The Trump/Scarborough feud continues.
On Sunday, Joe Scarborough wrote a scathing op-ed and warned everyone that President Trump is destroying the Republican Party beyond repair. As you know, he’s leaving the Republican Party and is under the impression that we’ll all miss him. He was really dramatic about this in his op-ed.
“I did not leave the Republican Party. The Republican Party left its senses,” he wrote.
Ugh. Spare me. Please.
The political movement that once stood athwart history resisting bloated government and military adventurism has been reduced to an amalgam of talk-radio resentments. President Trump’s Republicans have devolved into a party without a cause, dominated by a leader hopelessly ill-informed about the basics of conservatism, U.S. history and the Constitution.
I disagree. Here’s the thing– no one ever said Trump was a conservative. He leans right, sure. But he’s not a polished politician. He’s a seasoned businessman first. Negotiating is his thing. Conservatives like to think of themselves as uncompromising on certain issues– heck, I do. It’s a principle thing. We pride ourselves on having immovable principles. That’s one thing that made me nervous about Trump. He always leaves all options on the table, but– believe it or not– that’s one thing I actually think will help us in the long run. In Trump’s world, everything’s negotiable. Just because he makes a suggestion or hears someone out doesn’t mean he’s sold. People aren’t used to that, but it’s all part of the way he operates. That aside, he absolutely LOVES America and wants to see it prosper again, which is as American as it gets. People love that.
Scarborough goes on to say that Trump brought a “gaudy circus act to Washington,” which is worsening the instability of the already crumbling Republican Party.
When I left Congress in 2001, I praised my party’s successful efforts to balance the budget for the first time in a generation and keep many of the promises that led to our takeover in 1994. I concluded my last speech on the House floor by foolishly predicting that Republicans would balance budgets and champion a restrained foreign policy for as long as they held power.
As the new century began, Republicans gained control of the federal government. George W. Bush and the GOP Congress responded by turning a $155 billion surplus into a $1 trillion deficit and doubling the national debt, passing a $7 trillion unfunded entitlement program and promoting a foreign policy so utopian it would have made Woodrow Wilson blush.
Voters made Nancy Pelosi speaker of the House in 2006 and Barack Obama president in 2008.
After their well-deserved drubbing, Republicans swore that if voters ever entrusted them with running Washington again, they would prove themselves worthy. Trump’s party was given a second chance this year, but it has spent almost every day since then making the majority of Americans regret it.
That’s where he’s wrong again. We don’t regret it. Am I happy about the Republican Party’s stunning lack of ability to get any kind of real legislative work done? Absolutely NOT. It annoys me to no end. We gave them the House, Senate and Executive Office for a reason. I’m irritated with them, but I haven’t lost hope. Getting rid of Obamacare isn’t an easy task. I understand that, but they sure as heck better follow through. I believe they will eventually. I really do. Everything just takes a gazillion years in Washington. So no, Joe. I don’t think ANY of us regret electing Republicans over Democrats. That’s a ridiculous suggestion.
Speaking of ridiculous suggestions, Scarborough essentially compared Trump to Stalin and Mao.
The GOP president questioned America’s constitutional system of checks and balances. Republican leaders said nothing. He echoed Stalin and Mao by calling the free press “the enemy of the people.” Republican leaders were silent. And as the commander in chief insulted allies while embracing autocratic thugs, Republicans who spent a decade supporting wars of choice remained quiet. Meanwhile, their budget-busting proposals demonstrate a fiscal recklessness very much in line with the Bush years.
I think we’re going a little overboard here, Joe.
Political historians will one day view Donald Trump as a historical anomaly. But the wreckage visited of this man will break the Republican Party into pieces — and lead to the election of independent thinkers no longer tethered to the tired dogmas of the polarized past. When that day mercifully arrives, the two-party duopoly that has strangled American politics for almost two centuries will finally come to an end. And Washington just may begin to work again.
Wrong again, Joe. Donald Trump changed the political game. I don’t think it will EVER be the same. I don’t think historians will view his presidency as an anomaly. People are fed up and sick of the way Washington D.C. operates. I don’t see us ever completely reverting back. Imagine America after Trump’s four– or even eight years. We will be used to a president who constantly tweeted his thoughts, wore a goofy MAGA hat, spoke of American greatness, took on the biased media and challenged the status quo. Traditional politicians will probably bore us, by comparison. I’m not saying we’ll never have another boring politician as POTUS, but Trump opened up a whole new world of possibilities. I don’t think that door will ever close.
Like I said, things aren’t as bad as Scarborough says. The Republican Party is changing, but it’s not destroyed. More good is on the horizon. I just know it. Besides, if anyone should be panicking about the future of their party, it should be the Democrats, hello.