Chuck Todd is absolutely right on this. It is very abnormal. Abnormal is becoming the new normal. A friend who works for the President claims that by the President amping this stuff up, it will make it all be noise by 2020. For an undisciplined candidate, it is a strategy to make less chaos seem like pure discipline on the trail next year.
I think that is spin. Hell, that absolutely is spin.
No, this is President Trump as President Trump.
What Chuck misses is three things.
First, the GOP has no other alternative. The base loves the President and will excuse anything except a Republican publicly rebuking the President. It is not that the party is conditioning the base, but that the base has conditioned the party.
Second, some of the GOP are looking at the Democrat alternatives and are quite fine with the erratic, abnormal behavior of this President compared to the steely confidence and principled devotion to progressive policies any of his opponents would enact. You think the President is bad? Try intersectionalism, mainstreaming transgenderism, and giving illegal aliens healthcare benefits while scrapping Americans’ insurance. Your average Republican would far rather take a flirtation with buying Greenland while gutting Planned Parenthood and rolling back CAFE standards than a competent Democrat aggressively using executive actions to protect Planned Parenthood, target Christian small businesses, impose socialism, and silence anyone who speaks up against their cultural insanity.
The President may be crazy, but he’s way more sane than the 🦇 💩 crazy coming from the intellectual left these days.
Third, some of the GOP establishment is now in the “watch it all burn” mode that Trump’s Republican voters were in during the 2016 process when they decided they needed a bull in the china shop to upend the joint.
These Republicans are watching it all, seeing the bull wrecking the china shop, and waiting for the dust to settle so they can cash in the insurance policy. They presume Biden will be the nominee and win and are excited to spend the next four years on a “f— you” tour to rub the Trump years in the noses of those Republicans who would not demand better. The excitement of being able to say “I told you so” is making some of them giddy and they’ll just watch it all burn for the opportunity to say it.
In none of these scenarios do the elders of the party step forward and risk their necks. They’d rather the Democrats take the President’s.