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 MayLabour's loss should tell Democrats not to tack too far to the left Is Corbyn handing Brexit to Boris Johnson? Boris Johnson is under pressure to stand up to Trump on climate change 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 MacronGerman president expresses 'sorrow' for Holocaust, warns 'spirits of evil' are rising Hillicon Valley — Presented by Philip Morris International — Apple reportedly dropped plans to let iPhone users encrypt backups | Justices decline facial recognition case | Critics fear Facebook losing misinformation fight | Truce on French tech tax On The Money — Presented by Wells Fargo — Trump at Davos warns Europe on trade | President boasts about US economy to global elite | Experts say Trump trade victories may yield little growth 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 BidenWarren: Dershowitz presentation 'nonsensical,' 'could not follow it' Bolton told Barr he was concerned Trump did favors for autocrats: report Dershowitz: Bolton allegations would not constitute impeachable offense MORE, who according to polling summaries from RealClearPolitics leads President TrumpDonald John TrumpWarren: Dershowitz presentation 'nonsensical,' 'could not follow it' Bolton told Barr he was concerned Trump did favors for autocrats: report Dershowitz: Bolton allegations would not constitute impeachable offense MORE by landslide margins, and Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenWarren: Dershowitz presentation 'nonsensical,' 'could not follow it' On The Money: Stocks close with steep losses driven by coronavirus fears | Tax season could bring more refund confusion | Trump's new wins for farmers may not undo trade damage Overnight Energy: Sanders scores highest on green group's voter guide | Trump's latest wins for farmers may not undo trade damage | Amazon employees defy company to speak on climate change MORE (D-Mass.), who leads Trump by more than 5 percent, while Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersGOP Iowa senator suggests Trump impeachment defense could hurt Biden at caucuses On The Money: Stocks close with steep losses driven by coronavirus fears | Tax season could bring more refund confusion | Trump's new wins for farmers may not undo trade damage Sanders launches first TV ads in Nevada 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 show little enthusiasm for impeachment witness swap Overnight Health Care — Presented by Philip Morris International — CDC, State Department warn against travel to China | Biden says Trump left US unprepared for epidemic | Justices allow Trump 'public charge' rule to move forward Progressive group targeting vulnerable GOP senators on impeachment witnesses MORE (R-Ky.) and House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthyKevin Owen McCarthyThe Hill's Morning Report - Trump trial begins with clashes, concessions Cheney's decision not to run for Senate sparks Speaker chatter Mark Mellman: A failure of GOP leadership 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.