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 MayAre US-Japan relations on the rocks? Trump insulted UK's May, called Germany's Merkel 'stupid' in calls: report Bolton says Boris Johnson is 'playing Trump like a fiddle' 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 MacronNavalny released from hospital after suspected poisoning US-China tensions shadow United Nations meeting The US is missing an opportunity in Lebanon 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 BidenPelosi slams Trump executive order on pre-existing conditions: It 'isn't worth the paper it's signed on' Hillicon Valley: Subpoenas for Facebook, Google and Twitter on the cards | Wray rebuffs mail-in voting conspiracies | Reps. raise mass surveillance concerns Fox News poll: Biden ahead of Trump in Nevada, Pennsylvania and Ohio MORE, who according to polling summaries from RealClearPolitics leads President TrumpDonald John TrumpSteele Dossier sub-source was subject of FBI counterintelligence probe Pelosi slams Trump executive order on pre-existing conditions: It 'isn't worth the paper it's signed on' Trump 'no longer angry' at Romney because of Supreme Court stance MORE by landslide margins, and Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenHillicon Valley: Subpoenas for Facebook, Google and Twitter on the cards | Wray rebuffs mail-in voting conspiracies | Reps. raise mass surveillance concerns On The Money: Anxious Democrats push for vote on COVID-19 aid | Pelosi, Mnuchin ready to restart talks | Weekly jobless claims increase | Senate treads close to shutdown deadline Democratic senators ask inspector general to investigate IRS use of location tracking service MORE (D-Mass.), who leads Trump by more than 5 percent, while Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersThe Hill's Campaign Report: Trump faces backlash after not committing to peaceful transition of power Bernie Sanders: 'This is an election between Donald Trump and democracy' The Hill's 12:30 Report: Trump stokes fears over November election outcome 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 McConnellTrump 'no longer angry' at Romney because of Supreme Court stance On The Money: Anxious Democrats push for vote on COVID-19 aid | Pelosi, Mnuchin ready to restart talks | Weekly jobless claims increase | Senate treads close to shutdown deadline The Hill's Campaign Report: Trump faces backlash after not committing to peaceful transition of power MORE (R-Ky.) and House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthyKevin Owen McCarthyMcCarthy says there will be a peaceful transition if Biden wins GOP lawmakers distance themselves from Trump comments on transfer of power McCarthy claims protests in Louisville, other cities are 'planned, orchestrated events' 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.