The purge the GOP really needs

The Week (US) - - 12 News - Kevin Wil­liamson


“What’s a rev­o­lu­tion with­out purges?” asked Kevin Wil­liamson. Vice Pres­i­dent Mike Pence’s chief of staff, Nick Ay­ers, last week urged ma­jor Repub­li­can donors to con­duct a “purge” of GOP leg­is­la­tors who aren’t on board with the Trump agenda. But “what, ex­actly, is the Trump agenda?” This ad­min­is­tra­tion promised to re­peal and re­place the Af­ford­able Care Act, but the pres­i­dent has never pro­vided any ac­tual health-care pol­icy be­yond say­ing he wants “ter­rific” cov­er­age. His taxre­form plan con­sists of a vague set of nu­mer­i­cal cuts, with no ex­pla­na­tion of what loop­holes and de­duc­tions would be elim­i­nated, and he has no co­her­ent pol­icy on en­ti­tle­ments, the na­tional debt, the bor­der wall, for­eign pol­icy, crime, abor­tion, or any­thing else. The pres­i­dent “has many thoughts about the rat­ings of var­i­ous tele­vi­sion pro­grams,” and tweets in­ces­santly about how aw­ful his crit­ics, Cab­i­net mem­bers, and other Repub­li­cans are. He “has been suc­cess­ful at one thing—bring­ing Amer­i­cans pol­i­tics down to his level,” which is “child­ish and emo­tion­ally in­con­ti­nent.” We’re now sup­posed to purge Repub­li­cans who aren’t com­fort­able with the daily insanity? A purge is in­deed needed in com­ing years, “but it won’t be the one that Nick Ay­ers is con­tem­plat­ing.”

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