Daily Bread for 2.19.23: More Trump than Trump, Coming Soon to a Midwest Community Near You

Good morning.

Sunday in Whitewater will be partly cloudy with a high of 44. Sunrise is 6:44 AM and sunset 5:32 PM for 10h 47m 21s  of daytime. The moon is new with 0.8% of its visible disk illuminated.

 On this day in 1954, the Politburo of the Soviet Union orders the transfer of the Crimean Oblast from the Russian SFSR to the Ukrainian SSR.

Isaac Arnsdorf reports Far-right election denier beats Trump’s pick for Michigan GOP (‘Kristina Karamo, who refused to concede her run for secretary of state, beat Donald Trump’s choice for state chair in a chaotic convention’): 

LANSING, Mich. — Republicans here, reeling from a midterm election rout that many blamed on the influence of former president Donald Trump, respondedSaturdayby spurning the former president’s choice for state party chair — and choosing someone even more extreme.

Kristina Karamo, who refused to concede her 14-point loss for secretary of state in 2022, beat former attorney general candidate Matt DePerno, who had Trump’s endorsement, in three rounds of contentious voting. The chaotic 11-hour convention, featuring a rowdy standoff over voting procedures and 10 candidates who all ran under a pro-Trump banner, left no doubt that the bulk of the party’s activists in thiskey battleground state remain firmly committed to election denial and showed no interest in moderating their message to appeal to the political center.

“Conceding to a fraudulent person is agreeing with the fraud, which I will not do,” Karamo said to cheers in her campaign speech on Saturday.

Trump’s a legally challenged, politically stumbling, sluggish wreck. He’ll lose to Biden or any other Democrat in 2024. And yet, what he has brought to the heart of GOP politics will not abate. See Man and Movement. On the contrary, the extremism he encouraged will grow only stronger within the Republican Party.  

The only question is how leading conservative populists will present themselves before taking office. Overtly autocratic like DeSantis, or platitudinous until taking power like stealthy  conservative populists across the country?

Once in, they’ll carry on with their 21st century version of a kulturkampf just the same.

Machu Picchu: Inca citadel reopens to tourists after month of civil unrest:

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