Tiger Beat on the Potomac (thanks Charlie!) afternoon email thingie gives us another offering from the No D’uh files:
REPUBLICANS’ NEW FEAR … SELF-INFLICTED WOUNDS — Up until a few weeks ago, Republicans were feeling a bit better about their political prospects in the 2018 midterms. The tax cuts were taking hold. The unemployment rate was dropping. But in rapid succession, five issues have popped up that they believe could threaten their majority:
TRUMP FIRING SESSIONS, MUELLER OR ROSENSTEIN: Republicans tell us behind the scenes that if the president dismisses the attorney general, deputy attorney general or special counsel, they risk a mutiny in the party.
A SEPTEMBER GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN: All you have to do is read the story above by Burgess [Ed. Here’s the link to the story. –TG] to understand how real of a threat this is — and how disastrous it would be for the GOP.
OBAMACARE PREMIUMS. Every Republican we talk to fears a massive fall hike in health insurance premiums. It’s exceedingly unlikely that Republicans will take up another health-care bill this year.
THE BORDER. This is pretty simple: most GOP lawmakers believe the image of kids being separated from their parents and children in cages at the southern border with Mexico is a political loser in the suburban districts they need to win to keep their majority.
TARIFFS: The United States is in a trade war with China, and on the brink of one with Mexico and Canada. You don’t have to look that hard: across the Midwest, newspapers are carrying headlines that warn of economic catastrophe if the tariffs take hold.
What’s amazing is that none of this analysis is wrong, per se, but that Wingnuttia is worried about it not so much as acts of immoral policy, but from optics that might hurt their hold onto power. Every last one of these 5 issues they could address if they wanted to. The problem is that they agree with all of it, they just don’t want voters to know that they do.
UPDATE 1: Even before I hit Publish, The Russian Usurper’s first campaign manager for the 2020 Goat Rodeo, Brad Parscale (dude looks the poster boy for an Idaho White Separatist Militia):
Time to fire Sessions
End the Mueller investigation
You can’t obstruct something that was phony against you
The IG report gives @realDonaldTrump the truth to end it all.
— Brad Parscale (@parscale) June 19, 2018