Election 2020

Trump Hamstrings Conservatives With Election Denial

JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

This is ordinarily the time of year or specific portion of an election cycle when Republicans would announce their grand plans to oppose and obstruct the incoming Democratic presidential administration. I'm sure you recall Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell pledging to make President Obama a "one term president" in 2008 before the latter even took office.

But Republicans can't do that right now because they're not suppose to acknowledge that Joe Biden will be president in two months.

Politico reports that conservatives groups and think tanks can't talk about their future plans or hire Trump regime alumni because planning for anything except more Trump is considered heresy.

Organizations can’t sound the alarm about President-elect Joe Biden’s agenda. Conservative reporters won’t take pitches about Biden’s rumored Cabinet contenders, insistent on covering evidence-deficient claims of voter fraud instead. One conservative group involved in policy advocacy backed off from hiring two soon-to-depart Trump administration officials after growing concerned about the consequences. [...]

Those who have run afoul of the dictate have faced swift repercussions. Some have received angry emails from donors accusing them of siding with the “liberal media.” Those who have tried to start revving up the grassroots engine — warning of what could unfold in January, particularly if Democrats win control of the Senate via two runoff races in Georgia — have been likened to turncoats by colleagues.

“I sent out a weekly email and mentioned something about a potential Biden administration and the fallout was ridiculous,” said an employee at one prominent conservative nonprofit.

My initial reaction to Politico's report was that this couldn't happen to a nicer bunch of assholes, but I think this also reveals a new standard and dangerous amount of radicalism that all future Republican candidates for office with national implications will be held to.

I am not among those who believe Trump will run again in four years because I think state prosecutors and tax authorities will be coming for his ass over the next several years, but the next crop of GOP candidates are all going to do their best Trump impressions. They'll probably court his endorsement and pledge to finish what he started.

The election of Joe Biden is not going to inspire the GOP to look inward and reflect. They're not going to become reasonable. And it's okay for Joe Biden to say he wants to hold reasonable dialogue with congressional Republicans because that's what a lot of Americans voted for him to do, but at the end of the day he can't force them to be reasonable.

  • Christopher Foxx

    but at the end of the day he can’t force them to be reasonable

    And if it takes him longer than that one day to figure that out (assuming he hasn’t already), then we’re truly fucked.

    Attempting to reason with the adamantly unreasonable is simply a waste of time and legitimizes their treasonous attempts to kill democracy. Biden may very much want to restore bipartisanship, but I hope (again, if he hasn’t already figured out this obvious fact of reality) that he quickly realizes the only thing he can do is say “I tried. Now fuck them, ignore them, and let’s get some actual work done.”

  • Aynwrong

    I’m not even certain that this qualifies as some kind of self own. They’re being owned by the potato-head potentate that they swore fealty to and his loyal army of dipsticks who can’t even tell that they’re in the process of obstructing the obstruction that they elect Republicans to engage in. Even some of their own donors aren’t sophisticated enough to get out of their own way. It’s an orgy of owning thy self.

    “And it’s okay for Joe Biden to say he wants to hold reasonable dialogue with congressional Republicans because that’s what a lot of Americans voted for him to do…

    A lot of Americans (yes, even Democrats) need to pull their heads out of their asses. This is just demanding that Dems engage in their own version of the “self own.”

    • muselet

      I don’t like this state of affairs, but that’s what we’re facing. Alas, it means Ds (and liberals/progressives/whatever) need to change their/our strategies and tactics to match—or at the very least, effectively counter—those of the Rs/conservatives/Righties/whatever.


      • Christopher Foxx

        From commenter Nick Jr. over on that article you linked to:

        Thanks to the Obama years, now when I hear Democrats like Corey Booker or Joe Biden talking about us being one America I just roll my eyes. Obama did that sweeping rhetoric about us not being red states or blue states but one United States better than anybody and we got destroyed for it. While he was President trying his best to be bipartisan and a uniter, Dems lost everything. We lost the House, the Senate, state legislatures, governorships, control of the census, and then the White House. And we lost the White House to a childish scumbag who delights in tearing down everything Obama did. We have to break this cycle.

        Dems need to step up their attacks on Republicans and call them out for being the psychology textbook definition of evil. They need to say that Republicans are a cancer on America and they keep getting worse and they will eventually kill this country. They need to say that Republicans will take everything and give nothing back. They need to call them out as the ones destroying the middle class. They need to call them out as phonies who are not really the party of the troops, or small business, or family values, or the constitution. If they don’t make some fundamental change like this then we will stay in this cycle of Republican scumbags destroying everything and decent Democrats cleaning up their messes and then being rewarded by being kicked to the curb.

        Abso-fucking-lutely right. The Dems have *GOT* to call Republicans out on their shit. Relentlessly. Without mincing their words.

        Show exactly what they’re doing.
        Call it what it is.
        Hold them accountable for it.
        Do. Not. Stop.

  • muselet

    Awww, poor babies. They can’t plan their obstruction of the Biden administration in public because doing so causes other Righties to say mean things to them.

    Ç’est dommage.