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Title: Will Joe Walsh’s primary challenge to Trump backfire?
Source: HotAir
URL Source: https://hotair.com/archives/allahpu ... mary-challenge-trump-backfire/
Published: Aug 22, 2019
Author: Allahpundit
Post Date: 2019-08-22 22:22:22 by Tooconservative
Keywords: None
Views: 208
Comments: 8

I think that he, unlike Anthony Scaramucci, really is sincere in his conversion from Trump booster to Trump critic. Mooch doesn’t depend on the good graces of right-wing audiences to make a living. (If anything, turning on Trump will make life easier for him in Manhattan.) Walsh, a radio host for our parent company Salem, does. His policy criticisms of Trump have remained right-wing too, as you’ll see in the clip below when he complains about the deficit. He’s not turning into a progressive. Primarying Trump carries more professional risk for him than reward.
In Mr. Trump, I see the worst and ugliest iteration of views I expressed for the better part of a decade. To be sure, I’ve had my share of controversy. On more than one occasion, I questioned Mr. Obama’s truthfulness about his religion. At times, I expressed hate for my political opponents. We now see where this can lead. There’s no place in our politics for personal attacks like that, and I regret making them.

The problem is that not everyone will be so forgiving. You can read through a smattering of the old Joe Walsh’s greatest Twitter hits here. The thought I had after digesting it: What happens when Trump starts retweeting some of those old Walsh tweets? “If I had said any of this the Fake News Media would be calling for impeachment! But because Joe Walsh hates Trump, they overlook it!” That’s what he’ll say, and he won’t be wrong.

Actually, to the extent that Trump and Walsh 1.0 were both Birthers, Trump *did* say some of the same things Walsh said. But the point stands: How many Never Trumpers eager to cast a protest vote against Trump for his character flaws will be scared away when reminded of Walsh’s old comments?

More to the point, how many casual consumers of politics will read the old Walsh tweets being showcased by Trump and conclude that, you know what, Trump really isn’t any worse or fringier than the rest of the GOP? It’s clear from the clip below that Walsh is planning to prosecute a moral case against Trump on the trail. Yeah, deficits are a problem, he says, but the urgent problem right now is that the president is a bad guy and morally vacant. That’s Walsh’s message in a nutshell. Trump’s going to answer that by throwing his old tweets in his face, and the effect, I suspect, will be to convince people that even the self-appointed moral exemplars of the right’s anti-Trump wing are up to their eyeballs in “Obama is a secret Muslim” nonsense.

The result? A sense that Trump *isn’t* that unhinged, relatively speaking. The fact that Walsh has apologized for the things he’s said and will continue to apologize might work to ease that feeling, or it might not. But if you’re organizing a primary challenge around the idea that the president is grossly unfit to occupy the office, logically you’d want a candidate who couldn’t be tagged with that same charge replete with supporting documentary evidence, wouldn’t you?

Ah, I’m probably overthinking it. You could clone Reagan, run him in the primary, and Trump’s still going to get 85 percent of the vote. Walsh is a good primary challenger for Trump in this sense: He obviously enjoys throwing verbal roundhouses at Trump and he’s practiced at communications from his time on the radio. Watching him call Trump a cretin every day for a few months will gratify the Never Trump id, even if it amounts to zippo in polls.


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I think we all knew that the NeverTrump element would find a candidate or two to challenge Trump. Whether it's a Hillary-endorsing ex-LP prez candidate like the #FakeRepublican ex-governor of Taxachussetts or some rightwing figure like radio blabber Joe Walsh isn't especially important or even threatening to Trump's nomination. It might even help him.

My expectation is that Walsh has been egged into this by the usual suspects like Bill Kristol and his ilk. And I think Walsh is likely to realize very quickly just what a career-ender that filing for any primary against Trump will represent for him personally.

Things don't work out so well for the careers of people like Walsh who try to go after Trump. It tends to rapidly backfire in spectacular fashion.

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#1. To: Tooconservative (#0)

Will Joe Walsh’s primary challenge to Trump backfire?

Who? Will anybody but Dems and Neocon RINOs notice? Has anybody noticed the challenge by Bill Kristol's guy, William Weld?

nolu chan  posted on  2019-08-22   23:12:29 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#2. To: nolu chan (#1)

Has anybody noticed the challenge by Bill Kristol's guy, William Weld?

Offhand, you and I have. I posted a previous article and you demonstrate your awareness of Weld in your own post.

Other than some annoying know-it-all political junkies like you or me or the asshole pundits in the #FakeNews media who stay current on such things, probably almost no one else knows about Weld or knows who Walsh is.

Walsh probably isn't even a story worth mentioning other than the fact that Trump is so hated by libmedia and August is such a slow news month. Walsh is unlikely to even get as many votes as Egg McMuffin (Mormon/CIA plant Evan McMullen) did against Trump in 2016.

Tooconservative  posted on  2019-08-22   23:21:55 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#3. To: Tooconservative (#0)

WHO?

Never heard of him.

I thought the article was talking about the guitar player who "has a mansion, forget the price. Ain't never been there they tell him it's nice.

and whose "Maxerati does 185", but who "lost my license" so now he don't drive.

Apparently this guy ain't him. Some guy having a mid-life crisis in public on the radio, really believing that his personal opinions are going to move other people. Sad, really.

Vicomte13  posted on  2019-08-23   6:56:37 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#4. To: Vicomte13 (#3)

" WHO?

Never heard of him.

I thought the article was talking about the guitar player who "has a mansion, forget the price. Ain't never been there they tell him it's nice.

and whose "Maxerati does 185", but who "lost my license" so now he don't drive.

Apparently this guy ain't him. "

Yeah, if he isn't the guitar player, I don't care what he says !!!

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Stoner  posted on  2019-08-23   8:39:53 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#5. To: Stoner (#4)

Yeah, if he isn't the guitar player, I don't care what he says !!!

Ha ha! I was thinking the same thing!

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Deckard  posted on  2019-08-23   9:16:35 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#6. To: Deckard (#5)

Thanks for posting !! Good jam !!

I will listen to THAT Joe Walsh anytime, any where, and it will always be a worthwhile listen !!

That other clown, pfffffffffffft !

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Stoner  posted on  2019-08-23   10:30:34 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#7. To: Vicomte13, Tooconservative (#3)

Never heard of him.

His 15 minutes of fame came and went about ten years ago. Recall when President Obama gave a State of the Union address and a voice from the audience came through yelling "You lie!" That was former congressman Joe Walsh.

nolu chan  posted on  2019-08-23   11:41:28 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#8. To: nolu chan (#7)

His 15 minutes of fame came and went about ten years ago. Recall when President Obama gave a State of the Union address and a voice from the audience came through yelling "You lie!" That was former congressman Joe Walsh.

But Walsh turned out to be correct.

Cali is leading other Blue states in trying to use 0bamacare to subsidize illegals which was Walsh's point in calling out that liar 0bama at his SOTU.

And it was less unbecoming than 0bama's own attack on the Supremes, a naked act of aggression against the judiciary.

Tooconservative  posted on  2019-08-23   15:51:19 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


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