In my most recent essay I noted that the Republican nomination would be a toss-up between Cruz and Trump neither of whom are faultless. Trump with his “bull in a China shop” style of campaigning and Cruz’s condescension make it hard to choose. As we watched the run-up to the primaries in Arizona and Utah, we were struck by Cruz’s unabashed lying about what Trump had spoken at the AIPAC convention.
We should be used to lying by politicians by now, beginning with Bill Clinton then refined to a fine art by Barack Obama and candidate Hillary Clinton. The amazing thing is that they all lie with a straight face and absolutely no conscience; and what’s even more amazing is that most in the media refuse to “call them out” on it. Is that what Americans want?
There has been talk of a Rubio/Cruz unity ticket, which both deny. At stake is the fact that both Cruz and Trump are Establishment outsiders which the latter is doing everything possible to override voters’ evident desires.
Cruz has a way of getting under one’s skin with his condescending manner of speaking. How many times has he told viewers that he is the only one who has beaten Trump 9 times? That of course begs the question of how many times has Trump bested Cruz? The answer: 21 to date with a 30 percent larger delegate count that makes it statistically impossible for Cruz to pass him. So, enough of the bloviating ...on all sides! But if Trump did not bloviate, he would have nothing to say.
There is one common enemy, the Republican Establishment. Why? Because although voters have repeatedly given the Republican Party a majority in both Houses of the Congress, the voters have been betrayed too many times. Consider the fact that during the Bush “43” era Republicans had majorities in both Houses but failed to enact legislation favorable to conservatives. Nor did “43” make such legislation his agenda. Whereas one may like and have supported “43” and continue to do so in the face of Trump’s misguided remarks and attitude, one bristles at the Republican Establishment doing everything possible to undo what the voters are plainly seeking ...a change of direction and cessation of business as usual for Establishment careerists.
One careerist, the Republican Chairman of the House Veterans Affairs Committee has seen the “handwriting on the wall” and is calling it quits rather than be thrown out. His is a classic case of a person who openly stated that he wanted to go to Washington “to support President Bush” and to make a “career” of it. Sixteen years later, after serving on the Veteran’s Affairs Committee the entire time and the last four as its Chairman, during a speech last year to the American Legion, he thanked the Legion for calling his attention to the disastrous state of affairs at the Veterans Administration. He what? Yes, you read it correctly. No wonder he is resigning, he is vulnerable and gutless; and is representative of the “good ole boy” problem that pervades the Republican Party; and yes, the Democrat Party.
It is high time that the Establishment on both sides of the political aisle does the will of the voters and not use voters as a first class ticket to D.C. on the taxpayer’s “dime.”
Trump and Cruz epitomize the voters’ attitude albeit from different perspectives. That fact presents the unique opportunity for a permanent solution to the Establishment, at least on the Republican side. A Trump/Cruz ticket would crush Republican Establishment efforts to break up the best opportunity since Ronald Reagan to have leadership that is not beholden to the Establishment; and which creates lapdog careerists like the example above.
At the moment their combined count of delegates accounts for 1104 of the 1237 required for the nomination. The primaries in Utah and Arizona will provide an aggregate total of 98 more delegates with the lion’s share going to Trump and Cruz. By April 5th, their combined total will exceed 1237. The only way the Establishment can succeed in working its will to “parachute” a “rescue” candidate into the Convention, would be to keep them split and at odds with one another. Hopefully Cruz and Trump recognize the potential and will set their egos aside for the good of the Nation, not the Party...“frankly my dear, I don’t give a damn” about the Republican Party at the moment.
If on the other hand Trump succeeds in obtaining enough delegates to clinch the nomination on the first ballot, the Establishment party is over ...hopefully permanently and Americans can get back to the business of a government of the people, by the people and for the people for generations to come.
Either way the ultimate outcome is predicated on defeating a very vulnerable Hillary Clinton. But, there is a nightmare scenario that although there seems to be sufficient evidence in the current investigation to indict her, the Obama administration would refuse to do its Constitutional duty to refer the matter to trial. Rather, Obama chooses to sit on the investigation, effectively breaking the law again and betting that Hillary may be elected. If that should happen, any charges would die an unnatural death and the Nation might well have arguably elected a treasonous, traitor, criminal as its President.
Think about that fact as well as potential nominations to the Supreme Court before refusing to vote for the Republican nominee, regardless of who that nominee may be.