None of this should surprise us. What should surprise us is that this horrible human being is well on her way to becoming president of the United States--a feat which would have seemed impossible a year ago. It's bad enough that we have a leading candidate so openly crooked, so completely indifferent to the rule of law, and with so many years of scandal after scandal. And it's not as if the public is unaware of her failings--she is so unpopular that Bernie Sanders, the avowed Socialist who should have been the butt of crazy old grandpa jokes everywhere won primary after primary against her. Even the people I know who are voting for her are not really voting for HER--they are voting for the fond memory of Bill--whom they like to believe will secretly run the country from the background and return our nation to a state of economic bliss. As one of my liberal friends explained it, "With Hillary you get Bill."She should have NO chance of winning an election as dog catcher in New York City and yet there is a high probability that she will be president of the United States. And it's all our fault.
By "our" I do not mean #NeverTrump, of which I am a part. That movement has brought the only voice of reason to an otherwise lunatic process. I mean the American people and specifically the GOP. The GOP started out in 2015 with a field of excellent candidates, any of which would have made a good president. We had governors with strong executive experience. We had moderate conservatives--like Bush--and fiery conservatives like Ted Cruz. But instead, we gave our party over to a buffoonish con man named Donald Trump because he could get Democrat cross over votes. Never mind that the Democrats were crossing over to vote for the ONE candidate who consistently lost to Hillary Clinton in the polls. Never mind that Trump is the 2016 Archie Bunker--spewing crass, racist, uncouth, impolitic blather while pretending to be smarter than the rest of the world. Never mind that, like the character of Archie Bunker created so long ago, Trump's racist, misogynistic rhetoric gave evidence to the charges that had been labeled against conservatives for 50 years--that we are in fact a party of racist bigots who hate women and people who look different from us. Trump became the embodiment of every negative, hateful stereotype that had ever been floated about the GOP. But he drew crowds and media attention and the promise that he could bring in a new wave of disillusioned Democrats. And soon the GOP leadership had prostrated themselves before Agent Orange and forced all other candidates off the field. The minions who supported Trump told us that he was tough and although terribly flawed he would make short work of the Clintons.
Well it's been two months now, and The Orange One has not done much of anything. Many of us knew that the press would excoriate him for his past sins and misdeeds including Trump University and that was true. Many of us suspected that he would not run an aggressive campaign. But even I am surprised that Trump is actually not campaigning at all. He appears to be ceding the race to his long term friend Hillary by simply sitting down in the road and letting her lumber unopposed toward the presidency.
Consider this horrifying email that I received last week from a SuperPac supporting Trump:
SuperPacs raise money. But if I were in charge of the Great America PAC I would be wanting to know WHY Trump's official campaign is not purchasing ad time for TV ads. After all, this is the man who claimed that he could self-fund the whole campaign. This is the man who said he could sell a building in New York City if the RNC were not "nice to him." This is the man who does not need anyone to win--not the conservatives in his party whom he disregards completely, not the RNC donors and not the RNC itself. And this man is refusing to run. With Hillary's RealClear Politics average 4.6% ahead of Donald Trump, we have a problem. And no one seems to care..."Did you catch this shocking Campaign 2016 revelation on NBC's Meet the Press?
Host Chuck Todd made it all too clear during the guest panel discussion -- Crooked Hillary Clinton and her surrogates have already secured more than $43 million in television advertising during these crucial Summer weeks...
...And pointed out that ONLY ONE pro-Trump group -- including even his official campaign -- has purchased ad time to fight back: Great America PAC"
Trump's refusal to compete in the general election is so blatant now that even Newt Gingrich--his early surrogate and possible VP pick, commented on it to NBC:
"Everything the Clinton campaign is doing to suppress Trump will, in the short run, suppress Trump — because he's not trying," the former speaker of the House said.
Remember, this is Gingrich trying to put a positive spin on a hopeless situation. If Trump is not trying now, at what point does he start trying? During the convention? In August? In September? Three weeks before election day "if he is still alive as a candidate" while early voting is taking place? That's too little way too late. That's a sure fire formula for Hillary for President 2016 so that we can look forward at least four years of Clinton's illegal shenanigans and the continued destruction of freedom and the constitution.
It is time for the GOP to wake up from our collective self-induced coma and recognize that we have been conned. Trump would make a terrible, lawless president in his own right, but he's never going to get that far. He's going to sit by on the sidelines and let Clinton win. Maybe that was the plan all along, or maybe he just never expected to get this far. Maybe Trump is the yapping dog who chased cars until he finally caught one and now he has bitten off more than he can chew. Either way, he lacks the honesty or the grace to bow out on his own, so we the party need to show him the door. It is time to #FreetheDelegates.
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