BOSTON (CBS) – We all follow politics out of a deep sense of civic obligation. Right?
But admit it – the sheer circus of a hot race like this one can also be compelling.
For sheer irony, it’s hard to beat the smugness of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.
The New York Times quotes McConnell, all in a huff about Donald Trump’s rise, and explaining the horrific gauntlet of GOP senatorial cold-shoulders that awaits Trump if he’s the nominee. “We’ll drop him like a hot rock,” he reportedly likes to say.
Actually, it’s McConnell and the GOP establishment in DC that are on the rocks with the voters, and Trump seems about to drop a piledriver on what’s left of them.
There’s also some huffing and puffing from Mitt Romney and others, but the key finding of the Times story is that the willingness of the establishment to challenge Trump is anemic at best.
How can that be, if this is really such a threat to the party’s existence?
Toward the end of the article we get closer to the truth. The GOP House Majority Leader, Kevin McCarthy, says he can work with a President Trump. Apparently, major party donors tacitly agree by declining to fund anti-Trump activism.
Why wouldn’t they feel this way? They already know Trump as somebody you can cut a deal with.
Cutting deals is the essence of Trump’s branding; he is the self-acknowledged master of the “Art of the Deal,” remember?
We had the New Deal.
We had the Fair Deal.
And it’s time to wonder about precisely who a Trump Deal would be a good deal for.
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