Will GOP party loyalty translate into allegiance to Trump?

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“I want to get something really clear, because there’s been a lot of talk about this,” GOP Party Chairman Reince Priebus said last night, speaking to the crowd in Miami before what turned out to be an oddly calm presidential debate. “This party is going to support the nominee — whoever that is — 100 percent. There’s no question about that.”

That nominee, Priebus said, “is going to join the Republican National Committee, the Republican Party, all of you, the conservatives, the Tea Party, our entire wonderful group of people that are going to come together and unify in Cleveland and get behind that nominee. That’s what we do, as Republicans.”

Then he pleaded:

“Can you at least agree with me without question that any one of these four gentlemen would be a world better than Hillary Clinton or a socialist in Bernie Sanders?”

In other words, suck it up, Republicans. If Donald Trump is really going to take over your party and claim its nomination, as seems likely, you are obligated by party loyalty to support a man who brags on national TV about his penis size, a man who encourages staff and supporters to physically manhandle protesters and media, a man who insults both your intelligence and your religion by claiming fealty to a faith that you know is completely foreign to him, a man who thinks the nuclear triad is a really hot sex act, a man who tells you what you want to hear with all the sincerity and conviction of the con man that Marco Rubio says he is.

Welcome to your nightmare. Just don’t make it my nightmare as well.

At this point there are three plausible scenarios. The first and most likely is that Trump arrives in Cleveland on July 18 with the 1,237 delegates needed to claim the nomination outright. The second and also quite plausible scenario is that he arrives in Cleveland a little short of an absolute majority but party leaders defer to him nonetheless, to prevent him from stomping off in anger. The third, more far-fetched possibility is that he arrives in Cleveland with a strong plurality but party leaders conspire to deny him the top prize, after which he stomps off in anger.

I’m not seeing a scenario in which unity is the outcome or even ought to be the outcome. To the contrary, I foresee a profound moral and patriotic dilemma for millions of Americans who call themselves Republicans.

The Priebus question is the right question, the important question, so let me ask it again in paraphrase: “Do you believe that a President Trump would be a world better than a President Hillary Clinton? Do you believe that it is even a sane thing to contemplate?” Some will say yes enthusiastically, because they are eager to see what Trump will do when given the levers of power. Others, unable to set aside the hatred of all things Clinton that they have nurtured for roughly a quarter century, will say yes to Trump reluctantly and with fear in their hearts. And the opportunists such as Chris Christie and Ben Carson will say yes because they value personal ambition over the national interest.

But I have to believe — and hope — that many others will look into their hearts and conclude that party loyalty is not nearly sufficient cause for making the likes of Trump the most powerful person on the planet. The democratic system is founded not on a document like the Constitution, but instead on a faith that when the time of choosing comes, when it really matters, our fellow Americans will do the right thing for the country. I do still believe that, and I hope I still believe it after November.

 

 

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lvg
lvg

When Trump campaign manager assaults a Breitbat reporter who resigns with her editor after no apology from Trump,   you know the fascists are taking over the stupid party. Brown shirts and red hats should be mandatory at Trump rallies.

rimsky
rimsky

The man with metro Atlanta ties who rushed the stage this weekend at an Ohio Donald Trump rally had planned to grab a microphone and call the GOP presidential front-runner “a racist” before he was ushered away by police, according to a report.///////

DiMassimo had the right to speak.  Deal with Trumpettes.

rimsky
rimsky

Doc Carson says the violence in Trump rallies is going to get worse.  Duuuuh

rimsky
rimsky

@St Simons he-ne-ha Brokered Convention in Cleveland and Trump will lose.  

Isn't this more fun than watching TV.

rimsky
rimsky

Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump refused to take responsibility on Sunday for clashes at his campaign events and criticized protesters who have dogged his rallies and forced him to cancel one in Chicago last week.///////

Hitler never condoned violence against the Jews either.

Peachs
Peachs

The Republicans talk to the press, like a man having an affair, and caught in a hotel room with his girlfriend, by his wife.

Nick_Danger
Nick_Danger


“...part of the problem and part of the reason it takes so long [to kick protesters out] is nobody wants to hurt each other anymore.” - Donald Trump

Peachs
Peachs

Why is his rallies, the only ones that have this problem?

ByteMe
ByteMe

 George Will writes pretty for a doooshnozzle:


Mitt Romney’s denunciations and ridicules are not designed to dissuade Trump voters. It is axiomatic that you cannot reason a person out of a position that the person has not been reasoned into. The adhesive that binds Trumpkins to their messiah can be dissolved by neither facts nor eloquence. Romney and other defenders of Republican traditions are trying to prevent a stampede to Trump of “Vichy Republicans,” collaborationists coming to terms with the occupation of their party.

Peachs
Peachs

The Republican Party is like a drug dealer, who has to deal with who they have to deal with to make a living.

Visual_Cortex
Visual_Cortex

The peanut gallery over at Kyle's seem convinced the man leans left. 

ByteMe
ByteMe

@Visual_Cortex Kyle?  Yeah, the fact-less need to redefine the terminology to make them fit their preconceived notions.

Peachs
Peachs

I can't tell if they redefine terminology, or just are so low wattage in their vocabulary, that they ,just,don't understand the real definition of the terminology.

Visual_Cortex
Visual_Cortex

Just to keep it simple, I'd recommend the Bernie approach to any WATB Trumpettes trying to claim that their guy is somehow "not racist."

Just go to the Birther well. Because you really can't defend what Trump's done there, under any circumstances. 

Visual_Cortex
Visual_Cortex

@St Simons he-ne-ha @Visual_Cortex @Peachs

...see also GWB's infamous press conference fumble when he was asked what his biggest mistake might have been.

It wasn't so much that he wasn't willing to acknowledge the Big One, but rather that his hubris was such that he didn't bother to have a rehearsed response to this bog-standard interview question.

Visual_Cortex
Visual_Cortex

@Peachs

they act like it's a mystery

It is very, very, VERY difficult to admit you were wrong. Particularly when you're hitched to a group that has made a point of never admitting a mistake.

(Consider the right wing's hysterical overreaction to Obama's sensible speeches in Europe about historical blowback from the West's imperial overreach, which they immediately dubbed the "apology tour" and continue to cling to as if that were a real thing.)

ByteMe
ByteMe

@Visual_Cortex Sure they can.  Facts don't change your position when you arrived at your position without facts in the first place.

Visual_Cortex
Visual_Cortex

@ByteMe @Visual_Cortex

Oh, I get that they can. But--to make it explicit--they're not going to bring any reachable voters along for the ride, if they're stuck defending birtherism.


Peachs
Peachs

You have got radical Republicans who won't even say they are radical, and when the real facts show up in the human form of a man named Trump , they act like it's a mystery.

Peachs
Peachs

I played basketball, in high school with a guy ,who loved to trash talk the other team. This was back before trash talking was a normality.

You would start off with a friendly game, and then this guy would start running his mouth, and somewhere before the game was over ,there would be a bench clearing fight, every other game It was more like playing hockey, than playing basketball.

I can only imagine having Trump as a member of my basketball team...

rimsky
rimsky

Once all of that is quickly accomplished, Mister Trump WILL create millions of job$ ///////

I had fantasies like I will be billionaire.  That is all fantasy.

OldEngineer
OldEngineer

Just did a search for GotRump.com - errr, I mean GoTrump.com - the site exists, but my security software warns that it is a "Malicious Site" - well of course it is!

lvg
lvg

Mitt Romney campaigning for Kasich in Ohio - will it make a difference or will it help TrumP?

Bill OrvisWhite
Bill OrvisWhite

We need a Real Man with a real business sense at reigning in government taxing, spending and over-regulation. There's no doubt that the honorable Mister Donald J. Trump is that Real Man who WILL save The Republic from destruction by staring down Red Russia, Communist China, dictators, ayatollahs and general thugs. Once all of that is quickly accomplished, Mister Trump WILL create millions of job$ thereby repairing the eroded tax ba$e and then expanding it never before seen in this once-free nation's history. Mister Trump will repair our incredibly damaged military infrastructure while ending waste and fraud within this once-free nation's ridiculous entitlement system. Mister Trump is a Real Man, Real Patriot who tremendously loves His country and only wishes to make it far better. Remember my pals, He DOESN'T NEED TO DO THIS! He is funding this campaign by Himself and then WILL take a massive pay cut to serve His nation and WE THE PEOPLE!!!!!! Finally, we WILL GET a Real Conservative in The Oval Office! WHAT IS NOT TO LIKE MY PALS? Amen, Bill 

Peachs
Peachs

One of my gay friends, said the same thing about what he needed! A real man. ..

CherokeeCounty
CherokeeCounty

@Peachs

Mr. White does seem to fixate on 'real men' doesn't he..


Inquiring minds....

lvg
lvg

@Peachs Marla Maples said Trump was the best sex she ever had- does that help qualify him as President?

Peachs
Peachs

My mother used to call Clark Gable a real man, but don't think she would've put that label on Donald Trump...

Visual_Cortex
Visual_Cortex

@lvg @Peachs

Marla Maples said Trump was the best sex she ever had- does that help qualify him as President?

No, but it does make me feel a little sorry for Ms. Maples.