A successful businessman and charismatic TV star, Trump is a nationalist and populist, not a traditional conservative, or a traditional candidate of that matter, but these characteristics and his outsider status have resonated with many Republicans, Democrats, Independents, and new voters. How that plays out in the November general election, if he is the GOP nominee and given all the naysayers in the party, remains to be seen.
If Trump's Rhetoric Is Unacceptable, Is Delegate Poaching Equally Unacceptable?
Trump has won the most votes and the most primaries to date, but as alluded to above, the GOP establishment and self-righteous pro-Ted Cruz journalists and operatives seem to be acting like the party is kind of like their private game preserve, or country club, as it were, where only they decide whether someone has sufficient ideological purity.
The real estate mogul has also slammed the rigged and crooked system, his words, that allows for convention delegates to be poached and others to be selected by insiders in backroom deals.
Inexplicably perhaps, many of Senator Cruz's otherwise rational media advocates have authored articles on websites and gone on TV to justify these convoluted rules that allow for delegate theft.
If the shoe was the other foot, would they be so sanguine about the shenanigans?
Parenthetically, will they write or vocalize approvingly about unelected superdelegates handing Hillary Clinton her party's nomination if it comes to that?
Although there are reports that the Republican establishment is gradually accepting the Trump ascendancy post the New York Primary, insider still may be scheming to prevent what it apparently considers a hostile takeover of the GOP, according to liberal website Salon.
"Mainstream Republicans are increasingly desperate to undercut Trump. Clearly, they can't do it at the voting booth, and every milquetoast candidate they've put before Trump has crumbled. Convention plans are being floated, all of which involve parliamentary tricks designed to open up the nomination process to candidates who didn't run for president. But that's a risky strategy. Defying the will of the voters carries a high price, namely their indifference in November. The latest half-baked attempt to slow Trump's momentum is to blacklist potential staffers..."
Allegations have been made on other websites that anti-Trump conservative journalists have a financial incentive to support the Texas senator, but it's unclear if this is accurate and if all the dots can be properly connected.
Separately, Dilbert creator Scott Adams, who has predicted a landslide general election victory by "master persuader" Donald Trump, recently wrote about the current setup.
"In Iran you can vote for anyone for President so long as that person has been approved by the Ayatollah Khameini. We Americans call that system a dictatorship.Voters in America recently discovered that they live under an Iranian type of system and didn't know it. In the primaries, voters participate in some sort of ritualistic placebo voting while party leaders select the candidates. In the general election, the richest and smartest of the elite use money and psychology to brainwash the masses into imagining they have independent opinions and that their votes matter. We call that a republic. Everything was going fine until Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders ripped the cover off of the American system and showed it to be more illusion than democracy/republic. In a way, this is the first contested election in our lifetimes…"
And any polling of a head-to-head matchup between Trump and Hillary Clinton, and/or hand-wringing over unfavorability ratings or assumptions that certain demographic groups will vote in a monolithic fashion, is meaningless this far out.
For what it's worth, Rush Limbaugh had this to say about GOP insiders and their #neverTrump saber-rattling.
"[Their] primary objective is self-preservation, not winning the White House in this cycle. Given the vagaries of this cycle, the Republican Party's primary objective is maintaining its own power structure and base for the current people that occupy it. The dead giveaway for that is when you hear some of them openly, publicly say that they will vote for Hillary rather than Trump…And some of them have even said that they'll vote for Hillary instead of Cruz. It means they don't think the country's in crisis. They don't think anything of the sort. They don't have anything in common with you on that score. And, number two, that it's all about self-preservation, maintaining the current Republican establishment, the ruling class and their positions in it."
With this in mind, as attorney and military vet John Kluge, a self-described lifelong conservative Republican, explained about the Trump candidacy and the reaction to it on the right, "Given this history, the conservative media's claims that the Republican Party must reject Donald Trump because he is not a 'conservative' are pathetic and ridiculous to those of us who are old enough to remember the last 25 years."
Donald Trump says his wall will have a door. Will the #neverTrump insiders and party bosses have a door in their gated community to allow the candidate who comes to the convention with the most delegates and the most primary wins to be named the nominee without any funny business?
In 2008, media liberals participated in the so-called JournoList, a private Google forum, in which they attempted to spin the news in favor of Obama.
"If Republicans don't unite--those that are #neverTrump, those that are #neverCruz--if they don't get off their high horse, all they're doing is helping elect Hillary," Sean Hannity told Neil Cavuto on FNC.
Although it has less impact and reach than their liberal mainstream media counterparts, do you think that Donald Trump's presidential candidacy -- whether find the man appealing or obnoxious -- has exposed some elements of the conservative press as being just a different side of the same media coin?
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