The Republican Party’s head-first dive into breathless conspiratorial fantasies in defense of Donald Trump is a brand-defining moment as the Party of Lincoln morphs into the Party of LaRouche. Listening as members of Congress, the Fox News/talk-radio world and the constellation of batshit-crazy people drawn to Esoteric Trumpism adopt increasingly baroque theories to protect The Donald isn’t just depressing; it’s tragic. A diseased slurry of fake news, post-Truth Trumpism, and Russkie agitprop infects the Republican Party. It’s an ebola of wild-eyed MK-ULTRA paranoiac raving, spreading to every organ of the Republican body politic.Let's be clear about this. The Republicans in Congress -- not just Devin Nunes but all of the Republicans on the House Intelligence Committee, Paul Ryan, Mitch McConnell, and every single member who doesn't speak out loud and clear to denounce them, is a traitor. The Republican party spent decades representing themselves and the true patriots, denouncing Democrats as "soft" on Communism, then on terrorism.
This loon-centric new world of crazy talk has dissolved the old ideological skeleton of the GOP and reduced it from the Conservative Party of Ideas to the Crackpot Party of Infowars. Covering up the connections among Donald Trump, his campaign officials, and family members with Russia, and this president’s efforts to obstruct justice and derail special counsel Robert Mueller will come at a still-untallied cost to our nation, our institutions, and the dignity and reputation of the GOP. It’s going to get worse as Mueller closes in.
Now they are working actively to undermine and cripple some of the most essential institutions and norms of democratic governance, including federal law enforcement, the judiciary, and the independent media, in order to prevent the nation from learning the truth: that the president was installed in office by a foreign adversary to which he continues to be a servant. That he is a stooge of Vladimir Putin and that our republic is in peril.
They are traitors.
Update: John McCain, Not a Traitor. Credit where it's due.