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David Rees May 10
RE: , I think the GOP will now go along with anything Trump does. I mean literally anything. It’s TIME FOR SOME SHAME THEORY!
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David Rees May 10
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I believed GOP was going along with DJT because they thought he could get them their precious policy outcomes: tax cuts, etc. --
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David Rees May 10
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-- and, that if DJT’s malfeasance ever decreased their chances of enacting those policies, they would jettison him.
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David Rees May 10
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I now think this political calculus has been replaced by a deeper, darker, calculus: a psychological survival strategy.
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David Rees
GOP will agree to anything - I mean anything - because they can no longer afford a moral reckoning with what who and what they’ve enabled.
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David Rees May 10
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Once you've gone so far that checking in with yourself would shatter your belief in your own humanity/decency, there are no limits.
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David Rees May 10
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At this point, there are probably GOPers who wish Trump would suspend the constitution outright. Really just GO FOR IT ...
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David Rees May 10
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... so that we leave this liminal, sorta-not-quite-authoritarian space with its semi-sorta-functional institutions behind ...
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David Rees May 10
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... and enter a new American era, where their collusion/treason(?) can't be judged by old norms.
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David Rees May 10
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If you've ever had an affair, or drug issues, etc, you probably know the feeling. The bender/lost weekend/flirtation with hitting bottom.
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David Rees May 10
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At some point, your shame at your behavior, at the norms you’ve violated, leads you to double down, go ALL IN, obliterate your old self.
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David Rees May 10
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I used to be a bully in middle school, so I know this amazing, complex feeling of exhilaration and revulsion ...
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David Rees May 10
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... the poison rush of living your worst self, resenting *the part of you that knows better.* Not enough to ignore it; you must destroy it.
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David Rees May 10
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Congress had to enter DJT’s orbit in order to pass their sacred tax cuts/repeal the hated ACA. They thought they could contain him.
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David Rees May 10
Replying to @joshtpm
But DJT poisons everyone he touches. The price for working with him is pretty hefty: your humanity and dignity (h/t ).
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David Rees May 10
Replying to @joshtpm
Healthy people (and banks!) learned to avoid DJT decades ago. He surrounds himself with damaged goods: Stone, Flynn, other freaks/losers.
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David Rees May 10
Replying to @joshtpm
We are watching that community of damaged psyches expand to include an entire political party.
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David Rees May 10
Replying to @joshtpm
GOP pols must avoid a moral reckoning at all costs. But not just a public reckoning -- a private one. Can’t admit to moral suicide.
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Bjartur Summerhouses May 10
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this defines all political parties.
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David Rees May 10
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If stopped, GOP would have to answer for putting up with PussyGate, deranged tweets, lies, damaged institutions ...
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