Tuesday, November 22, 2022

Striking Incidents: GOP Midterms Disaster And Possible Trump Indictment



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The midterm elections clearly showed the Republican predicted “red wave” did not happen. Republican election denier candidates routinely lost. Republican candidate Kari Lake lost the governor’s race in Arizona. Democrat Katie Hobbs won the race for governor of Arizona; Hobbs has been the well-regarded Secretary of State. 
In Congress there were no big changes in which party controls the House or Senate. The Democrats have a slight majority in the Senate. In the House, the Republican’s have a slight majority. Nothing RADICAL has taken place and there’s been no rioting in the streets. This is a great result.
Trump-endorsed candidates often lost in the midterm elections. The Guardian newspaper ran the headline, “’Extremists didn’t make it: why Republicans flopped in once-red Arizona.” https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2022/nov/20/arizona-latino-voters-reject-voting-restrictions-lake-masters-finchem
Several of Trump’s biggest financial backers (including Rupert Murdoch) have publicized they aren’t supporting him again.
Experienced, moderate Republicans such as former Representative Paul Ryan have said publicly Trump won’t be the GOP nominee. Ryan went on the say that “anyone not named Trump” can win the 2024 election. https://www.axios.com/2022/10/25/donald-trump-2024-presidential-election-paul-ryan-gop-nominees I have always held Paul Ryan in high regard and his prediction is likely going to be what happens--regardless of whether Trump is indicted.
Many political observers say that the American public and the political scene has grown tired and bored with the election denier nonsense. For many months, election denier politicians have been revealing they, actually, never believed the election was fraudulent—but they supported Trump’s false narrative out of political expediency. Those close to Trump have said he, actually, never believe his own Big Lie.
Finally, evangelical Christians that Trump cynically used to get elected are abandoning Trump. Mike Evans was quoted as saying, “Donald Trump can’t save America. He can’t even save himself.” Read what several other former evangelical supporters have said about Trump: https://www.huffpost.com/entry/donald-trump-evangelicals-2024_n_637732cbe4b08013a8b525cf?ncid=APPLENEWS00001
Many more well regarded republicans have been echoing Chris Christie’s comments that, “The reason we’re losing is because Donald Trump has put himself before everybody else.” As found in The Bulwark: https://substack.com/redirect/0a9fb80d-fd37-4d9d-a3a2-12891c9ff9c4?r=tjghb
Despite all the above, on November 15th, 2022 Donald Trump announced he’s going to run for president in the 2024 election. 
Our Attorney General Merrick Garland is a very highly regarded attorney. In fact, he would have been a Supreme Court Justice had Mitch McConnell not ruthlessly prevented his appointment in the last days of the Obama Administration.
Merrick Garland is exceptionally skilled at constructing successful prosecutions. Garland has appointed a special counsel to oversee the continuing investigation of Trump’s suspected criminal behavior and any resulting prosecution. I think this is a good move on Garland’s part. https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2022/11/18/jack-smith-special-counsel-trump-investigations/10728873002/
It appears that Garland’s selection of career prosecutor Jack Smith as special counsel will make it very hard for anyone to denigrate the investigation as “just political.” 
Previously Jack Smith was the chief prosecutor of a court adjudicating war crimes allegedly committed in Kosovo. 


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