First-time readers, this blog is set in the future (sometime after the year 2020).  Each entry assumes there has been a 5th revolution in the US — the Revenge Revolution.  More about Revenge Revolution and author, Entry #1.  List and general description of entries to date.  Annual assessment whether Revolution plausible.

Note: most characters appear in a number of entries, with many entries building on previous conversations.  Profile of characters.  You’ll catch on quickly.  Thanks for your time and interest…and comments.

Scene: Jordan’s office in Washington, DC

Gelly:  “Jordan, I was cleaning out a filing cabinet and I found this op-ed piece 092615_2031_Characters7.gifyou wrote in 2016.  This get published?”

Jordan:  “Yes, but the article never generated as much response as I was hoping for.”

Gelly:  “Why not?”

Jordan:  “The publication date was in August 2016.  At the time Trump was making so many outlandish statements so often than the press Trumphad a hard time keeping up.  There was little time to reflect on the content of the article – what Republican leaders should be doing to counter the Donald.”

Gelly:  “So the real meat of this article was lost in all the noise, right?”

Jordan:  “A lot of people were thinking the same thing that I wrote, especially some high-profile people in the Republican Party…and certainly some big donors.  But not much was really said by leadership of the Republicans Party.”

Gelly:  “Some Republicans seemed to take a stand against Trump – like the 50 or so national security people.  And like the senator from Maine…”

TurtleneckJordan:  “…you mean Susan Collins?”

Gelly:  “…that’s the one.  The security group and the senator seemed to distance themselves from Trump.”

Jordan:  “I think the security group did a good job in making their position clear.  Others were less harsh and frankly less effective in their statements.”

Gelly:  “Is that why you chose the title for the article?”

CongressJordan:  “Yep.  Think about it.  The Senate Majority Leader and the Speaker of the House…combined they may have more influence than POTUS on what happens to the American people day to day…and neither of them would openly denounce Trump.  What kind of leadership is that?”

Gelly:  “Weren’t they just trying to protect their political careers?”

Jordan:  “Gelly, you just nailed one of the key reasons why I think Republican leaders had no balls…and two strikes…in the 2016 presidential election.”

Gelly:  “OK, what’d I nail?”

parrothead_tnsJordan:  “The term ‘political careers.’  Voters, most voters anyway, elect officials, Republicans and Democrats, to do what’s right for the country and right for the constituents.”

Gelly:  “And not worry about their political career?  But…”

Jordan:  “Your term ‘but’ is right on.  Too many politicians, especially Republicans in 2016, were looking out for their own butt.”

Gelly:  “Were you saying that in 2016 Republican leaders covered their butt and had no balls?  That’s not a very nice thing to say, Jordan.”

Jordan:  “Whether nice or not doesn’t matter.  If you’re to be an effective leader, then you have to provide an ethical path for others to follow.  You can’t just hide and hope the problem goes away.”

Dog under BedGelly:  “Hiding reminds me of our dog when I was a kid.  During a thunderstorm she would crawl underneath the bed, hiding from the storm.”

Jordan:  “You dog story is a good one.  When I wrote the article, Mitch McConnell and Paul Ryan had, in effect, crawled underneath the bed and were hiding from the Trump thunderstorm.”

Gelly:  “You think if McConnell and Ryan had taken a more of a leadership role re Trump, the outcome of the election would have changed?”

Humpty DumptyJordan:  “The outcome would have been the same.  But the Republican Party would not have been so torn apart.  After the election, the Republican Party looked more like Humpty Dumpty after the great fall.  And the Party still hasn’t recovered fully.”

Gelly:  “When you wrote the article do you think there was still time for McConnell and Ryan to demonstrate leadership instead of acting like a scared dog?”

Baseball BatterJordan:  “There was time.  Remember it was mid-August 2016.  There were 2½ months until the election.  The amount of time left to the election is why I added ‘…two strikes’ to the title of the article.”

Gelly:  “So like baseball, even with two strikes, the batter can get a home run and win the game.  Right?”

Jordan:  “Right you are.  Now, let’s go get a coffee.”