Sunday, March 20, 2016

The Countdown to the GOP Explosion

I'm at the point now where I don't care about the process by which the Republican Party is committing Hara-Kiri. I just want it to be over.

In its boldest move yest, the party has committed itself to making sure that Donald Trump is not its nominee come July, and the strategy looks like this: Let's get the most unpopular Senator we've got, Ted Cruz (but you knew that) and make sure not that he has a majority of delegates after all of the primaries, but that he denies Trump the majority. We'll also keep John Kasich around to show that we actually have a moderate wing, even if we don't want to say it too loud because moderate just means you'll let women have an abortion before 22 weeks as opposed to the 6 that the far right is pushing for. Then, once Trump is denied the nomination, we'll cart out a retread like Mitt Romney or Paul Ryan to rescue the party.

Wait! I have an even better idea! Let's have Romney and Ryan run as a ticket! That would be a winner! Oh, wait...

Honestly, I can't really see this working out well. Any party has a difficult road to 270 when it's unified and has a fairly popular nominee. A divided party that's actively working against its own front-runner is giving itself an impossible task. The Democrats found this out in the 1970s, but then Watergate came along and convinced them, falsely, that the tide had turned. It hadn't. Then came 1984. Is that what you want, GOP? I didn't think so.

It's gotten so bad that FOX News is even fighting with Trump over his treatment of Megyn Kelly. Why even get into it with them? If Trump wants to show that he can reach out to women, he's going about it the wrong way. And he'll pay for it if he does become the nominee. Likewise with the Mormon vote, if this story is true. Even Glenn Beck is against him. How the world has changed.

Now that the GOP has gone public with its concerns about Trump, it will be almost impossible for them to walk back comments and make nice-nice with him because he doesn't buy into a good part of the conservative platform. Their frantic attempt to deny him delegates with flawed candidates will only make things worse.

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