When this all began some 17 months ago I sat back and watched as Donald J. Trump slowly rose through the ranks of Republican candidates. He gained a fan base of disillusioned Republicans who were tired of “business as usual” politics. Like a gunfighter in the old west he systematically removed each candidate not by coming up with a better plan but by intimidation. I had expected a little bit of back bone from those that fell along the wayside but got none. As each candidate disappeared Trump grew stronger and more confidant and his rhetoric shifted to personal attacks and bullying. Still no one stood up to him. Rubio and Cruz tried to get down in the dirt with the master but they were outclassed and never really had a chance.
Finally only Governor John Kasich remained. As Trump began to attack the Governor in his usual style Kasich held his ground and took the high road deciding to discuss policies not hand sizes. With every insult Trump threw Kasich countered with a question of where Mr. Trump stood on this or that. Obviously Trump couldn’t answer because he stood nowhere…but he was “gonna build a wall and make Mexico pay.” Eventually the Kasich campaign ran out of money and he was forced to withdraw. But even in defeat Kasich refused to violate his moral principles and endorse Trump. As it turned out it was the right thing to do.
My confusion in all of this is the panic we now see in the Republican Party. They must have seen this coming after all it was their fault Trump was even nominated. The people have been making their feelings known how unhappy they are with the present Republican politicians for some time. But the leaders of the GOP just refused to listen…”Business as usual.” So now they are faced with a nasty civil war that will probably end up with a split party. They also now run a good chance of losing their majority in the House and the Senate too.
I have watched as dozens of Republicans disavow Trump then rejoin his circus train because Trump promised to not support their re election campaigns. What does that say about their moral fortitude? Presidential races have always been down and dirty starting with John Adams. There were fist fights, lynchings, arson and riots that would make today’s race look like a pillow fight. But somewhere along the way we grew out of it, somewhere along the way we found that perfect place where one could criticize their opponent without getting in the mud with the pigs. We found that tenuous place called…”The High Ground.”
Well Donald J. Trump has nuked that pretty efficiently and has tried to drag everyone down into the pig slop with him. It pleased me to finally see some Republicans with back bone and refuse to get on the Trump Circus Train. That lets me believe there is some hope left for the party. For me I will be glad when this election is finally over. It has been nothing but a train wreck from the very beginning.