Trump serves the purpose of stirring the pot. I am amused by his braggadocio, but he’s not a viable candidate for the White House. He won’t get the nomination.
If all goes well, it will be Cruz and/or Walker.
Critics of Donald Trump’s rise in the Republican polls have now turned on large swaths of the Republican base in a fit of pique and frustration.
Unable to understand how a man without pronounced conservative political positions, a man who has never held elected office, a man who routinely drops vulgar and demeaning language has skyrocketed to reportedly triple his next contender in the latest polls, these commentators have turned to name-calling themselves. This time, they target not Trump himself, but his followers.
David Brooks of the New York Times labels Trump’s supporters “low-information voters… classically the kind of people who don’t vote in primaries.” Matt Walsh of The Blaze says, “The real problem with the Trump Squad is that they don’t take the fate of this nation seriously… Beneath the frivolous rage is a gross immaturity.” On Twitter, the anger is palpable, with many conservatives raging about Trump’s rise and raging against the dying of various other presidential campaigns.
The puzzlement at Trump’s sudden rise is understandable for conservatives who prize policy above all. They look at Trump and see an egomaniac with a vile tongue who doesn’t even pretend to embrace conservative positions on a multiplicity of issues. They look at his voters and see unwashed masses unwilling to accept his positional flip-flopping, his acts of political convenience. To support their views, the polls show that Trump charts significantly higher among those with less education and income. And they dislike those people—those casual talk radio fans unfamiliar with the machinations of Mitch McConnell yet in love with a nationalized health care fan like Trump.
But the outrage against Trump’s crowd isn’t just unlikely to convince his followers to change their ways—it’s likely to push them further into Trump’s camp. The fact is this: Trump’s supporters like Trump. End of story. They like his persona because it seems unrefined, brusque, brutal. They like that he’s no bullshit, even though he’s bullshit from elbows to eyeballs.
In fact, that element of bullshit is one of his most attractive personal features. Trump’s supporters find the bafflement of their supposed intellectual superiors amusing. Trump is running a GFY campaign because he is incapable of running any other campaign. And his supporters are in a GFY mood.
……Trump’s supporters look at the SmartFolks™ and see a bunch of Frank Luntz focus-grouped, Karl Rove-strategized faux geniuses more focused on fighting the base than fighting Hillary Clinton. They are tired of hearing that Donald Trump is the “war on women” from the people who should be fighting Hillary Clinton, who represents an actual war on women (see Broaddrick, Juanita or Willey, Kathleen). They are sick of hearing that Trump is mean to illegal immigrants from people who nod solemnly when they are told that the only path forward for the Republican Party is immigration reform, not assimilation.
Mostly, they’re sick of hearing that they are the bad guys. For all the crap the Tea Party took for running supposedly quixotic primary campaigns against establishment candidates, they turned out for McCain and Romney. The establishment, by contrast, didn’t turn out for Ken Cuccinelli in Virginia, or Richard Mourdock in Indiana, or Chris McDaniels in Mississippi. The establishment informed Tea Partiers that if they only got behind a Republican Congress, that Congress would deliver for them. Instead, Congress gave them sequestration, funding for Obamacare, funding for executive amnesty, a path to victory for Obama on Iran, and funding for Planned Parenthood.
The GOP would do itself and its supporters a favor if it went through a major overhaul.
You don’t have to support Trump to realize he’s struck a chord with fed up Americans. While the idiot RINOs criticize him, the border still leaks like a sieve, the carnage continues, and nothing is being done to stop it. There’s a reason why groups like the Tea Party were created and gained influence and momentum. The GOP abandoned the principles in the United
States Constitution of limited government and fiscal restraint.
Republicans villify, insult, and denigrate faithful grassroot Republicans and Tea Party Patriots for holding them accountable and demanding that they fulfill the promises they made. We expect that kind of filth from LeftProg Dems; not from our own party. The majority the seats gained by the GOP in the House in 2010, was due in large part to the Tea Party movement; a fact that escapes their selective memories. We also had considerable influence in the 2014 mid-terms.
Instead of backing Republicans who have strong Tea Party values, they were dismissed as ‘fringe’. Instead of doing what we elected them to do, they cave in to the petty little tyrant in the White House and his tools in the Democratic Party.
We need to purge our ranks of dead weight and boot them them across the aisle. Excommunicate them from the GOP. Mitch McConnell (R-KY), Chris Christie (R-NJ), Jeff Flake (R-AZ), John McCain (R-AZ), John Kasich (R-OH) and Lindsey Graham (R-SC) are just some of the slugs who fit that category. We’re fed up with RINOs, illegal alien panderers, and business as usual bureaucrats who fail to back up their avowed commitments, opting instead to make excuses for their failure.
John Boehner, whom I’m ashamed to admit is from my home state of Ohio, is a shameful pussy. His collusion with Dems has helped increase the debt by $3,8 trillion in 3 years. He should not be Speaker of the House.