It wasn’t enough to not rise in criticism of Mr Trump’s claim that the presidential election was ‘rigged and stolen from us.’
Not enough for Republicans not to denounce his encouragement of the assault on the Capitol on January 6th.
Republican legislators had to improve on their dismal record and now have voted Liz Cheney out of her 3rdposition in the Republican hierarchy in the House because she would not accept Trump’s statements.
Liz Cheney would not consent to slavish obedience to Mr Trump. She may not even retain her seat in the upcoming mid term elections in Wyoming, which she represents.
I find it absurdly fascinating, that the former president still casts a spell over so many legislators.
Absurdly fascinating that the task of educating Republican voters has been deferred, and that bowing to an out of office failed politician is still considered lofty.
For a brief moment, I thought Republicans would come to their senses.
I was mistaken.
There is, though, a movement building by a rebellious party faction that is saying enough is enough. They are saying that there should be no further tolerance for Mr Trump’s influence on the party.
But will it gather strength?
I think it has a chance.
I do because there is a segment of Republican voters who are not blinded by Mr Trump’s antics. Men and women who are able to see clearly who Mr Trump is. Now ensconced in his Mar-A-Lago retreat, he continues to nurture dreams of a comeback.
But it is pure denial. Pure fantasy.
The former president botched the nation’s handling of Covid, alienated our allies, failed to stand up against racism in the land, stirred anti immigrant sentiment.
The task ahead for the enlightened resistance against his influence is clear. Those who refuse to see him for who he is are in need of urgent reeducation.
A democrat can’t do it.
But a clear eyed Republican can.
The party has those in their ranks. They are now willing to move to center stage and defy the wrath of those who have been blinded by Mr Trump, and then firmly confront the crisis of identity the party is facing.
The majority who elected him in 2016 thought they had found themselves a prize. Instead, they got one of the least insightful presidents that have ever been elected.
It is time to acknowledge the mistake and move forward.
Sadly, there is also a chance, that such acknowledgement will not happen.
And then Democrats will find it easier to win the upcoming mid term elections. Then the next presidential contest. And the one that follows.
Truth that lays bare before our eyes, sometimes cannot be seen.
Remember the tale about the emperor without clothes?
Oscar Valdes. Oscarvaldes.net