There are conservatives who continue to amplify their pain at seeing a presumptive Trump nomination. Trump’s been the candidate to belittle and demean, the man targeted for political demise. But the real estate and casino billionaire took on the Republican party and won!
This occurred after hundreds of millions in negative ads were viscerally earmarked to rid themselves of Trump? And our Speaker of the House, Paul Ryan declares his Trump hesitancy. He gracelessly bends to the hate-Trump-virus that’s gripped some Republicans who refuse to acknowledge the reasons for Trump’s mercurial rise. Ryan is squeezed between the voters he’s sworn to represent and his party, those who will not swear allegiance to Trump.
But as Trump begins the transition from the primaries to the general election with his stated goal to unite the party, it may result in a kiss-and-make-up Trump/Ryan resolution. Their recent first meeting purportedly went well. Ryan should offer Trump support without the hardball theatrics.
Get over it, GOP leaders, Trump is your nominee!
Lest we forget, Trump beat 16 seasoned politicians by winning millions of Republican primary votes, more votes than any other Republican in history. He did it by plainly describing the upset of many who watched their party surrender to a subversive uncompromising Democratic party that altered the face of America. Trepidation characterized the batch of mostly insider Republican presidential contenders unable to unreservedly articulate the facts. Trump convinced the people while the conservative elite counted him out at every turn. Out-of-step doesn’t begin to describe their reckless behavior.
In sports we admire competitors who graciously accept defeat. Those who don’t are called sore losers.
Now that Trump is the presumptive Republican nominee uniting the party will be his principal concern. Hillary Clinton looms large yet some in the conservative elite, like Bret Stephens, George Will and Bill Kristol refuse to budge from an irrational grudge bias they seemingly cannot shake; are they seriously pitching Hillary? their logic depleted, gone awry.
What happened to the Republican party and those who purport to support its principles? The party feels fractured with too many pseudo-conservative sniveling whiners. Their gripes unrelenting, feelings ruffled by a man who outsmarted the smartest among them with words they could not deliver. Do they want to stop Hillary’s rise while our Democratic president erodes our fundamental rights daily?
The problems we face are daunting and should not be obscured by petty fixations. We see it with a compounding unsustainable financial disaster looming large. A precipice upon which a staggering 152.8 billion a year must materialize to support food stamps, health insurance, cash assistance programs and working families who cannot afford to make ends meet. And that’s just entitlement spending. There’s also our $20 trillion debt and annual deficit mostly resulting from Obama’s binge spending, yet that hardly comes up.
Insultingly, the Obama administration dispatched Ben Rhodes, his deputy national security advisor, to lambast our media for their compliant coverage of last summers Iran nuclear deal. Rhodes revealed Obama’s contempt for U.S. traditional foreign policy, as if we should be surprised. He declared his assertions with smug delight, boasting about his administration’s ability to delude liberal journalists and think-tank wonks with duplicity and lies. Obama’s Iranian surrender was duplicitous from the start and liberal media coverage shameful.
But how imperious to point out purposeful White House media-manipulation by media-coddled Obama himself.
Trump too gets huge media coverage, but in his case the media shows no compunction to handle him with kit gloves. Their criticisms are harsh and unrestrained.
As these disturbing crises unfold, Jeb Bush swore support for the republican nominee but reneged after he learned it was Trump. Jeb recoils with self-involved hurt feelings. We’d respect him more if he did not. McCain is unable to forgive Donald for his POW comment. McCain should move on, drop his petty grievance and step-up for America. His Vietnam history is his long standing claim-to-fame for decades. Romney behaves spitefully and lacks legitimacy. His inability to run an effective campaign forfeit America to Obama for another four years.
Do their opinions really matter? And shouldn’t we expect those who aspire to be president to stand behind their party’s nominee? Leaders behave as leaders even when they lose.
Dick Cheney has! He stands by Trump. So does Newt Gingrich, Rick Perry, Bob Dole, Rudy Giuliani, Chris Christie, Ben Carson, Indiana basketball coach Bobby Knight, billionaire Wilbur Ross, Bobby Jindal, and pro-Israel billionaire, Sheldon Adelson. An assortment of leaders vested in their country with many more to count.
Trump’s boundless advance caught many by surprise. His strategic orchestrated rise has garnered respect from many even those who reluctantly now agree. He is likely to capture the necessary delegate count before the convention. Some predict he cannot beat Hillary but Trump predictions made by those supposedly in-the-know haven’t materialized.
Trump’s a successful non-Harvard white businessman with an unusual non-political profile; a man without the high-toned graded pedigree, elite-self-referenced conservatives expect regardless of experience or accomplishment, the tony credentials Obama carries without a shred of demonstrated merit. Trump’s an anomaly many from the left or right will berate given the slightest provocation. He doesn’t fit the part using their narrow crusty barometer. His intentions are to make good on his promises which scare those who are supposed to want the things he intends to do.
Trump is an acquired taste. He’s charismatic with plenty of room to grow as his viability increases. He exudes energy and yes vulgarity in one form or another, but in these sanitized times his insults feel like what we need. Who isn’t sick of carefully crafted words? He represents a new world and his unpredictability characterizes him more than not. He seems able to defy the odds and there are many who are unnerved by his prospects.
Can he go the distance?
We shouldn’t count Trump out. If we’ve learned anything these past six months, it’s that!