[Ed. – Clawing their way to the bottom.]
Three weeks ago, I wrote a column about how both parties seem determined to lose the next elections. Since then, the pace has accelerated.
The clamor is more visible — and more assiduously reported by mainstream media — among the Republicans.
George W. Bush and John McCain, who have been on or the son of someone on the presidential ticket in seven of the past 10 elections, gave speeches lamenting the political culture and, by inescapable inference, the style and substance of Donald Trump.
Vitriolic criticism of the president came from Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., who had already announced he will not be running for re-election, and from Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., in a Senate chamber speech announcing he’d made the same decision.
The parties’ impulse to self-defeat is apparent in Alabama’s December special Senate election to fill Jeff Sessions’ seat. Republicans nominated Roy Moore, twice ousted as state chief justice for disobeying federal court orders, and he is running far behind Trump’s 2016 numbers because he’s something of a nut. He “believes 9/11 was divine retribution for our sins” … and is “an anti-Muslim bigot who can’t quite bring himself to rule out the death penalty for homosexuals.”