In a recent blog, I noted that the most intriguing debate would be The Donald of today with The Donald of just a few years back as he made several shifts in position. For me, I was never sold on Trump as a true conservative but an actor playing a role. His comments about Mexicans was painting a brush too wide about an important voting bloc and his most recent comment about John McCain showed a candidate who simply can’t keep a filter on his mouth. Before The Donald’s recent trip to Iowa, National Review Jonah Goldberg wrote:
“He reminds me a lot of Mitt Romney, at least in one respect. I always said that Romney “spoke conservatism as a second language. That’s why Romney called himself a “severe conservative,” talked about how he “likes to fire people,” and anathematized the “47 percent.” Trump is even less truly conservative, but he’s trying to speak in an even grubbier dialect of conservatism. And having grown up in the tabloid politics of New York, he’s better at faking it. Eventually, I suspect, this will be the cause of his undoing. He doesn’t know what he doesn’t know about conservatism, and at some point he will say something that even his biggest fans will recognize as a damning revelation about the real man beneath the schtick.”
This past weekend, that damning revelation came out with his condemnation of McCain’s war record and just as bad, his statement to evangelicals about his faith.
Red State’s Eric Erickson added:
“In addition to his statement on McCain, Trump also said he had never asked for forgiveness from God for anything. He referred to communion as eating a cracker. In other words, Trump sounded very much not like a believer to the ears of the average evangelical…They may have liked some of his fiery rhetoric. They may have loved that Donald Trump was throwing punches. But they’ve been skeptical on Trump’s faith issue for a while and yesterday largely closed the books on evangelical support.”
Trump’s unfamiliarity with Iowan evangelicals is part of Jonah Goldberg’s point about Trump’s misunderstanding of Conservatism as Eric Erickson added, “If one has never asked God for forgiveness, that person has never engaged in a foundational part of Christian faith, i.e. repentance.”
The problem with The Donald is that he sucked the air out of those legitimate candidates who had a message that appealed to the grass roots. Too many conservatives overlooked his past record and assumed maybe he truly switched. While he gave voice to an anger in the American electorate; his solution and rhetoric did little to solve the problems of the Middle Class. He adopted a message that said, “I am rich so I am a great businessman and will be a great President.” While a go for broke and I don’t give a damn what others think role may be satisfying now, in a few months Trump would have crippled the conservative message. His threat to run as a third party candidate should be taken as a warning that Trump is willing to allow Hillary Clinton to become President.
I have already made the case that Republicans are blessed with candidates. There are plenty who are not part of the political class. If you want a business person who has attacked the political class and is actually a conservative, simply listen to Carly Fiorina. If you want a governor who stood up to the left, there is Scott Walker. Scott Walker had waged a political battle with the left including suffering through a month in which leftists occupied the Wisconsin State House as a act of intimidation to force Walker to retreat from his ambitious plan. http://www.hollywoodrepublican.net/2015/06/republican-candidates-better-than-hillary/
Governors like Rick Perry had to deal with border security issues and Obama’s neglect of those borders. But, Trump failed to advance an agenda beyond anger. His recent comments should give pause to those who seek real change within the Republican Party and Washington itself. The Donald is leading conservatives on a suicide mission. In 2010, Trump helped finance Democratic efforts to keep the Senate, including providing aid to Harry Reid. He has not made a commitment to ensure that Democrats don’t take back the Senate and win the White House. So tell me, why are we following a false prophet when we have plenty of leaders who can win? The Donald is still in the race and will be part of the first Republican debate, but the bloom is off the rose and we have a second chance to review our options.