Budowsky: Donald, Boris, Bibi — The right in retreat

Budowsky: Donald, Boris, Bibi — The right in retreat
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In American politics, the 2018 midterm elections brought House Democrats a sweeping landslide and a powerful mandate to end the corruptions and abuses that plague the presidency of Donald Trump.

In Britain, throughout 2019 the Conservative Party suffered bitter internal divisions over the plan for Britain to leave the European Union, which led to the resignation of Prime Minister Theresa MayTheresa Mary MayNo 'post-Brexit doom' indeed: Watch Britain boldly move forward Labour's loss should tell Democrats not to tack too far to the left Is Corbyn handing Brexit to Boris Johnson? MORE followed by a string of humiliations of her successor, Prime Minister Boris Johnson.

In Israel, the net result of two back-to-back national elections is the high probability that the arch conservative government of Prime Minister Benjamin NetanyahuBenjamin (Bibi) NetanyahuMORE, widely known as Bibi, will be replaced by a much more moderate national unity government that will include, or be led by, his leading political opponents.

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In France, centrist President Emmanuel MacronEmmanuel Jean-Michel MacronPresidents and 'presidents' Trump postpones G-7, plans to invite Russia, other nations German chancellor says she 'cannot confirm' she'll attend possible G7 summit MORE, having won a landslide victory over his far-right opponent, has become a leading statesman trying to preserve the unity of Europe and defend Western democracy against the assault from within and abroad.

In the 2020 presidential campaign, the two front-runners at this moment are former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenBiden's right, we need policing reform now - the House should quickly take up his call to action Ohio is suddenly a 2020 battleground Biden wins Guam presidential primary MORE, who according to polling summaries from RealClearPolitics leads President TrumpDonald John TrumpMitt Romney invokes late father during the Civil Rights Movement amid protests White House wanted to deploy 10,000 troops to control protests: reports Zuckerberg, Chan-funded scientists pen 'letter of concern' over Trump, misinformation MORE by landslide margins, and Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenTwitter CEO responds to Trump: 'Not true' that removing campaign video was illegal Biden formally clinches Democratic presidential nomination Warren, Pressley introduce bill to make it a crime for police officers to deny medical care to people in custody MORE (D-Mass.), who leads Trump by more than 5 percent, while Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersBiden wins Guam presidential primary Liberals: Which 'science' are we supposed to believe? Biden formally clinches Democratic presidential nomination MORE (I-Vt.), leads Trump by some 7 percent in match-up polls.

In the most revealing and powerful evidence of the retreat of Trump and forces on the right that dominate the Republican Party but alienate virtually everyone else in American politics, the GOP has now begun to suffer from a large and growing wave of retirements in the House and Senate that appears poised to become a tidal wave. It could lead to an implosion of the GOP that Trump thoroughly controls like an iron albatross.

Events in American, British, Israeli and French politics are far from settled but the war of the worlds pitting the far right against the center and left backed by leaders of Western democracy is increasingly turning against the right, which is now in retreat and facing the real prospect of a political Armageddon.

The common denominator of Trump, Johnson and Netanyahu is that they all campaign by moving further and further to the right, seeking to aggressively mobilize their core political base which increasingly angers, frightens, alarms and mobilizes the large majority of voters who reject and abhor the political extremism and bitter divisions the far right promotes.

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There is now a powerful Trump fatigue, Bibi fatigue and Boris and Brexit fatigue throughout American, British and Israeli democracy that is made even worse, and more dangerous to politicians on the right, by growing fear of an economic slowdown and potential recession that is identified with trade and economic policies of Trump and the ill-fated obsession for Brexit from British conservatives in power under Johnson.

In one of the most potentially self-destructive gambles in American political history Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellRepublicans fear Trump may cost them Senate Overnight Energy: US Park Police say 'tear gas' statements were 'mistake' | Trump to reopen area off New England coast for fishing | Vulnerable Republicans embrace green issues The Hill's Campaign Report: Trump juggles three crises ahead of November election MORE (R-Ky.) and House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthyKevin Owen McCarthyThe Hill's Morning Report - DC preps for massive Saturday protest; Murkowski breaks with Trump The Hill's Morning Report - Floyd eulogies begin; Trump-Esper conflict emerges The Hill's Morning Report - Protesters' defiance met with calls to listen MORE (R-Calif.) have bet the entire future of the GOP in the House, Senate and nationally on iron-willed and total support of the historically unpopular Trump. Their relentless obstruction of every attempt by moderates, liberals, centrists and principled conservatives to thwart the excesses, divisiveness and corruptions of the Trump presidency create grave and extreme dangers to the GOP future.

The right is in retreat. 

First American, British and Israeli conservatives retreated by failing to provide a check against policies from Donald, Boris and Bibi that alienate voters and violate traditional conservative values and principles.

Then after the right doubled down on their mistakes as Donald, Boris and Bibi move even further to the right, shrinking the concentric circles of their public support, voters force them to retreat again.

Now, as the Republican Titanic sails toward the electoral iceberg, in the ultimate retreat the GOP retirement wave grows larger every day. 

Budowsky was an aide to former Sen. Lloyd Bentsen (D-Texas)  and former Rep. Bill Alexander (D-Ark.), who was chief deputy majority whip of the House of Representatives. He holds an LLM in international financial law from the London School of Economics.