E Pluribus Mother-Fracking Unum

The motto of the United States is not, in fact, “Fuck you, I got mine.” It was, and should have remained, “E Pluribus Unum” — out of many, one. We’re all Americans. We all deserve the blessings this country can provide. This one is willing to pay his taxes for the benefit of the many.

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In a nutshell

The Trump administration, and I might argue to a large extent the Republican Party, has been leading up to a need to impose a distorted reality and a kind of imperviousness to facts onto others. Facts and evidence almost do not matter. What matters is the emotional commitment to either an ideology or what they believe will make America great again, restore their position, or give them the kind of pride or self-esteem that they feel they have lost.

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Non-denial denial

But the blowback from Comey’s firing left the White House reeling once again. Trump’s visible anger and erratic tweets prompted a reporter to ask Spicer on Friday if the president was “out of control.”

“That’s, frankly, offensive,” Spicer said.

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I’ll take that as a “Yes,” then.

Where is the GOP’s sense of self-preservation?

With the firing of Comey this week, we’ve seen yet another cycle of Trump doing something simultaneously alarming and stupid that’s left the entire country reeling. As always, part of this cycle includes cries for the GOP to recognize the horrors of his actions and actually do something about them. And again, as always, we get a few timid protests from the typical sources (Graham, McCain chief among them), but for the most part the GOP falls in line and lets Trump do whatever the hell he wants. At some point, this cycle has to break, though.

Here’s what I really don’t get. Trump’s poll numbers are in the shitter, and have been for some time. Nor are they showing any sign of changing direction. The GOP’s polling numbers are similarly weak, and their policies are not popular, as we’re seeing in vivid detail with AHCA. By continuing to suck up to Trump, they are not doing themselves any favors. If things keep going the way they are now, even with all the advantages gerrymandering and political-party-as-tribe have given them, the 2018 mid-terms are going to be a bloodbath for them. At what point do they recognize this and course correct?

My recommendation to Republicans would be to take the Comey firing as an opportunity to drop actual legislation (such as health care) that’s going to be a sure loser in the long run, and focus attention on Trump and the cavalcade of corruption that surrounds him. They would get to preen for the cameras for the next several months and stand up for America, all while letting the memory of healthcare reform fade away. With the weight of Fox News et al behind them, I have no doubt they could push Trump out of office. Unless he’s implicated too, Pence should come into office with more public support than Trump has, and they can return to their normal agenda. All this may still be putting party before country, but it will at least be less blatant.