September 16, 2015

Republican contest

I can't claim I've been following things very closely, nor that I really care all that much, especially this early. But Trump's amazing ride is spectacular, and I know that the Republican establishment can't figure out the attraction, or perhaps they don't want to admit it to themselves.

If you care for my uninformed opinion, what's going on is that the grass roots are saying this:

Less "go along to get along."
More "In your face, motherfucker."

The defining characteristic of Trump is that he is unafraid to say what he thinks, and doesn't give a damn if it offends someone. He's a fighter. This country gave the Republicans a majority in the House and a majority in the Senate and the Republicans seem to be afraid to use that. Instead they bend knee to the lame duck Democratic President, who is doing his best to shred the constitution and turn himself into a dictator. They give him what he wants, because they're afraid of being vetoed.

Screw that. Send him bills to veto and make it hard on him. Whether Hillary/Bernie/Fauxcahontas like it or not, he's still the face of the Democrats and what he says, the party is largely stuck with. Force him to get on the record on a lot of issues that the voters don't like.

Use the damned "power of the purse". You've got it, he doesn't. (Or rather, he shouldn't have but he's decided he can spend money without permission from Congress, which ought to be an impeachable offense but that won't happen.)

Force a damned government shutdown. I mean it. In his face, motherfuckers. Then send him a budget bill to veto every single day. Hold weekend sessions and do it on Saturday and Sunday, too. Force the Senate Democrats to filibuster those bills, if they want to.

Yeah, he'll blame you and the press will blame you, but the lesson of Trump is that Republican voters don't care what the press says. All the stuff they've tried to fling at Trump isn't sticking, and that's why.

When the press tries to do that to Trump, he says, "I don't give a shit." That's what I want to hear from you, too.

If we wanted Democrats in Congress, we would have voted for them. The reason the Republicans are in majority is because the voters want a change.

So give it to them. Start by replacing Boehner and McConnell, and putting younger, more aggressive, angrier men in those positions.

Yes, the press will try to parboil you -- but they're going to do that no matter what you do, unless you vote like Democrats. And that's not what the voters wanted when they elected you.

Eventually the other candidates are going to wake up to this, too. The problem is that they've all been so damned careful all this time that if they try to change it's going to come off just as fake as Hillary's "candidate face masks of the month" has been.

Trying to fake sincerity has never been very successful, in the long run.

UPDATE: Another thing: Get those committees off their butts and start working. You've been investigating the IRS for something like two and a half years and haven't even gotten to first base. Start subpoening people. Start jailing them for Contempt of Congress and for Perjury. You aren't going to make any progress until you start hurting people.

You have proof that some of them have lied under oath. Get on with it. Make people afraid. That's your job.

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