How Republicans should behave

While some US Republicans see the Trump presidency along with Republican majorities in the House and the Senate as an opportunity to get major things done others have expressed concerns and sometimes outright opposition.

Curt Anderson (who served in the Reagan administration) at Fox News asks (and answers) How to behave in the age of Trump? Five essential lessons for Republicans:

How should we behave in the age of Donald Trump? Many politicians, clients, political operatives and staffers have asked me variations of this question over the past month. Being in somewhat uncharted territory, this is a legitimately challenging query.

What should we do when our president says something that we find offensive? What should we say when the press asks us to comment on tweets that we find less than presidential?

This is, of course, only a problem for Republicans.

Here are five principles for Republicans and conservatives to consider as we begin to navigate the Age of Trump.

His headline points:

1. Don’t help the Democrats

The last thing we need right now is rational and calm Republicans dissing our president, even if and when you think he deserves it.

2. Show Restraint

Don’t take potshots.

3. Give the Trump Presidency a Chance to Succeed.

Time will tell on this, but do not assume that he cannot succeed. Every Republican needs to accept this truth — you need him to succeed, for the good of the country, and the party.

There is some debate about ‘for the good of the country”.

4. Limit your dissent to serious policy matters

A healthy and robust exchange of policy views, sans ad hominem attacks, makes our party stronger.

5. Respect the president

We disagreed with the policies of President Obama, almost all of them in fact.  But it was, and is, incumbent on all of us to respect the president of the United States. We have no obligation to agree with him, but we do have an obligation to respect him.

Respect isn’t an automatic right – especially for presidents. They have to earn it.

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43 Comments

  1. David

     /  30th January 2017

    “Respect isn’t an automatic right – especially for presidents. They have to earn it.”

    That didn’t apply under Obama, why should it now?

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    • artcroft

       /  30th January 2017

      Because Obama never declared that he enjoyed sexually assaulting women, Obama could organise a piss up in a brewery, the Russians don’t have a dossier of porn on him, and he isn’t orange.

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      • Alan Wilkinson

         /  30th January 2017

        Boring bugger, wasn’t he?

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      • Gezza

         /  30th January 2017

        “Obama could organise a piss up in a brewery”
        Might I draw quietly your attention to the office parties Iraq, Libya & Syria, Arty?

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        • artcroft

           /  30th January 2017

          Well organising a piss up in a brewery isn’t setting the bar too high. He got Obama Care onto the books despite the Republicans trenchant opposition. Now the GOP have to come up with an alternative that doesn’t require throwing millions of Americans out of health care. Ryan’s crew has never been able to even outline an alternative in eight years. Trump has a ‘beautiful’ plan to insure everyone and for no extra cost, but really…..?

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          • David

             /  30th January 2017

            “Now the GOP have to come up with an alternative that doesn’t require throwing millions of Americans out of health care”

            Please explain why they have to do this? They were against Obamacare and there was a world before Obamacare. If that is what they wish to return too, how will you stop them?

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            • Anonymous Coward

               /  30th January 2017

              Because now there are 12.7 million people that have medical insurance, many for the first time ever. A lot of these people also voted for Trump, and believed him when he said he would make a better system.

            • artcroft

               /  30th January 2017

              What AC said.

            • David

               /  30th January 2017

              As I said, repeal of Obamacare does not require a ‘replacement’ to be in place. If the Democrats needed to pass it to see what was in it, the R’s can repeal it to see what the next step might be.

            • Anonymous Coward

               /  30th January 2017

              Repealing Obamacare is a very unpopular option, and latest polls put approval at an all time high, and for the first time more people approve of it than disapprove.

              The real question is Why do Americans see universal free healthcare as something to be so frightened of?, What makes it so ‘communist’?

            • Anonymous Coward

               /  30th January 2017

              “If the Democrats needed to pass it to see what was in it, the R’s can repeal it to see what the next step might be.”

              Your misquote (and misunderstanding of what it meant) has led you to a leap of logic here.

            • David

               /  30th January 2017

              “Repealing Obamacare is a very unpopular option, and latest polls put approval at an all time high”

              Sure, but that all time high is about 50/50.

              “The real question is Why do Americans see universal free healthcare as something to be so frightened of?,”

              Perhaps because it only creates a mediocre health care system. None of the worlds best regarded health care systems are universal and free, they are all a mix of government provision and insurance.

            • Gezza

               /  30th January 2017

              David it’s just because they don’t know any better. A lot of them don’t know shit from clay. They’re hardly aware there are other countries in the world except for some dusty places where there are Arabs who are all basically terrorsists, and Israelis who they think are the good guys.

      • David

         /  30th January 2017

        “Because Obama never declared that he enjoyed sexually assaulting women”

        Nor has Trump.

        “Obama could organise a piss up in a brewery”

        Citation needed. In his entire CV, there doesn’t seem to have been a moment when he has actually done anything at all, let alone organise something as complex as a piss up in a brewery.

        “Russians don’t have a dossier of porn on him”

        How do you know this?

        “he isn’t orange.”

        No, he is black. It seems to you that respect is based on the colour of ones skin.

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        • Anonymous Coward

           /  30th January 2017

          “Nor has Trump.”
          Well you know that that’s not true.

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          • David

             /  30th January 2017

            Citation needed. Show us where Trump has declared he enjoyed sexually assaulting women.

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            • Anonymous Coward

               /  30th January 2017

              Show me where he didn’t, or explain how kissing women uninvited, or ‘grabbing them by the pussy’ is NOT sexual assault.

            • Anonymous Coward

               /  30th January 2017

              You’re the one making the claim, you prove it. I’m totally satisfied that you’re wrong.

            • Alan Wilkinson

               /  30th January 2017

              No, you made the claim that David’s denial is false. You are asserting Trump said something so the onus is on you for evidence that he did.

            • Anonymous Coward

               /  30th January 2017

              I don’t feel it needs proof, everybody has seen that video, very body heard his words. I’d rather David defends Sexual Assaulting women.
              Anyway he made the initial claim that it was false, he should prove that.

            • Alan Wilkinson

               /  30th January 2017

              You can’t prove a negative. You can only disprove a positive. Ok, so your positive assertion is the video tape evidence.

            • Anonymous Coward

               /  30th January 2017

              I’m sure there’s an article on Brietbart or RT that backs his claim.

            • Kitty Catkin

               /  30th January 2017

              Trump’s own words in his own voice about pussy-grabbing, jumping on women ‘like a bitch on heat’ and kissing them are enough proof for me. Kissing uninvited isn’t necessarily offensive, but if someone doesn’t want it and tries to avoid it, then it is. There are quite a few photos of Trump, lips stuck out like a monkey’s, looming in to kiss some young woman who obviously feels repelled by the thought. If he’s like that on camera, I would guess that he’s worse off camera. His gentlemanly remarks about wanting to fuck a married woman and spending all that money towards this end-he was just married himself-show that he doesn’t like to be rejected in this way.

              You can’t win on this one, David.

            • David

               /  30th January 2017

              “Show me where he didn’t, or explain how kissing women uninvited, or ‘grabbing them by the pussy’ is NOT sexual assault.”

              That’s easy. Consent means it’s not sexual assault. Trump was bragging about how women ‘let him’ do this.

            • Anonymous Coward

               /  30th January 2017

              “I just start kissing them. It’s like a magnet. Just kiss. I don’t even wait. And when you’re a star they let you do it. You can do anything.”
              Bush: “Whatever you want.”
              Trump: “Grab them by the pussy. You can do anything.”

            • Anonymous Coward

               /  30th January 2017

              But consent is what you wait for isn’t it?

            • Anonymous Coward

               /  30th January 2017
  2. Gezza

     /  30th January 2017

    He got a Nobel Peace Prize for not being George W Bush David. That’s quite an achievement.

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    • David

       /  30th January 2017

      Sure, but it didn’t require him to ‘do’, it just required him to ‘be’. That is a rather good summary of his entire life.

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      • Kitty Catkin

         /  30th January 2017

        Don’t be so naive.Or do you really think that that’s how Nobel Prizes work ?

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        • David

           /  30th January 2017

          He had barely been in the chair 30 secs. What action exactly resulted in him getting a peace prize?

          And, yes, that is exactly how Nobel Peace Prizes work. Hell, even Mother Teresa managed to get one.

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  3. Respect for the role is a non-negotiable. And given that respect for the person in the role needs to be earned, you have to allow him time. In several respects the man in office has already differed from the man on the campaign trail. Funnily enough, that in itself is a source for criticism from some quarters.

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    • artcroft

       /  30th January 2017

      In what ways has he differed from what he said/did on the campaign trail?

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      • He’s toned down a lot of his rhetoric, he’s spoken about his (beaten) opponents with respect, and he’s become more dignified and “presidential”.

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        • artcroft

           /  30th January 2017

          Sorry i haven’t seen any change in tone or attitude. The only change he’s made is to drop any idea of pursuing Clinton through the office of the AG.

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      • David

         /  30th January 2017

        He hasn’t lock Hillary up.

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        • Gezza

           /  30th January 2017

          He doesn’t need to. Hillary who?

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          • Kitty Catkin

             /  30th January 2017

            He should try, as he assured the braying sycophants that he would do it. He’s only not trying because he knows that it wouldn’t succeed and he’d look like a fool. The brayers must be stupid if they didn’t see that it never would succeed.

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            • Gezza

               /  30th January 2017

              Seriously, he doesn’t need to do anything more to Hillary. Politically she’s a corpse.

            • Kitty Catkin

               /  30th January 2017

              He told the braying donkeys that he would. he told her that he would. He should keep his word, ha ha. I think that he hasn’t because he doesn’t want to look like a loser, taking a prosecution that can’t succeed. Which is why I’d like to see it and see him with an entire tray of eggs on his face as he tried to find someone to take it on.

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