Tuesday, August 2, 2016

"It is not too late to repudiate."

That's Michael Gerson's concluding message to Republican leaders who, like John McCain, chastise Donald Trump for his media war with the Khans (a Gold Star family!) but who still implicitly, if not explicitly, still endorse Trump and presumably are committed to vote for him.

... Those who support Trump are setting the Republican Party at odds with the American story told by Lincoln and King: a nationalism defined by striving toward unifying ideals of freedom and human dignity. Is this what the speaker of the House, the Senate majority leader, the chairman of the Republican Party and so many other good people intended when they entered politics? Is this how they define their soul’s high purpose?

In his last public address, the night before his murder, King mused on mortality, saying that he would die “happy” and “not fearing any man” because he was sure of his life’s mission, which included “standing up for the best in the American dream.”

Which Republican leaders can now rest in that confidence? It is not too late to repudiate.

As I've said before, harsh words for Trump are all well and good, but the real test of character is whether the Republican leaders, and much of what used to the the party of Lincoln, will take firmer action to cut themselves loose from Trump.

They can do that now, and enjoy the benefits of acting on principle, or they can wait until Trump sinks so low that they have no choice and must act for craven political gain. AZBlueMeanie explores this choice facing McCain and McConnell and Ryan and the rest.

h/t Gerson's editorial is reprinted in this morning's Daily Star.

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