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Sunday, August 06, 2017

Who knew? Progressive agreement with George Will and William "Bill" Kristol!

Honestly, I proudly raise my hand whenever a group asks people to identify themselves as either progressives, Democrats and (or) liberals (or all of the above). Yet, here I am, writing a positive blog in support of two conservatives. 

 Ironically, I happen to agree with George Will and William "Bill" Kristol, because they both politically abhor the leadership of Donald Trump.
William "Bill" Kristol (born December 23, 1952) is a political analyst and commentator, the founder of the political magazine The Weekly Standard.

Indeed, I can hardly believe it is possible for me to agree with two staunch conservatives, Mr. Will and Mr. Kristol, both at the same time!

George Will warns ‘grotesque’ is becoming normal for the Republicans- the Grand Old Party is melting into the "Grotesque OLD Party" (the GOP is attacking Donald Trump's "serial adultery"? Who knew?)

Mr. Will writes regular columns for The Washington Post

Conservative columnist George Will warned that "grotesque" is becoming the new normal for the Republican Party (Maine Writer: Grotesque Old Party?).

Reporting for The Washington Post, Mr. Will rips advertisements on behalf of Sen. Luther Strange (R-Ala.) that attack Rep. Mo Brooks (R-Ala.), who is also seeking the Alabama Senate seat, vacated by the now Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

Strange was appointed in February to serve the remainder of former Sen. Jeff Sessions' (R) term, after Sessions was sworn in as the attorney general. The ads attacking Brooks were financed by a political action committee (PAC) aligned with Senate GOP leadership.

In advertisements, the PAC attacked Brooks for comments he made while serving as chairman for Sen. Ted Cruz's (R-Texas) presidential campaign in the state, such as his statements criticizing Trump's "serial adultery."

According to Will, another advertisement "suggest[s] that Brooks supports the Islamic State," as it criticizes Brooks' stance against military intervention in Libya and Syria and his "support for Congress replacing the 2001 Authorization for Use of Military Force with an updated one."

Mr. Will also criticizes Strange for ignoring his other main competitor, former Chief Justice Roy Moore, who was twice removed from the state's highest court. (OMG! FoxNewsAlert!)

"Twice Moore has been removed as chief justice of the state Supreme Court. In 2003, removal was for defiance of the U.S. Supreme Court regarding religious displays in government buildings. Reelected, he was suspended last year for defiance of the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision regarding same-sex marriages," Mr. Will wrote.

"Yet Brooks is the focus of ferocious attacks on behalf of Strange, who ignores Moore."

Senate GOP leaders like Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) are "shredding the remnants of its dignity" by financing such ads, Mr. Will argued.

"Is this Northern Gothic?" Mr. Will asked. "No, it is Republican Gothic, the grotesque becoming normal in a national party whose dishonest and, one hopes, futile assault on Brooks is shredding the remnants of its dignity."
Tsk Tsk!  Republicans in Alabama obviously do not get along.

Let's now move on to William "Bill" Kristol.  

In fact, Kristol is proposing to organize a movement to prevent Donald Trump from being re-nominated to run (Oh paleeeze!) again in 2020.  (I'll drink to that!)

Let's salute Bill Kristol, in his effort to prevent Donald Trump's future political ambitions

Bill Kristol in talks to create 'Committee Not to Renominate the President'

"Never Trump" may be getting a facelift for 2020.

Bill Kristol, editor-at-large of the Weekly Standard, said he has initiated informal talks about creating a "Committee Not to Renominate the President."

"We need to take one shot at liberating the Republican Party from Trump, and conservatism from Trumpism," Kristol told the New York Times.
After the story was published, Mr. Kristol shared it on Twitter, with the message: "The task in 2020: 'Liberating the Republican Party from Trump, and conservatism from Trumpism.'"

Kristol's disapproval of Trump dates back to the 2016 campaign.

(Note: The Washington Examiner and the Weekly Standard are owned by the same parent company, Clarity Media Group.)

For me, it's like the political world is truly like the Alice quote of being "curiouser and curiouser". Nevertheless, beware the power when opposites attract.  In fact, a "liberal/progressive/Democrat" like me, agreeing with conservatives like Mr. Kristol and Mr. Will, can only mean bad news for all Republicans. 

We agree! The Grotesque Old Party must #dumpTrump.

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