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Will GOP establishment be on or under the Trump train?


The 2016 presidential election is going horribly wrong.  It wasn’t supposed to be this way.  Republican elders should have led the GOP faithful through a focused but robust Republican primary to the logical conclusion that America needs continuity and a steady hand, a known quantity – like a Bush, Kasich, or maybe Rubio.

            After the tumultuous Obama years, surely the GOP establishment would have a clear path to restore Republican aristocracy and all will be well in the land again.  Well, first some frogs showed up to the coronation balls with no hope of getting elite kisses; and then the conservative grassroots the GOP had forsaken returned with pitchforks and torches demanding the halls of power be swept clean.

            Republican leadership is in shock that favorite son, Jeb Bush, couldn’t get any traction and is already out before Super Tuesday.  They are also in denial that Trump is still around and may actually be poised to win.  All of punditry declared him a fad or fraud that would implode at any moment.  It hasn’t happened yet and doesn’t look likely.

            Establishment Republicans are practically frothing with incessant preaching that “The Donald” is not a conservative and not even a “real” Republican, but they refuse to accept brutal reality.  They created Trump; part of his draw is that he is NOT a “real” Republican.  His support is a protest vote; it is directly proportional to voter disgust with Republican leadership.

More than a decade of disregarding, disrespecting, and even denigrating the grassroots conservative base is coming home to roost in a humongous angry rooster ready to peck out GOP eyes in Washington.  The Republican elite have gambled that they could concoct a squishy bland moderate coalition to win elections and build their version of big government.

The GOP high priests of progressivism are about to lose that bet.  First, it’s patently absurd to think the GOP can appeal to liberals when Democrats are still around.  And second, the GOP cannot win dog catcher without the conservative base, but somehow they keep dreaming of a world without Tea Parties.

Now Trump is forcing the issue and the GOP establishment appears to be facing two equally distasteful choices.  Performing better than McCain and Romney, Trump may be unstoppable, but if he wins, he will not be kind to those who opposed or undermined him.  It’s quite likely GOP power brokers will be left little to broker if not run out of Washington.

So, some GOP fat cats speculate that they might just pull back or sit this one out or even quietly support Hillary because they would rather deal with her than lose to Trump.  However, the Republican Party is essentially in open rebellion and if the GOP loses the presidency, there will be an irreparable rift if not complete schism.

Enough conservatives are fed up and almost ready to bolt the GOP that the ensuing internecine insurrection will either reform the GOP or rend it into irreconcilable factions and maybe even a new party.  The establishment is learning that a Republican Party without conservatives is not even a poor excuse for Democrat Lite.

With Trump looking more like a runway freight train, party leaders may not have to worry about losing the presidency, but if they continue their blatant defiance they may wind up under that train.  If we start seeing overtures from the McConnell, Ryan, and the RNC, you will know the Republican elite are looking to buy a ticket on the Trump train.

Either way, the panic among the GOP elite is justified because few will survive a Clinton or Trump presidency.

“Here is what these words mean: Mene: God has numbered the days of your reign and brought it to an end.  Tekel: You have been weighed on the scales and found wanting.  Peres: Your kingdom is divided and given to . . .”  Daniel 5:26-28

 

Comments


Bob2016-03-03 11:53

There is the Runaway Train heading straight for Washing DC. It will open up whats been hidden since the Reconstruction Era. The Rothschilds Bloombergs, Getty's,Astors and Rockefellers and their cohorts have molded an elite band of Presidents, both Democrat and Republican. I don't know how this will turn out. Many have already lost their lives that knew too much.

Bob2016-03-03 11:53

There is the Runaway Train heading straight for Washing DC. It will open up whats been hidden since the Reconstruction Era. The Rothschilds Bloombergs, Getty's,Astors and Rockefellers and their cohorts have molded an elite band of Presidents, both Democrat and Republican. I don't know how this will turn out. Many have already lost their lives that knew too much.

Pete Riehm2016-03-02 20:17

Thanks for reading about the Trump Train. Your thoughts and comments are welcome. Thanks. Pete