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Well, it looks like he’s done it. Donald Trump has managed to dispatch every one of the sixteen would-be’s who tossed their respective hats in the ring for the Republican nomination for the Presidential election of 2016. Ted Cruz expressed some intentions of re-entering if he could win Nebraska, but he was clearly defeated early on as the poll results came in on Tuesday, May 10.
I don’t have to tell anyone that this is no mean feat. Since 1988, we have had a globalist, Trilateral Commission-connected candidate and President from both parties, in every Presidential election. Trump is the first true “outsider” to be nominated since Ronald Wilson Reagan, in 1980. He certainly hasn’t won, by any means, but it looks like Bernie Sanders is going to fall short on the pledged delegate count, so Hillary Clinton is poised to be Trump’s foil in November, and there is more than a small chance that he might make the move from Trump Tower to Pennsylvania Avenue.
What has been unusual, even bizarre, in the last few weeks, is the backlash from establishment Republicans. Office-holders, including Paul Ryan, the Speaker of the House of Representatives, have been withholding their support for Trump, or even outright supporting Hillary Clinton and encouraging Republicans not to attend the convention this summer. This is without precedent in modern times. Republicans are traditionally loyal to the party first, then the rest. There is an old saying in American politics: “Democrats fall in love, Republicans fall in line.” This tendency has always served Republicans well over the years, and I can’t imagine that, come convention time, the wounds will not have skinned over, and the party not unify. But then, this is a strange year.
I do see signs that a large segment of younger voters are becoming disillusioned with the process in the Democratic Party nominating contests. Bernie Sanders holds public rallies and tens of thousands of people attend, enthusiastically. The next day, the primary voting is held, and Sanders loses, or wins narrowly, but doesn’t gain many delegates, and doesn’t get any of the unpledged “Superdelegates.” Next, there are reports of thousands of people being unable to vote, even though they showed up at the polls. Arizona was a fiasco for Sanders. These are “Democrats in love.” Do you really see all of these people motivating themselves to go out and fight the good fight for Hillary Clinton, after they have been ripped-off by the Democratic Party in their quest to knight Bernie Sanders? That would be like buying a ticket to a Frank Zappa concert, only to have Zappa replaced by Wayne Newton at the last minute. Would you stick around for that? I don’t think most Bernie supporters will, either.
The truth in America is that Republicans are a minority. Most Americans identify more favorably with Democratic platform planks. Social programs, “stick it to the rich” schemes, warm, fuzzy platitudes about equality, solutions to problems that don’t really exist, and a free lunch. Republicans, on the other hand, represent coldness, hardness, austerity, rigidness, thrift, and recently, religious doctrine as law. The reason we have had any Republican presidential success at all has been the result of strategy. The coasts and the big cities are written off from the beginning as Democrat strongholds. The battle comes down to a few select states that make or break the candidate. The key has always been to get out the Republican vote in these vital states. Absolute Republican unity is a must, to win the Presidency. It has been said that if the conservatives who sat out the 2012 election because they couldn’t support the RINO Mitt Romney, had voted, Romney may have been victorious, at least in the Electoral vote, which is the only deciding vote.
The big questions facing us are these: will the Republicans unify behind Trump? Will the Bernie supporters unify behind Hillary? My guess is no, and no.