The Republicans Are Dancing To Trump’s Autocracy Tune Or Something

There’s an old article from 2006 entitled The Left, Online And Outraged, which was about how George W. Bush and his administration were making lefty bloggers absolutely barking moonbat deranged. They were obsessed. It starts

In the angry life of Maryscott O’Connor, the rage begins as soon as she opens her eyes and realizes that her president is still George W. Bush. The sun has yet to rise and her family is asleep, but no matter; as soon as the realization kicks in, O’Connor, 37, is out of bed and heading toward her computer.

Out there, awaiting her building fury: the Angry Left, where O’Connor’s reputation is as one of the angriest of all. “One long, sustained scream” is how she describes the writing she does for various Web logs, as she wonders what she should scream about this day.

Kinda like the official opinion writers for the Washington Post, which would include Excitable E.J. Dionne

Will the Republican Party keep dancing with autocracy?

When a national leader urges that votes be ignored, or that an election result he doesn’t like might best be set aside, we label him an autocrat or an authoritarian.

When it’s President Trump, we shrug. Worse, many in his party go right along with his baseless charges of fraud.

We are in for a difficult two years. Surviving them will require that Republican senators take seriously the pledge they made in their oath of office to “support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic.” What we have seen so far is not encouraging.

Interesting. We all remember reading the op-eds from E.J. blasting Obama for doing whatever he wants with his phone and pen after he lost the House in 2010, right? Or that elected Democrats and the Dem voters ignored his Executive Orders? Oh, and, hey, if EJ wants Senators to take their oath of office seriously, then he should be pushing for all to pass legislation that stops the foreign invasion that illegally crosses our borders.

E.J. goes on to trot out more of the old Florida 2000 derangement syndrome over Bush winning it fair and lawfully. He forgets to include the relevant information on how Gore and company were trying to skirt state law.

All this is about more than Trump’s obvious meltdown since an election that was bad for him and his party — and gets worse as more votes are tallied. It is about whether Republicans are willing to contain and, when necessary, oppose a man who repeatedly demonstrates hostility to the rules, norms and constraints of constitutional democracy.

Now do Obama.

Trump yammers on Twitter. Obama actually implemented rules that blew off those constraints.

Of course, what E.J. really wants with this bit of #TrumpDerangementSyndrome is to count every single vote in Florida regardless of whether they are legal. He wants all the irregularities that have occurred to be ignored. The saying should be “count every legal vote.” If the things going on in those Democrat run voting precincts was reversed and was happening in a Republican run one, you can bet E.J. and the rest of the media would be outraged. And they’d be right to be outraged.


Looking back through the last few months, the vast majority of his op-eds are about Trump. The rest usually involve Trump. Refer back to The Left, Online And Outraged.

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3 Responses to “The Republicans Are Dancing To Trump’s Autocracy Tune Or Something”

  1. Mangoldielocks says:

    I would argue a simple point. The left went apeshit crazy after the right impeached Clinton. Even though Clinton broke the law it was still only sex in the White House. Like you know probably every president since the White HOuse was built did the same thing. Not defending Clinton but there has to be some decorum. You don’t go after political opponents.

    I would argue this is why Jeff Sessions set on his hands while the right wanted him to indict so many political operatives on the left.

    Wrong. You simply don’t do that or we turn into a banana republic. Going after our political foes and locking them up. The problem is that when you do that the next thing you know everyone from the top to the bottom are in jail and no ones left to run the country.

    So now we have the Left wanting desperately to impeach Trump and guess what LEFT….The right will go absolutely apeshit crazy when you do that and then what do we have.

    Both sides off their rocker and filled with Vitriol. I am one person who happens to think Sessions did right by the country despite the right being apoplectic he did not lock up Clinton and everyone in between. hell guys we all know they are all guilty of something.

    The bad thing about going after trump is that he is a billionaire who has had people going after him for 40 years. I’m pretty sure hes dotted his I’s and crossed His T’s a long time ago.

  2. Mangoldielocks says:

    Now having said the above. I do believe the swamp needs to be cleaned up and in my Opinion that is career bureacrats who think they are above the law. Those people so entrenched in the system they are running the country and not the people we elect.

    For me this is the swamp. The career people who can’t be fired. Or so they claim. They are and always have been what is wrong with government in this country. When you subpoena an agency and a year later your still trying to get documents. That is obstruction of justice and should be weeded out.

    Or else there is no trust left in the people running this country and when that happens. Turn out the lights because the party is really over.

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