Prominent Republicans keep hoping for someone to rescue them from its slate of mediocre candidates. But the party’s biggest problem is the ideological bloodlust of its base.
The bombshell dropped in Saturday’s Playbook, the chattering-class email sent out every morning by the Politico’s Mike Allen. If Mitt Romney fails to win Michigan next Tuesday, a few high-powered Republicans have started saying, the party needs to go back to square one and recruit a new candidate. Yes, maybe it does. But what will that fix? Not much. What the party needs is not simply a new candidate. It needs someone with the courage to stand up and say that the GOP has gone completely off the deep end—and that the party could run an amalgam of Ronald Reagan and Mahatma Gandhi and he wouldn’t win as long as the party’s inflamed base keeps with its current attitudes. But it lacks such a person utterly. It’s a party made up of on the one hand unprincipled cowards, and on the other of people devoted to principles so extreme that they’d have serious trouble attracting more than about 42 percent of the vote.
The report continues with viable and on target points.
After an ill-advised confab with Bill Clinton that he initiated, Attorney General Loretta Lynch took full responsibility for the meeting.
People have a whole host of reasons and questions about how we in government do our business,” Ms. Lynch said. “I understand that my meeting on the plane with former President Clinton could give them another reason to have questions and concerns.”
While she insisted that the meeting was a purely social encounter, Ms. Lynch said, “I certainly wouldn’t do it again."
Lynch also stated that she would defer to the FBI's recommendation when it came to the decision whether to prefer charges against Hillary Clinton.
In case anyone still cares ... As the United Kingdom faces this existential crisis (and its continued existence really is in doubt), Britain's political class have left it rudderless. Johnson stabbed Cameron in the back by jumping to the Leave side, and now his own Brexit ally Gove has sabotaged him -- all of it in personal bids to seize the Tory leadership and power. Meanwhile, Labour leader Corbyn has lost the support of 80% of his party's MPs but refuses to resign. And UKIP leader Farage stands up in the European Parliament to crow, "Who's laughing now?" What a sorry, sorry lot (not one of whom has said they're sorry). Poor Britain.
The writer focuses on the failures of the British ruling class, but I tend to see it as a global phenomenon. It's easy to blame uninformed Brexit voters for lashing out at what they (rightly) see as an accelerating loss of conttol. But national and even supranational political leaders also seem inept and directionless when it comes to managing the side-effects of globalization. The difference is that the poor and underemployed grasp what is happening to their lives, while the elites delude themselves that they have a handle on things and even solutions they can offer the masses (whether they personally believe in them or not -- see Corbyn, Johnson). I just read that Thomas Piketty had been advising the Labour Party in the run-up to the referendum but resigned in frustration.
f there were any doubt that Hillary Clinton and Elizabeth Warren are the “it” couple of the moment in Democratic politics, it was silenced here Monday when they took the stage together for the first time.
The two nerdy wonks and feisty grandmothers, who built rival power centers on the political left but this spring gradually became allies, together electrified a crowd of thousands by locking their arms, punching the air and excoriating Donald Trump.