On Tuesday, Bill Kristol made an announcement about how honored he was to be a founding director of the new organization Republicans for the Rule of Law.
While this is an important position, and I appreciate the thoughtful sentiment of the effort, the reality is that one doesn't get bonus points for standing up for the Rule of Law. Being for the Rule of Law would not only seem to be the basic starting point for a political party, but something so basic that you don't even have to put it in your Mission Statement. It's a given. Or at least should be. Indeed more to the point, and going a step further, the fact that the Republican Party actually needs an "organization" such as this shows how much the GOP has been discredited.
Believe me, I understand the point that Kristol is trying to make. And it's a valid one, given what we've seen from Trump and so many of his enablers in Congress, and the rabid backing of his base. But that's the very point. When you're party has gotten down to the level where you feel there's a need to set up a support group to show that there is a wing of your party that is in favor of the Rule of Law, you might as well take down your shingle and start a new party. Because this old one is over, it has zero credibility, it's running on fumes and the members and those leading have decided that All Anarchy is the way to fly. The lunatics are in charge of the asylum.
Republicans for the Rule of Law. Seriously??? You actually need an organization for that??
Godspeed. Truly. I hope they find the magic beans. And mind you, I'm glad to see Bill Kristol slam Trump so continually. BUT I don’t overlook that he not only was one of the apologists – and architects – of the Iraq War, but his continual attacks on Obama helped stir the hatred and pave the way for someone like Trump. Honestly, I don’t think for a moment he’s moved from the dark side. I think he’s mortified that his conservative base is being eroded and morphing into something different. Good for him for hating what that “something different” is, but I think he mostly hates it for the wrong reasons.
But still, good luck on reversing the course of the river he helped divert. However, as i wrote a while back, this is not about Trump anymore but about the Republican Party which has willingly enabled him. We have gotten there. And when a political party has reached the point where they have to form a group to convince others of that as their mission, they've already lost the argument.
Robert J. Elisberg is a political commentator, screenwriter, novelist, tech writer and also some other things that I just tend to keep forgetting.
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