All hail the conquering Trump

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Donald Trump began May 3, 2016, as he often begins the day, by calling into “Fox and Friends.” This time, he called to complain that Rafael Cruz, the father of Ted, had been involved in the conspiracy to assassinate John F. Kennedy, yet so far only the National Enquirer was willing to cover the amazing story. This Trump thought a total outrage.

By the end of that day, Trump was standing on a stage in Indiana, reveling in his great victory and lauding that very same Ted Cruz as a very smart, very tough fighter with a beautiful wife and family and a great future.

No harm, no foul. Right, “Lyin’ Ted”?

We have no record as of yet of how Cruz responded to the olive branch. We do know that just a few hours earlier, he had publicly blasted Trump as “utterly amoral,” a “pathological liar,” “a narcissist at a level I don’t think this country has ever seen,” “a bully,” and “a serial philanderer.”

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Trump is indeed all those things. But as of yesterday, he is also the Republican Party’s nominee to be president of the United States. Cruz suspended his campaign last night, and the final holdout, Ohio Gov. John Kasich will reportedly do the same this afternoon. That puts Cruz, Kasich and millions of other loyal Republicans in quite a nasty conundrum. Does a man who last week was utterly unfit to be president suddenly transform into a statesman by winning the nomination?

It can’t be easy. For weeks now, I’ve been getting a steady stream of emails from people trying to come to grips with it. They begin in more or less the same fashion:

“I’m a longtime Republican, but ….”

“I’ve always thought of myself as a Republican, but ….”

“I’ve voted for every Republican candidate since Jerry Ford, but ….”

And the “but” is Donald Trump. The sense of betrayal and confusion among these voters is palpable. The Grand Old Party has long been their political home; it has been part of who they are, and they have been proud of it. Now, they look on in befuddlement, unable to even recognize what it has become or to see a place for themselves within it.

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But if a lot of anti-Trump Republicans are at a loss at what to do next, the choice is easy for the party’s grifters and opportunists. They are perhaps exemplified by our own Newt Gingrich, who has been sniffing around his party’s new alpha dog for months now, marveling at the excellent aroma. He has lauded Trump’s intellect, leadership and genius and has let it be known that if asked, he would be duty-bound to consider a request to serve as Trump’s running mate.

“If a potential president says ‘I need you’, it would be very hard for a patriotic citizen to say no,” says the ever-patriotic Gingrich, inhaling deeply. And apparently the prospect of a Trump/Gingrich ticket is being taken seriously in top conservative circles.

However, for those not blinded by personal ambition and the desire to insinuate themselves to power, the questions are more complicated.

Does party loyalty require them to support a candidate who has ostentatiously rejected much of the GOP’s platform, who has made a mockery of the party’s longtime self-image as a defender of traditional values? Do they actually embrace Trump, a man they loathe? As Americans concerned about their country, do they believe that President Hillary Clinton constitutes more of a risk to their children’s future than President Donald Trump? Are they willing to put the nuclear football within easy reach of a man who thinks the nuclear triad sounds like a kinky sex opportunity?

In my own informal polling, most Republicans distressed at the thought of Trump also say they can’t envision voting for Clinton. I get that. But in a controversial column this week, George Will raised the stakes considerably higher. He urged conservatives to launch a political Operation Dunkirk, with an all-out effort to rescue as many downticket Republicans as possible from the coming electoral disaster. But he also urged responsible Republicans to launch a companion effort to do everything they can to ensure that Trump loses all 50 states.

Apparently, Will believes that only a complete and total rejection by the voters would allow the Republican Party to conduct a post-election purge, ridding itself of all vestiges of Trump, including the “quislings” and “collaborators” now gathering in Trump’s wake to kiss his ring.

It’s important to remind both Democrats and Republicans that even a resounding GOP defeat this fall would only be temporary, as all political victories must be. Even if the Republican Party as we have known it does not survive, another will rise to take its place and resume the debate. America will always have a party devoted to defending conservative ideals, but it needs to be a party that is capable of governing and of competing on the basis of policy and fact rather than resentment, anger and delusion.

We haven’t seen such a party in a while. Donald Trump, peddler of bizarre conspiracy theories, cannot create such a party.

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StraightNoChaser
StraightNoChaser

Who does the media and Trump's talking heads think they are fooling?  It will snow in hell before true conservatives accept Trump's ideology on planned parenthood and the massive spending that he is planning.  They will never embrace a Donald Trump.  Those folk have gone from "never Trump" to " hell no over my dead body Trump".   Now those trolling for R's yes they will vote for Trump.

elgrunir
elgrunir

Just who is this Bernie, this Sanders?

Who some say deserves extra ganders

I’ll take Clinton over Trump

Anyone but -that- chump

Including the Simpsons Ned Flanders

Hedley_Lammar
Hedley_Lammar

Who will Trump go with as VP ?


Mark Cuban, Hulk Hogan, Charlie Sheen, ???


Inquiring minds want to know !!!!

Visual_Cortex
Visual_Cortex

@Hedley_Lammar

I'm sticking with Suzy Martinez (this is the third time I've posted it today). She's mean enough to work with that creep, and she gives the Twunt just the teensiest inoculation against charges that he hates them Messicans and wimminz. Not much of one, but more than (say) Marco or Ted.

USMC2841
USMC2841

Trump isn't a Ross Perot who is picking off a marginal percentage that would create an opening in the Electoral College.  He's on pace to have the most votes in a Republican primary.  Agree with him or not his policies have struck a cord with conservative voters.  If the GOPe had its way we would be looking at Rubio or Bush ignoring immigration laws and H1-B visa  violations.  The mere fact that the two front runners were Cruz, "Satan in the flesh" according to Boehner and Trump shows the impact he's already had on the party.

Kamchak
Kamchak

@USMC2841 

 Trump isn't a Ross Perot who is picking off a marginal percentage that would create an opening in the Electoral College.

And exactly how many electoral college votes did Perot get, hmmmm?

USMC2841
USMC2841

@Kamchak @USMC2841 "CREATED AN OPENING IN THE ELECTORAL COLLEGE".  My point being that Trump isn't just an outlier serving as a fly in the ointment.  He's representative of something that has gone overlooked by the Republican party.

Visual_Cortex
Visual_Cortex

@USMC2841

He's on pace to have the most votes in a Republican primary.  

Fun facts:

1. Number of folks in GA who voted for Twunt in the primary: about a half million

2. Number of active voters who can participate in the general election in GA: about five million.

StraightNoChaser
StraightNoChaser

@USMC2841 @Kamchak So Republican's are now ready to embrace liberal views.  Higher wages, no de funding of Planned Parenthood, etc.   What took you so damn long?

Kamchak
Kamchak

@USMC2841 

The answer you are groping for is 0

Ross Perot received 0 electoral college votes.

Kamchak
Kamchak

@RangeRover 

 Bernie Sanders is a socialist

Bernie is a socialist?

ROFLMAO !

elgrunir
elgrunir

@Kamchak @RangeRover  Kam, Kam, Kam.... you gotta remember, dude, that if you're not trying to break new ground to the right of the far right, you're a communist-socialist-running-dog-un-American... yada yada yada.

Kamchak
Kamchak

@DownInAlbany 

 It's the way he describes himself. 

And North Korea describes itself as the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, so that makes North Korea a democracy.

ROFLMAO!

elgrunir
elgrunir

@Kamchak @DownInAlbany  Great point.  It seems to me that the more a country tries to sell itself as even sort-of "free," as in "the People's Democratic Free Republic of blah blah blah," the less so it is.

elgrunir
elgrunir

So Trump’s the GOP’s nominee

Progressives reacting with glee

This is my prediction

I say with conviction:

“Clinton turns him over up on her knee”

foo2u
foo2u

@elgrunir Pantsuits McAnkles you say?

Trump will soon put her away?

as the world watches and waits

and the youngun's crashes the gates...

I say heII will freeze over that day.


foo2u
foo2u

@elgrunir @foo2u That's what I said. Wasn't really replying to yours... just a follow up...

Probably could've put it in it's own posting for clarity...

foo2u
foo2u

@DownInAlbany @elgrunir The donald wears diapers and a choker collar around the house when it's just him and Melania... bank on it...

Hedley_Lammar
Hedley_Lammar

 Trump is a huge departure from the conservative movement as embodied by Ronald Reagan — and also a probable (although by no means certain) general election loser in what would otherwise be a highly winnable race for Republicans. Usually a party picks a nominee who is both reasonably “electable” and who upholds its traditional policy positions. In Trump, the Republican Party may have a candidate who fails on both counts.


Good article by Nate Silver.


It ain't the party of Reagan no more