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What the GOP Learned from The Former Guy

  I promise to write something new soon — right now, it's not in the cards. Regardless, there are still a few past posts that I think are worth revisiting. This one goes back to March 2021, two months after Jan 6 and the subsequent Biden inauguration. The timeline and its context notwithstanding, I don’t think there’s a word I would change. If anything, I’m guilty of understatement, as the Trump cancer continues to metastasize to the point where it will clearly outlive him. The Trump legacy is still a work in progress, but the outlines are already on full display. I tried to watch the Former Guy’s CPAC speech. I really did. I hung in there for almost two minutes before I needed a shower. But at least one thing came through loud and clear. In the last four years, Donald Trump gave all Republicans a license to lie, cheat, and steal just as much as their natures allow. And that license has not expired. Trump led by example, and they were happy to follow. We w

Newt Gingrich, and How the Liberal Republican Became an Extinct Species

  Full disclosure, I’m still on vacation, still with extended family, still not finding time to write much, which is not necessarily a bad thing. So I’m treating this hiatus as an opportunity to take another look at some of the history behind what’s happening today. This is from roughly a year ago. Once upon a time, there were Republicans in public office who were happy to call themselves liberals. No, really. The sixties and seventies were full of them. Before Jacob Javits was a convention center, he was a Republican senator from New York, who today would be considered well to the left of Barack Obama. Same with Edward Brooke — once a senator from Massachusetts — who was Republican, liberal, and Black. Yes, you read that right. Nelson Rockefeller, the multi-term governor of New York, was a fixture of my childhood. He actually made it to Vice President, though he was appointed, not elected, to the job in the wake of Nixon’s resignation. There were others you