Again, I’m not going to re-stipulate all the reasons why it’s reasonable to assume that Republicans will never turn on Trump, yada yada.
But look at the news this morning. The utterly inexcusable, cowardly and shameful betrayal of our Kurdish allies. The emergence of “multiple” whisteblowers now represented by the original CIA whisteblower’s attorney. The swift erosion of this weekend’s Trump-minion talking points — which, btw, were practically Dada in their exuberant absurdity. His falling poil numbers. The federal judge dismissing Trump’s attempt to block a subpoena for his tax records. Colin Powell telling the GOP to “get a grip on itself.”
And just like that, Republican lickspittles from Florida to Fox and Friends are starting to vibrate with anger and confusion. That smell in the air is conservative flop sweat. They’re still holding ranks, but it’s solely out of fear.
“The only way this dynamic changes is if the entire Republican Party apparatus (not just politicians, but also media commentators and surrogates) turns on Trump en masse,” Lee Brutman wrote at FiveThirtyEight on Oct. 3. “But for this to happen, somebody still has to speak up first, and others have to follow. But it could happen… (Political scientist Timur Kuran) argues that political regimes can persist despite being unpopular, which is why a government overthrow, when it does come, can often seem so sudden.”
So it’s beautifully ironic, after a weekend of hatefully cynical “Democratic coup” rhetoric from Republicans, to wake up on a Monday and discover that there’s an actual coup being whispered on the electronic winds.
But if it comes, it will be a GOP coup, and it will happen all at once. And every “Church of the Savvy” maninstream pundit who told you such a thing could never happen will swear they saw it coming long ago.