I will start this piece by saying I did not support Trump in the primary. Early on I like a lot of people thought his campaign was not more than a publicity stunt for his brand. But time went on and his popularity increased. He started to win primaries and had to be taken more seriously. Yes, I agree that most of the debates and Trump’s performance in them was cringe-worthy. Most I could watch but nothing derailed this dumpster fire of a campaign.
With each passing month more “substantial” candidates fell by the wayside until only Trump was left. How was this possible? Donald Trump was going to be the Republican nominee for president!?! I must admit is was and still is tough to wrap my brain around. Republicans had the finest group of candidates they have had in quite some time and this was how it was going to end?! Yes, this is what we have, Donald Trump, with all of the warts.
How did this happen? MY view is that Republicans have been selling “snake oil” and empty promises for seven years. They have continuously over-promised and have continued to come up short. in 2012 these cries for the repeal of Obamacare were never going to happen! But Republicans signed oaths and campaigned on the repeal of Obamacare knowing full well that Obama was never going to sign a bill that repealed his signature piece of legislation. But the rank and file hungry for a win and tilted at the Obamacare windmill. Failure.
In 2014 Republicans came back to their base and in effect said that if can’t kill Obamacare we will starve it. So rank and file Republicans more desperate for a win than they were in 2012 were all in! Surprise of all surprises, Republicans were now “in control” of the US Senate. Surely there would be earth shaking change as Obama’s agenda came to a crashing halt! Well not only didn’t the Obama agenda stop it gained speed and took on more Obamacare, and executive amnesty, and Planned Parenthood funding, all of which was funded with the help of former vice – presidential candidate now House Speaker Paul Ryan. Such betrayal! Could anyone be trusted?!?! Would anyone keep their promise? This opened the door to an outsider. It was going to take a “take charge, get things done” person to encourage Republican voters that they had a chance and any future. Donald Trump seemed to fit the bill.
Trump’s past dealing were easily explained away by the Reagan comparison strategy. Trump appears to be tough. He is not “well spoken” and that seems to separate him from more ” polished” politicians. Which has worked to his advantage thus far. Trump is “shoot from the hip” and not cerebral which has allowed him to capture the emotion of the those that feel betrayed by Republicans. I get the frustration. “Established” Republicans have failed time after time. People are sick of it.
I also understand that “established” Republicans are in no hurry to turn their power, influence, and position to a guy like Trump. He has made it clear that people like Bush, Ryan, and Romney have no place or position in a Trump presidency. The last thing they want to be is irrelevant. And I think in a Trump White House they would be just that. So they believe they are fighting for their political future.
This is the crux of the problem, they are not fighting for those that they say they represent they are fighting for themselves. “Established” Republicans are using the vitriol of the primaries to fuel their continued attacks against Trump.
But at some point you have to start thinking strategically don’t you? There is no way to replace Trump and not have Clinton win the White House in November is there? Of course not. The facts are the facts, millions of Republicans support Trump this is monster “Established” Republicans have created. It would seem the only talking point to have while being questioned by media should be ” I will vote for the Republican nominee, thus supporting the choice of millions of Republicans.” Yes, for a lot of people this is a crap sandwich, but there is little choice at this point. Sprinkle some sugar on it deep fry it, and Bon appetit!