As the political ground under Donald Trump’s feet is now collapsing like a soggy taco bowl, calculating Republicans are feigning morality in withdrawing their support of him and calling for him to quit the Presidential race.
What is clear is that what they object to most about Trump as of now is that he could cause the GOP to lose the White House and down ballot races. This isn’t genuinely about morality or principle, it’s about party first, everything else second.
As long as Trump was doing well in the polls, these Republican hypocrites were just fine about looking the other way when he espoused racism, religious bigotry, nuclear proliferation and wars, brown-nosing Vladimir Putin and the Alt Right, attacking our military and gold star families and even trying to savage a woman who is a private citizen, for gaining 15 pounds.
Donald Trump has been an ugly reflection of the worst of the white male American psyche and as he’s promoted hate (and even encouraged violence against protesters at his rallies), all of these “principled” Republicans supported him and proclaimed they would vote for him. What have we really learned about Trump because of this new tape that we didn’t already know to one degree or another? What really has changed since yesterday?
Only his electability.
Now, when he has pretty much assured his loss in November, Republicans exhibit their penchant for self-flattering dishonesty, beating their chests and fanning their brows, claiming that because Trump is a near-certain loser…er…says such offensive things about women, they can’t “in good conscience” support him anymore and in fact, demand he quit so a candidate that is more competitive…er…more moral, could run instead.
The GOP became wholly unprincipled once Trump became their nominee and are only affirming that with this feigned outrage. They’re only concerned about winning their own re-elections and having a better shot at winning the White House. As we’ve come to learn, the GOP has been hollowed out for some time, it is devoid of any vision, principles or causes that would benefit Americans, they only strive to win elections to have greater power and to enrich the already-rich who finance their campaigns.
It is no surprise that a number in the Repub establishment right now are calling and pressing for Trump to quit the race. But is that viable? Would it provide Repubs with a better shot at winning the White House and down ballot races?
In a simple two letter answer…no.
Progressives, Indies and Democrats, you don’t need to fear Trump being replaced as the GOP candidate for the following reasons.
- TRUMP WILL NEVER QUIT THE RACE – If we’ve all learned anything about Donald Trump, it is that his ego is obese. He talks about himself in the 3rd person, he proclaims himself to be smarter than generals, scientists and most of mankind. He never admits he’s ever made a mistake…except in this one isolated case when his world is crashing down around him and even then, he did so by stiffly reading an apology written by someone else from a teleprompter that turned out to be the preface of a personal attack on Hillary and Bill Clinton. This man’s life is all about being the center of attention and being a “winner”. Such a narcissist who sustains his existence by people paying attention to him would never willingly walk out of the spotlight…and agree to have a lasting legacy of an historic loser and quitter. And keep in mind, he can’t be removed by the GOP, the only way he can be replaced is if he voluntarily quits. But what’s in it for Trump? And that’s the operable question, he only does things that will benefit himself and quitting would be an act of self-sacrifice…something he has no experience or history of doing. He doesn’t care about the GOP’s future nor would he put it above being disgraced, everything is and has always been about elevating himself. And in his bubble, he has plenty of deranged aides and followers who are telling him every ridiculous fantasy he wants to hear, about how this will blow over and he’ll beat all the naysayers to become President. Trump will not quit because he has absolutely nothing to gain from it and would look like a loser. When your “empire” is all about being a winner, it’s not even conceivable to volunteer to become an instant and yuuge loser.
- IF TRUMP WALKS, SO DOES THE GOP BASE – Just for entertainment purposes, let’s propose that Donald Trump is visited by Jiminy Cricket and is convinced to implant a conscience in himself. Let’s fantasize that this allows Trump to listen to his GOP critics and agree to quit the race to put the needs of the many above the needs of the one (Spock is dying again just by being associated with Trump). So Trump walks away from the Repub nom…what happens next? Well, we can have some fun imagining the crapfest as Ted Cruz, John Kasich, Mike Pence and probably others get into a catfight over who should be Trump’s replacement. The way it works, the GOP would have to convene a conference to choose a replacement for Trump and that would be a real life Thunderdome (“One Trump exit, many douches enter!”). Then what would happen next? A VP would have to be chosen. Then they’re done, right? In fact, maybe they’d have a big advantage now over Hillary because they’d have a fresh, unbloodied candidate with better positives than Hillary or the departed Trump! The new Repub candidate would be sure to get lots of votes now…but from who? The bulk of the GOP base are part of the personality cult of Donald Trump, the outsider. They have only spite for the Republican establishment and if the Repub establishment pushes their hero out of the candidacy, does anyone really think they’ll just embrace his replacement like a substitute Trumpy bear? Really? Or do you think that they will be more outraged than ever that their candidate was destroyed by a rigged system? Trump followers, the majority of the GOP will not accept Pence, Cruz or Kasich as an alternative to Trump. They will be much more likely not to vote for any Republicans, many will simply not vote. One could suggest that the GOP could lose by an even bigger margin if they tried to kick Trump out and bring in anyone else (“Hello, Romney residence, this is Mitt speaking. Oh, I answered so fast because I was sitting by the phone, why do you ask?”).
- BALLOTS ARE ALREADY PRINTED – Staying with the far fetched wet dream of establishment Repubs that they could convince Trump to quit and could quickly and easily replace him with one of their own, there’s one big problem with being able to vote for the new candidate. Their name needs to be on the ballot. Most if not all states have already printed up their ballots and over 20% of voters are able to early vote right now. Their ballots list Trump as the GOP nominee. People are voting for specific candidates to become President, not a party to select a President so the name of a candidate must be on the ballot and must be the one people select. Of course, those who have already voted or vote between now and the imaginary time when the GOP finishes replacing Trump, can’t change their vote. Those are votes solely for Trump so any new GOP candidate loses all those votes. The other thing is that states are not going suspend early voting to substitute revised ballots nor will they be willing to incur the enormous expense of trashing all of their remaining ballots and printing up and distributing a brand new batch of ballots just because the GOP freaked out that their candidate doesn’t have a prayer of winning. Even if the Kochs or some other billionaire idiots on the right agreed to cover all the costs of all states (at least the states they think they could win) to reprint ballots, the logistics are very complex and difficult. And who says any states would want to go through such madness anyway, rushing to monkey around with their ballots and risk missing the deadlines or ending up with an election day disaster because of confusion? If you thought hanging chads were crazy, imagine states counting ballots that are different, with different Republican candidate names on them or even duplicated ballots because of the madness to replace existing ones.
- DO REPUBLICANS THINK SUCH A DESPERATE MOVE IS WORTH THE RISK? – Repubs may have to accept at this point that they’re going to lose the White House. But by monkeying with their party to replace their Presidential nominee, wouldn’t they be concerned that they could make a bad situation worse? Repubs have been doing pretty well in general with their Congressional candidates, might they not consider that giving up on the Presidency but keeping the party stable to help re-elect their candidates might be more prudent than rolling the dice and seeing if replacing Trump will end up being good or disastrous? They are well aware of the loyalty and commitment their base has to Trump, would they really take all that for granted and have no concerns that they could jeopardize their control of The Senate and House by upsetting Trump followers? As proposed in item 2 above, it is not unlikely that the GOP could hemorrhage voters if Trump is replaced, affirming by doing so that the GOP establishment won’t allow an “outsider” to become President. They are called conservatives and one might suggest that conservatives rarely are willing to risk so much on a gamble…and considering Trump failed at running casinos, maybe making a longshot wager is a bad bet.
In the end, this sure looks like a case of Republicans having either a bad scenario or a worse scenario. It doesn’t appear that the GOP has any way to win the White House now but they sure can make some choices that cause them to lose the election in an even bigger landslide.
Live by the Trump, die by the Trump. They had the chance all along the way to prevent this from happening but they would have had to destroy the policy of exploiting the hatred and prejudices in less educated voters that they’ve relied on to win elections for decades. Trump reflects the fatally flawed strategy of a nihilist party and the problem with standing for nothing but the destruction of everything the other party supports.
Revising the Oppenheimer quote, the radioactive candidate named Trump should reply to all the Republicans demanding him to quit, “Now I am become Death, the destroyer of the GOP.“