When you’re a Republican candidate for President, the last thing you expect of yourself or voters expect of you is a practical reason why you deserve the nomination.
Of the roughly 43% of the GOP that supports Trump, most seem unconcerned that there is no poll that shows he can win against either Democrat. That is an overriding argument against voting for Trump, if voting for him may assure a Democrat winning the White House, why do it? But then Republican voters are accustomed to voting against their best interests (and we thank them in this case). Of course, many are voting for him just as a way of giving the finger to the establishment, both Democrats and Republicans but making “vindictiveness” your top issue for voting isn’t exactly going to result in an invitation to join Mensa.
The GOP Elite are so worried about having a nominee they can’t control who will lose the General Election…that they are supporting a Stop Trump movement which would result in handing the nomination to a candidate they think they can control who has proven to be a failure with voters in the Republican Primaries. So, replace the person who looks to be a big loser…with an even bigger loser. But at least he would be “their” loser. Less likely, they’re even considering drafting a Republican who was too afraid to run for the nomination (there weren’t many), delivering a slap in the face to all their voters by disregarding all their votes and every candidate they voted for.
Building on this brilliant strategy, Ted Cruz and John Kasich agreed over the weekend to tag team against Trump, with each bowing out of campaigning in the states the other is stronger in. The “plan” is that each of their supporters will join the others to boost either Kasich or Cruz against Trump and help them siphon off enough delegates to prevent Trump from reaching the 1,237 required to clinch the nomination.
Unfortunately, since making deals requires good faith, like typical Republicans, Cruz and Kasich have had a rough time keeping their deal for even a day. Even so, the goal here is still to try and prevent any Republican from being a winner in the primaries. That is, to make them all losers (no doubt they hold the belief that this would actually be a change of status).
Their hope is that the GOP will choose one of the losers of their primary at the convention to be their nominee for President. In Kasich’s case, he’s hoping that as the biggest loser of them all, he would be the natural choice foor the Republican nomination (what some call the Completion Backwards Theory). One might see this kind of reasoning ridiculous until one remembers that this is the GOP we’re talking about.
They may howl about how much they respect the Constitution…but only when it comes to arming everyone with guns. Or how the only reason they’ve championed Voter ID is because they cherish democracy…but when democracy elects a black Democrat as President or elevates an egotistical, bigoted phony as the most popular Republican candidate for President, they will do all they can to override democracy.
The math of this Cruz-Kasich alignment would be marked as incorrect by any elementary school math teacher:
0 + 0 = 1
Adding together two zeroes like Cruz and Kasich who are already mathematically eliminated from being able to win the nomination in the primaries does not equal a nominee that the Republican voters as a whole will accept, let alone be enthusiastic about when it’s time to vote.
There are already Republican voters commenting that they see Cruz more negatively now, not as the outsider he’s campaigned to be but as a typical insider politician who will make the kinds of unprincipled deals they abhor. And others are criticizing Kasich for abandoning his alleged principles to team up with someone he’s attacked as unethical and wh0 has thrived on the kind of negative politics he claims to oppose.
This is not an addition problem, it’s a subtraction problem…for both Kasich and Cruz. Each has dented their image through this, Trump is still anticipated to win big in the primaries tonight and if this doesn’t result in Cruz preventing a Trump win in Indiana next week, it will leave a legacy for both of them as desperate, unprincipled losers.
As for Trump, since he is running as an outsider, this insider team up making it two against one, could increase support for him as the true outsider that the GOP Establishment is trying to destroy. Trump could win even bigger because of this.
Adding to that possibility is that Trump is the second choice candidate for many Cruz and Kasich voters so if they’re convinced not to vote for one…instead of supporting the other, they may support Trump.
From the beginning, the GOP Primary was a contest about who could win by making the others look like bigger losers. There never has been a positive reason to vote for any of them, it’s just been Lord of the Flies, only about anger and insults and who could do it best. That’s what the GOP has devolved to and no amount of interference at this point by party elites will change that image because it’s been burned into the minds of the public by the Trump-obsessed, greedy media.
It’s been clearer along the way that the winner in a competition over who can be the best at insulting others would always be the egotistical, billionaire, reality show performer. It’s no secret that reality shows rely on denigration in large or small part, someone who’s been successful in that genre is the ideal candidate for such a shallow contest.
Sorry Ted and John, sorry GOP but the winner of your political reality show will of course be the reality show candidate, Donald Trump.
And with that being the case, perhaps the GOP should agree to participate in a reality show with Trump when it comes to the General Election…they could try to buy licensing rights from another show to title it, “The Biggest Loser”.