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The Worst of Politics, w/o February 25, 2018

It’s Michael Cohen week in Washington. Even while Trump fails and flails in Hanoi, the thin tissue of lies and deceit around his past activities are falling away.

Let’s just look at a few Republicans Against Trump this week.

Republicans Sink Further Into Trump’s Cesspool

What they left out of their questioning of Michael Cohen says more about the degradation of my former party than anything they said.

Peter Wehner, who served in three previous Republican administrations, writes, “By now Republicans must know, deep in their hearts, that Mr. Cohen’s portrayal of Mr. Trump as a “racist,” “a con man” and “a cheat” is spot on. So it is the truth they fear, and it is the truth — the fundamental reality of the world as it actually is — that they feel compelled to destroy. This is the central organizing principle of the Republican Party now. More than tax cuts. More than trade wars. More even than building a wall on our southern border. Republicans are dedicated to annihilating truth in order to defend Mr. Trump and they will go after anyone, from Mr. Cohen to Robert Mueller, who is a threat to him.”

The GOP performance at the Cohen hearing was a study in moral corruption

Former Bush speechwriter Michael Gerson has this to say, “What happens when a narcissist who thinks he is at the center of the universe is actually placed at the center of the universe? We are seeing what happens. The whole apparatus of a political party — including its legislative and religious wings — is now dedicated to the defense of one man’s feral will.

“It is worth remembering that things weren’t always this way. Ronald Reagan sought to create a coalition of ideas — the fusion of economic, moral and defense conservativism. Barack Obama won office by turning out a broad coalition of interests.

“For Trump — his mind uncluttered by creed or conviction — it can only be a coalition of the loyal.”

The North Korea Debacle

For pete’s sake Rick Santorum. “… this is reprehensible what he just did. He gave cover, as you said, to a leader who knew very well what was going on with Otto Warmbier. I don’t understand why the president does this.”

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