The GOP Has Surpassed Itself


I was pretty shocked to read this morning that Cruz has suspended his campaign and that Trump now is for all intensive purposes, the presumptive GOP nominee. Of course Cruz never really had a shot at winning, but now that he is gone, it seems that the GOP are going to unite behind Trump. For them it is win at all costs and for the rest of the world, it is bloody frightening.

New Yorker has this to say about the rise of Trump within the Republican party…

But there are two factors in Trump’s rise that help to account for it: the febrile environment he has been operating in, and the potency of his message.

If Republican voters hadn’t been so disillusioned by their usual leaders, Trump would have remained a fringe candidate. Instead, aided by some prominent right-wing media figures, such as Rush Limbaugh, Ann Coulter, and Sean Hannity, the New York businessman was able to present himself as the heir to the Tea Party revolution, which many activists felt had been quashed or betrayed. He was also able to tap into many Republicans’ anger, some of it tinged with racism, about President Obama and his policies; into broader fears of terrorism and economic decline; and into a general disgust with professional politicians, some of which was brought about by the G.O.P.’s own obstructionism.

Contented countries don’t produce politicians like Trump. For many years now, a majority of Americans have told pollsters that they believe the nation is on the wrong track. A decade and a half marked by foreign wars, terrorist threats, recession, slow growth, political gridlock, culture wars, and (for many voters) declining incomes have further undermined faith in the political system, creating space for insurgent candidates like Trump and Bernie Sanders.

It’s a long, long way to the general election and I am already exhausted.


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14 Responses to The GOP Has Surpassed Itself

  1. uberduck says:

    With a little luck, he goes after his own tail next?

  2. Linda says:

    They can dress it up all they want, Trump is there because it is the “racism” stupid! He has surrounded himself with the most vile race baiting people around.As long as the media was giving him free press, the others did not stand a chance, as CBS president said, he is making them money. Regards to all!

  3. Lilylake says:

    So y’all thought Texas was the worst, eh? Ha! Chuck Todd should be fired for equating Trump’s unpopularity with Hillary’s supposed “unpopularity”. What a false equivalency IMO.

  4. 40Watt says:
  5. irishgirl999 says:

    From her FB…

    Sarah Palin
    54 mins ·
    Proud to stand with our nominee Donald J. Trump! Thank you who have stood with him in this fight – the competition has been fierce and it’s time to unite behind our nominee. America is on the road to being so great… thanks to you!

  6. Moles says:

    From outside the U.S. this seems like a bad movie but the GOP wrote the script themselves. From the minute President Obama was elected they decided that their mission in life was to ensure he was a one term President. They created a Congress whose obstructionist behavior must be unequaled. They created the anger people feel against the establishment and in doing so they created Trump and his ilk who lined up to present what has to be the most terrifying bunch of candidates ever to put themselves forward for the Presidency.
    Unfortunately it’s not a bad movie and we can’t walk out in disgust.

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