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NINA BURLEIGH


@ninaburleigh


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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


“I Would Vote

For Virtually Any

Democrat

Against Trump”

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”






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