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of executive branch powers to the secret anti-Trump-
ers in the U.S. Senate.
He’s still worth listening to, in other words.
Weld’s long political career spans five decades,
from Richard Nixon’s impeachment and includes
stints in both houses of Congress and Ronald
Reagan’s Justice Department. Politically, Weld, 74,
belongs to a species—the moderate, country club
Republican—rarely seen in the wild in recent years,
and presumed by many to have gone extinct or at
least dormant. His combination of
liberal positions on social issues
(pro-choice), pro-science views (he
believes climate change is a man-
made emergency) and fiscal conser-
vatism is a throwback to another era.
everybody, well most everybody, knows
former Massachusetts Governor William
Weld has mounted a primary challenge against
President Donald Trump, along with ex-Tea
Party Congressman Joe Walsh from Illinois. And
everybody knows he and Walsh have a snowball’s
chance in hell of winning. Almost 90 percent of
Republican voters are sticking with the president.
More than half of them believe he is doing a better
job than Abraham Lincoln. And to make matters
worse, some state Republican parties
have already responded by fending
off others with canceled primaries.
Weld has a lot to say—and he isn’t
shy about saying it—from Attorney
General William Barr’s extreme view
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He has little or no chance to beat the president in the primary.
But Bill Weld still has lots to say when it comes to running-scared
Republicans and an attorney general who “is way out there”