Mark your calenders because Aug. 16, 2022 was the day the Republican Party officially died. It may have the same name but it’s no longer the party that many people have remembered. I mean, it’s been going down this long road for a while. If Dwight Eishenhower was part of the Golden Era of the Republican Party, then Donald Trump has turned the party into the Molded Rancid Meat Club Half-eaten Hoagie Forgotten In The Fridge Era.
Liz Cheney is the incumbent Republican Congress member for Wyoming and the lone seat for the state. But since Trump left the White House, Cheney has been one of his most vocal opponents and critics. And that’s saying a lot since Cheney’s father, Dick, practically led to the election of Trump in the first place. Cheney co-chairs the hearing looking into the Jan. 6, 2021 insurrection coup attempt on the U.S. Capitol. It’s been career suicide and Cheney knew going in she might lose her job. She did it anyway.
Cheney famously broke the infamous 11th Commandment spearheaded by Ronald Reagan of all people that “Thou shall not speak ill of any fellow Republican.” The sad face is the Republican Party has been spiraling downward that even Daddy Dick is now realizing just how bad things have gotten with the Grand Old Party. A decade ago, I could give zero fucks what Joe Walsh who came up amongst the Tea Party movement could say. But now, I find myself believing with him a lot.
Cheney lost the primary on Tuesday, Aug. 16 by a landslide to Trump-endorsed candidated Harriet Hageman who received over 113,000 votes over Cheney who only received over 49,000. It was a sign that the Republican Party is only concerned with Trump’s agenda and that agenda is just staying in power. Hageman famously endorsed Ted Cruz during the 2016 Presidential election and opposed Trump. She later admitted she was fooled into opposing Trump.
Politics makes strange bedfellows but watching politicans flip-flop over Trump since 2015 has been worse than watching Two Girls-One Cup on a 10-hour loop. Remember how Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) hated Trump. Sen. Ted Crus (R-Texas) has let Trump walk all over him. Calling Cruz and Graham Trump’s bitches is an insult to bitches, both literal and derogatory. It’s been very disgusting in so many ways.
The Republican Party has been going downhill since Richard M. Nixon left office and any attempt to rebound has backfired. Reagan didn’t really rebuild America, he just made those rich college people LARPing through the 1960s and 1970s see the error of their ways and turn more conservative in the 1980s. And while most conservatives will admit George H.W. Bush wasn’t the best President, seeing him lose because the public liked H. Ross Perot better angered Republicans in a way so much you’d think America elected a biracial person. That came later in 2008.
But yeah, Perot got over 19.7 million of the votes. And most people felt that some of those votes that would’ve gone to Bush went to Perot. Republicans vowed never to lose that way again so Newt Gingrich and others decided to rebuild the Republican Party into a party of power. They would do whatever it took to stay in power even if it meant they had to do very unscrupulous things. The worst part is their association with the Moral Majority and Christian groups. Power makes strange bedfellows too and for a demographic obsessed with what people do in the bedroom, they have no qualms about making the most disgusting orgy ever since those awkward scenes in The Lifestyle.
A Democrat candidate has won the popular vote for President every election since 1992 with the exception of 2004. What does that tell you? But Republicans have used gerrymandering to pick up seats in both the House and the Senate. Having the Presidency isn’t an issue when you can stonewall the Democrat President.
And I’ve never been a supporter of Cheney who has voted in ways that would make her father proud. And Dick has a lot to atone for. The fact that he got a heart transplant that could’ve went to someone else who, you know, isn’t a war criminal, makes my blood boil. I want my organs donated too but I don’t want it going to a person like that. But Dick and Liz may see that the errors of their ways have come back to haunt. We shouldn’t call it Frankenstein’s monster because that’s an insult to the monster who was a victim. I think I saw it best on a post about how President Bill Clinton signed the telecommunications act which allowed more conglomerates to own more radio and TV stations. Clinton did everything the Republicans wanted and they still impeached him.
The Republicans made a Faustian bargain but now even the Devil doesn’t want to cash in what he’s owed. Maybe it’s because the Republican Party has been heading toward self-destruction for years. The calls aren’t just coming from inside the house. They’re making the calls wondering why the other side won’t pick up. It’s become the party of Trump and when he’s gone, it’ll become the party of whoever is next in line. Both Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis and Texas Gov. Greg Abbott are vying for that spot with DeSantis currently ahead.
If there is any good news, it’s that there’s been a pushback. Many people who at once claimed to be conservative have decided that it’s better to vote against the Republican Party even if they have to choose a Democrat. I have friends who have had conservative views but they’ve changed since the election of Trump. I feel conservatives will probably take over the Libertarian Party while those over 60 will more than likely stay in the GOP until they just die off. You have to remember the Republican Party gained a lot of its current members after the Civil Rights Act of 1964. People who have had their formative years during the last days of Jim Crow and Segregation and during the early days of the Civil Rights Era may have different opinions than people born after.
And the Republican Party has embraced White Supremacy by changing historical terms in regards to before, during and after the Civil War as well as during the era of Jim Crow and Segregation. They’re even trying to sugarcoat the Holocaust by banning The Diary of Anne Frank. But it’s hard for to watch Ahmaud Arbery be gunned down in southern Georgia or for Breonna Taylor to be gunned down in her own bedroom as she slept and still admit they were on the wrong side of the law. The line’s been drawn. You’re either a white supremacist or you’re not.
And if you are a white supremacy, you obviously support the Republican Party.
But like I said, Trump’s reign may be shortened as the Jan. 6 hearings will begin in September. Georgia is beginning its investigation into the 2020 election. Just a few days ago, Allen Weisselberg, ex-CFO or the Trump Organization pled guilty to tax fraud and is set to testify against the organization in New York state court. And Trump still hasn’t announced his intentions to run for President because like I said, he has to set aside a bank account to collect donations.
Cheney is only 56, which in today’s politics still makes her a youngster, which is very sad. The last thing we need is more Boomers in elected offices. Cheney is a Gen Xer but just barely. Will she run for President in 2024? I don’t know if she’d be as popular. She shouldn’t be praised for doing what her job in the hearings. She’s still got a lot more to atone for herself. By co-chairing the hearing, she is just helping clean up a mess she is responsble for making.
As for Hageman, she just might be elected in November adding to the likes of Lauren Boebert and Marjorie Taylor Greene of Congress members who are more obsessed with their association and endorsement with Trump than actually serving the people. Something like this came be solved overnight. The Republican Party knows its days are numbered and that’s why they’re working so hard to keep people from voting. And if more people don’t vote them out of office, they’ll get their way of staying in power.
When Reagan said, “I didn’t leave the Democrat Party, the Democrat Party left me,” people interpreted that as he got upset over the Democrats endorsing the Civil Rights Act. Well, I wouldn’t blame Liz Cheney or any other Republican for leaving the party, because it sure left them.
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