Friday, August 10, 2018

Gerson: "The Only Way To Save The GOP Is To Defeat It"

This seems plausible to me:
   If Democrats gain control of the House but not the Senate, they will be a check on the president without becoming a threat to his best policies (from a Republican perspective) or able to enact their worst policies. The tax cut will stand. The Senate will still approve conservative judges. But the House will conduct real oversight hearings and expose both Russian influence and administration corruption. Under Republican control, important committees — such as Chairman Devin Nunes’s House Intelligence Committee — have become scraping, sniveling, panting and pathetic tools of the executive branch. Only Democratic control can drain this particular swamp.
   Alternatively: If Republicans retain control of the House in November, Trump will (correctly) claim victory and vindication. He will have beaten the political performances of Bill Clinton and Barack Obama in their first midterms. ...  He will have demonstrated the effectiveness of circus-like distraction. He will have shown the political power of bold, constant, uncorrected lies. And he will gain many more enablers and imitators.
Also: divided government is good. I kind of think that gridlock is the best we can hope for right now. Best outcome would be: conservative/centrist Dems win big, and the House goes blue, thus smacking down both the Trumpistas and left-fringe Dems. 
   A guy can dream, can't he?


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