Last night in Indiana, Donald Trump thumped Ted Cruz. Cruz needed to win Indiana in order to keep any hope of a “contested” convention alive. He was beaten soundly. As a result of his loss, Ted Cruz, the anointed one, “suspended” his campaign. I love it that no one actually “withdraws” from the race anymore, they simply “suspend” their campaign.
That means that Trump is the “presumptive” nominee. Only John Kasich is left to run against Trump in the remaining primaries. And, Kasich has only won one primary so far, his home state. With Trump well ahead in New Jersey and California, it looks like nothing will stop him from getting the 1237 delegates he needs to win the nomination on the first ballot.
We have heard a lot of talk about the stop Trump movement. Lindsey Graham, who absolutely hates Ted Cruz, gave Cruz his support just to stop Trump. It failed. Millions of dollars were spent by PACs in TV and radio ads to stop Trump. It failed.
The biggest argument of Ted Cruz for winning the nomination was his claim to “be the only true conservative” in the race. He said no one else was as pure of a conservative as he is. He still got thumped big time.
So, what does that mean for the #NeverTrump crowd? Are they going to finally give us some lame excuse for why they will not back Trump? Will they throw off the Republican Party and run a Third Party candidate? Will they sit out the election?
What do the Tea Party and other “true conservatives” do? Do they jump on the Trump bandwagon? Do they sit out? Do they start a new party and run a Tea Party member like Cruz as their candidate?
Are we going to see the term “Republicans for Hillary” as we saw “Democrats for Reagan” in the 1980s. The whole idea of Trump being the nominee for the Republican Party opens up a lot of questions. Let’s face facts, if Clinton wins the Democratic nomination, she is far closer to the neo-con side of politics than Trump is. Does that mean people like Graham will back her?
As I sat and watched Cruz drop out last night, I kept thinking about his interview on Meet the Press on Sunday. He was asked nine times if he would support Trump as the nominee. He never answered the question. And, during his speech last night, he never said he would support the nominee.
I don’t know for sure, I am hoping that last night shows a supreme crack in the conservative movement. Republicans have said over and over that the reason they keep losing elections at the national level is because they weren’t “conservative enough”. Yet the “true conservative” lost to someone who never ran for office before.
I also hope that Democrats aren’t laughing and celebrating over Trump’s victory. I don’t believe this will be the push-over election some think it will be. I believe that Democrats have a chance to retake the Senate and maybe even defeat gerrymandered districts to win some additional House seats. But, Trump will not be a push-over if Democrats don’t realize the danger he poses.
When the media doesn’t push back against a candidate that says and does anything that comes to his tiny brain, that makes it difficult for an opponent to fight back. Just ask Ted Cruz and the other Republicans Trump beat.
With Donald Trump the presumptive nominee for the Republicans, this race is going to be very ugly. If you think the ugliness of the Republican primaries can’t be matched, you are wrong. Trump will get very ugly in the general election, regardless of who actually wins on the Democrat side.
Ugly and hate got him the nomination. What makes you think he will run the general election any differently? One pundit actually said something last night I agree with. The three debates in the fall won’t be just the most watched in this country. It will probably break international ratings as well.
Reports are showing that the rest of the world is very nervous that America could actually elect Donald Trump as President of the U.S. and the leader of the “free world”. Even if you don’t believe it or like it, the rest of the world does watch what we do. If we elect someone like Trump, the world will be very nervous.
But, we cannot just come up with a plan to pound Trump back to reality TV. We need to strategize how we are going to pound Republicans all they way down the ticket to go with him. Our liberties, our freedoms, and our rights have been under attack for the last two decades. They have been under attack by the so-called “conservatives” in the country. They need to go as well.
After all, there isn’t much to be concerned about. We are just looking at who is going to lead the nation in our fight to use clean energy, stopping climate change, get jobs, the economy, civil rights for all groups, voting rights for all citizens, public education, immigration reform, taxes, income inequality, fair pay for all and even torture.
From where I sit, the real real problem with Trump winning the nomination is that too many “true conservatives” will try to distance themselves from the presidential candidate. If Cruz had won, they wouldn’t dare run away. There would be no smoke-screen to hide them from their true beliefs. Beliefs that do not even recognize the Constitution they never read but claim to love.
It appears that at the nation level, the Black Shirts have won. This is going to be a very ugly and possibly violent election. I hope I am wrong, but I am afraid that Trump’s victory will unleash the hate groups and empower them to fully come out of the shadows.
And the “shirts” keep marching along!