Following the 2012 Presidential Election, when President Barack Obama soundly defeated former Massachusetts Governor “Mitt” Romney, the Republican Hierarchy performed a “Self-Autopsy”. From that introspection, the GOP concluded that it had lost due to a critical shrinkage in its core political base—White Males and other Conservatives. Its self-diagnosis suggested that it must “expand its tent”, and widen its appeal to: Women; Minorities; the LGBT Community, Non-Christians and Immigrants Citizens.
Since the last Presidential Election, the so-called Grand Old Party, the Party of Lincoln, or whatever moniker you might give it, has done nothing—other than talk—to expand its appeal beyond that traditional core base. Refusing to consider rational Immigration Reform, fighting against Same-Sex Marriage, obstruction of Voting Rights, denouncing the Affordable (Health) Care Act, etc., are among the many conservative actions that have worked against the poor and the powerless.
Within that environment, Donald J. Trump, once again, announced his candidacy for President, in June off 2015. This time, however, he came out-of-the blocks with a vengeance, spewing Hatred against that complete demographic that the Party supposedly targeted for inclusion into its traditional base. Trump, however, struck a note with the disaffected White Males, who felt left behind in the overall economy.
I pointed-out some of Donald Trump’s intolerable antics in my prior post, https://wordpress.com/stats/day/thetruthoncommonsense.com, in which I had suggested that his Presidential Campaign is “Toast”. There have been rumors of several Party Elders planning to meet with Trump’s adult children, to attempt an “Intervention,” and have him withdraw from the Election. With his Ego and his Delusion of Superiority, I doubt that he would ever consider it. And Party Rules do not seem to provide for forcing him to do so.
With less than 100 days left until the 2016 Presidential Election, the GOP has quite a dilemma on its hands. Political Parties gain strength by having their candidates elected to public office, at all levels of Federal, State and Local Government. No doubt, the Republicans are running scared, because the candidate at the Top-of-the-Ticket, who receives the most publicity, is generally what attracts voters to the Party. And many Americans, in turn, also vote mostly for the same party’s candidates all the way down the ticket, as well.
Yesterday, Donald Trump proclaimed, at a Florida rally, that Party Unity has never been better. But all the while, rumors of Intervention to encourage him to step-aside ran rampant, and his “Campaign Manager” revealed on TV that Trump was totally in charge of the whole Campaign. Reince Priebus, RNC Chairman, was also quoted, on TV, saying that he had never encountered anyone who was so self-centered.
So, every time that a prominent Republican responds in horror, and repudiates one of Donald Trump’s irreverent actions, take note as to whether or not that candidate has withheld, or withdrawn, their endorsement of him. Just the fact that Trump is the Republican Party’s standard-bearer, more or less, suggests the Party’s collective complicity in all that he says or does. Hopefully, after this year, both the Republican and Democratic Parties with add a provision to replace future candidates who have run off the tracks.