Archive for Saturday, March 12, 2016

Saturday Column: Can the GOP ‘establishment’ derail Trump’s bid?

March 12, 2016


Several weeks ago, this writer suggested Donald Trump might be — emphasizing might be — the best alternative for both the Republican Party and the country if he could set aside pride and ego and, if elected, follow through on his pledge to select the best and wisest individuals to serve as cabinet members and close advisers.

During his campaign, he has talked about selecting a truly bipartisan group to help him straighten out the stagnation and inaction in Washington, which has had a damaging and negative impact not only in Washington but throughout the country.

Skeptics laugh at the idea Trump could be a good president but, at the same time, they have no answer for how to unlock the Washington gridlock, which would continue and probably become even more intense if the general election became a showdown between Hillary Clinton, who endorses the Obama agenda, and Ted Cruz or Marco Rubio.

Ohio Gov. John Kasich, a former U.S. House member, would appear to have a better chance of creating a meaningful, productive relationship with Democrats in Congress who endorse the Obama pledge to change America.

The fact is, the country cannot continue the drift of the past seven years. If Clinton, Cruz or Rubio were elected president, is there really any hope things would change? There is a terrific difference about what is best for this country and its citizens between current Democratic leaders and current Republican lawmakers running for office.

Dr. Ben Carson’s announcement on Friday that he endorses Trump as the GOP standard bearer probably came as a shock to most of those who have been following the Republican and Democratic presidential race.

Trump and Carson are looked upon as two opposites in most every way, and, yet, the highly respected, modest, thoughtful and brilliant surgeon was powerful in announcing why he believes Trump is the best candidate for this country.

If Trump were to win next week’s Florida primary, it is likely additional prominent Republicans who have been sitting on the sideline will announce their support of Trump.

Trump is disliked, almost despised, by many in the so-called Republican “establishment,” but there is reason to wonder whether this dislike is driven more by fear of their establishment dollhouse being broken up than by concern about whether Trump could be a good president.

Likewise, a sizable segment of the “mainstream” media, whatever that is, don’t disguise their opposition to a Trump presidency.

It’s far too early to predict who will lead the GOP ticket, but, at this time, the outspoken, often arrogant and bombastic Trump seems to have a powerful tailwind pushing him to the Republican presidential nomination.

Will the efforts of a group of powerful and rich “establishment” Trump opponents, along with many in the media and longtime GOP Washington insiders be able to derail the Trump Express?

The Trump phenomenon shakes up most all political professionals, political junkies and a large portion of the public, particularly those who, for one reason or another, are recipients of federal subsidies.

A Trump presidency would almost guarantee tremendous changes. Given the current dislike or distrust of Washington insiders — both Democrats and Republicans— it will be interesting to see what transpires between now and the GOP National Convention in Cleveland and the general election in November.

And, is there any chance, any chance, Hillary Clinton will not be the Democratic nominee?


christy kennedy 2 years, 2 months ago

Wow was my first thought too. So SO much wrong with this column . . . energy for refuting outdated, off-base, semi-delusional extremism running low . . .

christy kennedy 2 years, 2 months ago

Wait, I'm sorry. Thoughts on just ONE sentence: "The fact is, the country cannot continue the drift of the past seven years." Has 'this writer' read his paper or anything else during the last seven years? Not a perfect world, no, but by many clear measures we have pulled back from the brink under Obama. In other areas we are, yes indeedy, down the toilet and somewhere back in the sewer: 1. GOP obstructionists with backward agendas, at federal and state levels, and 2. Too many supporters of backward obstructionists feel newly emboldened to reveal their self-serving, bigoted, and sometimes violent natures. Trump didn't start this but he's thrown the most fuel on the fire. If this writer thinks Trump is the answer . . . to anything, I'd say go see a doctor.

Bob Summers 2 years, 2 months ago

You must have had your coffee. Your spurious false flags are particularly acute this lovely morn....

Barb Gordon 2 years, 2 months ago

And I see that you've had your tea, but I'm afraid it hasn't helped much with your coherence. "Spurious false flags" seems like a phrase that comes from the sesquipedalian branch of the Office of Redundancy Office, but I'd be so entertained if you gave specific examples.

Bob Summers 2 years, 2 months ago

I can tell you are upset. Is your basketball team losing?

Barb Gordon 2 years, 2 months ago

In other words, you can't name examples and you'd rather just change the subject. Gotcha.

Dorothy Hoyt-Reed 2 years, 2 months ago

And, Bob, they aren't losing. What's your point?

Barb Gordon 2 years, 2 months ago

I believe the essence of his point can be summed up in one word: Squirrel!

Richard Aronoff 2 years, 2 months ago

The only people who can "derail Trump's bid" are the voters. If he doesn't have enough delegates to win the nomination on the first ballot deals will be made. On a strict resume basis, John Kasich should get the nomination in that scenario.

On the other hand, last minute rule changes that would deny the nomination to the person with the required number of delegates would be a very big mistake.

Calvin Anders 2 years, 2 months ago

So now the GOP seems to be in the phase where they get comfortable with the idea that the monster they created will be their next President. Based on Trump's behavior over the last couple decades and the way he has run his campaign, it is dumb to think he has any other plans than to attempt to run a clumsy, semi-fascist clown circus of an administration. Self interests, ridiculous shows and stroking his own ego are going to top his agenda. His never back down, never apologize approach to everything may play well in the Bible Belt, but it's the kind of demeanor that unsettles and aggravates those with whom he will actually need to negotiate. He has indicated no inclination for measured, thoughtful leadership. It should be a huge warning sign that Putin has as much as endorsed Trump. This growing consensus on the part of Republican pundits (which it seems Dolph aspires to be) that we have no idea what a Trump presidency may hold, is willfully ignorant of the evidence. It's kind of like wandering into the polar bear cage at the zoo and wondering what will happen. There are a few variables, but the results are going to involve some bloodshed and are not going to be pretty.

Ken Lassman 2 years, 2 months ago

Dolph, All I can say is that you are making a nest, in the same way that you made a nest when you supported Mr. Brownback both times when it came down to voting time. Is this really the nest you really want to find yourself sitting in over the other admittedly less than ideal nests that are out there? What did you learn with Brownback?

Steve King 2 years, 2 months ago

We saw last night in Chicago how Trump's hate mongering has stirred up the masses. What we really saw was a rejection of his white only partys. This only the beginning. Cincinnati was canceled today. Expect more.

Richard Aronoff 2 years, 2 months ago

No. What you saw last night was classic Saul Alinsky.

By the way, his "white only partys" (sic) is the only party that had an African-American running along with two Cuban-Americans.

Still, the GOP should send a thank you note to the Alinsky-ites including the PC/BLM movement. I'm sure that part of the reason that 20,000 Democrats in Massachusetts and 40,000 Democrats in Pennsylvania have changed their party affiliation to Republican can be placed at the feet of those "activists."

Barb Gordon 2 years, 2 months ago

Oh, and should we send a thank you note to Alinskyite Rush Limbaugh for urging Republicans to switch sides and vote in the democratic primaries in 2008?

Michael Kort 2 years, 2 months ago

Ben Carson throwing his support behind Trunp is his own way of planing for the future .

Trump needs a "doormat" running mate, if nominated . Why not Carson the doormat !

Carson can always reincarnate ( in 4 more years ) if Trump doesn't make it as the republican presidential candidate ( this year ), as a solid republican "company man", who refused to write off Trump, the parties 2016 front runner, when he dropped out 4 yrs earlier .

The republicans have spent the last 8 years, at the state and local level, pushing the politics of confrontational, uncooperative and excentric political behaviors .........Trump is just their political Frankenstien Monster, who now threatens to bit them in the neck ( like their own little Dracula ) and elect himself president using their own hijacked political blood tricks to do it .

Just wait......maybe a week or two before the election, Trump could announce that he had a vision of Jesus telling him "to".............( well, you'll have to hear it from him.......but being a pseudo Christian never seems to fail to get people elected here in Ks.; even if their politics are truely insane......and in his own description, .......Trump likes to win ! )

Paul R Getto 2 years, 2 months ago

Trump is the Party's bastard child, created by decades of Republican rhetoric and hatred of government. Can the party abort their fetus? Time will tell. You helped make this bed, Sir. Learn to sleep in it.

Dorothy Hoyt-Reed 2 years, 2 months ago

Trump is the establishment. He is a wheeler dealer, who is trying to come across as a "regular" guy. He is only rich, because he inherited money, oh and borrowed a measly million from daddy. He would never have anything to do with his followers, if he wasn't running for president or trying to sell them over priced steaks or clothes made in China. He is one of the wheeler dealers whose gambling has helped bring down our economy. In this case the rich do not have to buy a politician; they will have just put one of them in office. Much cheaper.

Dorothy Hoyt-Reed 2 years, 2 months ago

I can see why Mr. Simons would support Trump; he is one of the elite. But do the middle class and lower class workers who support Trump know what he really thinks of workers? He pays less to his hotel workers in Vegas than anyone else. Why, if he is for supporting the little guy in the US did he buy his clothing line from China? There are still a few factories left in the US. And if he is so rich, why didn't he build one? His supporters are willing to vote for one of the people who put our country into the lousy economic shape of a wide wage disparity. And yet, they follow along after him like puppy dogs. Why?

Bob Smith 2 years, 2 months ago

A better question might be whether or not violent leftists can bring the political process to a halt in America.

Barb Gordon 2 years, 2 months ago

If you're forming questions to use as the far-fetched plot for a work of fiction, sure. Or maybe to ask during a Trump rally. Same difference.

Bob Smith 2 years, 2 months ago

The crybullies accomplished their purpose in Chicago by prevents a rally. Do you consider that a work of fiction?

Barb Gordon 2 years, 2 months ago

I consider that to be a work of heavily biased interpretation, seeing as it didn't "bring the political process to a halt" no matter which news source you use to track the actual sequence of events that night. They're still holding an election tomorrow. Trump is still predicted to be the likely winner of Illinois.

Bob Summers 2 years, 2 months ago

If the GOP cannot bring Trump down, Soros strike force will do their best to take down Trump.

By Kelly Riddell - The Washington Times - Sunday, March 13, 2016 Moveon.Org is conducting fundraising activities from the Chicago protests against Donald Trump that prompted the Republican presidential front-runner to cancel a rally there Friday, and promises that more disruptions are on the way.

I wonder why the Koch's have never funded Tea Party people to riot and bully like Soros does his Liberal insurgent hate groups?

Barb Gordon 2 years, 2 months ago

That's fun. You post the link and then skip over the part where they say "we're committed to nonviolence" and have calls to action to "non-violently protest." But good for them on the fundraising. Trump and other groups are also raising money off of it, too. Oh, that's right. Trump is "self-funding." You know, by taking other people's money.

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