[ Editor’s Note: I knew today would be ‘post CPAC’ day, and it has not been disappointing. As expected, it was a kiss the Donald Trump robe hem day. The biggest goof was with whoever came up with the ‘Donald the Clown’ golden mascot, one of the silliest goofs I have ever seen the Repubs make.
The convention was a fake one on its face. It had nothing to do with emerging Republican leadership and policy. This year’s CPAC was basically a political revival tent circus for the Trump cult, angling not only for the Trump unholy water to be sprinkled on aspiring candidates, but to tap into the highly competitive funding pool.
How it will all turn out is of course still up in the air. One would think that Trump’s legal problems and new scandal exposures would be like watching a huge ship taking a half dozen torpedo hits.
And let’s not forget that Trump emerged from a big posse of Republican hopefuls in 2016, when he deftly saw an opening for his pitch of ‘Hey, I’m not like any of them’…and it worked. It was truthful in a way, and worse in another. He was worse.
America went into a ‘Dancing with the stars’ trance, forgetting that it was a presidential election and not a Dancing with the Stars game show. I am still dumbfounded as to how so many could have been suckered by his ‘drain the swamp’ pitch, but they were.
So here we are facing an uncertain future with a deeply divided country, where many are hoping to see political opponents get lengthy prison sentences as part of the primary culling process. At least we will have some fun to look forward to… Jim W. Dean ]
First published … February 28, 2021
Ronald Reagan, the president who reinvigorated the Republican Party, promoted the GOP as the “party of new ideas” on his way to a landslide reelection in 1984.
At the first major gathering of Republicans since Trump left office, conservatives spent the weekend clinging to the false claim that Trump’s presidency was stolen from him and raging over the perceived “cancel culture” of Big Tech and the left.
…“There are two things the conservative grassroots care about more than anything else,” Charlie Kirk, a conservative activist and founder of the youth movement Turning Point USA, said at CPAC. “No. 1, restoring election integrity in our country for fair and free elections. And No. 2, it is challenging Big Tech, it is giving us the ability to speak freely on social media.”
…“It is a party that has been fashioned in the mold of Trump — Trump’s message, Trump’s tactics — and it is perfectly comfortable being a party that is defined by what it’s against.” – Kevin Madden, a former Mitt Romney adviser.
…“Tell me what the innovative Republican policies have been of late?”election lawyer Ben Ginsberg said. The focus on re-litigating the last election is “probably a sign that the Republican Party is mired in a bit of a policy wasteland and doesn’t know which way to turn to get out.”
You can read the full article here.