TCR Editorial: PUT UP A FIGHT! MAKE ’EM PAY!

In the final analysis, all Flake, Corker, et al. may be accomplishing is enabling Steve Bannon, and saving Robert Mercer money.

If other incumbent Republicans, especially ones who are not planning to quit, are inspired to join the mellifluous anti-Trump chorus, then that’s great. It’ll all be worth it.

Lame ducks Jeff Flake (R) Arizona & Bob Corker (R) Tennessee

If however, they silently slink off, and Corker and Flake fail to attract a single other brother or sister in arms, their actions will only be serving to cultivate fringe candidates — AND solidify Trump’s power! The exact opposite of what they say they want.

Jeff Greenfield, writing in Politico suggests before long, this week’s harsh outbursts will likely come to be seen as nothing more than the “harmless words of fallen foes”. And as Ryan Lizza in the New Yorker reminds us, Trump is still way more popular among Republicans than, well, Republicans.

OK, we get it: The two Senators are sure losers anyway, so what’s the point?

The point is SO WHAT?!

We realize fighting an almost sure-to-lose battle is demoralizing and no fun, but it also takes a toll on the other side both in terms of exertion and money. So far, Corker and Flake’s rambunctious departures have cost Steve Bannon and his money guy Robert Mercer exactly nothing. Leaving them with more strength and money to do battle with Democrats in the general election.

Not that Mercer is in danger of running out of funds: according to Jane Mayer in the New Yorker, he disclosed donations of $22.5-million during the 2016 election, not to mention tens of millions in direct investments in Breitbart and the notorious targeted data operation Cambridge Analytica. Still, money is money and even if it seems like a drop in the bucket to him it still counts.

Steve Bannon (L) Robert & his daughter Rebekah Mercer (R)

No wonder Breitbart and Bannon are as ebullient as pigs in sh*t: following their “Establishment Republicans Fall Like Dominoes” headline with “Mitch’s Full Meltdown” and “Paul Ryan Sabotaging MAGA”. Suddenly nothing’s out of reach

We will keep pointing out that Alaska’s Lisa Murkowski lost to a Tea Party candidate in a primary, yet improbably won back her seat anyway as a write-in. Never would’ve happened if she’d called it quits!

The New York Times defines the choice confronting Anti-Trump politicians as “Give in, or give up”. We think there’s another option. So again we say: PUT UP A FIGHT! MAKE ’EM PAY!

Since everybody’s quoting everybody these days, we thought we’d end quoting T.S. Eliot:

“This is the way the world ends
 This is the way the world ends
 This is the way the world ends
 Not with a bang but with a whimper”.

Let’s not allow that prophecy come to fruition again in new and terrifying ways.

If you like this, please subscribe to The Chaos Report newsletter. https://www.thechaosreport.com/subscribe