GOP’s flip-flop shows it’s desperate to retain power

We’ve all seen Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., solemnly stating in 2015 that Supreme Court vacancies should not be filled during presidential campaigns. In 2015 Sen. Graham felt sufficiently sure about his personal integrity that he asked publicly to be held to this position. Now he’s taking the exact opposite position. What happened?

The short answer is that he, along with every other member of the Republican congressional delegation, has been Trumped: stripped of their integrity and left quaking in fear of his wrath. Even before Trump, the Republican party was systematically exterminating any member with courage enough to stand up to the party. No longer a Grand Old Party, it has reduced itself to a Group of Puppets, elected via every conceivable distortion of our democracy, each, like Sen. Graham, desperately clinging to their own individual political survival.

At long last, many notable Republicans who are no longer beholden directly to DJT are speaking out. Many are now supporting Biden. Finally they acknowledge the obvious: the Republican Party has made a deal with the devil and the devil is about to collect his due.

Republican Party leaders should be ashamed. Their lust for power has reduced them to spineless puppets and put our Republic at serious risk of collapse. And rank and file Republicans, wrapped in their flags and superficial patriotism have unwittingly helped them do it.

Real patriots don’t vote for puppets.

Ken Dammand

Tulalip

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