I’m a big believer in the phrase “be careful what you wish for, because you just might get it.” It’s something I’ve been saying to Republicans about the tea party since 2008. The “political movement” to which Republicans sold their souls to win the 2010 midterm elections has become a monster from which they cannot escape, a monster which is now threatening to rip their party apart.
Republicans now have a candidate who is the epitome of all the hateful, bigoted and ignorant propaganda they’ve been pushing the last few years, but they’re pretending to act “shocked” that he’s ascended to the top of their presidential ladder. Donald Trump is only leading the current GOP presidential field because of the vile, hateful rhetoric on which Republicans have built their party since President Obama was first elected.
The circus has become so bad that Trump skipped the Iowa debate because Fox News is apparently now “unfair to him” (yes, a Republican whining about Fox News being unfair) and refused to give into his demand that Megyn Kelly be removed as moderator. Here we have a presidential candidate who says he respects the Constitution, which includes the freedom of the press, yet he continually tries to bully and intimidate any media figure or entity that dares to question or criticize him.
But let’s be honest here, Donald Trump is the:
- Birther who was embraced by many Republicans.
- Anti-immigrant advocate who vilifies Mexicans.
- Anti-Muslim radical.
- Sexist who degrades women.
- Bully who builds himself up by trying to bring others down.
- Arrogant blowhard who claims being offensive is just “standing against political correctness.”
Trump is what the Republican party has become and represents everything the tea party stands for. Which is evident by the fact that he’s not only the frontrunner for the Republican presidential nomination, but the race isn’t even close. This has thrown the entire Republican party into complete chaos.
Their handpicked candidate, Jeb Bush, has been a complete and total disaster. Meanwhile their backup plan, Marco Rubio, continually proves how unqualified he is for the job. The only three candidates who’ve even remotely mattered in this race are Donald Trump, Ted Cruz and Ben Carson – three men the GOP definitely does not want representing their party.
Except, it now seems inevitable: Donald Trump is going to be the Republican nominee for president. This inevitability seems to be settling in with many on the right, in some rather hilarious ways.
Just recently we’ve had Sen. Lindsey Graham describing having to vote for either Trump or Cruz as deciding between being “shot or poisoned,”; the conservative National Review published a fairly strange takedown piece aimed at Trump; a Marco Rubio supporter paid to have anti-Trump messages written in the sky during the Rose Bowl; Fox News put Megyn Kelly in charge of moderating another debate knowing that it would tick off Trump; the Republican Speaker of the House Paul Ryan held an impromptu press conference saying that Trump does not represent the party’s values; and then there are frequent reports circulating of active campaigns going on with big money conservatives to try to take down “The Donald.”
Heck, things have gotten so ridiculous we now have a full-blown “birther” debate raging about Ted Cruz’s citizenship.
The Republican party has become a three-ring circus… and I’m loving every minute of it.
So, while we still have plenty of work to do to ensure that a Republican does not win the White House in November, I think we should all take a moment to enjoy the fact that we’re witnessing a complete implosion within the GOP. And at the end of the day, they’re only going to have themselves to blame. “Republican presidential frontrunner Donald J. Trump” never happens if Republicans didn’t spend years embracing the worst parts of our country, all for the sake of petty partisan politics.