Despite a barrage of contrarian spin, Trump is Hillary’s worst nightmare. Trump is unpredictable like no other. He’ll confront Hillary with hard facts. It’s coming. Hillary has plenty to hide and she’s still protected. The thrust within the Republican party mostly encompasses nasty barbs from Cruz to Trump and then back again. Conservatives are not making their case against Hillary and she is the threat though Trump has been their target, the man to take down. It hasn’t worked.
Amazingly, Republicans have thrown more than 100 million dollars away to convince voters to never vote for Trump. How’d that go? You would think they’d discover better ways to spend their money perhaps by fighting Hillary whose negatives are so easy to target.
Then there’s the recent pact between Kasich and Cruz which reflects their singular focus to stop Trump in any way possible. It feels gimmicky with huge potential to backfire. A contrived play to stop the Trump momentum that feeds high electorate skepticism and personifies the distrust many are mad about.
And Cruz’s Carly VP pick feels premature – a kind of crisis intervention play to alter his considerable losses and bring on more delegates by winning them.
Trump’s presidential aspirations should receive honorable treatment. He’s surely earned it yet Trump-animosity still takes precedence over a citizen-swell for political authenticity and a resurgence of U.S. strength to keep us and the world balanced again. The lack of it has created much confusion where evil dominates and American exceptionalism is diminished.
Americans view their country as a declining power. Many want it restored, exhausted from politics as usual. The electorate is ripe for change and Trump’s captured their enthusiasm.
The out-of-touch conservative establishment, those who allowed Trump to steal their base, managed to organize against Trump yet allowed Obama seven years to dismantle America. They view Trump as a threat while President Obama, a man not noted for his love of country or his ability to identify our real enemies, prospered with little interference.
Why is Trump a threat to so many?
Trump embodies a much feared transformation of a party that has neglected many hard working Americans for too long. He’s a leader who can stand up to Hillary. He embraces immigration but wants to stop the intrusion of uncontrolled illegals. He describes American jobs and businesses stolen by cheaper Chinese imports and currency manipulation. He identifies the radicalized Islamic enemy unapologetically and with novel transparency. Trump tables issues long ignored by the Republican Party and confronts the old-order governing elite. He is the personification of anti-establishment and many prefer it that way.
As a large swath of working class Americans fell economically, Washington emerged as a city with a rising class of self-aggrandized highly paid lobbyists and lawmakers. It took a blue collar billionaire beholden to no one to identify the people’s concerns though The Economist reports it’s a myth that Trump is only supported by uneducated, poor voters; he has more appeal among affluent and better educated voters than most believe and is a threat to those who have a stake in political elite abundance.
We shouldn’t be surprised at the resolve of Trump admirers and we may discover, according to Democratic strategist Dave “Mudcat’ Saunders, that working class Democrats, long ignored and struggling, may desert their party for economic reasons and join Trump’s populist message.
We’re told this is the Republican party’s election to lose, and it may be, even with a glut of Hillary negatives. Her super delegate built in advantage ignores the many Bernie Sander supporters. Trust is an enormous issue for Hillary. Her email debacle continues to blur potential. How many presidential contenders have the threat of indictment hanging unresolved?
Her past performance doesn’t inspire either. Take a look at our foreign policy. She is largely responsible. She was named worst ethics violator of 2015 after overwhelming evidence she abused her position as Secretary of State.
Meanwhile, the Republican party is still steeped in petty party turmoil but after this election it will never be the same. Their energy foolishly engaged in the rejection of a popular Republican candidate they deny yet enabled. That sentiment is beginning to change as Trump’s delegate count climbs with primaries yet to come.
Many have speculated the conservative party could fracture if their attitude toward a non-establishment candidate does not change. The burden could shift to Trump to unite the party if he captures 1,237. If he doesn’t, a vicious delegate-grab and manifestly alarming cat fight will ensue. Cruz strong arms unbound delegates in states Trump has won. Cruz’s senate behavior even elicited John Boehner’s candid and timely remarks that could come to life should a convention brouhaha transpire. Boehner, like him or not, warns the people about Cruz now that he is free to do it.
Despite all this drama, Trump captured an impressive five state sweep this week. He’s won 27 state contests leading a populist wave sweeping America.
Conservative elite behavior and the Republican Party will play a role in how this election swings. It is incumbent upon the party to support the people’s choice if Trump cannot deliver the necessary delegate count. Disregard for unbridled passion will manifest elsewhere in ways unanticipated. We remind ourselves that Democracy is government in which people choose leaders by voting: government by the people. The people don’t always determine outcome but probably should.
Enthusiastic white blue collar voters coupled with higher Republican turnout reveals voter determination. Who will the disgruntled pick given a choice between Hillary and Trump, presuming they both reach the nomination?
Many believe our political system is corrupt and promotes inequality. It is the underlying sentiment in this unusual election. There are differing opinions on this. Whichever you choose, this is an election like no other, fed by dissatisfaction and strong national pride that strives to get our country working again. The outcome will be clear. One will ensure status quo or more of the same. The other will move us to a new place and create change desired by those who are unafraid and eager for new leadership.