They're deplorable, all right.
Greg Gianforte could stand in the middle of Billings, Montana's Grand Avenue and body-slam somebody and he wouldn’t lose any more than nine percent of his Republican voters, as one poll found. He could refuse to publicly align himself with the GOP's hideous health-care plan but be heard lauding it to lobbyists, and he'd survive — with a majority of Montana's voters. He could identify with a probably criminal and definitely unstable president and receive "the biggest applause" from the cretins when citing the criminally insane president.
You just can't keep a good deplorable down. They of course have a democratic right to vote for a duplicitous and violent scoundrel, but their ethos is that of eager, undemocratic brownshirts. Reports Politico:
[Gianforte's] altercation Wednesday night was widely laughed off by attendees at his Election Day party, as they stared — some angrily — at the gathered press. When Gianforte apologized to the reporter he assaulted in his speech at the end of the night, an attendee yelled that he was forgiven, as others shook their head, expressing the opinion that he shouldn't have to apologize. Earlier in the evening, the media-hatred was even a punchline of supporters' jokes. Eyeing a reporter's press badge skeptically just after polls closed, one attendee explained, "We’re looking for the right press to flip off." Then she laughed and walked away.
The deplorables won't be denied. A Republican operative "closely involved" in Gianforte's race told Politico on Election Day eve: "When we run shitty candidates it’s going to be hard to win." But win they do. For there is no Republican candidate too scurrilous or mentally unbalanced to alienate the deplorables. In the course of merely a few decades they've taken the 163-year-old party of Lincoln and T.R. and reduced it to the party of Trump and Gianforte, both of whom would have sent Dwight Eisenhower retching.
Said a Republican strategist: "[Gianforte] won't be the only hot-headed lunatic in the House" — for the deplorables are everywhere. The strategist added that that "doesn't mean it's an easy situation for Republicans to deal with," meaning — what? The strategist seems to be in denial. Deplorable congressional Republicans giddily elected by hordes of deplorables are now the norm, not an exception to be "dealt with" by a responsible Republican majority.
Come on, Mr. Strategist, wake up and smell the stench. Your party has been conquered by mass personalities of a decidedly authoritarian bent, by gangs of deplorables who either adore or — even worse — tolerate the most deplorable among us, as evidenced by the triumphant likes of Gianforte and Trump. And the deplorability of it all won't stop until strategists and operatives and genuinely conservative activists such as yourself declare that enough is enough — and leave this deplorable party.