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Donald Trump was the best president since Ronald Reagan.  He scared the hell out of the self-imaged elite, and considering they relentlessly, constantly attacked him even before he took office, his accomplishments were nothing short of astounding.  Of course, their attacks continued after he left office following the most honest, above board election in history, an election where Joe Biden, who even then was obviously suffering from dementia and campaigned from his basement, won the highest number of votes ever cast in a presidential election, beating even “The One,” Barack Obama.

Our enemies feared him, and our allies, if they didn’t exactly love him, knew America, for the first time in a very long time, had their backs.

Sure, he wrote mean tweets, but many of them were hilarious and on target because they so accurately exposed the hypocrisy of utterly corrupt politicians, bureaucrats and institutions, and said what so many Normal Americans were thinking and saying.  He had many faults, not the least of which was poor judgment in picking members of his administration and in keeping political enemies in high places, such as the DOJ and FBI.  Even now, I’d rather have mean tweets than the continuing cascade of disasters wrought by the Biden Meat Puppet Administration.

Trump taught us, often inadvertently, much about the nature of our government, media and corporations.  What he also taught us is how quickly and destructively all the good a president can do in a single term can be swept away in a stunningly short span of time, but more on this later.

Many are blaming Trump for the lack of a red wave.  Some of the people he endorsed did not win, to be sure, but since leaving office, his record of successful endorsements remains significant.  What is unimpressive are his bizarre attacks on Florida Governor Ron DeSantis and Virginia Governor Glenn Youngkin.

John Hinderaker at Powerline, who has never been a Trump cheerleader, has this:

Earlier this afternoon, Donald Trump sent out this email to his supporters:

‘NewsCorp, which is Fox, the Wall Street Journal, and the no longer great New York Post (bring back Col!), is all in for Governor Ron DeSanctimonious, an average REPUBLICAN Governor with great Public Relations, who didn’t have to close up his State, but did, unlike other Republican Governors, whose overall numbers for a Republican, were just average—middle of the pack—including COVID, and who has the advantage of SUNSHINE, where people from badly run States up North would go no matter who the Governor was, just like I did!

Ron came to me in desperate shape in 2017—he was politically dead, losing in a landslide to a very good Agriculture Commissioner, Adam Putnam, who was loaded up with cash and great poll numbers. Ron had low approval, bad polls, and no money, but he said that if I would Endorse him, he could win. I didn’t know Adam so I said, ‘Let’s give it a shot, Ron.’ When I Endorsed him, it was as though, to use a bad term, a nuclear weapon went off. Years later, they were the exact words that Adam Putnam used in describing Ron’s Endorsement. He said, ‘I went from having it made, with no competition, to immediately getting absolutely clobbered after your Endorsement.’ I then got Ron by the ‘Star’ of the Democrat Party, Andrew Gillum (who was later revealed to be a ‘Crack Head’), by having two massive Rallies with tens of thousands of people at each one. I also fixed his campaign, which had completely fallen apart. I was all in for Ron, and he beat Gillum, but after the Race, when votes were being stolen by the corrupt Election process in Broward County, and Ron was going down ten thousand votes a day, along with now-Senator Rick Scott, I sent in the FBI and the U.S. Attorneys, and the ballot theft immediately ended, just prior to them running out of the votes necessary to win. I stopped his Election from being stolen…

And now, Ron DeSanctimonious is playing games! The Fake News asks him if he’s going to run if President Trump runs, and he says, ‘I’m only focused on the Governor’s race, I’m not looking into the future.’ Well, in terms of loyalty and class, that’s really not the right answer.

This is just like 2015 and 2016, a Media Assault (Collusion!), when Fox News fought me to the end until I won, and then they couldn’t have been nicer or more supportive. The Wall Street Journal loved Low Energy Jeb Bush, and a succession of other people as they rapidly disappeared from sight, finally falling in line with me after I easily knocked them out, one by one. We’re in exactly the same position now. They will keep coming after us, MAGA, but ultimately, we will win. Put America First and, MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN!’

Hinderaker concluded:

This would be an embarrassment coming from a twelve-year-old. Time to get Trump off the stage before he does further damage to our party and our country.

Kurt Schlichter, a fellow cheerleader for America, noted:

What indeed.  Consider this from Kevin Roche:

But……not satisfied that his handpicked candidates in the most important Senate and Governor races have all lost, now Trump has taken to trashing the truly successful Republicans with national visibility–DeSantis, Youngkin and others.  Trump lives in his own world and has his own form of delusional thinking.   How do you possibly think it helps anyone other than Dems for him to go after Ron DeSantis?  This narcissist is truly prolonging our national agony.  Now we may not have a Republican House or Senate, meaning Bidementia will have free reign for another two years.  There is a point at which the country’s financial status cannot be repaired.  Trump listens to no one but his own ego, but he needs to get pushback from everyone so that he finally gives up and retires from public life.

There’s the ultimate question, isn’t it, gentle readers?  At what point are Donald Trump’s good points, his unquestionable love for and loyalty to America and Americans, overshadowed by his manifest personal flaws?  We all have them, but at what point do they make us more harmful than helpful to others, and in this case, to the future of America?  This is particularly pertinent:

And I want to make one more observation on young voters.  As most of us will recall from our youth, we weren’t at our most rational.  But this generation of young people is just insane.  Many have been indoctrinated throughout school and college and they live in la-la land.  If this is the future, we are in truly deep shit.  They also seem to be truly lost souls, no clue about what they are doing with their lives, how to find true meaning and purpose, they just act bizarrely, many work at deadend jobs, if they work at all.  China, for all its repression and state-controlled economy, is light years ahead of us in creating generations that are highly educated and productive.

Man, oh man, we are just in a world of hurt.

It’s easy to complain about the cluelessness of the young.  The ancient Greeks did no less.  But Roche is on to something: the purposeful political indoctrination of our young, producing a generation not only of the clueless, disloyal and mentally deficient, but the Marxist and anti-American.  It’s a nation and world-destroying ideology, and our Republican self-imagined elite seem studiously unconcerned.  But what about Trump’s attack on Youngkin?

“Young Kin?”  Trump’s naming of political enemies and others has usually been politically damaging because it so accurately exposed their weaknesses–it was definition of character–and few have more contempt for communist Chinese than I, but this–attacking fellow Republicans–is just counter productive and stupid.  Youngkin’s response was not:

At National Review, a source I rarely consult these days, former Federal Prosecutor Andrew McCarthy speculates on what he sees as a coming indictment of Donald Trump.  Suffice it to say I find any such action by the most corrupt, ethically compromised, DOJ/FBI in history to be entirely politically motivated, having nothing to do with justice and everything to do with third world, banana republic communism.  By all means, take the link and read the whole thing.  I’ll focus mainly on McCarthy’s comments on Trump’s political viability:

Trump has jumped the shark, as the kids used to say. His gratuitous attacks on two successful, popular Republican governors — both of whom, unlike him, could conceivably defeat President Biden or some other Democratic nominee in the 2024 election — have ended his chances of capturing the GOP presidential nomination two years from now. If the rant aimed at Florida’s Ron DeSantis wasn’t bizarre enough for you, the one launched at Virginia’s Glenn Youngkin was certain to be described as racist in our current age of hair-trigger sensitivity — though, for what it’s worth, I sense that the former president is losing his grip and that the racism charge assumes that more thought went into his ‘Young kin . . . Sounds Chinese, doesn’t it?’ eruction than actually did.

As we discussed on the podcast, I’d already concluded that Trump had worn out his welcome. What was amusingly outrageous and boldly anti-conventional in 2015–16 is now just tired — more moronic than cringe-making because he long ago exhausted our capacity for cringing.

This is particularly interesting:

For all the vigor the Biden Justice Department is clearly pouring into the effort to build criminal cases against Trump, the administration would undoubtedly rather run against him.

These two possible outcomes are not necessarily mutually exclusive. Still, for as long as it appeared that the Republican presidential primaries would end in Trump’s routing the field, or at least remaining competitive to the end, the Biden administration had an incentive to table any Trump indictment. If the DOJ were to charge Trump while the Republican primaries were ongoing, that would give Republicans — all but the most delusional Trump cultists — the final push they needed to abandon Trump and turn to a different candidate, who could (and probably would) defeat Biden (or some other Democrat) in November 2024. Of course, once Trump had the nomination sewn up, the Biden administration could indict him at any time, whether before or after defeating him in the general election.

Just as this calculus motivates the Justice Department to delay any indictment, it provides a powerful incentive for Trump to run — and, indeed, to launch a campaign early (maybe as early as next week) so he is positioned to claim that a likely future indictment is just a politicized weaponization of law enforcement aimed at taking out Biden’s arch-enemy.

Yet, again, all of these calculations have hinged on one thing: Trump’s remaining a plausible Republican nominee. And he’s not one anymore.

Is McCarthy right?  Read on:

All of that is academic now. Trump is toast after his unhinged tirades against DeSantis and Youngkin. Attacking such unpopular Republicans as Liz Cheney and Adam Kinzinger is one thing, and attacking Mitch McConnell (or was it “Coco Chow”?) is just par for the course. But going after DeSantis and Youngkin, accomplished rising stars who give the disheartened GOP hope that better times may be around the corner, is just flat-out nuts. And nobody who’s not flat-out nuts wants any part of flat-out nuts.

If Trump is not a viable candidate for the GOP nomination, then his political usefulness to Democrats is deeply diminished, and federal prosecutors will see no reason not to indict him as soon as they have all their evidentiary ducks in a row. They certainly don’t want Fani Willis or some other ambitious Democratic state prosecutor to beat them to the punch. So at this point, we’re down to the matter of whether the Biden Justice Department can make the January 6 case, or whether it contents itself with the strong Mar-a-Lago case.

McCarthy certainly has far more experience and knowledge about federal law and prosecutions than do I, and I must judge primarily on media accounts and pundit’s reactions to them, but I disagree the government has any strong case against Trump.  There are a great many constitutional questions involved—McCarthy does somewhat mention them—and all of this stinks of a third impeachment of Trump pushed by people butt hurt their first two—the second occurring after he left office(?!)–failed.  They’re trying to out-Javert Inspector Javert, which one just doesn’t do in a constitutional republic.  McCarthy concludes:

You don’t have to like this. I don’t like it. I was really hoping Donald Trump would see the light and think better of a presidential run, and that the Biden Justice Department would decide that the downsides of a Trump prosecution — the reminder of the DOJ’s comparative kid-glove treatment of Hillary Clinton, the deepening of the partisan divide over our two-tiered justice system — outweighed any law-enforcement benefits. Alas, this is not a matter of what we’d like, but of what we should expect will happen. Trump has seen to that.

Final Thoughts:  Should Trump run and win the nomination, I would have no choice but to vote for him.  What sane American could do anything else?  However, it’s far too early to count Trump out or anyone else, for that matter.

As this is written, the D/S/C vote fraud machine is in full swing.  D/S/Cs have retained the Senate and may very well do the same in the House.  Even if they retain only the senate, the best feckless congressional republicans can do is issue investigative committee reports the media will ignore and virtually no one will read, and only slightly diminish the damage Biden’s handlers will wreak.  It’s virtually certain even a House impeachment of Biden would fail because there are always more than enough squishy “republicans” to guarantee failure.  A very great deal can change in two years, and it’s virtually certain none of it will be to America’s benefit.

What about DeSantis?  Much can change in two years, and a brutal, bruising primary battle, even if he wins, might leave him, or anyone, so diminished as to be unelectable even ignoring the fraud machine.  One can argue if Trump runs and wins, his enemies—many of them Republican—will attack him like never before, but that’s now a given for any republican president.

One of Republican’s strengths is they have many vital, young, candidates.  D/S/Cs have nothing but elderly America haters, many suffering from dementia.  Donald Trump will be in his 80s in a second term.  As I’ve so often written, Normal Americans don’t venerate politicians as D/S/Cs do.  They know God; politicians aren’t Him.  Their appreciation for Trump, for any candidate, is based on the good he has done for America, and when they judge others can do better, they’ll sincerely thank him for his service and move on.  They won’t vote for him just because he’s Republican unless the other choice is worse, and any D/S/C, now and in 2024, will be worse, much, much worse for the survival of our constitutional republic.

I’ll finish with this point: by the time 2024 comes, we’re likely to be in worse shape in every way.  From this point forward it may be impossible for any Republican to overcome the margin of vote fraud, and if so, that’s the end of America.  But for any Republican to have a hope of reversing what may be by then an irreversible decline, they’re going to need at least the possibility of eight years in office and both houses of Congress.  At the moment, that may be our only hope, but as I said, much can change in two years.