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The GOP: Still Bringing a Knife to a Gunfight

The GOP: Still Bringing a Knife to a Gunfight

Martin Sherman By Tuesday, 24 November 2020 11:45 AM EST Current | Bio | Archive

This is the first of two parts.

I've been active in the Republican party for a very long time. So I think I can say with some knowledge: Republicans play badminton; Democrats play pro football — Former Speaker of the House, Newt Gingrich, FoxNews, Nov. 15.

Something is rotten in the State of Denmark — A phrase from Shakespeare's "Hamlet," used to describe corruption or a situation in which something is wrong.

For any fair-minded person, even one, who, for some reason harbors a deep personal animus toward Donald J. Trump, the conduct and the resultant outcome of this month's presidential elections ought to be deeply troubling.

Despite a continuous and orchestrated assault

After all, the (still) incumbent president increased his overall electoral support by more than 10% nationwide — despite a continuous and orchestrated assault on the legitimacy of his administration by virtually the entire mainstream media; a blatant and uninterrupted endeavor by his political adversaries — beginning even before his inauguration — to circumvent the electoral process and unseat him through the unscrupulous and fraudulent corruption of the legal system.

Thus, Trump won well over 70 million votes in 2020 compared to just under 63 million in 2016 — even exceeding the previous record support for Obama in 2008. Moreover, Trump made marked gains in virtually all ethnic minority constituencies — with the notable exception of Jewish voters.

Yet somehow, this was not enough to beat the aging, lackluster Democratic candidate, whose running mate, Kamala Harris, proved distinctly unpopular even within her own party. Indeed, having never managed to break into the top tier of candidates, she was forced to drop out of the primaries in early December 2019, nine months before the Democratic National Convention in August 2020.

Indeed, as Biden's running mate, Harris is a somewhat puzzling choice, having engaged him in an acrimonious exchange during the primaries debates, sharply attacking his record on race relations, complicity with segregationists, and multiple complaints of sexual impropriety.

Even more perplexing

Perhaps even more perplexing is the fact that Joe Biden racked up the highest popular vote ever — despite an anemic (to be charitable) campaign and the tangible lack of enthusiasm he aroused among voters. Indeed, as one media channel noted: "Biden's performance [in exceeding Obama's record] is incredible considering the voter enthusiasm especially among young people that his former boss had in 2008."

Moreover, a heavy cloud of corruption, abuse of office and influence pedaling hangs — or at least, should hang — over Biden and his complicity in his family's questionable business activities in countries not among the U.S.'s traditional allies — including Russia and China, America's most serious geo-political rivals.

However, not all the blame for the results of the presidential elections can be attributed to the external animus of the political adversaries and their comrades-in-arms. To the contrary, considerable fault must be found with the inherent lethargy and sluggishness that seems to plague the GOP in any political "dust up" with its Democratic adversaries.

Indeed, they seem to lack the "fire in the belly" to seize on their opponent's weaknesses and transgressions — however glaring — and to turn them to their political advantage.

The Democrats have shown that they have no qualms in conjuring up — literally out of thin air — the gravest of allegations against Republicans and their associates and wielding it, without any compunction, as a political weapon — regardless of whose lives are ruined.

Pot calling kettle black?

Ironically, the Democrats have themselves committed (typically, flagrantly) the very transgressions (such as collusion with foreign powers to promote personal interests) of which they accuse the Republicans on the basis of fabricated — or at best, fragile — evidence.

Indeed, the Democrats and their collegial bureaucrats have been engaged — or at least, complicit — in every dirty trick in the book — and even some that have not made their way into it; and then holler "foul" aggrievedly when their duplicity and deceit are exposed. Sadly, it seems the GOP tends to be taken aback by these howls of feigned outrage — and recoil from any robust and timely counteractions.

Arguably, the starkest illustration of this is the snail-paced progress in the completion of the Durham report and the excruciating wait for its publication — now delayed until after the November elections — with any potential political impact largely defused, if not indefinitely curtailed.

Launched in April 2016 by Attorney General William Barr to review the origins of the FBI's investigation (dubbed "Crossfire Hurricane"), the probe was headed by U.S. Attorney John Durham into Democrat-initiated allegations of Russian interference in the 2016 elections, which Barr described as one of the "greatest travesties in American history." Elsewhere, Barr excoriated the "Crossfire Hurricane" investigation, asserting: "I think our nation was turned on its head for three years based on a completely bogus narrative that was largely fanned and hyped by a completely irresponsible press."

No less damning are the words of former federal prosecutor, Andrew McCarthy: "The investigation was fabricated, sprung from bogus information ginned up by the political campaign of Trump's opponents. As exculpatory evidence inevitably mounted, moreover, the politicized investigation was sustained by the Obama administration and the Mueller special counsel probe — the latter chockablock with partisan Democratic lawyers, some of them Obama Justice Department officials."

Dr. Martin Sherman is the founder and executive director of the Israel Institute for Strategic Studies, dedicated to the preservation and propagation of joint values shared by the USA and Israel as embodied in the U.S. Constitution and Israel's Declaration of Independence. He served for seven years in operational capacities in the Israeli Defense establishment and acted as a ministerial adviser to Yitzhak Shamir's government. Sherman lectured for 20 years at Tel Aviv University in Political Science, International Relations and Strategic Studies. He holds several university degrees — B.Sc. (Physics and Geology), MBA (Finance) and PhD in political science/international relations. He was the first academic director of the internationally renowned Herzliya Conference and has authored two books as well as numerous articles and policy papers on a wide range of political, diplomatic and security issues. He was born in South Africa and has lived in Israel since 1971. Read Martin Sherman's Reports — More Here.

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Indeed, they seem to lack the "fire in the belly" to seize on their opponent's weaknesses and transgressions — however glaring — and to turn them to their political advantage.
Tuesday, 24 November 2020 11:45 AM
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