The Impotence of Argument

We should — we must — continue to make the case for ending Trump’s toxic Presidency by whatever legal means are available. And the hardest part is that we’re stiffed by the only people with the power to act, our protestations evidently impotent.

Among the reasons for this strategic silence, the most troubling is the politicians’ apparent suspicion that Trump’s hardcore base is deaf to appeals to conventional values and resistant to plain old facts.

I think the politicians are right. I think there’s nothing Trump could do to jeopardize his hardcore support other than to abandon his racism, nativism, misogyny, and catering in word and deed to the pinched and rigid imperatives of the cult of the evangelical Right.

How to Vote in 2018

As a lifelong Democrat and the son and grandson of Democrats, I would vote ordinarily in the Democratic primary for the candidate I thought closest to me politically. And I think it’s almost always a terrible idea to vote in the opposing party’s primary for a “weak” candidate you think your candidate can beat.

But in 2018, if the opportunity presents itself, I stand ready to vote in the Republican primary to boost the fortunes of any moderate candidates who come out squarely against the inevitable Trump-Bannon candidates. And I would encourage any Republicans to vote in the Democratic primary for candidates who can attract the votes of moderate Republicans and independents against these Trump-Bannon Republicans in the general election.

Extraordinary times call for extraordinary measures.

A Real Hunger

I can’t believe there isn’t a real hunger in the country at this point for mature, bipartisan, moderate leadership. Somehow, we need to find a way to wrest power from the neoliberal ideologues and white identity fear-and-anger crowd and provide strong support for the folks like Collins, Kasich, McCain, and Murkowski. The radicals who put Trump in power and have allowed him to run amok are poison to the Republic.

There Will Be No Gun Legislation After Las Vegas

There’s speculation among the Twitterati that the GOP might entertain some minimal movement toward rational gun policy after Las Vegas. These pundits presumably don’t live in the South. There will be no gun legislation at all in the wake of Las Vegas. That’s my prediction.

The gun issue, as these writers either haven’t figured out yet or have forgotten, isn’t a policy issue. It’s one of the two defining cultural issues of the white working class. The other one is abortion. The GOP will not do a damn thing ever to address either issue as policy, absent some paroxysm of rationality among independents and the center-right in the next few elections that scares the Republicans more than they are now cowed by the evangelicals and good old boys of the Trump base.

Them’s just the facts. And you can take that to the bank.