The rise of Donald Trump has been predicated on core Right Wing Republicans becoming angry at and resentful of the Establishment GOP.
So to thwart his winning the nomination, the Grand Old Party elites respond with all of their overflowing genius to enlist their most recent losing Presidential candidate, who is the very embodiment of the dishonest and insincere party establishment, to “inspire” Trump supporters not to support him.
I suppose that next we will hear Michigan Governor Rick Snyder recommend to Flint residents that they really need to vote for a Republican governor to follow him and Martin Shkreli will urge Americans to deregulate pharmaceutical companies.
A few initial things that make this GOP effort using Romney as a figurehead so farcical.
- In 2012, GOP Presidential nominee Romney fought against releasing multiple years of his tax returns, only releasing his latest return which he had been able to manipulate. Sen. Harry Reid speculated that Romney was withholding them because they would hurt Romney and Romney called it a smear. In 2016, Romney attacks Trump for not releasing years of his tax returns and speculates that it’s because they would hurt Trump.
- In 2012, Mitt Romney nearly broke the Politifact system, spouting a neverending flood of bald face lies on a daily basis. He made dishonest campaign promises, tried to scam the public on his views and flipped and flopped constantly to trick voters to support him. In 2016, Mitt Romney attacks Trump for lying to the American people, deceiving them and tricking them to vote for him.
- In 2012, core Republican voters desperately tried to find “Anyone But Mitt” to win the GOP nomination because they disliked him and the establishment he represented, elevating even 9-9-nut Herman Cain, Bible-humper Rick Santorum and loon-in-the-moon Newt Gingrich to 1st place in the polls. In 2016, Romney turns to the very core of Republicans who despise him and support Trump…to do as he says and follow him down Establishment Lane.
How ridiculously blind can the Republican establishment be? This elitist, condescending ploy using Romney to turn Trump supporters can only be seen by them as insulting. Through this, Romney is expressing that his judgement is superior to theirs, they don’t know what’s best for them but he does. It’s simply pouring gas on the Trump fire and it would be unsurprising to see Trump’s supporters become even more enthusiastic and convicted (if that’s possible) in their support of Trump because of this.
Do these GOP leaders really think that the angry, bigoted white Republicans who are so enthusiastic about Trump for voicing all of that for them, will suddenly just start obeying the smug, elitist candidate they opposed in 2012 for being the establishment tool he was?
A Trump supporter in attendance at Romney’s speech today yelled out, “You’re desperate!” Though there is probably nothing else we would ever agree on, that Trump supporter is right (for once).
The GOP is so desperate to stop Trump from destroying the GOP…that they will obliviously do it themselves first. What they are too panicked to recognize is that there is no saving the GOP from Donald Trump, there is only choosing how badly the GOP is damaged because of him.
It will be bad enough for the GOP if Trump ends up becoming their nominee as is likely. After already witnessing Trump’s dishonesty, bigotry and offensiveness and having it hammered for months by Dems in the General Election (who only need to use video of Trump and Republican attacks on Trump), a wide majority of independent (and of course minority) voters (and even Republican voters and politicians who already are swearing not to vote for Trump) will be permanently alienated from him and end up giving the Dems a sweeping win in November.
However, what will make things worse is what’s already happening. As the Republican Party establishment spends months attacking Trump to try and deny him the nomination, they will further widen the civil war within the GOP and undermine Republican voter support for Trump (that is, rank and file voters staying home) as well as turn Trump against the party even more vociferously.
Satan’s drinking buddy, Republican lawyer Ben Ginsberg, has been making the media rounds “speculating” (that is, championing) how the GOP could deny Trump the nomination at the convention by cleverly using the rules, whether Trump wins the majority of delegates or just wins the most (Mitt Romney appears to be licking his chops at being drafted to steal the nom at the convention).
Again, how bat guano crazy is the GOP? They appear truly ignorant about the phenomenon of blowback and what “cause and effect” is.
Robbing Trump of the nomination at the convention only means that the Republican Establishment gets to burn down their own house instead of the political arsonist Trump doing it for them.
What exactly do they think that the most motivated section of their party which supports Trump will do in response? You know, those Repubs supporting Trump because they feel the GOP Establishment has screwed them? When the GOP establishment screws them worse than ever by stealing the nomination from their candidate?
Perhaps the GOP establishment is banking on hatred of Hillary “trumping” resentment towards them but they don’t have a clue. Yes, Trump supporters hate Hillary but it sure seems that they love Trump more than they hate her. It is astounding that GOP Elite think Trump supporters will just accept they got played again and show up enthusiastically to vote for Marco Rubio, Ted Cruz…or even Mitt Romney again who has unfairly replaced Trump.
And what do they think Donald Trump will do? How can they have such cognitive dissonance? They think Trump is so powerful in their party right now that they have to go to extreme lengths to try and block him from the nomination…yet they don’t consider how he will wield the power he retains after they have stabbed him in the back?
I would bet heavily on Trump running as an independent candidate, even if it’s too late to get on many state ballots, just out of spite. Does the GOP really doubt how vindictive Trump is? After such a blow to his ego and his not-so-far-fetched dream of becoming President, do they really think Trump will just quietly fade into the shadows?
And Trump voters look to be very loyal to him, not to the GOP, they would sure seem likely to follow him to support his independent bid.
The Republican Establishment could have dealt with the rise of Trump in a smarter and more realistic way, they could have weathered this year without such ongoing destruction. They could have accepted that they would lose the Presidency this year but allowing Trump to run and lose would allow them to label Tea Partiers as losers whose days of influence are over. The Tea Party would have finally had their candidate and their shot to prove their viability and gone down in flames, hurting the whole party in the process. The Establishment Repubs could then take their party back from the current path it’s on of fatal extremism, consigning the Tea Party to doing chores around the house and picking up the dog poop in the backyard.
Instead, by taking the path of engaging in a manipulative power struggle with its core members, becoming adversarial towards the most energized segment of its base, they have created a longer term, more disastrous, no-win situation. Heads they lose, tails they lose even worse. If Trump is their nominee after their party has tried to poison him in the minds of the public, he will be even weaker and the party will fail worse across the board. If they steal the nomination from him, many core Republicans will either support an independent bid by Trump or stay home on election day out of protest, either way, slashing the Republican turnout.
Though it boggles the mind, one should just remember that the GOP shouldn’t be expected to act any differently than its character dictates. As they’ve shown through their voter ID laws, Bush v. Gore, etc., the GOP doesn’t believe in democracy, it believes in attaining it’s goals and the power it wants, whatever it takes. So it should be no surprise that their natural response to Trump heading towards the nomination is to short circuit the democratic process and use its levers of power and skill at manipulation to try and dictate the results of their primaries.
When it comes to Donald Trump sinking the GOP or the GOP Establishment sinking their own party by trying to steal the nomination from Donald Trump, it’s all so easily explained by a fable you may know:
The Scorpion and the Frog
A scorpion and a frog meet on the bank of a stream and the
scorpion asks the frog to carry him across on its back. The
frog asks, “How do I know you won’t sting me?” The scorpion
says, “Because if I do, I will die too.”
The frog is satisfied, and they set out, but in midstream,
the scorpion stings the frog. The frog feels the onset of
paralysis and starts to sink, knowing they both will drown,
but has just enough time to gasp “Why?”
Replies the scorpion: “Its my nature…”
As evidenced by where they stand on the issues, how they conduct themselves, their candidates or those in their party establishment, the current iteration of the GOP is slaved to bringing about its eventual (though not necessarily permanent) self-destruction. That is not to say that they can’t revive themselves eventually into a party that isn’t dysfunctional but after the lunacy of this year, it may take a very long time and something more than a reheated Mitt Romney as an appetizer.