How many times a year do you stop to admire your garbage collector? It’s a thankless job, with little or no respect. But if they weren’t there to haul away out excess, how long would it before before the garbage crowded into the photos of our remodeled bathrooms and manicured lawns?
This is the functional equivalent of the GoPs political strategy, copied from the Slavic iron-men who inherited the rump of the Iron Curtain. Create a mess, then build disdainful messaging about those that dare to try to clean it up. The most egregious case was in Ukraine, were a crusading president was blackballed and eventually jailed for associating with those who had promised to turn state’s evidence in corruption cases.
This was the playbook in the Obama presidency, where many blue-collar workers turned to the Tea Party wing of the GoP when Obama didn’t jail Wall Street executives after the 2008 meltdown created by the Bush Administration. It was furthered by Trump’s “Birtherism” crusade. It is occurring now with the investigations of Donald Trump.
Look: the GoP grandees know that Trump was crazy corrupt. It’s just that if they lose the MAGA base, they will never be able to obtain a majority in any chamber of government in the country – gerrymandering or no gerrymandering. So that are sucking it up and refusing to deny Trump’s lies, waiting for the Biden administration to bring charges and usher POTUS 45 off to a federal lockup. They will then spin outrage and myths around the corrupt handling of the case, cementing their control on the MAGA base.
For this reason, I was happy to hear that the Southern District of New York is investigation Oleg Deripaska, the Russian aluminum magnate who promised to build a smelting plant in Kentucky. The only way to take down the stinking trash heap which is the Republican Party leadership is to take out Mitch McConnell. The Senate leader of the GoP caucus uses his control of party money to maintain iron control over his peers, which has turned the “Worlds Greatest Deliberative Body” into a legislative traffic jam. A sizeable portion of that money was funneled into the 2016 election cycle (up to $50 million, by some accounts) from Vladimir Putin’s inner circle through the National Rifle Association. If that can be traced and detailed, we might have enough to put McConnell career in a noose.