George W. Bush was clearly the worst president ever … up until recently, that is.

The past three Republican presidents have been George H.W. Bush, George W. Bush, and Donald Trump.

I hated them all, but the first two were like enduring a mildly cruel hazing ritual, whereas the last was more like spending four years trying to figure out how to stuff my entrails back in my body after being mauled to the edge of perdition like Leo DiCaprio in The Revenant.

So, yeah, big difference.

Which is why it’s important for old-guard Republicans to fully repudiate the sad amalgam of epidermis, adipose, and deep-seated rage that’s passed as POTUS for nearly half a decade, lest our next Republican president be a sociopathic Muppet and/or Rudy Giuliani.

And that’s what many such Republicans (though not nearly enough) are currently doing.

The Hill:

Dozens of members of former President George W. Bush's administration are reportedly planning to leave the Republican Party following the deadly Jan. 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol, citing the party's ongoing embrace of former President Trump.

Sources told Reuters that as many as 60 former officials would leave the party in the coming days, with at least one also citing Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene's (R-Ga.) promotion of conspiracy theories as a reason for their exit.

“If it continues to be the party of Trump, many of us are not going back,” said Rosario Marin, a former U.S. Treasury official, told the news service. “Unless the Senate convicts him, and rids themselves of the Trump cancer, many of us will not be going back to vote for Republican leaders.”

I’m enjoying this post-Trump Republican schism, but it also scares me a little, because it looks like the loopy-loos have the upper hand. Mainstream Republicans fed the gremlins for far too long, and now they’re reaping the whirlwind.

“The number [of defections] is growing every day,” said Kristopher Purcell, a Bush White House communications staffer, according to Reuters.

Internecine war! I’ve dreamed of this day. And while I love the idea of a Republican Party split into marginally sane and full-on whackadoodle cohorts, I also fear what might happen if and when the Salted Nut Rolls win the day.

Marjorie Taylor Greene is just the tip of the iceberg. These people are getting loonier by the fortnight, and that should give us all pause.

”This guy is a natural. Sometimes I laugh so hard I cry.” — Bette Midler on author Aldous J. Pennyfarthing, via Twitter. Trump is gone, but the righteous mocking goes on forever. Thanks to Goodbye, Asshat: 101 Farewell Letters to Donald Trump, Dear Fcking Lunatic: 101 Obscenely Rude Letters to Donald Trump, Dear Prsident A**clown and Dear F*cking Moron, you can purge the Trump years from your soul sans the existential dread. Only laughs from here on out.

  • February 1, 2021