WRSA has this up where it is implicitly suggested that Paul Ryan (weasel that he is), is actually going to make a move for candidacy. It also appears to be suggested that this behavior is somehow controlled by the GOP machine.
Bhah! The establishment controls little to nothing, Paul Ryan has as much chance at being the candidate as my dog, and the second example is a bunch of goobers in over their head trying to run things they shouldn’t. Nothing more.
I’ve heard it until I’m sick and fed up. The establishment. They are to blame for Trump. The establishment. THE ESTABLISHMENT! Screw the establishment! They are responsible for all of the nation’s ills. Except, not really.
The establishment is mostly filled with gargoyles, demons and pit vipers, except for a few like Ted Cruz, Mike Lee, Louie Gohmert (TX), Dave Brat and Jeff Duncan (who as I discussed before, all met in Ted’s office on a regular basis and strategized to kill the gang of eight bill, for which they all give him credit). But the bad ones, and they are numerous, were put there by voters.
Let’s cover that point again. Voters put the bastards in office. Every Senator and member of the House (with the sole exception of which I am aware, Tim Scott) was voted into office, not appointed. The voters have all the power. The voters put the bastards in office. Sure, the voters’ ranks is mostly filled ignoramuses, goobers, idiots who would rather spend time playing fantasy football, and couch potatoes who would rather watch mind-numbing nighttime sitcoms than learn anything about government, human nature, theology, philosophy or anything that requires heavy thought.
But that’s the point. If voters are too stupid or disconnected to vote honorable men into office, then it’s to be expected that dishonorable men will behave dishonorably. And by the way, I simply don’t buy Ann Barnhardt’s axiom that “The culture has degraded such that seeking and/or holding office, especially national-level office, is, in and of itself, proof that a given person is psychologically and morally unfit to hold public office.” It has absolutely nothing to do with the culture, and everything to do with the state of man both redeemed and unredeemed. There is nowhere in the Holy Writ that Ann can turn that explains that merely seeking leadership marks a man out as being more sinful than any other man (Ann should read more John Calvin on the state of mankind), and she can’t demonstrate that there is. Screaming it louder and louder doesn’t make it so, and Ann just made that up because she’s so pissed off, like she always is.
As for the GOPe, “the establishment,” they are easily dealt with. The voters are doing it now. A single election cycle can throw them all out on their ears. The establishment has no power not given to it by the idiot voters. Finally, most of the chattering class is woefully ignorant of most of the things I’m telling you, so you’re now smarter than most of the pundits inside the beltway (you probably were anyway).
Except that they may be beginning to catch on (and I’ll cite with caveats and stipulations). Enter Jonah Goldberg.
Nominating Donald Trump will wreck the Republican party as we know it. Not nominating Trump will wreck the Republican party as we know it. The sooner everyone recognizes this fact, the better.
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Trump’s response to this floor-fight talk was to vomit up the usual word salad. “All I can say is this, I don’t know what’s going to happen,” Trump told ABC’s This Week. “But I will say this, you’re going to have a lot of very unhappy people [if I’m denied the nomination]. And I think, frankly, for the Republicans to disenfranchise all those people because if that happens, they’re not voting and the Republicans lose.”
Even through the syntactical fog, Trump’s point is clear: If he can’t reach 1,237, he should get the nomination anyway. Because he is Trump. If that doesn’t happen, his supporters will stay home, defect from the party, riot, or all three.
And he’s right. Not about deserving the nomination even if he doesn’t have the delegates. That’s typical Trumpian whining. But he’s right that if he’s denied the nomination, many — not all, but many — of his supporters will bolt from the convention and the party. Left out of Trump’s unsubtle threat: Many anti-Trump Republicans will desert the convention and the party if he’s not denied the nomination.
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Trump represents just the most pronounced of a spiderweb of ideological and demographic fault lines that are increasingly difficult to paper over. As Joel Kotkin put it in a column for the Orange County Register, the Republican party now “consists of interest groups that so broadly dislike each other that they share little common ground.”
For whatever reason, Trump’s supporters have concluded that (a) they don’t care about issues of life and will vote for candidates who support abortion, and (b) they don’t care about having a single payer socialist health care system for the rest of their lives and the lives of the children’s children.
I’ve told you before and I’ll say it again. This election cycle is the last chance … the … last … chance … you have to turn back a single payer health care system. If Trump dumps Obamacare and substitutes his own version of a single payer system (which is no different except that it opens state lines), it will never be reversed in American history without bloody revolution. It will take weapons to turn it back. Maybe that’s what you want.
And yet there are those Ted Cruz voters, who have said that they will bolt the party if Trump is nominated. I’ve outlined my four non-negotiables, and Trump misses on two of them, and is weak on a third (he misses on pro-life, misses on a single payer health care system, and he’s weak on gun rights). I won’t vote for Trump, so I’m in the category I mentioned above. On election night, I’ll sit back and laugh, but I won’t whore my vote out to the least bad candidate.
But that’s the point of this whole thing, yes? The fault of the GOP debacle lies not with the GOPe, not with Trump, and not with Cruz. The responsibility for the debacle lies in fault lines developed years ago, irreconcilable differences, voters who have fundamentally different world views on very important matters.
The GOP is not finished if Trump is the candidate (future tense). The GOP is not finished if Cruz is the candidate (future tense). The GOP is not finished because of the GOPe. The GOP is finished – past tense – because of fault lines in the voters. It is irreversible, having to do with things theological and philosophical and things related to incorrigible values and world and life view.
Prepare yourself now for the fallout.