It’s really puzzling the base why Donald Trump is insisting on supporting the swamp rat Luther Strange over the clearly Deplorable Judge Moore in Tuesday’s Alabama runoff.
One suggestion was that Strange has a better chance of re-election in 2018 than Moore and Trump needs a GOP man, however much RINO, than a Dem. Maybe but it has not gone down well:
I am more than a little tired of hearing about loyalty. How about being loyal to MAGA and the people that elected you. He is being loyal to a well known GOPe swamp creature. The GOP is fighting you at every turn and you still are trying to appease them, it won’t work. Not only are they obstructing you in making your appointments, every single one of them voted to block your recess appointments. I never thought I would be saying this to you Mr. President, but get a clue!
And that same rule, which equally applies to the dithering quisling May:
The greatest and most dangerous flaw in any leader is a desire to be loved by all, including the opposition. Trying to be loved by sworn enemies is a sure way to lose your true friends.
There was once a reader of Nourishing Obscurity who wrote, in high dudgeon, that I appeared to treat my obvious political foes far better than I treated those onboard with the things at N.O. That may have been so, I can’t say but I’ve tried since then not to do that.
I think the reason is that one cares about those onboard, one’s own people and criticizes in order to set straight, whereas with clearly opposed people, there’s no point and so one can just be polite, as one would with a stranger.
The Donald seems to want to be loved by all, he sees himself as representing ‘all Americans’ and the enemy is part of that.
It’s stupid and naive. If you appoint a foe, he is not going to be grateful, he will connive behind your back, fail to carry out directives, fail to support at critical times. Trump sees his foes in the WH as astute political operators and the Bannons and Gorkas as unsophisticated and given to saying what they think.
But that was precisely how he got into power – he’d never have got in as a straight GOP RINO. Yet he seems to crave legitimacy from them for some reason. It’s his crazy ‘take no prisoners’ which was what people wanted. They’re still chanting ‘lock her up’ and he says, ‘See Jeff Sessions.’
No, YOU do something, POTUS, that’s what you were put in for.