Celebrating Mitt: A sad benchmark

Like everybody else with a properly functioning mind, I’m grateful that at least one Republican stepped-up to do the right, obvious thing and vote to convict Donald Trump of high crimes and misdemeanors.

But how low and sad has the Republican Party become when it’s a source of public adulation and marvel that one — just one — man was willing to step forward and do the right, obvious thing? After all, it wasn’t that long ago that Barry Goldwater went to the White House and told Richard Nixon to resign because he would lose in the Senate. Think about that: For vastly lesser crimes, Senate Republicans told Richard Nixon to go, but contemporary Senate Republicans turned a blind eye to the crimes of a grotesque carnival barker — knowing full well that, having successfully humiliated them, Trump’s excesses will inevitably, necessarily, grow more egregious.

The Republicans were once the party of the educated, the accomplished; today, it is the party of the Deplorable One-third — and they have successfully recreated the party in their own image: ignorant, malicious, smarmy, cowardly.

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