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Mon Sep 30, 2019, 06:41 AM

What's the Matter With Republicans?

In a sane world, the reaction of Republicans to the “memorandum of telephone conversation” between President Trump and the president of Ukraine, Volodymyr Zelensky, combined with the whistle-blower complaint filed by an intelligence officer describing a White House cover-up, would be similar to the response of Republicans after the release, on Aug. 5, 1974, of the “smoking gun” tape that finally broke the Nixon presidency. Republicans would begin to abandon Mr. Trump, with senior figures urging him in private and in public to resign.

This may be asking too much of Republicans, who have lost their way in the Trump era. One might hope that some of the party’s elected officials would forcefully condemn the president on the grounds that there is now demonstrable evidence that he had crossed an ethical line and abused his power in ways even beyond what he had done previously, which was problematic enough.

But things are very different today than they were in the summer of ’74. Mr. Trump was on to something when he famously said, during the 2016 campaign, “I could stand in the middle of Fifth Avenue and shoot somebody and I wouldn’t lose any voters, O.K.? It’s, like, incredible.” What most people took to be hyperbole turned out to be closer to reality.

This isn’t to say that some Republican members of Congress aren’t deeply uneasy with Mr. Trump’s conduct. A few, including Senators Mitt Romney and Ben Sasse, have expressed their concern. But many others, from Senator Lindsey Graham to Kevin McCarthy, the House minority leader, are aggressively defending Mr. Trump, going so far as to argue that the notes from his July 25 conversation with Mr. Zelensky are exculpatory.

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/09/30/opinion/republicans-trump-impeachment.html

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Response to Zorro (Original post)

Mon Sep 30, 2019, 07:31 AM

1. They are opportunistic zealots, many with no conscience

As a party that does not truly believe in democracy and who’s purported beliefs in fiscal responsibility, national security, and so so, are completely fraudulent, the ends always justify the means, any means they deem necessary.

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Mon Sep 30, 2019, 10:14 AM

2. They lost their way a long time ago

Today is just more of the same. It's ok as long as a Republican does it. The Republican Party has been nuts for a long time and getting worse each and everyday.

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Mon Sep 30, 2019, 04:06 PM

3. Power by any means

Treason is not even off the table.

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