That headline may seem foolish in itself. But, let’s really look at reality. The Republican Primaries so far have seemed more like a comedy show than a serious political campaign. The real amazing part of the primaries for the Republicans is that the two front-runners, Donald Trump and Ted Cruz are actually disliked more than they are liked.
A recent poll indicates that Donald Trump’s unfavorable rating is a staggering 67% of the American People. He remains steady with primary voters, but that unfavorable rating is not a good thing for the general election.
As a result, more Republicans are turning to the new “savior” of the party, Ted Cruz. However, if you look at the same poll, Cruz’ numbers are not much better. His “favorable” rating has also plunged. His favorable rating is 35% of the American People. His unfavorable rating is 51%.
It may be true using the numbers that Cruz could present a more formidable opponent in the General Election, his ratings don’t show he could win the election. Additionally, many Republicans are now choosing Cruz not because they like him, but because they hate Trump more.
If Cruz were to get the nomination, he would be the most ideological extreme nominee we have seen in a very long time. Cruz has made enemies on Capital Hill. His colleagues in the Senate mostly hate him. He has had no policy victories he can point to, except he helped shut down the government once and failed to shut it down a second time.
Even though he touts his Cuban heritage, his rating with Latinos is about the same as Mitt Romney’s was in 2012. He espouses the same Islamaphobic ideals as Trump. Remember, he was the one who called on police to “patrol Muslim neighborhoods” after the Brussels attack. He was one of the first to call for the ban on Muslim immigration.
In a quote to the Washington Post, Rep. Steve King of New York summed up Cruz pretty well. He said: “Cruz isn’t a good guy, and he would be impossible as President. People don’t trust him. And regardless of what your concern with Trump is, he is pragmatic enough to get some things done. I also don’t see malice in Trump like I see in Cruz.”
Cruz actually believes he will be “swept to victory by conservatives who stayed home in 2012”. When the Republican Party issued their famous “autopsy”, Cruz and other ideologues said that it was a lie. They claimed that they lost because the Republican candidate wasn’t “conservative enough”. Of course, there isn’t any evidence to prove he is correct.
Trump has seemed to hit a wall. The past week hasn’t been a good week for Trump. Yet, the week hasn’t been all that good for Cruz either. It appears more and more likely that the Republican Convention will be a “brokered convention” and that isn’t going to be good for Republicans regardless of who comes out on top.
In their “autopsy the Republican Party said it needed to be more inclusive. Their two front-runners can be called many things. But, inclusive isn’t a word that I would use to describe them. I mean they seem to go out of their way to piss off African-Americans, Latinos, Muslims, Gays, and Women. If that is being “inclusive” I don’t know what the word means.
Rather than convincing Americans that their policies are right for the country, they are pointing fingers at every group that is not “straight White Christians” for the blame of our problems. That is being “divisive” not “inclusive.” Then again, when you propose policies that would raise the debt by two-fold, it is hard to convince the electorate that is the right direction to go in.
As a result, the party finds itself in a quagmire. To coin a somewhat vulgar saying, they don’t know if they should shit or get off the pot. If Trump enters the convention with the most delegates and popular vote and doesn’t get the nomination, there will be hell to pay. The same could be said for Cruz. Yet, if the party chooses someone else, there will really be hell to pay.
The party seems to be leaning to the idea that Cruz would be a stronger candidate than Trump in November. But, the bar has been set so low by Trump, that Cruz’ bar would still be about 3 inches deep in the mud.
I think it is very appropriate that today is April Fool’s Day. Unfortunately, the Republican Party has allowed the Fools to take over their party. For the country, that is no joke, it is very dangerous.