March 16, 2016

Silly me. I thought Donald Trump’s entry would turn the Republican Party establishment upside down simply because he was unlike anything they would have ever dared allow into the mix of candidates for the presidential nomination. He’s brash. He’s bold. He’s not willing to play games with the mainstream media. And, more than anything (listen up, John McCain and Mitt Romney) he’s a winner who plays by his own rules, defying any attempt by the Republican Party / Democratic Party / media establishment “cartel” (to use Ted Cruz’s words) to keep the status quo.

I’ve always felt deep down that if it came to Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton, the GOP establishment and their insiders in the conservative media would talk a good game publicly but deep inside (and in the voting booth) choose Madame Hillary. Why? Because she’s the quintessential Washington / Beltway insider. Not as progressive as Bernie Sanders has forced her to be, totally part and parcel with the establishment. Simply put, more than anything else, she’d be predictable and far more likely to keep the status quo and system of spoils that Washington operates around more than Donald Trump ever would – indeed, even more than Barack Obama has.

Me? I despise everything about the GOP establishment, and like many Trump supporters who come from the conservative side of the Republican Party, want to see it burn to the ground, taking the likes of squishes like Mitch McConnell, Paul Ryan, the GOP senators and representatives who ran as conservatives but turned into squishes as soon as they arrived in Washington (our Arizona senators McCain and Flake are poster children), and the big-money donors who ensure nothing ever changes with them. I know Trump’s candidacy isn’t going to do that single-handed, but it can sure make these bastards squirm in their seats, that’s for sure.

I knew Trump’s ascendancy would turn the candidates against each other as the original seventeen slowly but gradually were reduced to the current four – that’s politics, after all – but I never in my life imagined that the conservative media would turn against each other the way it has. I mean, you’d think that simply because I support Donald Trump I and those like me are to Republican Party and GOP politics the equivalent of kryptonite to Superman. I used to enjoy websites and blogs like Red State, Hot Air, National Review Online, and Power Line (to name just a few), cable outlets like FOX News, and radio shows hosted by Salem Communications (Hugh Hewitt, Michael Medved, and Dennis Prager) but finally grew weary of the daily onslaught and increasingly personal and vicious attacks on both Trump and his supporters. Heck, you’d think we were the problem, not Washington, the GOP establishment, and indeed the entire nominating process that created the fertile environment from which Trump’s candidacy emerged.

Me, I’ve always believed that you can disagree with someone politically but it doesn’t have to get personal. My problem with the media outlets above is that not only has their coverage been incredibly one-sided (in FOX’s case, Megyn Kelly has become virtually unwatchable in its anti-Trump vitriol), but once-favorite bloggers have allowed their sites to not just become quite nasty in tone, but stifle any form of dissent to the extent where long-time visitors and commenters have been banned (never a good thing unless they regularly violate the rules of conduct) and links to other blogs that have dared to cover Trump’s campaign with any kind of favorability or at least even-handedness have been removed.

As both a Republican and a conservative, I thought we were better than this. I mean, Mitt Romney was a squish and a phony, but I supported his candidacy and voted for him. Same thing with McCain. Perhaps Trump isn’t a conservative, and perhaps he’s playing a different game than your usual probable (at least at this point) Republican nominee, but fer gawdsakes, the guy isn’t afraid to take the game to the likely Democratic nominee (at least at this point), and you cannot deny he’s bringing the kinds of voters into the booth – and perhaps the Party – that no other Republican candidate could ever dream of doing. Does anyone really think that with Ted Cruz – a so-called “true conservative” (whatever that means) at the top of the ticket he could bring states like Wisconsin, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, and possibly New York and New Jersey into play for 2016? I don’t think so.

But I believe Donald Trump can. Of course, the media outlets mentioned above will rail endlessly that Trump couldn’t beat Hillary in a general election, but that kind of conventional wisdom has been proven wrong by Trump over and over again since his entry into the race last summer. Of course, as I mentioned above, you can expect an endless parade of so-called “conservatives” who’ll come out in support of Hillary, but all that does is reinforce my original conviction that these folks have never been conservative, they’re just so tied with the UniParty establishment in Washington that the prospect of a Donald Trump presidency scares the bejeezus out of them.

As it should. Which is why I’m sticking with The Donald through thick and thin. After all, can you imagine another candidate with the chutzpah to put out an ad like this?

Filed in: Politics & World Events by The Great White Shank at 18:28 | Comments (3)
  1. For every GOP primary voter he brings in, 2 leave in the general election.

    Net loss in the general election.

    Comment by Dave Richard — March 17, 2016 @ 2:51 am

  2. More conventional wisdom. We’ll see. So I guess that will make you a “Hillary Republican”? 🙂

    Comment by The Great White Shank — March 17, 2016 @ 6:01 pm

  3. Nope. None of the Above, sadly used all too often by in elections.

    Comment by Dave Richard — March 17, 2016 @ 7:58 pm

RSS feed for comments on this post.

Sorry, the comment form is closed at this time.


Search The Site

Recent Items


September 2021
April 2021
January 2021
December 2020
November 2020
October 2020
September 2020
August 2020
July 2020
June 2020
May 2020
April 2020
March 2020
February 2020
January 2020
December 2019
November 2019
October 2019
September 2019
August 2019
July 2019
June 2019
May 2019
April 2019
March 2019
February 2019
January 2019
December 2018
November 2018
October 2018
September 2018
August 2018
July 2018
June 2018
May 2018
April 2018
March 2018
February 2018
January 2018
December 2017
November 2017
October 2017
September 2017
August 2017
July 2017
June 2017
May 2017
April 2017
March 2017
February 2017
January 2017
December 2016
November 2016
October 2016
September 2016
August 2016
July 2016
June 2016
May 2016
April 2016
March 2016
February 2016
January 2016
December 2015
November 2015
October 2015
September 2015
August 2015
July 2015
June 2015
May 2015
April 2015
March 2015
February 2015
January 2015
December 2014
November 2014
October 2014
September 2014
August 2014
July 2014
June 2014
May 2014
April 2014
March 2014
February 2014
January 2014
December 2013
November 2013
October 2013
September 2013
August 2013
July 2013
June 2013
May 2013
April 2013
March 2013
February 2013
January 2013
December 2012
November 2012
October 2012
September 2012
August 2012
July 2012
June 2012
May 2012
April 2012
March 2012
February 2012
January 2012
December 2011
November 2011
October 2011
September 2011
August 2011
July 2011
June 2011
May 2011
April 2011
March 2011
February 2011
January 2011
December 2010
November 2010
October 2010
September 2010
August 2010
July 2010
June 2010
May 2010
April 2010
March 2010
February 2010
January 2010
December 2009
November 2009
October 2009
September 2009
August 2009
July 2009
June 2009
May 2009
April 2009
March 2009
February 2009
January 2009
December 2008
November 2008
October 2008
September 2008
August 2008
July 2008
June 2008
May 2008
April 2008
March 2008
February 2008
January 2008
December 2007
November 2007
October 2007
September 2007
August 2007
July 2007
June 2007
May 2007
April 2007
March 2007
February 2007
January 2007
December 2006
November 2006
October 2006
September 2006
August 2006
July 2006
June 2006
May 2006
April 2006
March 2006
February 2006
January 2006



4 Goodboys Only

Site Info