“When falls the Coliseum, Rome shall fall.”
The autumn of the Roman Empire, except for pre-occupying the minds of all fashionable American males evidently, is a cautionary story for each superior society, together with ours.
Which will sound alarmist, however belief me — our Coliseum is already crumbling.
One want solely gaze upon our as soon as noble and dignified physique of presidency — Congress — to see the cracks within the bricks, thanks in no small half to the usurpation of the Republican Social gathering by one Donald J. Trump.
Lest you thought his ouster in 2020 marked the top of dysfunction and chaos in Washington, the turbid depths to which the Republican Social gathering can sink have solely steepened, imagine it or not.
And the Grand Outdated Social gathering isn’t wanting so grand today, because it each comically and tragically pinballs from one incompetent and embarrassing episode to a different. Ding, ding…ding, ding, ding.
Placing apart the ugly pall forged on the occasion by its embattled frontrunner for president — he’s dealing with 91 felony fees in 4 separate indictments involving every thing from fraud to rebellion — the Republican Social gathering he constructed and formed into his likeness is doing simply as badly.
The dysfunction and self-destruction is nothing wanting beautiful. And simply taking into consideration the latest humiliations — actually from this one week — the Republican Social gathering appears to be all however collapsing.
There was the failed effort to impeach Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas, a completely political train presumably meant to punish and embarrass the Biden administration. It had the alternative impact, nevertheless, when Home Democrats outmaneuvered the Republicans, who didn’t provide you with the votes.
GOP Home members have been fast to complain about their self-own.
“I used to be embarrassed for our convention, for our occasion, as a result of we will do higher than we did final night time,” Rep. Lance Gooden informed CNN’s Manu Raju.
“He didn’t rely votes,” mentioned Rep. Ralph Norman of Speaker Mike Johnson. “I believe he’ll subsequent time.”
“When you’re handed the keys to the dominion…then when you have got the bulk there may be an expectation that it is possible for you to to control. And we’ve simply struggled with that again and again,” mentioned Rep. Steve Womack.
The stunt was such a failure of vote-counting that Rep. Matt Gaetz, who’d boastfully orchestrated the ouster of Speaker Kevin McCarthy final yr with no plan for his substitute, was feeling somewhat wistful. “[W]ouldn’t it have been good to nonetheless have Kevin McCarthy within the Home of Representatives? By no means thought you’d hear me say that.”
The debacle prompted others to query the knowledge of that hamfisted effort to defenestrate McCarthy. “Eliminating Speaker McCarthy has formally became an unmitigated catastrophe,” Rep. Thomas Massie lamented. “Identify one factor that’s improved beneath the brand new speaker.”
Over on the occasion’s governing physique, the Republican Nationwide Committee, issues are simply as dysfunctional. There, chairwoman Ronna McDaniel announced she is stepping down — in the course of an election yr no much less — resulting from stress from Trump. (This can be a lady who dropped her maiden identify — Romney — as a result of Trump didn’t prefer it, and but he nonetheless sees her as insufficiently loyal to him.)
Gaetz, who, bear in mind, ousted McCarthy over private grievances, submitted his ringing endorsement of the previous speaker for McDaniel’s substitute, tweeting, “Kevin is nicely organized and a really high-revenue fundraiser. He will even be popular with the RNC Committee.”
Then there’s the border invoice catastrophe.
Home Republicans tanked a bipartisan border invoice, filled with provisions they’d lengthy been asking for, as a result of Trump — an unelected and four-time indicted personal citizen — prefers to make use of the problem to get elected moderately than resolve it.
However the pyrrhic victory backfired. Reaching the top of utter uselessness, Republicans took a problem they have been successful on — Biden’s damaged border — and handed Democrats a really useful speaking level.
Afterwards, Senate Minority Chief Mitch McConnell lamented that his occasion “can’t get an end result.” And for backing a border invoice, McConnell was blasted by Sen. Ted Cruz, who known as for his substitute. “I believe a Republican chief ought to really lead this convention and will advance the priorities of Republicans.” (The border invoice would have delivered on plenty of Republican priorities.)
American politics has moved out of the dignity of the Roman Discussion board and into the vulgarity of the Coliseum, thanks largely to Trump and his GOP.
And moderately than govern or legislate, the Republican Social gathering appears to want the theatrics of the Coliseum — bloody battles between gladiators and wild beasts, punctuated intermittently by magic reveals, acrobats, and executions.
Can the GOP survive its personal self-destruction? Does it need to?
For America’s sake, let’s hope so.
As a result of the final a part of the quote is “And when Rome falls — the world.”
S.E. Cupp is the host of “S.E. Cupp Unfiltered” on CNN.