In an article quoted by Dave Carter, Republican consultant Rick Wilson said that Donald Trump could be stopped with a ‘killer ad’, one designed not to wound but to kill. You know what? You’re wrong. You don’t get it. You just don’t get what is happening, do you Mr. Jones? I mean Mr. Wilson. Let me tell you what is going on: The Donald is not riding a wave of support because people are attracted to his charisma or his alpha-male mojo or whatever. It’s not about him at all. Disaffected Republicans have gravitated towards Trump because they hate you. And when I mean you, I mean you, personally – as well as the rest of the Republican Establishment. Let me be the one to tell you, your core supporters really hate your guts, and it has been a long time in the making.
And you only have yourselves to blame. For two Presidential election cycles, you got your way with the candidate selection. Though rank-and-file conservatives were skeptical, you reassured them that McCain and Romney were the men best equipped to defeat Obama. And then they both blew it.
When the Tea Party rose up spontaneously in 2009 and delivered the 2010 mid-term election to the GOP, the Republican establishment pretended they didn’t know them. John Boehner was even caught on tape making fun of them – the people who made him Speaker of the House! What does Boehner think, that they went to the polls to make him Speaker? And when this same Tea Party anointed Mitch McConnell the Majority Leader of the Senate in 2014, his response was to surrender to Obama on every substantive issue.
The issue that most personifies the gulf between the Republican foot soldier and the GOP general staff is immigration. The grass roots is spitting mad about it but you people refuse to deal with it in any meaningful manner. Boehner and McConnell routinely lie about their intentions on this subject in public, while promising the Chamber of Commerce and President Obama something completely different. It is no accident that Trump’s campaign took off when he started championing immigration restrictionism. Yes, finally we have somebody who actually represents us, thought rank-and-file Republican. This is why your ‘killer ad’ will go over like a lead balloon.
If you don’t believe me, ask yourself why some nobody like David Bratt was able to defeat the sitting House Majority Leader, Eric Cantor. And why Trump rose in the polls after he made those impolitic remarks about McCain’s war record. The answer is that they hate Cantor and McCain. They view them as Quislings. That’s why serving veterans and serving members of the military are rallying behind Trump.
This is also why Jeb Bush is doing so poorly, in spite of the advantages he enjoys in name recognition and big money support. He is viewed as a traitor. While he may have been a great conservative governor, it seems like in his Presidential run he has been advised to oppose the GOP base on every issue it deeply cares about. The results, for Bush, will be predictable.
That is also why your ‘killer ad’ won’t work. They have seen too many times where establishment politicians play dirty in order to defeat primary challengers. They remember what you did to save Thad Cochran the way Texans remember what General Santa Anna did at the Alamo.
And you should be thanking your lucky stars that Donald Trump has not gone third party, because if he did, the Republican presidential chances will go down to zero in 2016 – thanks to you, not Trump. There is an argument being recently propagated by establishment RINO’s that in 1993 Ross Perot harvested most of his votes from Clinton rather than Bush. As this seems dubious to me because Perot stressed inherently conservative issues like a balanced budget, let me throw some cold water on it with an even better example: Canadian Prime Minister Brian Mulroney.
In 1984, he was elected with the biggest majority in Canadian history. After his reelection in 1988, he passed the Canada - US Free Trade Agreement. That was the last conservative thing he ever did. He then proceeded to enact a value added tax, impose draconian gun control laws, and tried – twice – to modify the Canadian Constitution to enshrine multiculturalism, socialized medicine, left-wing labour laws and an apartheid regime for our native people. All throughout this he thought, so where can Canadian conservatives go?
They flocked to join an upstart genuine conservative party, splitting the right-wing vote in half, causing the Progressive Conservative Party to go from 156 seats before the 1993 Federal Election to two afterwards – yes two. That’s where they went. I know I bring the 1993 Canadian election up a lot, but it is such a great go-to example illustrating the fate of a conservative politician who betrays his supporters. While I don’t think the Republican Party of 2015 is nearly as bad as the Progressive Conservative Party of 1993, it is heading in that direction and will suffer the same fate if the knuckle-dragging morons in flyover country don’t wrest power away from the ‘serious leaders’ in Washington.
This is why when you point out the obvious flaws of The Donald, you only show that you don’t get it. It’s not about him. And I say that as somebody who favours Ted Cruz and Scott Walker. Speaking of whom, the only ‘serious candidate’ who has handled the Rise of the Donald properly has been Cruz. Instead of calling Trump’s supporters “crazies” and “wacko birds”, he is respectful of them – because he realizes that you can’t win the general election without them. In other words, while others are busy rubbing salt into the wounds, Cruz is positioning himself to be their champion in case Trump implodes. Good thing for him that you are not his advisor.