The “Spy vs. Spy vs. Spy” campaign season

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The "Spy vs. Spy vs. Spy" campaign season

By Steve Eggleston

First things first, con­grats to Peter and the rest of the Mag­nif­i­cent Seven for win­ning one of the Best Grass­roots Blogs awards from Doug Ross. It’s been a honor to write here, even as infre­quently as I have been.

2015 has been one crazy year, espe­cially on the polit­i­cal front. Going into the year, the con­ven­tional wis­dom was that the Repub­li­can Party had a very deep bench, espe­cially from the ranks of gov­er­nors, from which to draw a Pres­i­den­tial nom­i­nee. That hasn’t exactly hap­pened, as the first three to drop out of the race were accom­plished gov­er­nors who, arguably, would have been able to keep the grand center-​right coali­tion together, with the remain­ing can­di­dates rep­re­sent­ing, or at least claim­ing to rep­re­sent, mere chunks of said coalition.

So, what hap­pened? One could say Don­ald Trump hap­pened, but that is only a par­tial answer. The long-​rumored split between the GOP and its base seems inevitable now, and it’s been engi­neered by both the party bosses and the lead­ing can­di­date. In fact, it reminds me of an old sta­ple from Mad Mag­a­zine called “Spy vs. Spy”, or more prop­erly, “Spy vs. Spy vs. Spy”.

In the 2-​person ver­sion, the white spy and black spy plot against each other, Some­times, the plot works; other times, it blows up in the plotter’s face. Things are a bit dif­fer­ent when the grey spy shows up — she always wins.

Over the past year, the DC estab­lish­ment redou­bled their efforts to aban­don their (for­mer) base of con­ser­v­a­tives, and they have suc­ceeded beyond their wildest dreams. The lat­est exam­ple — for the small price of finally get­ting the ban on oil exports removed, they gave the Democ­rats and their K Street mas­ters every­thing else they wanted, from fully fund­ing Oba­maCare, exec­u­tive amnesty for ille­gals and Planned Par­ent­hood to res­ur­rect­ing the Export-​Import Bank and pick­ing the first set of win­ners in the tax-​break rewrite game.

Mean­while, Trump, who entered the race only after con­sult­ing the hus­band of the Demo­c­rat front-​runner, has been using that aban­don­ment, his gift for the bom­bas­tic, and the will­ing­ness of those who claim to be tired of being told one thing and get­ting some­thing else to ignore his pre-​2015 posi­tions on var­i­ous issues to drive out the afore­men­tioned gov­er­nors and drive him­self to the top of the national polls.

I wish my pre­dic­tion for 2016 were dif­fer­ent, or at least as wrong as my pre­dic­tions for 2015 turned out to be, but the way things are going, the grey spy is going to be stand­ing over the smok­ing corpses of the white and black spies flash­ing the double-​victory symbol.

By Steve Eggleston

First things first, congrats to Peter and the rest of the Magnificent Seven for winning one of the Best Grassroots Blogs awards from Doug Ross. It’s been a honor to write here, even as infrequently as I have been.

2015 has been one crazy year, especially on the political front. Going into the year, the conventional wisdom was that the Republican Party had a very deep bench, especially from the ranks of governors, from which to draw a Presidential nominee. That hasn’t exactly happened, as the first three to drop out of the race were accomplished governors who, arguably, would have been able to keep the grand center-right coalition together, with the remaining candidates representing, or at least claiming to represent, mere chunks of said coalition.

So, what happened? One could say Donald Trump happened, but that is only a partial answer. The long-rumored split between the GOP and its base seems inevitable now, and it’s been engineered by both the party bosses and the leading candidate. In fact, it reminds me of an old staple from Mad Magazine called “Spy vs. Spy”, or more properly, “Spy vs. Spy vs. Spy”.

In the 2-person version, the white spy and black spy plot against each other, Sometimes, the plot works; other times, it blows up in the plotter’s face. Things are a bit different when the grey spy shows up – she always wins.

Over the past year, the DC establishment redoubled their efforts to abandon their (former) base of conservatives, and they have succeeded beyond their wildest dreams. The latest example – for the small price of finally getting the ban on oil exports removed, they gave the Democrats and their K Street masters everything else they wanted, from fully funding ObamaCare, executive amnesty for illegals and Planned Parenthood to resurrecting the Export-Import Bank and picking the first set of winners in the tax-break rewrite game.

Meanwhile, Trump, who entered the race only after consulting the husband of the Democrat front-runner, has been using that abandonment, his gift for the bombastic, and the willingness of those who claim to be tired of being told one thing and getting something else to ignore his pre-2015 positions on various issues to drive out the aforementioned governors and drive himself to the top of the national polls.

I wish my prediction for 2016 were different, or at least as wrong as my predictions for 2015 turned out to be, but the way things are going, the grey spy is going to be standing over the smoking corpses of the white and black spies flashing the double-victory symbol.