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 MayUK's Johnson sends EU 'final offer' on Brexit Saagar Enjeti warns 2020 Democrats against embracing Hillary Clinton The 'Mother of Parliaments' and the 'Lords of Misrule' 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.


In France, centrist President Emmanuel MacronEmmanuel Jean-Michel MacronUS should support, but also prod, Ukraine Civil liberties groups sound alarm over online extremism bill Trump selects Grenell as special envoy for Serbia, Kosovo peace talks 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 BidenGiuliani says he is unaware of reported federal investigation Trump says Giuliani is still his lawyer Sondland to tell Congress 'no quid pro quo' from Trump: report MORE, who according to polling summaries from RealClearPolitics leads President TrumpDonald John TrumpGiuliani says he is unaware of reported federal investigation Louisiana's Democratic governor forced into runoff Lawmakers focus their ire on NBA, not China MORE by landslide margins, and Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenSanders on difference with Warren: she's a capitalist 'I'm not' Rubio hits Warren's 'crude' and 'vulgar' response to opposition to same-sex marriage Klobuchar takes shots at health and education plans supported by Sanders and Warren MORE (D-Mass.), who leads Trump by more than 5 percent, while Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersSanders on difference with Warren: she's a capitalist 'I'm not' Sunday Show Preview: Trump's allies and administration defend decision on Syria Klobuchar takes shots at health and education plans supported by Sanders and Warren 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.


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 McConnellMattis warns 'ISIS will resurge' without U.S. pressure on Syria McConnell tightlipped as impeachment furor grows Hillicon Valley: Google, Reddit to testify on tech industry protections | Trump joins Amazon-owned Twitch | House to vote on bill to combat foreign interference MORE (R-Ky.) and House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthyKevin Owen McCarthyFive ways Trump's Syria decision spells trouble The Hill's Morning Report — Arrest of Giuliani associates triggers many questions Cheney slated to introduce bill to place sanctions on Turkey 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.