Schadenfreudistic Narcissism in the GOP

scha·den·freu·de ˈSHädənˌfroidə/ noun

  1. pleasure derived by someone from another person’s misfortune

 

nar·cis·sism ˈnärsəˌsizəm/ noun

  1. extreme selfishness, with a grandiose view of one’s own talents and a craving for admiration, as characterizing a personality type.

 

Donald Trump (photo credit: Gage Skidmore)

This weekend was a time of great sorrow. Sorrow over the state of our country and the growing adversities which will likely soon confront my children and grandchildren.

Not that I have ever believed Donald Trump is a savior who will address all the problems that have led to our economic and cultural decline. But at least he gave us a shot at slowing down enough to turn the ship around.

At least Trump would give us a few more years before the Supreme Court forced every nun to choose between jail and paying for abortions. At least we might have a few more years before churches and religious schools would have to choose between closing or embracing the secular (pagan) world view on human sexuality. And at least we would have a few more years before the floodgates of taxpayer dollars would be opened to abortionists and Planned Parenthood even more than they already are.

Now, that opportunity seems on the verge of slipping away.

I expected to see many of my friends experiencing the same sorrow. I thought that, even though some of them were #NeverTrump, they would at least be grieved by what a now likely Clinton presidency means for our Constitutional Republic and for our future. Continue Reading

Why I Cannot Stand Republican Operatives

This is why I cannot stand GOP operatives.

Politico is reporting that a group of nearly 70 ex-RNC staffers, ex-GOP Congressmen and ex-GOP Senators have signed a letter begging the RNC to drop its support for Donald Trump and instead focus the entirety of its financial resources on protecting GOP House and Senate majorities.

Via Politico:

“We believe that Donald Trump’s divisiveness, recklessness, incompetence, and record-breaking unpopularity risk turning this election into a Democratic landslide, and only the immediate shift of all available RNC resources to vulnerable Senate and House races will prevent the GOP from drowning with a Trump-emblazoned anchor around its neck,” states a draft of the letter obtained by POLITICO. “This should not be a difficult decision, as Donald Trump’s chances of being elected president are evaporating by the day.”

The irony of ironies is that this effort is being led by Andrew Weinstein, a vocal anti-Trump Republican whose major credential is serving as Director of Media Relations for the 1996 Dole-Kemp presidential campaign. Let me remind folks about the outcome of that campaign. Bob Dole won just 159 electoral votes and lost the popular vote to Bill Clinton by 8.5 percent.

I think it’s fair that people who have survived a disaster, as Weinstein did, can have an important perspective on avoiding a future disaster. But I have less respect for their position when their basic complaint is that Trump’s campaign does not fully resemble the disaster that was the 1996 Dole campaign, which Weinstein helped orchestrate. Continue Reading

Independent Candidate Evan McMullin Declares Run for President

Anti-Trump conservatives have been searching for a third party candidate for months to run against Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton. Many of them, understandably, balked at the idea of supporting “Libertarian” Gary Johnson after learning about his positively anti-liberty views on religious freedom.
Independent presidential candidate Evan McMullin
But today, at long last, after an exhaustive search that featured public flirtations with near-candidates like National Review columnist David French, the #NeverTrump’ers have found their champion. His name is Evan McMullin.

Conservative Republicans have recruited a former CIA staffer and top House GOP aide to launch an independent White House bid — and he could cause problems for Donald Trump in a key state if he gets on the ballot.

McMullin, who had been the policy director for the House Republican Conference, is a longshot for the White House at best — facing high hurdles in the form of ballot access deadlines that have already passed in many states — but will offer anti-Trump conservatives an alternative to Trump and Clinton.

In a post on his new campaign website, McMullin explained why he is running against Clinton and Trump:
Millions of Americans are not being represented by either of these candidates; those of us who care about the strength of the military and intelligence services find little to embrace in either Trump or Clinton.

Americans who believe in limited, Constitutional government that is smaller, smarter, and more accountable view both Clinton and Trump as symbols of corruption and excess that provide no hope of basic competence in the federal government.
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