Thursday, October 5, 2017

Pence Chief of Staff Urges that Anti-Trump Republicans be Purged from GOP

This story made it under the radar this week.  Politico reports:
Vice President Mike Pence’s chief of staff railed against congressional leaders in closed-door remarks to wealthy donors and called for a “purge” if GOP lawmakers don’t quickly rally behind President Donald Trump’s agenda.

In remarks at a Republican National Committee event at the St. Regis Hotel in Washington
Nick Ayers
on Tuesday morning, Nick Ayers also warned that Republicans are “on track to get shellacked” in next year’s midterm elections if GOP lawmakers don’t pass Trump’s legislative priorities.
But Ayers reserved his harshest criticism for congressional leaders and members who have not offered full-throated support for the president.
“Just imagine the possibilities of what can happen if our entire party unifies behind him? If — and this sounds crass — we can purge the handful of people who continue to work to defeat him,” Ayers said, according to an audio recording of the remarks obtained by POLITICO.
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“I’m not speaking on behalf of the president or vice president when I say this,” Ayers responded. “But if I were you, I would not only stop donating, I would form a coalition of all the other major donors, and just say two things. We’re definitely not giving to you, No. 1. And No. 2, if you don’t have this done by Dec. 31, we’re going out, we’re recruiting opponents, we’re maxing out to their campaigns, and we’re funding super PACs to defeat all of you.”
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The comments also offer a stark departure in tone from Pence’s team, with the vice president having often served the role of soothing tensions between the White House and Capitol Hill. The remarks reveal both a deep frustration within the White House with congressional leadership and a political tactic of placing the onus on Congress to advance the agenda on health care, tax reform and other legislative priorities that have failed to gain momentum.

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Ayers warned that the Republican Party is on track for a repeat of the massive electoral backlash that came after President Barack Obama was elected and the GOP took control of Congress and statehouses across the country. 
“Not because anything that the president or the vice president has done or hasn’t done, but we’re on track to get shellacked next year,” Ayers said....
Spare me, Nick Ayers.  When it comes to the Trumpers, the President is never at fault.  In fact, we have a President who has been floundering since his inauguration. Trump has not learned the first thing about the job he is supposed to be doing and has spent most of his time tweeting insults to try to settle personal scores than providing real leadership for the country.  On his signature "repeal and replace" of Obamacare, Trump knew nothing about the details of the bill, undercut Republicans at every opportunity, and failed to use his office to advocate for the GOP legislation.

As far as not supporting the Trump agenda, exactly what is that agenda?  After two years of campaigning and being President, Trump's tax plan consists of one page of bullet points.  Like most issues, Trump was all over the map on health care, including at times sounding like Bernie Sanders, promising universal health care paid for by "the government."   After eight months, Trump's agenda seems to be nothing more than a demand for personal loyalty and praise for his being a great leader....while being anything but a great leader.   Fortunately, many Republicans, both in and out of Congress, refuse to part with their integrity and independence to kiss President Trump's ring.

Some prominent Republicans like George Will and Joe Scarborough chose to leave the Republican Party because of President Trump.  While I understand their motivation, I think it is misguided.  My parents were conservative Democrats.  Becoming politically active in the early 1980s, I chose to become a Republican because I believe that party, with its conservative, limited government agenda, more closely matched my political views.  Starting with Reagan in November 1980, my Republican Party over the next 35 years enjoyed a number of successes punctuated by occasional failure.  Did we in the GOP fall show of our policy goals?   Quite often.  But does that mean we Republicans should hand the reigns of power to the Democrats and give up on those goals completely?  Of course not.   And it sure does not mean conceding the GOP brand to redesign by a life-long New York liberal.

Nick Ayers was born in 1981.  I cast my first ever vote for Ronald Reagan in 1980.  That vote was also cast more than three decades before Trump began pretending he was a Republican just 6 years ago.

My Republican Party is about lower taxes, limited government, being pro life and supporting traditional values.  It is not about Trump and his ilk hating people because of their skin color, ethnicity or religion.  It is about standing up for the Constitution and the ideals contained in that document.  When our President denounces American traditions and values, things like freedom of press, religion or speech, that is not my Republican Party.

Trumpism is not about a political philosophy, and certainly not about being a conservative.  It is about a cult of personality.   Donald Trump could announce tomorrow that he is going to support the Pelosi-Schumer liberal agenda across the board, and the vast majority of Trumpers would convince themselves that "Mr. Trump" is doing the right thing, indeed something brilliant.  After all, to most Trumpers the particular political agenda the President is pursuing is not important. What is important is blind adoration for all things Trump says or does.  Just praise "Mr. Trump" and drink the Kool-Aid.

Even if it were worthy of support, the Trump GOP brand is doomed to failure.  Trump's success depends on winning the support of a strong majority of white people.   Yet, the collective skin hue of the country is steadily getting darker.  Millennials, who overwhelmingly oppose Trump, will be a much bigger part of the electorate in 2020 than 2016.  Any Republican candidate chaining himself to the Trump brand, will find that the President to be an anchor instead of a sail.

Ayers seems to be calling for a Republican civil war. Great. Bring it on.  I, like many other Republicans, want my party back.  And we will get it back.  Make no mistake about it.

11 comments:

True Republican said...

Ayers didn’t make his purge comments without the approval of his boss Mike Pence. Pence is probably trying to kiss Trumps ass with such a stunt. Pence is no friend to Anti-Trump Republicans. Three dollar bills have more authenticity than that sad excuse of a Vice President. Can’t wait for Pence to be thrown under the bus.

leon dixon said...

Satire becomes you as it also beclowns you. So, George Will, the media's token conservative poodle is your idea
of a Republican? You like the current Gov of Ohio....another flake who "grew in office" while George just took the
money? Your Indiana Republican elites did not go for Trump. Rex Early and Jeff Cardwell did and so did the great
majority of Indiana voters who basically repudiated your Republican Elites. It is pretty funny now to watch Luke and Todd
scurry about donning MEGA hats and telling primary voters how conservative they are. Most people don't have a Trump
phobia and don't pay much attention to Trump did this, Trump did that. Reasonable people understand that he hasn't been
able to staff his Administration yet because of Democrat slow walking and Republican obstruction in the Senate.....not to mention lack of spine in Republican Senators......those soon facing the voters can expect backlash....not necessarily voting for Democrats although those dopes will need to run conservatives if they wish to win....see Indiana where Pence's quite visible puppet strings eroded his support and allowed Christine Hale and her old dog running mate to make a contest.

Anonymous said...

http://www.politico.com/story/2017/10/05/republican-donors-trump-mcconnell-anger-243449 sketchy source.

Paul K. Ogden said...
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Paul K. Ogden said...

Leon,

Republicans are obstructing Trump nominees? No, I don't think so. While the Ds have been slow walking some of the Trump nominees, as big problem is that Trump hasn't offered nominees for many positions.

As far as Trump voter backlash, in virtually every state and congressional district in the country Republicans candidates ran ahead of Trump. Indiana and Missouri I believe are the only two states in the country where Republican Senate candidates ran behind the President.

I do agree with Ayers that the GOP is driving off a cliff in 2018. And that is because the GOP is being led by the most unpopular President in the history of polling. The midterms would be bad enough with a popular President. With Trump polling at about 38% the Republicans are almost certain to lose the House. If you don't think a Democratic-majority House would jump at the chance to impeach Trump (and I'm pretty certain Mueller will give them plenty of evidence in support of their articles of impeachment), then I have some Florida swampland to sell to you. I'm not even sure a Republican Senate would save the President. Trump has few friends in the Senate, which is not a surprise.

Veterans for Peace Indianapolis said...

I blame Trump for having troops in Niger. Until "We the People" say no more foreign meddling (without a Constitutional basis, but then it wouldn't be meddling), the choice between losers like Trump, Clinton, Kaine, and Pence will continue.

Guest said...

Politico, huh? Great source of innuendo in reporting by tarnishing everything that is not of their political persuasion. That is how the lefties taint everything because they know one twisted headline sells the narrative whether truth or fiction. By the way, re Mueller and company investigations, so strange that nothing has been done about the Obama and Clinton real scandals. (Too long to list) Well, you might say there is no scandal and that is right wing propaganda. If that is so, you ignored that but why are you so sure that what is said negatively about President Trump in the reporting is surely true. By the way President Trump has nothing to hurt this country but has surely done plenty to undue Obama damage. Oh by the way in order to find those reports look in the bottom corner of the back page.

Paul K. Ogden said...

Guest,

I consider the Russians interfering in our election to be a "real scandal." It's sad so many of my conservative friends have thrown away their principles to warmly embrace an enemy of the United States. I'm sure Jane Fonda would be pround.

The media is just doing their job Yes, their coverage has been overwhelmingly negative but that is because Trump has spent 10 months flailing in office proving he is every bit as unfit and lacking the temperament for the office as his critics claimed before the election. As far as "not doing anything to hurt the country" I'm not sure if you're not following the news. We are on the brink of nuclear war because the President won't stop tweeting out insults. As far as successes, I'm not sure what those are. Yes, he appointed Gorsuch and issued an executive order to repeal the contraceptive mandate for those having religious/moral objections. But any of the other 16 Republicans running for office would have done the same thing without Trump's baggage. And unlike Trump, they actually know something about issues and would have pursued a legislative agenda instead of sitting on the sidelines, tweeting out personal insults to settle personal scores like this president.

Anonymous said...

Why is foreign meddling WITH a "constitutional basis" justified. The US used to do that, and it was no less destructive.

Anonymous said...

Paul, I am borrowing your blog to bring attention to absolute idiocy and I hope you will do a follow up article on the subject matter.

http://www.theindychannel.com/news/local-news/monroe-county/bloomington/indiana-university-invests-50m-to-curb-drug-addiction

"efforts will include data collection and analysis, research on the science of addiction, workforce development, training and education. "


Study after study after study. STOP studying it and DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT.
How many people would 50 million dollars treat? What is needed is beds in legitimate medical treatment facilities and the funding to pay for said treatment.

True Republican said...

It appears Ayers like his boss Pence is full of it:
http://www.politico.com/story/2017/10/20/mike-pence-nick-ayers-campaign-finance-disclosure-244005