Washington Post Op-Ed: The Republican Party No Longer Deserves To Survive
Conservative columnist Max Boot will never rejoin the Republican Party, after having left when President Donald Trump won the 2016 election. But even more, Boot “fervently” hopes the GOP will not survive the Trump era because it deserves to perish, he wrote on Saturday for The Washington Post.
Even if Trump leaves the White House one day, he said, Trump “will leave behind a quasi-authoritarian party that is as corrupt as he is,” and Senate Republicans’ failure to call witnesses in Trump’s impeachment trial is all the evidence needed to prove it.
For but a brief moment, it appeared that new revelations from former National Security Adviser John Bolton’s forthcoming book — reported by The New York Times last week — would jolt Republicans into finally regaining their moral compass, Boot wrote. But it was not to be.
Instead, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell was able to gather the necessary votes to quash any hope of calling Bolton to testify, with only two Republican senators — Mitt Romney of Utah and Susan Collins of Maine — voting with Democrats to hear his highly relevant testimony.
Boot singled out Senator Lamar Alexander of Tennessee, who is retiring at the end of this term and who also admitted that “it was inappropriate for the president to ask a foreign leader to investigate his political opponent.”
Alexander said he had no need to hear from further witnesses because “there is no need for more evidence to prove something that has already been proven.”
“So far, so good,” Boot wrote — but then came the pivot: Alexander claimed that Trump’s behavior does not meet the “high bar for an impeachable offense.” The 79-year-old Republican said a final decision on the matter should be left to the American people in the next presidential election — the very same election Trump tried to fix, Boot noted.
But Senator Lisa Murkowski cemented the insanity, Boot said, when she wrote in a statement: “Given the partisan nature of this impeachment from the very beginning and throughout, I have come to the conclusion that there will be no fair trial in the Senate.”
Then the Alaska senator proceeded to vote against hearing from new witnesses, which Boot noted would have resulted in a fairer trial.
Whether GOP senators are aiding and abetting Trump to save their political careers or, for those retiring, to preserve their future earning potential — even if they are doing it to avoid the unpleasant fallout from Trump supporters — they are “cowards who disgrace their oaths of office and betray the Constitution,” Boot wrote.
He added: “Our troops risk their lives for this country; these senators won’t even risk some unpleasantness.”
And a “party led by the deluded and the dishonest” is one that he refuses to engage, Boot wrote.
“I fervently hope our democracy survives this debacle. I fervently hope the Republican Party does not.”