The Atlantic tells us something we already know: strategic forgettery*!
“As Donald Trump lurches through the disastrous final days of his presidency, Republicans are just beginning to survey the wreckage of his reign. Their party has been gutted, their leader is reviled, and after four years of excusing every presidential affront to ‘conservative values,’ their credibility is shot. How will the GOP recover from the complicity and corruption of the Trump era? To many Republicans, the answer is simple: Pretend it never happened.”
You can bet they are out back burning their
uniforms, er, MAGA merch.
“The plan might seem implausible, but I’ve heard it floated repeatedly in recent days by Republican strategists who are counting down the minutes of the Trump presidency. The hardcore MAGA crowd will stay loyal, of course, and those few who have consistently opposed Trump will escape with their reputations intact. But for the majority of GOP officials, apparatchiks, and commentators who sacrificed their dignity at the altar of Trump, a collective case of amnesia seems destined to set in the moment he leaves office.”
This is what they do, this is what they’ve always done. When Chimpy left the country in smouldering ruins, you couldn’t find a Republican who could remember the 8 years of Error. They put on their tri-corner hats, dangled teabags and claimed to be independents who just woke up from a Rip VanWinkle-style nap and wondered what happened to the Gipper.
The windows are open for wagers: what will replace the Tea Party? I’m kinda thinking the Q-Spiracy is the house favorite.
- Hat tip: Driftglass