We’re not building a wall, paid for by Mexico or otherwise. We’re not repealing Obamacare, whether by “root and branch” or any other means. We’re not draining the swamp, but the executive branch has become a rest home for wayward Goldman Sachs employees. We’re not repealing Obama’s executive amnesty. Heck, we’re not even gonna' “lock her up.”
We’re not doing a lot of the things Trump promised conservatives he would do during the campaign. This is why “but Gorsuch” is pretty much where the conversation begins and ends, whenever conservatives ask ourselves what we’re getting out of the Trump presidency so far. I mean, other than headaches, regrets, anxiety attacks, hives and other TTDs (aka “Trump Transmitted Diseases”).
But though I’m a known Trump skeptic, I actually think my fellow conservatives aren’t giving Trump enough credit here. For once, I come not to bury Caesar but to praise him.
We may not be getting the substance we were promised, but we are getting what Trump is best at — a reality show. And if there’s one thing reality shows are good for, it’s the nationally-televised humiliation of those who have it coming.
Take New Jersey Governor Chris Christie and White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus for example. It wasn’t too long ago they were two of the biggest names in the Republican Party, but both have been utterly emasculated by Trump.
Christie has become a social media meme symbolic of being reduced to a manservant, exemplified by the urban legend that he’s nothing more than Trump’s munchies runner when he needs a late-night McNugget fix. Now, varying accounts dispute the accuracy of that urban legend, but let’s face it — Christie has been so undeniably stripped of any dignity, such an indignity is plausible even if it is “fake news.”
Then there’s Priebus, who was hard at work rigging his party’s convention for Trump at this time last year. Like ruling sitting senators such as Mike Lee out of order on the convention floor, when they had the audacity to ask for the rules of order to be followed and stuff. But Priebus couldn’t be bothered with the integrity of his own convention while he was busy auditioning to be Trump’s Wormtongue. And Trump has now rewarded his sycophancy with a new communications director Priebus didn't want, and who just attempted to get Priebus charged with a felony by the FBI via Twitter.
Grassroots conservatives have long loathed the likes of Christie and Priebus, and now the rest of the world is finding out why. They are the very embodiment of the feckless GOP hacks who have long lied to us and sold us out quicker than you can say “donor class.” The kind of people who run on repealing Obamacare for eight years, and win over 1,000 elections nationwide on that promise, only to expose themselves as liars and frauds once in office by breaking that promise.
Acting as conservative truth serum probably isn’t Trump’s intention, but merely the byproduct of how double-minded and damaged he is. However, my expectations have sunk so low I’ll take it. I urge my fellow conservatives to do the same. If at first you don’t succeed, lower your expectations.
Since conservatism obviously isn’t on Trump’s agenda, his ability to expose and embarrass the liars and frauds among us will have to do. It’s one of Trump’s (only?) endearing qualities. Thus, may the humiliations continue until morale improves.
And before this presidency is over, may all the other enablers, shills and collaborators of this farce during last year’s primary also learn why you don’t take a scorpion for a pet.