While I won’t lose any sleep over it, the last few days have been an absolute disaster for conservatives and the Republican party – perhaps one of the worst stretches in party history when you take into account how widespread the bad news has been. The GOP hasn’t just been hit from one area or “loss,” it’s been a multifaceted collaboration of blow after blow that’s spinning the whole party further into unmitigated chaos.
1. Let’s start with Donald Trump’s speech at Liberty University. While not overly terrible, it was rather embarrassing to see the overwhelming GOP presidential candidate stand in front of thousands of devout Christians and say “two” Corinthians as opposed to the correct Second Corinthians. Of course, this was tame in comparison to what was coming.
2. Then came Sarah Palin’s endorsement of “The Donald.” Once again, she did nothing but remind the country why she’s become completely irrelevant to anyone but far-right tea party evangelicals and people who enjoy speeches that resemble a bag of Scrabble tiles vomiting outward.
3. As if her incoherent word salad wasn’t enough, Palin then proceeded to blame President Obama for her son’s recent domestic violence charge. Her claim drew the ire of quite a few veterans who weren’t at all thrilled with the former governor of Alaska trying to use PTSD in some kind of petty attack on the president.
4. GOP presidential candidate Carly Fiorina then made national headlines after she was accused of ambushing preschool children on a field trip to use them as props during an anti-abortion speech that included rhetoric about “selling baby parts” and a giant picture of a fetus in the background. Needless to say, parents were not happy.
5. I’m not sure if anyone had a worse overall week than Sen. Ted Cruz. Within just a few days he saw his numbers in the polls slipping; the governor of Iowa tell the people of his state not to vote for him; one of his closest allies endorse his opponent; Bob Dole came out publicly to say that nobody likes him; Sen. Lindsey Graham described having to vote for either him or Trump as deciding between being “shot or poisoned”; an AP report came out citing that Sen. Richard Burr (R-NC) said he would vote for Bernie Sanders over him; more and more people continue to question whether or not he’s Constitutionally allowed to be president; and then he was forced to admit that his claim that he lost his health insurance because of “Obamacare” was a complete lie. In one week Ted Cruz went from the only possible Republican candidate who might be able to overtake Trump… to someone who might soon find himself going the way of Ben Carson, fighting to remain relevant.
6. Then the bombshell report came out that a grand jury decided not to file any charges against Planned Parenthood based on the now infamous videos that supposedly depicted officials trying to sell fetus tissue – but the grand jury did indict the two responsible for filming the videos.
7. On Tuesday evening news broke that the standoff in Oregon had seemingly shifted toward some kind of a conclusion when eight of these fools were arrested, including Ammon Bundy, with one anti-government activist being killed in a firefight with law enforcement officials. Guess it’s time for these boys to stop playing G.I. Joes and start playing federal prison inmate.
8. The pièce de résistance came earlier in the day Tuesday when Donald Trump threw a hissy fit during a press conference where he said he wasn’t going to participate in the next Republican debate on Thursday, basically because Fox News wasn’t kissing his backside. Since finding out that Megyn Kelly was going to be one of the moderators, Trump had been trying to bully America’s most watched cable news channel into removing her, claiming she’s “unfair” to him. So the network basically made fun of Trump by releasing this statement:
We learned from a secret back channel that the Ayatollah and Putin both intend to treat Donald Trump unfairly when they meet with him if he becomes president — a nefarious source tells us that Trump has his own secret plan to replace the Cabinet with his Twitter followers to see if he should even go to those meetings.
I rarely ever say much positive about Fox News, but that was fantastic. Because of that, Trump threw his temper tantrum and said he’s not going to show up Thursday night. Though I wouldn’t be shocked if he decided to change his mind once someone gave him his binkie and pacifier after he calmed down.
For progressives, this has been a popcorn-laden few days watching all of this play out in front of our eyes. For Republicans, this last week might go down as one of the worst in their party’s history.
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