The conversation about Donald Trump is very refreshing. Let’s be honest about it. It is really refreshing to see the establishment go into hysterical, pile-on mode. I’m actually proud of Rick Perry for being bold in his statements. Perry is owning the anti-Trump issue and he’s making it about principle and issues. But the number of denouncements from pundits and the press have gotten to crazy levels. And now the establishment that hates Ted Cruz is piling on him too for daring not to pile on.
But it gets better. Donors and consultants are ganging up to try to get the candidates to all unite and gang up against Donald Trump.
Donald Trump is a non-traditional candidate who is running a non-traditional campaign and kicking the asses of traditional campaign consultants. They do not like that he is taking advantage of the system they created. I’ve been critical of Trump. I’ve reminded people that Trump has been a Democrat donor with Democrat positions on healthcare, abortion, immigration, etc. I wish Donald Trump could go a news cycle without making news. The media is fixated on Trump in the same way the media fixates on the one guy with a confederate flag at a tea party rally as if that guy represents the whole movement.
But here’s the thing. The Establishment always tells conservatives they need to vote for the nominee. They ridicule conservatives as taking their football and going home if they don’t get their way.
Well, I’m not voting for Donald Trump in the Georgia primary. I don’t think he’ll even be in the race by that point. But I would support him were he the nominee. That the establishment guys won’t is deeply hilarious to watch after years of them lecturing all of us about not taking our football home. The meltdown is delightful to watch and after years of putting up with pompous, preening members of the Establishment telling conservatives they have to suck it up, it is wonderful to be reminded that the Establishment is incapable of sucking it up.
If they just waited, Trump would fade. But everything they do generates new attention for Trump and emboldens him and his supporters. They just do not know what to do with Trump and the truth is that they set up the system Trump is benefiting from. The Establishment expects the conservative base to stay quiet when we disagree with them, but by God they want to scream the rooftops when they disagree with us. We’re hobbits, cave dwellers, crazies, etc.
There’s also something else that needs to be said here: Trump won’t be the Republican nominee. And those who are on his team in the primary may very well sit it out. There should be no crying in primaries, as in baseball. If I don’t get my guy, I still support the nominee (except John Kasich who has less of a chance than Trump so it doesn’t matter). Those of you who’ve made Trump your cause are really doing so because he is throwing punches you think need to be thrown. Just don’t delude yourself. Donald Trump is ultimately about Donald Trump. He was for immigration and universal healthcare and Hillary Clinton before he was against them. He’s saying a lot of awesome stuff, but there is no guarantee he won’t change. Don’t let your hatred of the Establishment and feeling that you’ve been played get you played again by someone who only a few years ago was on CNN identifying as a Democrat.
I will vote for the nominee. It will not be Donald Trump. That’s just the truth. And you should be prepared for that reality. But I would vote for him if something happened and he became the nominee.
What’s so delightful here is that we have a ton of Establishment guys declaring that they’ll never, ever vote for Donald Trump. It is all deeply funny to watch — and way past time to see it.
I love Campaign 2016 so much I wonder if Anthony Kennedy would let me marry it. And I bet I can find 300 Republican operatives to sign an amicus brief supporting me!