It was a perfect storm of disastrous proportions. After a handful of conservative billionaires spent a generation gradually buying off every last Republican in Congress, a traitor named Donald Trump conspired with a foreign enemy to rig the election, which left the Republicans temporarily in charge of the White House, the Senate, and the House. In so doing, Trump destroyed the GOP’s reputation, ensuring it won’t hold another majority for a generation. And so the donors decided to force the party to commit mass suicide today in the name of one last cold hard cash grab.
There is not an ounce of hyperbole in the above paragraph, and if anyone tries to undersell it to you, they’re lying. Countless Republicans in the House and Senate voted to end their own careers today by voting for the most hideously corrupt piece of major legislation in United States history. It raises taxes on the middle class to the tune of a trillion dollars, explodes the deficit by another trillion dollars, and takes health care away from tens of millions of Americans, so that all of the money can be given to the wealthy instead. Why vote for something so grotesque?
It’s simple, if startlingly evil. Most Republicans in Congress don’t even really bother with small dollar donations anymore, because their campaigns are funded almost entirely by the billionaire donors. Those donors demanded that this thieving legislation be passed, and if it didn’t happen, they’d have pulled the plug on those donations. That would have left every Republican in Congress with no budget for reelection, and facing a well funded primary challenger. So they chose to end their careers by passing the bill, instead of ending their careers by not passing it. Here’s what happens next.
In the 2018 congressional election, we’re now looking at the biggest Democratic landslide in history. This will make 1974 look like a non-event. The Democrats will take control of the House and Senate, and if Donald Trump somehow hasn’t been ousted by then of his own accord, impeachment proceedings will begin immediately. Mike Pence will likely be impeached as well. In fact, now that so much of the GOP can’t get reelected anyway, we’ll see a whole lot of Republicans announcing that they’re “retiring” in 2018. Some of them may choose not to even finish their current terms. The Republican Party just committed suicide. That’s all there is to it.
Bill Palmer is the publisher of the political news outlet Palmer Report