It’s been the most talked about topic on TV for the past week. Can Donald Trump actually re-unite a fractured Republican party in time for the election this November? There is a much more important question that I think the pundits are all missing.
Does Donald Trump NEED to re-unite a fractured Republican party?
My hunch here is no. I don’t think he does. He’s re-branding the party and to the conservatives out there, they don’t like it because it’s moving the party more toward the middle. Folks, as a conservative, I gotta tell you…that’s where the votes are. We’ve seen what happens when moderates like John McCain and Mitt Romney try and take the party to the right. They don’t come across as exciting, they don’t come across as credible, and they don’t come across as winners. And they’re not. They’re losers. They’re trying to be something they are not. Donald Trump isn’t going to do that. Yeah, I’ve heard him SAY he’s conservative, and that’s a sliding scale. And yeah, he’s pissing off the right wing of the party, just like Hillary Clinton is pissing off the right wing of her party by running to the left of Bernie Sanders on a lot of issues.
But the facts are the facts. Donald Trump has garnered more votes than any other Republican candidate for the nomination in history. And he did so with up to 16 rivals. There are a couple of reasons for that. First, he’s attracting a large group of people that have never voted before. IF (and admittedly, that’s a big IF) he can get those people to the polls on election day, it throws everything that we know about politics and the process right out the window. It changes the electoral map. It makes everything different. Second, if he pulls out 20-30% of Democrats as a lot of the pundits on TV are talking about, he can afford to lose 20-30% of the GOP who say that they aren’t going to vote for him. Hell, Hillary has 30% of Bernie’s supporters who say they aren’t going to vote for her. So they’re either going to stay home or vote for Trump, or some third party candidate. None of which helps Hillary a damn bit. You don’t hear the pundits saying word one about that.
The people you’re hearing about now on TV and in the talking head shows are the “establishment” Republicans that are pissed that Ted Cruz or someone that already IS a politician didn’t win the nomination. That alone should tell you something. There were enough votes in enough states out there to do what the party bosses didn’t want to have happen. It went against their wishes. Enough people in this country were pissed off enough about the way the Republican party were treating them, that they went out and did something all of the established politicians didn’t want them to do. I think that is the definition of “revolution” is it not? And that is what has happened to the Republican party. It’s been taken over by someone other than the party leaders that have run it for the past 75 years. And that hurts their feelings. Now they just need to get used to their new role as being one of millions instead of one of the elite. It’s a tough thing to get used to!
Let’s add one more thing to this discussion. The black singer Azealila Banks, who has called Trump “an asshole” is endorsing him saying that Hillary Clinton talks to blacks like “we’re children or pets”. Not a ringing endorsement of the Dems’ pick to be. Also, Trump picked up the endorsement of Jon Voight, no big surprise since the father of actress Angelia Jolie, has been a Republican for decades.
Carry on world…you’re dismissed!