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Why do the Repubs. Stick with Trump?"

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In the great musical "My Fair Lady," based on George Bernard Shaw's great adaption of a great Greek myth, "Pygmalion," the male lead, Prof. Henry Higgins (known in the East End of London --- where my paternal grandfather, Jacob Kyzor happens to have come from originally --- as 'Enry 'Iggins) has the first song. The lyrics include the following:

"Why can't the English teach their children how to speak?
This verbal class distinction, by now,
Should be antique.
[Addressing his friend, Pickering] If you spoke as she does, sir,
Instead of the way you do,
Why, you might be selling flowers, too! . . .

"An Englishman's way of speaking absolutely classifies him.
The moment he talks he makes some other Englishman despise him.
One common language I'm afraid we'll never get,
Oh, why can't the English learn to set a good example to people whose
English is painful to your ears? The Scots and the Irish leave you close to tears.
There even are places where English completely disappears.
In America, they haven't used it for years! . . .

"Why can't the English,
Why can't the English,
Learn to Speak?"

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And so, in our time, the question is being increasingly asked, by Democrats, by Democratic Socialists and Social Democrats (and there is a distinction there), by Greens, by ex-Republicans, and even by some who are still Republicans, "Why can't the Republicans, why can't the Republicans --- leave Trump behind?"

Indeed, there is in the White House the man who can rightfully claim the title of Greatest Con Man in history. For example, evidence has just been revealed that back in the 1980s, while being constantly bailed out by his father, he lost around $1 billion over a period of about ten years. Of course, during that period of monstrous losses, he had the gall to write a book about what a great businessman he was. But because he was successful in keeping his massive business failures secret, he was able to pass himself off as just the opposite. And then, years later, riding in part on the "great businessman" image he managed to build for himself, whether or not it was true, further becoming the best mobilizer of electoral racism in modern U.S. history, he manages to squeak into the Presidency.

But once in the White House, he goes from mis-step to outrage, serially, from his failure to recruit and hold top level appointees throughout the Federal government, to repeated and obviously violations of the emoluments clause, to his totally not-thought-through "Trade War" (which is really flinging around tariffs because a president can fling around tariffs, on his own, and Trump just loves to do the stuff of governmentthat he can do entirely on his own), to the outrageous "Charlottesville" response/commentary, to his increasingly disastrous policy for the Southern Border and dealing with the refugee crisis, to the "Muslim Ban," to a foreign policy which is consistent only in its lack of consistency, to, shall we say, sucking up to the Russians, with repeated very private phone conversations with Russian President Putin,--- well, you name it.

And then, of course, there is the Mueller Investigation and Report, about which I and many other commentators have commented endlessly (,, ).

Bob Mueller's dream wish to Santa at Christmastime (says the maker of the image):  We hope that's it.  But we will find out for sure only if Mueller testifies before Congress (and maybe not even then).
Bob Mueller's dream wish to Santa at Christmastime (says the maker of the image): We hope that's it. But we will find out for sure only if Mueller testifies before Congress (and maybe not even then).
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Bottom line on the Mueller Report (see the above references):

1. The Trumpites colluded with the Russians, that is engaged in "a secret agreement, especially for fraudulent or treacherous purposes" (Random House Dictionary of the English Language, 2nd Edition Unabridged) with the Russians to attempt to tilt the election in Trump's favor (not a crime). There were 251 documented contacts between Trump-people and Russians (click here) at various levels. But no c onspiracy to do so (which would be a crime) could be proved beyond a reasonable doubt.

2. Trump engaged in numerous acts of obstruction of justice which, according to more than 800 present and former Federal prosecutors (from both parties) would have had him indicted, were he not the President. And now he is attempting to prevent the Congress from seeing the full Mueller Report (with appropriate, legal, redactions) by invoking executive privilege over a report which was originally intended to be delivered to Congress in whole (with the usual exceptions covering sources and methods, ongoing investigations, Grand Jury materials for which releases could not be obtained from the relevant judge, and sensitive matters of national security).

And the Republicans have been defending this man --- racism; pugnacity; inconsistency on a variety of fronts; inability to recruit and retain top talent; having the security-clearance-for-members-of-his-family problem (and if he were not the President he likely couldn't get it himself because of his long-time foreign business involvements); seeming lack of interest in actually governing; with the Tweet-storms being totally non-Presidential; spending huge amounts of time playing golf, especially at Mar-a-Lago where he is from time-to-time "President-in-public;" and so on and so forth --- 'til the cows come home. So, finally, why? Well:

A. On Policy (Nothing much new here.)_

1. He has had major achievements on long-time major Republican policies: tax cuts for the wealthy and the large corporations; massive "deconstruction of the administrative state" (a la Steve Bannon) other wise known as deregulation on a massive scale; filling the Federal judiciary with reactionary judges; strongly reinforcing the mysogny of the Religious Right.

2. He lies through his teeth about what his real policies are. Most of the Repubs. left in the Congress (most of the honest ones having left before the 2018 elections) are fine with that.

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