Michael Cohen shows we should never stop blaming GOP primary voters for picking a criminal
Sometimes, it takes a mother to get to the heart of the matter and really distill something down to its essence. My mom and I were talking after former Trump lawyer Michael Cohen’s testimony before the House Oversight Committee, and she was expressing, shall we say, her disdain for the president and his many misdeeds. When it comes to the raw, partisan id that progressive Democrats feel in the Trump era, her feelings on the matter are pretty representative. We were on the phone, but I could almost see the expression of scorn on her face when, after summing up the litany of Trump transgressions Cohen had documented, she said something along the lines of: “I’ll never forgive the Republicans for picking that (insert unprintable adjective) guy.” Mom, I couldn’t agree more.
Before looking at what we heard (and saw) this week in the Cohen testimony, as well as other revelations that demonstrate what kind of person our country is being led by at present, let us briefly go back to the 2016 campaign. Make no mistake, I’m not saying I’d be thrilled to have, for example, a President Rubio, or Bush, or Kasich—let alone a President Ted Cruz (let’s leave aside the tantalizing possibility that nominating someone other than Trump might have led to President Hillary Clinton). On policy grounds, and perhaps even in terms of their ability to get conservative legislation passed, one or more of those guys might have been more even effective, and thus more harmful in that sense, than Trump as president.
Either way, can you imagine that any of them, while holding the office held by George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, FDR, and Barack Obama, would have paid hush money to cover up an affair with a woman who gets paid to have sex on camera? Yes, every human being is flawed in some way. Trump, however, is in a bigly big league of his own.