Stuart Stevens, who was Romney’s strategist—“it was all a lie” …
“Fair trade, balanced budgets, character, family values, standing up to foreign adversaries like Russia—we’re all against that now. You have to ask, ‘Does someone abandon deeply held beliefs in three or four years?’ No. It means you didn’t ever hold them.” He added: “I feel like a guy who was working for Bernie Madoff.”
I’ve been saying this for a while now. Post-WWII conservatism, particularly since 1964, has been about nothing but power, principally using white racism to maintain power. Goldwater, Nixon, Reagan, Bush, all of them. Trump isn’t a corruption of modern conservatism. He’s the culmination, the pure essence of it.
the party has yielded completely to demagoguery and race-baiting to exploit the racism and resentments of certain white voters. Throughout his decades as a Republican, Stevens considered this racist element a bug in the system. He now realizes it has been a feature.
The Republican Party was “a comfortable place for a lot of us. If Trump had lost, I’d probably still be working for a Republican candidate. But Trump made it impossible to deny what the party is. I just don’t get why these Republican senators don’t stand up to him. What’s the worst thing? You’ll be an ex-senator? They are the Trump Generation. It’s how they will be remembered. Like the segregationists of old.”