The Republican Party has backed itself into a corner. Over the past several years, the Republicans have used their code words to divide the country. They have been pandering, surreptitiously, to the “angry white voter”. This effort was doubled after Barak Obama was elected President in 2008.
Their policies have been, well quite frankly, non-existent. They have been on an obstructionist campaign since 2009 and don’t seem interested in changing anything now. But, as always, came a Presidential election year.
The Republican pundits were all clamoring about their “deep bench” of candidates. The establishment was all for Bush, Christie, Rubio, or Kasich. The ultra-conservatives had their hero in Ted Cruz. A total of 17 candidates came forward to run for President. Including a non-politician named Donald Trump.
Donald Trump began his campaign acting like someone who did not have a chance of winning, and therefore said anything that came into his small brain. We were given such elegant sayings like “Mexicans are rapist and thieves” trying to come to the country to rape our women. We heard a lot of talk about the infamous Berlin Styled Wall between Mexico and the U.S.
He took his message even further. He tried to make fun of women, a disabled reporter, Muslims, Cruz, Kasich, Carson, and anyone else that tried to get in his way. A funny thing happened on the way to the forum. That angry white voter the Republicans have been pandering to for years voted for Donald Trump. As a result, he actually won the nomination by a landslide!
But, Trump wasn’t finished. After he seemingly won the nomination, he kept up his attacks on everything that wasn’t white and male. His latest was his outlandish insinuation that Judge Curiel was not fit to impartially hear the case against Trump and his defunct Trump U because Curiel is “Mexican”.
This came right after Paul Ryan begrudgingly gave his “support” to Trump. Ryan couldn’t keep quiet about the racist comments and even called them “racist” in his comments. But, he also said that he would still vote for Trump because, well, he wasn’t Hillary Clinton.
Marco Rubio during the campaign expressed worry about giving our nuclear codes to “an erratic person”. In a full statement back in February he said:
This is the most important government job on the planet. And we’re about to turn over the conservative movement to a person that has no ideas of any substance on the important issues.The nuclear codes of the United States — to an erratic individual — and the conservative movement — to someone who has spent a career sticking it to working people.
But yesterday, Rubio said he still will vote for Trump. His reason for voting for Trump is really interesting. He said he signed a pledge to support the Republican presidential nominee. That is right. Rubio thinks Donald Trump is too erratic to be trusted with the nuclear codes for this country, but will vote for him because he “signed a pledge.”
Additionally, Rubio said he was willing to give a speech in support of Trump at the convention. How can you give a speech supporting someone you don’t trust with the nuclear codes? In case you think Rubio changed his mind about that, he told reporters yesterday when questioned about his earlier comments, “I stand by everything I said”. I think we just discovered a new definition for insanity!
We have also found out that 4 in 10 Republican insiders still want to “dump Trump” before he leaves the convention with the nomination and up to 60 percent are very “uncomfortable” with Trump as the nominee. Some are very willing to “blow up” the party just to get rid of Trump.
Of course, there are ways, mechanically, for them to pull it off. They can actually change the rules so Trump doesn’t have enough votes to win on the first ballot. For example, they can change the rules so that the “winner” needs two-thirds of delegates on the first ballot to win. That would leave Trump short.
Of course, that would also be telling the Republican voters who participated in the primaries and voted for Trump to be their “champion” that their voice doesn’t count. That could cause a real blowback against the party.
The Republicans are in a dilemma. They are facing a problem of their own making and they don’t know what to do about it. Too many Republicans complain that Trump leading the ticket is a disaster that will be felt all the way down the ticket. Hue Hewitt even said they needed to dump Trump because “the plane is heading straight towards the mountain.”
The Speaker of the House basically called Trump a racist, but will vote for him because he isn’t Hillary Clinton. One of his rivals on the campaign trail, Marco Rubio believes Trump can’t be trusted with the nuclear codes, yet will vote for him because he “signed a pledge”.
The establishment wing of the party is up in arms over the nomination because they believe this could be a disaster for their party this year and for years to come. They even got together with Mitt Romney to plan for what to do after the disaster.
This is what the Republican Party has worked so hard to achieve. A divided country that pits the rich against the poor. A divided country that pits white Americans against everyone else. A divided country that pits Conservative Christians against every other religion.
They got what they have wanted. Their problem is that their presumptive “standard-bearer” isn’t interested in code words. He is openly racist to the point one could call him a white supremacist. He is anti-everything that is not Donald Trump. He doesn’t care about the “Republican Agenda” he is only interested in his “agenda” to gain power.
As a result, the Republican Party doesn’t know what to do. If they think they can “control” Trump, they have another thought coming. Trump doesn’t care about anybody or anything except Donald Trump. His history of not paying his bills and putting a lot of small business out of business due to his greed is proof he doesn’t care about anyone else.
As one delegate put it, “it is possible that Donald Trump will change. But, he is nearly 70 years old, and that doesn’t leave much probability of his changing.”
Actually, I am becoming more interested in the rationale that party regulars are trying to use to “justify” their support for someone they clearly don’t trust. It is about six weeks before the convention in Cleveland. The only question remaining is will the party try an end run to deny him the nomination, or will they continue to rationalize their “support” for someone they don’t want.
In either case, the shit is going to hit the fan.