Primadonald’s rant against Muslims, his pledge to block their entry into our country, his promise to register those already here, and his threat to set up surveillance at their mosques, has finally loosened the mouths of all but one of the GOP’s assortment of entrants into the party’s presidential “ugliest candidate pageant”. It took well over 6 months of biting their collective tongue out of fear of alienating his fans (1). But now, the Jebs, Chris’s, Johns, Carlys et al are speaking out and condemning the real estate mogul for what is unquestionably unamerican speech.
The lone exception is Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) who has found it possible to weasel-word his way around any such talk. Cruz’ game plan has always been to “draft” behind Primadonald and scoop up the votes of his supporters when their “fav’s” candidacy eventually comes undone and he exists stage-right (2). It is not as though the junior senator from Texas has cast himself as the anti-Trump. To the contrary, he is just as reactionary, xenophobic and fear-mongering. But, he carries all that off with more polish. So, think of him as Trump-lite under a thin coat of Turtle Wax.
What we can now await with a keen sense of anticipation are the results of upcoming polls that will reflect how conservative voters have responded to the aforementioned widespread public blasting of the man who has led almost every previous testing of Republican sentiment. In the past, each time a lone GOP candidate has attacked Primadonald, his numbers have gone up!!! Will that pattern still hold in the face of an almost unanimous blanket dissing? If it doesn’t, the next question will be, who or whom has benefited from the approval that Trump lost?
All of the foregoing needs to be considered in light of this: In spite of being roundly condemned by all but one of their party’s candidates, notable Republicans like Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and House Speaker, Paul Ryan, have pledged to support Primadonald if he emerges from the primary process as the GOP’s nominee. The message that sends is “That’s our man no matter how racist, belligerent, sarcastic, unpresidential and unamerican he comes off as being”. This is party over country in about as pure a form as you’ll find it.
That so many prominent conservatives have taken that tack is a sign of just how desperate they are to seize control of the White House. If nothing else changes as a result of the 2016 election, that would put the GOP in complete control of both the Executive and Legislative branches of our government. In that event, you would see an immediate repeal of Obamacare, tax reductions for the very wealthiest among us, and a systematic dismantling of the social safety net that has been in place for almost 80 years; i.e. Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid would be put on track for elimination. Just as significant, there would be no counter-weight to congressional Republicans’ burning desire to replace liberal US Supreme Court Justices like Ginsburg and Souter should those two retire. That possibility alone makes 2016 a very consequential election year. So….
Pay attention, stay tuned in, and don’t allow malaise or disgruntlement with politics keep you away from the voting booth; now during primaries and when the general election rolls around in 11 months. Not to show up is to run the risk of a Primadonald being elected. It’s not just our country that can’t afford that; neither can the world we live in.
- Demographic studies have shown that the typical Trump supporter is male, older, White and less well-educated.
- It would be unthinkable for a Republican candidate to exit stage-left.