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None of these appalling features of our current politics should ever be regarded as normal. We must never allow ourselves to lapse into thinking that is just the way things are now. If we simply become enamored to this condition, thinking that it’s just politics as usual, then heaven help us.
Reckless, outrageous, and undignified behavior has become excused as telling it like it is when it is actually just reckless, outrageous, and undignified. And when such behavior emanates from the top of our government, it is something else. It is dangerous to a democracy.
Here’s the bottom line: The path that I would have to travel to get the Republican nomination is a path I’m not willing to take, and that I can’t in good conscience take. It would require me to believe in positions I don’t hold on such issues as trade and immigration and it would require me to condone behavior that I cannot condone.
And when asked if he would support the God-King again as he did in 2016, retiring Sen. Bob Corker told CNN:
No, absolutely not…. I think at the end of the day, when his term is over, I think the debasing of our nation, the constant non-truth telling, just the name-calling … I think the debasement of our nation will be what he’ll be remembered most for, and that’s regretful.
To which GOP insiders replied:
From GOP, estab-friendly insider: "Many GOP senators friendly to Corker are furious at his latest comments, making tax reform harder"
— Josh Kraushaar (@HotlineJosh) October 24, 2017
Is that, as Ezra Klein writes, “the Republican Party, in one tweet?”
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