Jonathan Bernstein over at Bloomberg argues that it really isn’t….
He points to the media saying the same thing about past Republicans , only to see their disappearing , and their influence going with them out the door….
I agree with Bernstein who agree’s with …Elizabeth Drew’s “Washington Journal: The Events of 1973-1974,”
(Both use Siro Agnew as a prime example)
While Donald Trump occupies center stage?
Republicans lawmakers in Washington DC don’t really like the guy….
They have gone their own way against him on things…
And most are resentful that they have to pretend they agree with the guy on some things they really don’t….(He adopted their party and stole their supports from them and use that support to beat down on them just as he did during the 2016 GOP nomination race)
Once Trump trips once to many times and decides he needs to go back to his old job and leave the spotlight?
I agree that Republicans will most probably go back to pre-Trump times actions…
I’ve been re-reading Elizabeth Drew’s “Washington Journal: The Events of 1973-1974,” as one does in these times. As people may not recall, the scandal that took down Vice President Spiro Agnew peaked just before the Saturday Night Massacre. Agnew resigned on Oct. 10; the court ruling that precipitated the tapes crisis between Richard Nixon and Archibald Cox came down on the 12th, the same day Gerald Ford was nominated for vice president; and Nixon fired Cox on Oct. 20.
What’s striking is Drew’s analysis — which I think reflects the conventional wisdom of the time — of Nixon’s reaction to Agnew’s growing legal troubles before his resignation. The vice president, she says, was a favorite of Republican conservatives:
The President appears to be trapped by, and somewhat frightened of, the Vice-President. Reporters’ conversations with with White House staff members confirm this. The President is said to be worried that the Vice-President will turn his constituency against the President … Richard Nixon selected Spiro Agnew as his running mate in 1968 in order to build a certain constituency, and kept him on the ticket in 1972 because Agnew had succeeded in doing so. Now that Nixon is in trouble, he needs Agnew’s constituency.
Drew went on to say that Agnew “appealed to the anger and discontent in America” and “articulated grievances” against the news media and others. All true — except it turned out that when Agnew resigned in disgrace, it wasn’t “his” constituency at all. He was just borrowing it, and once he resigned, Agnew immediately faded into irrelevance while the constituency marched on.
It wasn’t his. It wasn’t George Wallace’s. It wasn’t, and isn’t, anyone’s — not even Ronald Reagan’s. It’s certainly not Sarah Palin’s. And I’m fairly sure it’s not Donald Trump’s, either….