#NeverTrump left with its pants around its ankles

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Now it gets interesting.

Last night’s overwhelming victory by Donald Trump — five states won, pulling anywhere from 54 to 64 percent of the GOP vote, dominating the delegate count — left the forlorn #NeverTrump movement standing with its pants around its ankles.  For Ted Cruz, the night was even worse. He has been trying to make a claim as the party’s legitimate heir to the nomination, but in four of the five states contested last night, Cruz finished last, behind John Kasich, drawing an average of 16 percent of his party’s backers. He gave his supporters no reason whatsoever to believe that he is capable of stopping Trump.

Afterward, Trump declared himself the presumptive nominee, and for once in this campaign he got something right: He is the presumptive nominee. Something could happen to change it, I suppose, but given the breadth and scope of his victory last night, it’s hard to say what that something could be. The aura of the inevitable winner has begun to settle on his shoulders.

“I think the party is seeing me (as the nominee),” he said in last night’s victory speech. “I’m getting calls that you would not believe. I can’t even know how they can do it, because they have said such horrible things about me. Now they want to join the team. … I actually say, how can you do this? And they have no problem.”

Yup. That’s how power works, and Trump knows it in his bones.   In the wake of these victories, a lot of Republicans who have despised him and everything that he stands for will suddenly begin to see hidden virtues in him. It’s as if the magnetic polarity suddenly switches, and what you had found repulsive you now find hugely attractive. They’ll be coming out of the woodwork now to kiss his ring and seek his favor. And Trump will enjoy their courting immensely.

Some Republicans will still resist the magnetic pull, of course, and good for them. That is their duty as patriotic Americans. But as chances recede of blocking Trump’s nomination prior to the convention, their options shrink. They’ll be forced to sit out the campaign, or they can try to rally around a third-party candidate. Given how hapless the anti-Trump movement has been to date, I don’t think he’s terribly frightened by the prospect.

And we do know that with Trump as the party leader, the 2016 campaign between now and November will be about Trump. We’re not going to be debating foreign-policy approaches or economic strategies, it’s all going to be about Trump, and to a lesser degree about Hillary Clinton.

This is what the GOP has brought upon itself, not just its leadership but its childish, petulant base. As the philosopher Isaiah Berlin put it in another context, they have sought “the satisfaction of their own emotional needs over and above the attainable goals of the cause they supported,” and Trump is the embodimentof that self-centered grandiosity.

This could very well be the end of the Grand Old Party as we have known it, and it is absolutely amazing.

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James Parris
James Parris

If you don't like DT, you either want ISIS members to come into country posing as refugees or you must be here illegally. If not, I don't see the problem.

Visual_Cortex
Visual_Cortex

This stray comment says a lot about the right wing bubble world. Emphasis mine.


The Clintons are disgusting!  The mere thought that any American would even vote for either one of them is nauseating.  Sex with an intern in the Oral Office? 


And the irony is, this lie is being posted by someone calling himself "Dr. Truth."

Peachs
Peachs

@Visual_Cortex And the real irony of that is how hard the GOP, had to search, for someone moral enough, to lead the impeachment procedures.  


You had old Newt, having an affair, while his wife was on her death bed, who then tossed it to Livington, who,was proving to his fellow Republicans, he was anything but gay.  And then the cherry on top, Dennis Hastert, who was every parent's nightmare, the ultimate lying politician, unless we want to talk about Nixon. 


Who knows, what icebergs lay ahead ,in the GOP, who is in the closet, or whatever crazy people do, wonder if Gowdy is straight, with all that macho haircut stuff?  I think, he protest too much!

ByteMe
ByteMe

Bob Sutton, chairman of the Broward County GOP Executive Committee in Florida, voiced confidence that Clinton would be easy to defeat in a debate — with a comment not likely to endear him to some female voters.

“I think when Donald Trump debates Hillary Clinton she’s going to go down like Monica Lewinsky,” he said.


Have Republicans gotten past 8th grade yet?

Peachs
Peachs

@ByteMe the problem is the groupies. that follows the Republican Party has not either, and it is high school all over again. Hils could not have been very popular, in high school, hell ,she is not doing that well now. 

Peachs
Peachs

@InTheMiddle2 One of the realities of the Republican Party, being proven by Trump, is they have their own set of truths. 


We had the Bush years, where there was a weapon of mass destruction in every cereal box, and a lack of what is real in economy, that fell like a house of cards, supported by a bunch of bar flies and Monday morning quarterbacks.  Let the right eat it, they will eat anything, should be a bumper sticker. 

InTheMiddle2
InTheMiddle2

Wage stagnation. Despite all of the trumpeting and grandstanding, perception will not change until wages start rising again

Peachs
Peachs

@CherokeeCounty @Peachs I always notice how Obama doesn't linger on the headwind he had to suffer, in all this, from a Republican Party, selling this country short. 


David Brooks wrote, Obama may be the last guy in the White House, that had a touch of class, and with either side of this new equation getting elected I agree. 

Peachs
Peachs

@CherokeeCounty @Peachs You have Frank, contributing in historic proportions, as a open gay, and Dennis Hastert showing the opposite kind of character.

CherokeeCounty
CherokeeCounty

@Peachs 

Thanks - that was a good article.  Long, so most people won't read it, sadly.


One of the best lines, imho, from Barney Frank.


“You get no credit for disaster averted or damage minimized,” Frank said

ByteMe
ByteMe

@InTheMiddle2 $15 minimum wage scaled in over 5 years will do that.  A rising tide really does lift all those boats.

MaryElizabethSings
MaryElizabethSings

Carly Fiorina is speaking on Morning Joe this morning.  What a prude. ;-)   (Of course, she doesn't think of herself in those terms.)


Good for Mika for pushing back with insightful questions to Fiorina.

Peachs
Peachs

@MaryElizabethSings @Peachs Sara Blakely, you want a role model, nothing complicated, she is just  very good and very independent, lets her work do her talking. 

MaryElizabethSings
MaryElizabethSings

@Peachs @MaryElizabethSings


No, I am saying that Fiorina is coming from reserves that have more to do with personal internal conflict than with external conflict presented TO her, imho.


Something is telling, imo, when Mika says to Carly, "But, that is what we already have too much of, Carly - too much fight (among people), don't you think?"  And, Carly is silent for once ;-), and finally comes up with the response, "We come from opposite political positions, Mika, although I like you, too."  Is that the best Carly can say to defend her pugnacious comments, albeit done this morning with a smile, not a frown?

Peachs
Peachs

@MaryElizabethSings @Peachs thank God she was beaten by a woman in California.  She is not a politician, maybe something in business, but she doesn't have the style for politics. Women hate hand shaking, they don't understand why blunt doesn't work.  Men have learn from experience, and the new woman will learn some of the same lessons. 


A byproduct is women will see more jail time, it is part of this equality and unless we fix it, the successful woman will be controlled by laws and prison, just like the men. The ones on Wall Street won't see it, but the ones out there trying to make a grass root difference will. 

MaryElizabethSings
MaryElizabethSings

@Peachs @MaryElizabethSings


Too much stereotypical thinking in your remarks for my tastes, Peaches.


I try to think of people as individuals, not as categories, and I try not to "moralize" about what will happen to them later based on my faulty assessment of who they are (as individuals) presently.


Women are just as varied as men if they stop playing roles others assign to them, like the female "Uncle Tom," to most men.  Likewise, I don't believe that the average Joe should bow to the thinking of a person of status (money, position, education) simply because of another's hierarchical status assigned by society.  In that respect, I am a true egalitarian and I try to practice what I preach in that regard because that is the core of who I am, and why I am here (spiritually).

Peachs
Peachs

@MaryElizabethSings @Peachs Obama never ask for quarter, for being black.  


You blur the focus, making the subject about you, and going to work, asking the enemy to not hit girls or men with glasses. 

MaryElizabethSings
MaryElizabethSings

@Peachs @MaryElizabethSings


Cliched thinking, Peaches.  And, frankly, juvenile thinking, i.e. "asking the enemy to not hit girls or men with glasses."


I use myself as an example to inspire others to think larger than the common denominator of thinking, as I have all of my life, without apology.

MaryElizabethSings
MaryElizabethSings

@Peachs @MaryElizabethSings


P.S. That is one main reason that I support Hillary for President.  She, too, believes in breaking through barriers assigned by others.  I heard her say the other night in a speech that (paraphrased),"We, as a society, must stop telling young girls what they should be and telling them what they cannot be, based on such superficial criteria as 'you are not pretty enough, or you are not smart enough.'  Stop it!  Just Stop it! We must start affirming that girls can be anything they want to be and show them the importance of following substantive goals for themselves, to be able to give back to society substantive parts of themselves."


If a person is an egalitarian in spirit, one WILL think in those ways.  Some of us are called to be warriors for justice, and even warriors for compassion, as ironic as that may seem to some.

DrTruth
DrTruth

@MaryElizabethSings @Peachs  The Clintons are disgusting!  The mere thought that any American would even vote for either one of them is nauseating.  Sex with an intern in the Oral Office?  Accused of rape by multiple women, with Hillary attempting to destroy the lives of those women?


The Clintons have always been privileged, above the law.  $200k to $750k for ONE speech to Wall St Bankers and foreign govts?  If you can't read between the lines on that, then you're hopeless.  Pandering & selling political influence are Clinton specialties....Surrounded by CRIMINAL activities.

MaryElizabethSings
MaryElizabethSings

@DrTruth @MaryElizabethSings @Peachs


My words must be threatening to your thinking, Dr. Truth.


What I see in the Clintons are two people who authentically care about helping others in this world and desire a forum in which to achieve that goal.


That does not mean that either of them is a saint.  And, none of us is a saint, including containing sins such as jealousy (coveting), judging, hardness of heart, and my own thrown in - failure to see the paradoxes within the character of most people (except Mother Theresa, perhaps).  We must prioritize, as I see it, what are the MOST important gifts that people can bring to this world.  Sexual problems are personal and are not equivalent to desires for achieving humanitarian goals in this world. I believe that each person should work out their sexual problems for themselves.  And, I believe the Clintons truly love one another, their child, and their grandchildren.  Btw, I do not know who the real sexual aggressor was between Monica Lewinsky and Bill Clinton.  Do you?


Please stop listening to so much rightwing propaganda about the negatives of the Clintons.  Remember

MaryElizabethSings
MaryElizabethSings

@DrTruth @MaryElizabethSings @Peachs


P.S.  Remember the rightwing propaganda machine in our nation knows that the Clintons, with their combined will, are a threat to the ideological agenda of the rightwing self-serving agenda.


We have a clear choice to make in this coming election for the spiritual trajectory of our nation and our world.  Carly Fiorina is right now on TV saying Hillary is the same as Trump.  Wild thinking.  Are you gullible enough to really believe that?

Peachs
Peachs

@MaryElizabethSings @DrTruth @Peachs exactly what I have been worried about.  Trump can bring her into his mud, she has the material right there at his finger tips and a lot of people will sit this election out. 

DrTruth
DrTruth

@MaryElizabethSings  You give yourself way too much credit.  Nothing you could ever say could be "threatening" to me.  Pitiful, yes.  Buckets of pity...

MaryElizabethSings
MaryElizabethSings

@DrTruth @MaryElizabethSings


And, your post shows true Arrogance, with no humility at all.  THAT is why I am an egalitarian, and your opinion does not phase me because I place no value in your words. 


Your words have informed me who you are, and my words speak for me.

Peachs
Peachs

@MaryElizabethSings she is a person who can't find her place in the world, and says whatever it takes, to make something that is not there. 

Visual_Cortex
Visual_Cortex

Mornin'. An etiquette question:

Is it meanie-headed to refer to those who post here at Drunk O'Clock as "Drunk O'clockers"?

I didn't think it was, but I seem to be getting some pushback from one of the regulars of late. Really not looking to be super trollish, I thought it was somewhat affectionate.


Visual_Cortex
Visual_Cortex

No feedback? I thought it was a semi-interesting dilemma posed. Guess I was rongg.

Nick_Danger
Nick_Danger

@Visual_Cortex 

I would have gone with "affectionate," but I generally don't post then, so maybe I'm not qualified to have an opinion on this.

Peachs
Peachs

@Visual_Cortex I dropped in briefly last night ,and could tell, this was a wet county..

Visual_Cortex
Visual_Cortex

@Nick_Danger @Visual_Cortex

I guess I'll take it up with the Drunk O'clockers.

I think I got the phrase "Drunk O'clock" from Stephanie Miller--she used it to describe the crazy time of day she had to get up to prep for her morning radio show. It doesn't necessarily mean the folks participating here in the late/wee hours are actually drunk, although that time slot is certainly notorious for having drawn some clearly intoxicated comments threads from time to time.

Visual_Cortex
Visual_Cortex

@foo2u

Sunlight's probably the best disinfectant for this disease. Shine some light on those weasel Dems and they'll scurry off, I suspect.

JKToole
JKToole

Trump is "the big tent" the GOP has desired all these years. Unfortunately, it's more like an umbrella: smallest in the center and works best at keeping things away.

Donnie_Pinko
Donnie_Pinko

@PaulinNH @Donnie_Pinko 

You've got a whole list of those at the ready don't you? I like em. ;) 

Yeah, I hesitated to post it, considering the utterly cynical sourse (Eli Lake is not someone I normally cite, to put it mildly), but still found it interesting. 

Reminds me a bit of a story I heard of a German CEO who had written as an actual motivational slogan to be used in a presentation at a major event - Arbeit macht frei. 

Needless to say, someone very calmly but very, very insistently kept pointing out how he could NOT use such a phrase under ANY circumstances, until he was finally made to see that that was true.

Donnie_Pinko
Donnie_Pinko

@PaulinNH @Donnie_Pinko 

Yeah, I found it mind-blowing, too, to the point that it defied belief. But the person relating the anecdote - a Brit btw - was very convincing and was involved, so I took it to be likely true.

stefpe
stefpe

@Donnie_Pinko @PaulinNH From what I understand, Germany does a very good job of teaching its children about WWII, but I also believe that was not always the case. If the CEO in question was too young to experience much if any of WWII but old enough to 'miss out' on that part of his education, I don't think it's a big surprise that he could make a gaffe like that.

PaulinNH
PaulinNH

@Donnie_Pinko  I am disappointed - after reading the headline I thought he would be using Kraft durch Freude.

PaulinNH
PaulinNH

@Donnie_Pinko @PaulinNH  I can't believe any German CEO would use Arbeit macht frei - it has to be urban myth.  I have worked for a couple of German companies (one really big) and met multiple CEO's and they were very cognizant of what not to say. 

Peachs
Peachs

@Visual_Cortex @~moonbat_betty~ @Donnie_Pinko money is the lady's god, it is very transparent.  This other stuff just gets them there. She is the best we have, but we are not Republicans and don't go around blind to the imperfections of our people, which cause the speaker of the house thing yesterday. 

goat diddler
goat diddler

Now if only we can do a better job teaching our children about the south's Civil War.