The fact is nothing moves these tinhorn fucks. Nothing. Collusion? There's no collusion, it's fake news, oh, well, there's collusion, sure, but it's not against the law and anyone would have done it to win, shut up! The fact that Trump's approval rating with Republicans has never dropped below 81% and it obviously never will, and as long as it doesn't, Ryan and McConnell will never move against him and will never let anyone else move against him.
Trump will ignite a firestorm -- possibly literally -- among the Republican base if anyone takes a serious shot at him. The Congressional Republicans know this. I used to have hope that they'd just go ahead, pull the trigger, and put Pence in if Trump got too loopy, but it's clear there is no such thing as too loopy for his base, and the punks in Congress are terrified of the base. So that's what changed.
Also, the sheer overwhelming power of the spite vote has become clearer to me over time. The unassailable, irrefutablly invincible combination of organized voter suppression that reliably knocks out 4 to 6% of the opposition every single time, plus the insane vehemence, internal discipline, and infuriated motivation of those who only want to see their educated elitist weenie faggot neighbors cry, who live only to make sure that niggers, spics, feminazis and goddam Arabs do not in any way get over on them, has really only recently started to become truly clear to me. We keep saying these people are a dying breed but they're raising their kids to hate as hard as they ever did and they aren't dying fast enough. They can swamp the polls for two, three, four more election cycles, and that's certainly long enough for Trump and the Koch Brothers to kill organized labor, minority outreach, and, oh yeah, the fucking planet.
All this is what changed. Yes, Ryan wants to be President, he really really does, but he's got no balls. He won't take on Trump. Trump is a madman with his finger on all the buttons. Ryan is just going to keep his head down and suck whatever morsels of food he can get from between Trump's teeth.
Or so I now believe. I sure wouldn't mind being proven wrong.
I must admit, if the Democrats took back Congress, maybe something would happen. But I no longer believe the Democats can win an election. They are trying to be Republican; they are trying to be the party of no, the party that is only against things because their corporate sponsors are viciously and violently opposed to any real significant social or economic reform. But that only works for Republicans. Progressives want to vote FOR something, not just against Trump. As Ray Stanz once noted about the private sector, we expect RESULTS. It's obvious that the modern Democratic Party is terrified of actually taking any kind of real stand, of trying to actually accomplish anything, and that terror, that gutlessness, is going to keep costing them elections.
And if they do somehow win a majority, what will they do with it? They're as cowardly and craven as the Republicans. Bernie and Liz Warren and a few others will talk a lot of smack, whoever the Speaker and the Majority Leader are will make conciliatory noises about reaching across the aisle, and nothing will change. We'll continue to have a crazy man in the Oval Office until the next election, the Dems will put up some weak corporate shill like they always do, get slapped around at the polls again, and whine about how they didn't move far enough to the center.
I'm so sick of this I could fucking puke. I really am.