From Esquire, by Charles P. Pierce:
It’s a damn miracle, is what it is. Barely three weeks ago, El Caudillo Del Mar-a-Lago was the most successful insurrectionist leader since Robert E. Lee. The Republicans were huddled in the bowels of the Capitol right along with the Democrats while a gibbet rose on the National Mall. This was universally determined to be a fairly bad day in the world’s oldest continuous self-governing republic.
The RNC is also expected to invite other potential 2024 candidates and Republican leaders to the retreat, which is to be held in Palm Beach, Fla., April 9-11…With Trump considering a 2024 comeback, the committee has been careful to demonstrate neutrality, since the former president is no longer an incumbent. It invited Trump and other would-be presidential candidates to its annual winter meeting earlier this month. Trump did not end up making an in-person appearance at the event, which occurred the same week as the Capitol riot. It has not been decided where in Palm Beach the April donor retreat will take place. But people familiar with the planning say it will not be at Mar-a-Lago.
Well, you have to draw a line somewhere.
This story popped in the wake of House Republican leader Kevin McCarthy’s pilgrimage to the holy shrine of the golden commode in Florida. This story popped as McCarthy and the Republicans in Congress were busy trying to find a new way to do nothing about Marjorie Taylor Greene and the many voices in her head. (Space lasers owned by the Rothschilds set off the California wildfires? Robot roll call!) Mitch McConnell is Mitch McConnelling again, this time as a minority leader. I can’t help but think of the decades in which George McGovern was rendered a non-person in the Democratic Party—and his politics declared anathema—for being a decent prairie populist who lost to a crook. Barely three weeks have passed, and the seditious criminal who nearly got his (Republican) vice president strung up is entertaining gentleman callers in his shabby palace by the sea. And hardly anyone in my business (or theirs) finds this development remarkable in any way.
According to one source, Trump has repeatedly questioned his Republican allies about efforts to remove [Liz] Cheney from her leadership position and run a primary candidate against her. He has also been showing those allies a poll commissioned by his Save America PAC that purports to show that Cheney’s impeachment vote has damaged her standing in Wyoming, even urging them to talk about the poll on television. Trump’s push comes as House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy is working to shore up his relationship with the ex-president, including meeting with Trump at his Palm Beach resort Mar-a-Lago on Thursday. McCarthy and Trump discussed the midterm elections in 2022, according to a readout provided by Save America. The statement claimed Trump “has agreed to work with Leader McCarthy” on retaking the majority in the House for the GOP.
This is one of those days where I wonder if I’m crazy or they are. The FBI is still rounding up the people who occupied the Capitol for the purpose of overturning a presidential election. The trials are going to be in federal courts all over the country for years. More dreadful material is bound to come pouring out about the insurrection, and about the administration that welcomed it. And barely three weeks after the mob overwhelmed the Capitol, the Republican Party has decided that it can’t win an an election without the mob, and without the president* who incited it. For all our political divisions, I thought we all still agreed that overthrowing the republic and submitting to the rule of Buffalo Head Guy and the Walmart Warlords would not be a satisfactory outcome. For all our political divisions, I thought that cop-killing was something that devalued your political relevance going forward. Clearly, this calls for further study.