It really bugs me in a way that the leadership of the Grand Old Party is throwing fits about Donald Trump. Not that I’m a Trump supporter…I don’t consider myself one yet. And not because I don’t think he’d be a great president. I don’t think he’s the best choice in the field. But the man is getting the most votes. Since when did party leadership trump (no pun intended) the will of the people?
When both parties switched to a primary system back in the 1970’s it was supposedly done to give more power to the actual voters. Every state would have its chance to elect whomever they felt would be the best man or woman for the job. And that person would get delegates that would vote for them at their party’s convention that summer. And that’s how it’s worked for over forty years. But it’s also been the case that the party elite went along with the choice. They’ve been able to steer the electorate to follow their choice for the nominee. Oh, there have been a few bumps in the road. Look at Gerald Ford almost getting beat by Ronald Reagan in 1976. It almost “drove a spike through the party” then.
So what if Donald Trump gets enough delegates to be the nominee? So what if his negatives outweigh his positives? Who cares? It is the will of the voters that matters. Hell, we’ve been stuck with a president that has had negative approval ratings his entire presidency. It was the will of the voters that put him there, and it’s proven beyond a shadow of a doubt to be a horrendous mistake. But the will of the voters prevailed. And they will again this year.
I’ll be the first to admit that there have been a LOT better candidates on both sides of the aisle than Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton. Both have damaged goods and lots of baggage. Hillary probably much more than Donald. But in the end analysis, you can see that the “angry white male voters” that have been pushing Trump to the top of the primaries so far could very well carry him to the White House in November. Yes, I get it that some 49% of people are going to hold their nose to vote for him. I get it that pretty close to that same number will do so for Hillary. That just tells me we didn’t have the right people running. But the GOP leaders, and by that I mean Mitch McConnell, Mitt Romney, Ben Sasse, and others, need to butt the hell out and let the process work. It may not be a perfect process, but it’s the one that has been adopted. You can’t change the rules because you don’t like the outcome; at least not once you’re in the middle of the race!
Carry on world…you’re dismissed!