Retiring Arizona Senator Jeff Flake continue with his talking point that the GOP is doomed until Trump is defeated. When asked by ABC correspondent John Donovan, the moderator for an online debate,
“Are you willing to lose a cycle for the Republican Party because of the principles that you’re arguing?” Flake responded, ““Oh, yes. Yes. You sacrifice a generation. You think, ‘Man, we might get some policy goals in the next year or two’ — look at the long term. Look at the long term, at what you’re doing for the party, because people don’t want to be associated with it,” Flake said.
This is the anti-Trump GOP crowd version of the Vietnam War expression that embodied the frustration of fighting against the Viet Cong, “you have to burn down the village to save it.”
Flake and his followers pine for the good old days by writing int the new Trump-haters in exile journal The Bulwark, dedicated to champion in the ideal of a “principled conservatism.” One can be forgiven for asking those on the masthead of The Bulwark if by principled conservatism, they mean the type that has proven to be a collosal failjure over the past forty years and that was largely responsible, in part, for Trump beating all the GOP favorites like rented mules.
Flake & Company are delusional if they think GOP primary voters are waiting in the wings breathlessly to welcome Bill Kristol and his minions back into the fold. WE;be heard the root for the other side to save the GOP mantra during the 2016 election, when many staid Bush Republicans announced that they would voter for Hillary Clinton — out of “principle”, naturally — in order to save the Republic and the party. This idea was as asinine then, as it is now. The fact that Flake would seriously entertain such a political outcome because of his personal animus to Trump’s indecorous and impolitic governing style, speaks volumes about how little he understands the ramifications of the last presidential election.
As distasteful as it may be to swallow for the neverTrump crowd, here is the new political reality for the Republican Party: There will be no going back to busines as usual. Teh election of Trump slated Bush Repuoblicanism forever. Trump brought a lot of new voters into the party and its future will depend on how well the GOP can integrate these disaffected working class voters wit its corporate donor and Chamber of Commerce factions. This will be no easy task. There are may exiles, like Flake, Bill Kristol, Jennifer Rubin and Max Boot who would like to turn the clock back to the 20th century and restore the Establishment. What Flake doesn’t understand is that should this happen, the GOP will not survive.
Either a new party will be formed or the Republican Party will split off into its new constituent part. part may find it