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26 Oct 2017, 10:27 am

And nonhealth removal of Trump.

The resignation of Jeff Flake and Bob Corker demonstrates what happens to Republicans that oppose the Bannon wing of the party. I do not believe they pulled out mainly out of principle but because there polling showed they were going to get humiliated by a primary opponent.

What Corker, Flake and Bush have in common is that they are not running for reelection. You do not see any other Republican sans McCain* on the record saying he is unfit. They say it anonymously to Vanity Fair big deal. Despite their high minded speeches Flake and Corker look like sore losers, not principled people.

It is questionable that they are sticking with Trump because they want their agenda passed. They got a Supreme Court pick, but ACA is still here and their Tax reform looks shaky. It is pretty much fear at this point. What else can Trump do or say short of nuclear war to convince the Republicans that he has really gone too far this time? Answer nothing.

*McCain probably does not have much to lose either.

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26 Oct 2017, 11:01 am

As with the Democratic Party of the late 1980s when conservative Democrats created the "moderate" pseudo-partisan Democratic Leadership Council (of which then-Gov. Bill Clinton was a ranking member and portrayed himself as a wunderkind presidential candidate in 1991), and summarily angered and dismissed many of the party's caucuses, the Republican Party is now experiencing its own purges.

The Democratic purges caused 1988 presidential candidate Michael Dukakis to shift his campaign to a more centric tone, and lost the general election to Republican Vice President George H.W. Bush. Many Democrats resisted the shift to moderation, and actually extended and expanded their influence within the party in the lead up to the 1992 presidential election (causing Clinton to "triangulate" his support between his moderate roots and his liberal voters). But, whatever success the Republican National Committee enjoyed with the Bush election, it was short-lived.

Though apparently unintended, the Democratic Party lost almost one-third of its supporters when voters de-registered as Democrats following the election of President Obama.

Now, it seems that the Trump administration wants to gamble its future by purging its own moderates ("neo-conservatives") who gave the nation Speaker Gingrich and a Republican Congress for years. President Trump might be wise to reflect on the political purges of recent politics. The American nation has a history of whimsy. Herding partisans is about as effective and useful as herding kittens. Yet they try, and try again.

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