On Monday, Weekly Standard editor-in-chief Bill Kristol tweeted out what the rest of the Republican establishment is thinking: better Hillary than Donald. Here’s the tweet:
Crowd-sourcing: Name of the new party we’ll have to start if Trump wins the GOP nomination? Suggestions welcome at email@example.com
— Bill Kristol (@BillKristol) December 20, 2015
Kristol isn’t alone. As I wrote at Daily Wire today, Politico’s Jeff Greenfield says, “If the operatives I talked with are right, Trump running as a Republican could well face a third-party run – from the Republicans themselves.” That follows last Thursday’s Politico column from former New Jersey governor Christine Todd Whitman, who compared Trump to Hitler and called him “evil,” and last Wednesday’s Politico column reporting that Jeb Bush’s aides “began looking into the possibility of making a clear break with Trump – potentially with the candidate stating that, if Trump were the nominee, Bush would not support him.”
Last week, MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough said that former Mississippi governor Haley Barbour “and a lot of the Republican leaders would much rather Hillary Clinton be President of the United States than have Donald Trump represent them as a Republican.” And in November, The Hill reported that “GOP establishment donors have confided to The Hill that for the first time in recent memory, they find themselves contemplating not supporting a Republican nominee for president.”
I’m old enough to remember when it was scandalous for Trump not to pledge his allegiance to the eventual Republican nominee. Now, day after day, reports from party leaders leak, stating that should Trump gain control over the party apparatus, they will simply smash the machinery.
Eight years ago I was proud to call myself a yellow dog Democrat. I had voted straight-ticket Democrat in every election for over twenty years. The only time there was a question who I would vote for was during the primaries if there was a contested nomination.
If Obama had won the 2008 nomination fair and square I would probably have supported him in the general election because I believed in party unity.
But during the 2008 primary the Democrat party establishment (DEMe) made clear that they didn’t give a fuck about what the voters wanted. The DEMe wanted Obama, and they damn well would do whatever it took to make sure that they got Obama.
Now it’s deja vu all over again except this time it’s the GOPe and they are powerless to Stop Trump so they are gonna take their ball and go home. To paraphrase a notorious statement by our military in Vietnam, they are going to “destroy the party in order to save it.”
Fuck ’em. Burn it down. Burn it all down.
We will never see serious political reform in this country until we break the stranglehold that the current kleptocracy has on Washington D.C. We can switch back and forth between the GOPe and the DEMe until the cows die from global cooling and nothing will change.
This is not about electing Donald Trump. He is not our savior. But he may be the means by which we can gain control of one of the two Kleptocrat parties.
Ted Cruz would be a better president, but Ted Cruz doesn’t have the billions of dollars of his own money he would need to fight a successful campaign. The only other candidate in either party who is not a member of the Kleptocracy is Rand Paul, and he
is nuttier than a Payday bar doesn’t stand a chance.
Hold your nose and vote for