In every town large enough to have two traffic lights there is a bar at the back of which sits the local Donald Trump, nursing his fifth beer and innumerable delusions. Because the actual Donald Trump is wealthy, he can turn himself into an unprecedentedly and incorrigibly vulgar presidential candidate… When, however, Trump decided that his next acquisition would be not another casino but the Republican presidential nomination, he tactically and quickly underwent many conversions of convenience (concerning abortion, health care, funding Democrats, etc.). His makeover demonstrates that he is a counterfeit Republican and no conservative.
I’ve been appalled at the lack of willingness from anyone other than Rand Paul to kick the crap out of Donald Trump. So many blogs, writers and columnist who ought normally to know better have written prevaricatingly about him, as if his nonsense is a genuine Republican voice that should be listened to. I am especially saddened at the silence of Ted Cruz, although I understand why Cruz has been reluctant to criticize him – his brand is entirely anti-establishment, and to go after Trump risks diluting the brand. But even so, if you can’t make a meal out of Trump, how can you possibly beat Clinton or Sanders in the General?! What happened to the days of politicians making the argument?!
In many ways, Trump is the bitter fruit of the dumbing down of the Republican Party, and their inability to make the argument. GOP support now comes from misinformed bar-room rednecks whose political thought consists of occasionally inconsistent slogans crafted on identity politics without any thought given to practicality or policy detail. In that sense, despite actually being an ideological Democrat, Trump is the perfect candidate for the modern GOP. He doesn’t need to be consistent, or actually make sense. He just needs to repeat back the same neanderthal rhetoric that other Republicans have been using, but better.
Someone like Ted Cruz especially should know better. Cruz is a Harvard Law graduate who has argued cases in front of the Supreme Court. Why is it so hard for him to make the argument now? If he really wants to be President, he is going to have to deal with much worse than one eccentric property magnate. Trump is a Democrat pretending to be a Republican, and any politician with rudimentary skills in the art should be able to make mincemeat of such a scenario. Come on Ted! Stomp the crap out of this man and throw his body out the back door!