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Sally Albright @SallyAlbright
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This quote from Andrew Ferguson nails something I've been trying to say, but in reverse.
Putin's plan was separate from Trump's campaign.

The goal was to keep Hillary from being President by electing a Republican, any Republican.

Bernie's job was to divide the left to elect a Republican. Any Republican.
So whoever won the Republican nomination would likely be President right now. And any other Republican - Rubio, Ted Cruz, Jeb Bush - would have worked seamlessly with Congress and rolled us on almost everything. Everything on GOP's rancid wish list would be fait accompli

Yes, they've managed to get a terrifying amount of their agenda passed. But not all of it, and their victories have been hard fought.

Trump's incompetence - with both policy and process - has given Democrats had a fighting chance.

And Trump is the gift that will keep on giving.

Trump is now the face of the conservative movement. Their policies are his policies, and his are theirs.

Trump's vulgarity and cruelty will forever be associated with GOP austerity politics.

Gone are the days when GOP could cry "personal responsibility" and "family values" when they slashed social programs.

Gone are the days when GOP could dog whistle past legitimate charges of racism.

Trump has exposed them.

They can't pretend tax cuts for the rich will "trickle down"

They can't pretend their immigration policy is about anything besides straight up hate.

GOP will now and forever be the party of letting kids die of the common cold, away from their loved ones, on Christmas.

I've been waiting for Republicans to reveal themselves and self-implode since 1994

Turns out I put far too much faith in the voters (and the system, but that's a different thread.)

It took Trump to show the world what Republicans, especially Evangelicals, are really about.

I've struggled with the idea that a "real" Republican would have been better. My GOP friends say, "But Sally, the government would FUNCTION."

But I don't want it to function the way it would under Pence or Huckabee.

But would it be better? Would the world be a better place?

Would fewer people be suffering now if a functioning government implemented policies that are *designed* to cause suffering down the line?

Has Trump caused more suffering, or has he merely exposed - and hastened - the damage GOP had always intended to do?

GOP's unspoken, barely acknowledged engagement strategy was "Come for the racism, stay for the limited government and conservative fiscal policy"

2016 revealed two things:

1) Racists never GAF about small government

2) Conservative economic policy is intrinsically racist

Ben Howe from Redstate once said,

"Where do you go when the only people who seem to agree with you on taxes hate black people?”

as if the two things are unrelated. They are not.

Trump may be the one causing the suffering we see on the news, but GOP is doing nothing to stop it. Individual Republicans are doing nothing to help anyone. At best, they are looking the other way. At worst, they are cheering him on.

Evangelicals are the worst.

Your embrace of Trump is nothing more than a naked and depraved power grab. You see him as a vehicle for imposing your authoritarian ethos of hate on the rest of us.

You disgust me.

Evangelicals claim Trump is "God's Chosen Vessel" who will lead them to the promised land.

Only them and those like them. They will be Raptured while the rest of us are "left behind" to burn.

There is nothing less Christian than selfish nihilism. Nothing.

A "Sliding Doors" examination is merely academic.

Trump won.

Elections have consequences.

With Nancy back in charge, things might not get worse, and we can change direction for the future, but there is a lot of toothpaste that is never going back in the tube.

Republicans might reflect on Trump as that one-night stand who didn't leave and sucked them into a brief yet tawdry affair.

They will express regret, but they don't mean it. They got what they wanted.

They not only got the Supreme Court, but they stacked judgeships at every level with partisan Republican hacks.

Courts used to be the only thing keeping GOP's toxic agenda in check.

We don't have that anymore.

They got their tax cuts.

They got their environmental rollbacks.

They killed ACA.

With Kavanaugh, they have all but overturned Roe v Wade and they're coming for Griswold. (Look it up.)

They got their way on countless policy items, great and small.

But they didn't get everything, and the cost to the GOP as an institution has been tremendous.

Let's hope it has bankrupted them.

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