Messenger: The two Erics battle for Trump’s love in Missouri version of ‘Succession’

Messenger: The two Erics battle for Trump’s love in Missouri version of ‘Succession’

Eric Schmitt, left, and Eric Greitens, right. Perhaps it’s because I watch too much television, but the early months of the race in the Republican primary for the U.S. Senate in Missouri remind me a bit of the hit HBO drama/comedy “Succession.” For the uninitiated, the show is about Logan Roy, the patriarch of the Waystar media and entertainment empire, a clear metaphor for Rupert Murdoch and Fox News, and in every episode for the first three years, Roy’s privileged children fight for his attention and their rightful place eventually taking over the empire their father built. Sometimes you don’t know whether to laugh or to cry as the troubled and misguided children twist themselves into pretzels to curry favor with dear old dad before he crushes their dreams, as he did in last week’s season finale. So it is as a band of Missouri GOP misfits bend over backward seeking the blessing of the former president, taking turns kissing Donald Trump’s ring in various visits to Mar-a-Lago, or in jumping in and out of policy hoops so as to be on the same page with the only voter they care about. Take Eric Greitens, the former governor who resigned in disgrace while on the way to being impeached by his own party. As he occasionally does, Greitens recently spoke the truth. Similar to what law enforcement professionals have been clamoring for months, Greitens agreed that the poorly written and ill-conceived Second Amendment Protection Act was a bad piece […]

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