George Will quit the Republican Party two years ago due to Donald Trump's candidacy. Now the conservative columnist is pushing a new strategy: to topple the GOP in the midterms. In a Washington Post op-ed with the explicit title "Vote Against the GOP in November," Will cites the recent separations of migrant children from their parents as the "most telegenic recent example of misrule," but he also notes it offers new, if somewhat redundant, evidence on an important principle: that "congressional Republican caucuses must be substantially reduced." His reasoning centers on GOPers who haven't used their legislative powers to curb President Trump's executive powers. By voting these Republicans out, Will writes, "they will then have leisure time to wonder why they worked so hard to achieve membership in a legislature whose unexercised muscles have atrophied because of people like them."
Will takes particular issue with "the melancholy example" of House Speaker Paul Ryan, who "traded his political soul for … a tax cut" and who, like other GOPers, have become Trump's "poodles." He also notes the "louts" that "Trump attracts, and is attracted to," including "Trump whisperer"/senior policy adviser Stephen Miller, whom Will hints is responsible for much of the current border hubbub, and ex-Trump campaign manager, Corey Lewandowski, who just this week faced controversy over remarks he made regarding a migrant child with Down syndrome. Although Will says a Congress helmed by Democrats would be "a basket of deplorables," there would be enough GOPers to "gum up" the works and "[asphyxiate] mischief" from the Dems. "To vote against [Trump's] party's cowering congressional caucuses is to affirm the nation's honor while quarantining him," Will writes. More here. (Read more George Will stories.)