin content and your zip code determine your future.

Beginning with Newt Gingrich in 19 ...


I like it, but it implies Germany needed Hitler because the German people needed something bad to happen so they could stop being horrific.  Okay, millions died, but it's a good thing!

What we needed in this country was to jail all the KKK members for life back in the sixties.  Trump would have never become a thing if we had done that.  This would have meant alot of the small town cops and politicians would have been jailed for life.  The Southern Strategy wouldn't exist because all the racists would be in jail.

I mean, being laid back with the KKK was not the way to go.  Now we have Trump.
 
2020-08-02 3:22:38 PM  
We should have really carved MAGA into their foreheads....
 
2020-08-02 3:26:32 PM  
Trump has taught GOP presidential candidates of the future that they can do literally anything and 35-40% of the country will support them no matter what. The next GOP presidential candidate is likely to have learned this, and will actually be able to speak in complete sentences and be able to dog whistle better for corporate donors and suburban voters.

The only reason that McConnell hasn't already passed a bill indefinitely delaying the November election is that Democrats control the House, ensuring that Republicans would fail in their attempt to do so and thus face consequences. If this crisis had hit with the Congress we had in 2015 we would be looking at the death of the Republic. That's how close we are to full blown South America-style autocracy.

The next presidential election that a GOP candidate wins is extremely likely to be the last presidential election we hold.
 
2020-08-02 3:42:13 PM  
by Joe Biden
 
2020-08-02 3:46:36 PM  

Cagey B: Trump has taught GOP presidential candidates of the future that they can do literally anything and 35-40% of the country will support them no matter what. The next GOP presidential candidate is likely to have learned this, and will actually be able to speak in complete sentences and be able to dog whistle better for corporate donors and suburban voters.

The only reason that McConnell hasn't already passed a bill indefinitely delaying the November election is that Democrats control the House, ensuring that Republicans would fail in their attempt to do so and thus face consequences. If this crisis had hit with the Congress we had in 2015 we would be looking at the death of the Republic. That's how close we are to full blown South America-style autocracy.

The next presidential election that a GOP candidate wins is extremely likely to be the last presidential election we hold.


If everything flips to Dem control, I do not know if Republicans can win again.

Restore voting rights act, get rid of Mr. Gerry Mander, automatic voter registration, and 4 more years of baby boomers disappearing. Senate side could easily stay R, unless you get the D.C. and Puerto Rico statehood, the itll be much more difficult. It all rests on Nov 3rd.
 
2020-08-02 3:51:14 PM  
a) There are no survivors.
b) Trump points to the TV camera while making a TV appearance on the web and says "You're fired". This is interpretted by the recycled Stalinist Sovietologists of Trumpery to mean that everybody is fired and it is so.
c) Nobody remembers What's-His-Name and everybody denies they voted for him or supported him in whatever crimes it was he did. The cock crows three times. It is shot several hundred times from various angles until no feather can be found, only a rooster's spur.
d) Democracy and liberalism are restored but the Republic and Neo-Liberalism isn't.
 
2020-08-02 3:59:50 PM  

AsparagusFTW: Cagey B: Trump has taught GOP presidential candidates of the future that they can do literally anything and 35-40% of the country will support them no matter what. The next GOP presidential candidate is likely to have learned this, and will actually be able to speak in complete sentences and be able to dog whistle better for corporate donors and suburban voters.

The only reason that McConnell hasn't already passed a bill indefinitely delaying the November election is that Democrats control the House, ensuring that Republicans would fail in their attempt to do so and thus face consequences. If this crisis had hit with the Congress we had in 2015 we would be looking at the death of the Republic. That's how close we are to full blown South America-style autocracy.

The next presidential election that a GOP candidate wins is extremely likely to be the last presidential election we hold.

If everything flips to Dem control, I do not know if Republicans can win again.

Restore voting rights act, get rid of Mr. Gerry Mander, automatic voter registration, and 4 more years of baby boomers disappearing. Senate side could easily stay R, unless you get the D.C. and Puerto Rico statehood, the itll be much more difficult. It all rests on Nov 3rd.


A lot of what you're describing will still be blocked because of Republican controlled state legislatures and decades of Republican judicial appointments, most visibly in the Supreme Court and flowing down from there. This is why all the people who proclaimed the death of the GOP after the wave elections of 2006 and 2008 were so foolish.
 
2020-08-02 4:03:59 PM  
Hopefully it will look something like Carthage after the Third Punic War.

/<pre 9-11 Dennis Miller head shake>
 
2020-08-02 4:04:16 PM  

markie_farkie: I am the son of an Air Force brigadier general and served myself to the rank of colonel. Of my 57 years drawing breath, I've spent 51 of them directly or indirectly serving this once great nation.


I have only one question... he was doing [aroo?] in the service of the nation when he was *6 yrs old*, at the very latest?
 
2020-08-02 5:09:53 PM  

PaulRB: Garsh.  What will we do next considering we've spent the last 4 years acting like Trump's not insane?  And, that we have no thoughts of our own?  That out ideology is whatever dumb-ass slobbers out of his mouth?  What will we do?


DIAF or EABOD would be my preference for them.

/why not both?
/in no particular order
 
2020-08-02 5:10:14 PM  
Did the headline say bullshiat?

(clicks link)

Yep!
 
2020-08-02 5:10:37 PM  
Trump is not going to go away after he loses the election.

I think we should let the state of New York decide of Trump is "going away" or not.
 
2020-08-02 5:10:55 PM  
They better listen to the 2012 "autopsy report". Acknowledge climate change.  A comprehensive immigration plan.  Some modest steps to address income inequality.
Otherwise, history isn't very kind to conservative idealism.
 
2020-08-02 5:11:32 PM  
The republican party is a terrorist organization and all Trump did was remove the pretense.
 
2020-08-02 5:11:51 PM  
Even if he loses I doubt he will relinquish his base to the party. He loves the power and control. He's still gonna stir shiat up on Twitter.
 
2020-08-02 5:12:23 PM  
As a far left libby liberal, I yearn for the halcyon days of Mitt Romney's conservative.
 
2020-08-02 5:13:39 PM  
Surprise! They are talking about fiscal responsibility again now that it looks like they won't have control of spending. The GOP sucks and I will never vote for one of them again.
 
2020-08-02 5:14:13 PM  
"He's going to be a protagonist again"

I think they misspelled "antagonist."
 
2020-08-02 5:16:19 PM  
In interviews with more than a dozen strategists, party leaders and current and former members of Congress, Republicans said their party is searching for a new direction even before Trump leaves the stage.

Here's a crazy idea:  go back to the platform you had before Atwater & Co introduced their "Southern Strategy."

Like I said:  crazy idea.
 
2020-08-02 5:17:57 PM  
His scattershot approach to a coherent message, knocked askew almost daily by the latest Twitter broadside or new surges in the number of coronavirus cases across the country, has left the party without a platform on which to run.

Imagine that.
 
2020-08-02 5:18:43 PM  

Skyfrog: Trump is not going to go away after he loses the election.

I think we should let the state of New York decide of Trump is "going away" or not.


Even if Trump goes to prison (I believe) he can still run for President. And if you don't think he can win the next GOP nomination from prison...well I got some news for ya
 
2020-08-02 5:19:03 PM  
It was obvious to everyone within just a few months that this was going to be a shiatshow. If I'm being honest, it was actually apparent before he even got electef. He had no intention of actually getting elected, he was just as surprised as everyone else. He had no plan, no cabinet, no strategy. He was just going to fly by the seat of his pants, hold a lot of parades, and run the country into bankruptcy like he does with everything else he's ever touched. The Republicans sold their souls to keep him in power so they could fill all the federal posts that they filled in the last three and a half years. Fuc every single one of them.
 
2020-08-02 5:19:44 PM  

xanadian: In interviews with more than a dozen strategists, party leaders and current and former members of Congress, Republicans said their party is searching for a new direction even before Trump leaves the stage.

Here's a crazy idea:  go back to the platform you had before Atwater & Co introduced their "Southern Strategy."

Like I said:  crazy idea.


There was plenty of warmongering and xenophobia before Atwater et al took over. Hard pass.
 
2020-08-02 5:21:09 PM  
"The first signs of a post-Trump GOP"

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2020-08-02 5:21:50 PM  

iheartscotch: We should have really carved MAGA into their foreheads....


Naw.  Then they would have all said "Awesome!  I look like a BADASS!"
 
2020-08-02 5:23:08 PM  
THIS is what a post-Trump GOP should look like:

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2020-08-02 5:23:31 PM  
I'm guessing the direction will be racism, inequality, and tax cuts.

It will be new because it will have an adjective in front of it.

The CIC is the direct result of 40 years of GOP orthodoxy. Regardless of whatever crocodile tears The Lincoln Project is crying.
 
2020-08-02 5:24:54 PM  
Each generation of humanity gets more and more progressive. We're seeing the old GOP guard make as many lasting changes as possible knowing it may be the last time they hold that much power.

This is the last dying gasps of a party that will either have to pull to center to get power again, or get used to never holding majority or the presidency again.
 
2020-08-02 5:25:08 PM  
Oh my, no.
The stank will not wash off no matter how many baths you take in tomato juice.

This isn't just an odour.  It isn't even permanent marker which will eventually wash and wear away.

This is more like a bad, ugly tattoo you just now are beginning to regret after years and years of showing it off.  It can sort of, kind of be removed but it will take time, effort, pain and submitting to an actual expert.  Even so, expect some permanent scarring.

And bear in mind, too many others KNOW what it has been like, and will NEVER forget.
 
2020-08-02 5:25:22 PM  
Hypocritical farkers, all of 'em.
They knew Trump was dangerous, ill-informed dumbass, but as soon as he won the election, they couldn't kiss his ass fast enough (looking at you, Lindsey and Ted...).
NOW they're going to try and distance themselves? Nuh uh. You made your beds, now die in them.

/farkers
 
2020-08-02 5:26:00 PM  

gameshowhost: markie_farkie: I am the son of an Air Force brigadier general and served myself to the rank of colonel. Of my 57 years drawing breath, I've spent 51 of them directly or indirectly serving this once great nation.

I have only one question... he was doing [aroo?] in the service of the nation when he was *6 yrs old*, at the very latest?


He was born into an AF family. The missing 6 years is after he retired, presumably, at 51. He's counting from birth
 
2020-08-02 5:28:00 PM  

Jackal_N: Their identity is built on the foundation of authoritarianism and discrimination against anyone who is not a old white wealthy male, those (and the wannabes) are the kind of individual they attract and that is where the money comes from. The only thing that will change is their propaganda.


Remind me again: how old are Zuck and Jack?...
 
2020-08-02 5:29:06 PM  

PaulRB: markie_farkie: Lifted from Fb:

I like it, but it implies Germany needed Hitler because the German people needed something bad to happen so they could stop being horrific.  Okay, millions died, but it's a good thing


It's the Broken Window Fallacy applied to politics.
 
2020-08-02 5:30:10 PM  

Chariset: "His weaker poll numbers and off-the-wall tweets plus his flexible, day-to-day ideology empower and in some cases encourage dissent," said Tom Davis, a former chairman of the National Republican Congressional Committee. "Politics is, above all, a game of survival, and his off-message remarks do not inspire confidence."

That's exactly what he was in 2015 and you made him your nominee anyway.  Just like you'll make him the nominee in 2020... because you want the Democrats to deal with him for you.  You're 'uncomfortable' and 'concerned' but you don't dare stand up to his rabid, screeching bucket of deplorables.


"Flexible day to day ideology"

Lol
 
2020-08-02 5:31:09 PM  
There will never be a post Binkie. They will just get quiet again but still pull the same old shiat. They are only pissed off because he exposed them for what they are.

He never changed them. They have always been this way.
 
2020-08-02 5:33:13 PM  

saturn badger: There will never be a post Binkie. They will just get quiet again but still pull the same old shiat. They are only pissed off because he exposed them for what they are.

He never changed them. They have always been this way.


Exactly.  He convinced them that it is good and right to be this way.
 
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