Plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose
I know that some of y’all remember PUMA – “Party Unity My Ass.” PUMAs were a lot like NeverTrumpers.
Larry O’Connor has a few choice words for the Pious Protectors of Conservatism:
You were awful to us. You continue to be awful to us. Many of you actively worked to marginalize us and silence our voices in the media during and after the election.
And when you were proven to be monumentally wrong about everything in the 2016 Election, you never apologized to us or your audience and you never even acknowledged we got it right.
You supported the removal of the president twice over the past three years.
First, for being “Putin’s stooge.” And when your hand-picked Inspector Clouseau Robert Meuller found no evidence supporting your fever dreams, you never acknowledged you were wrong about the entire Russian-collusion hoax. Then, for the Ukraine impeachment fiasco, that was always doomed from the start after President Trump released the actual transcript of his phone call with President Zelensky.
Along the way, Never Trumpers, you revealed who you really are. When you could have supported Republican Devin Nunes, you chose to support Democratic hack Adam Schiff, and you’ve never acknowledged you were wrong when Inspector General Michael Horowitz’s report confirmed Nunes’ veracity and Schiff’s duplicitousness.
Even worse, through it all… you’ve never paid a price.
You continue to be over-represented in media as if your perspective represents anything more than five percent of the electorate. Meanwhile, we, the conservatives who support this president and his conservative policies, have been marginalized by media outlets in deference to your consistently flawed opinions and predictions.
Your prominent, consistent existence in media fills the “Republican Chair” on the panel most left-leaning media outlets grudgingly make available. So viewers across America are left without any significant voice on most outlets that might articulate what they’re thinking and why they support the president.
This breeds anger, frustration and resentment.
Meanwhile, you continue to get it wrong and smugly look down on us as we articulate ideas and political positions embraced by 95% of Republicans.
We are not obsessed with you. We resent your continued prominent position that you did not earn through accuracy or hard work.
You continue to have a place at the table for one reason and one reason only: You satisfy the needs of left-leaning networks to further distort the center-right perspective in American politics and to give the false impression that the president faces serious opposition from fellow Republicans.
We were right. You were wrong.
Yeah, PUMAs were a lot like NeverTrumpers. Except PUMAs didn’t represent the party establishment. Not one single PUMA that I ever heard of got a lucrative job out of opposing Obama. No billionaires funded us. We didn’t declare that Obama and his supporters were not welcome in OUR party. We didn’t make any ultimatums. We didn’t try to sabotage or “resist” Obama’s administration.
We were not media darlings. We weren’t even worthy of mockery by the media. We were ignored.
We were right about Obama. We were wrong about Hillary, but we had Obama’s number from the beginning.
We were nothing like NeverTrumpers.