The New York Times reported that Donald Trump sees a major collapse in the Republican campaign and a depression for the television industry should he prematurely exit the presidential race. According to Mr. Trump, a presidential campaign without him would be so “boring” that no one would watch. He also said, “I have made Fox and CNN so much money, and MSNBC, so much money.” I tend to agree.
How will anyone make America great again with ideas that never worked in the past? Most Republican candidates grew up listening to Senators Bob Dole and John McCain, whose campaigns washed out. No one expected either person to win the presidency, but we ran them regardless.
This may be the Republicans’ last chance. With so much graft and corruption in today’s Democrat politics, illegal immigrants brought here to vote and the anti-business and anti-individual rhetoric as well as the sleaze of their social ideas, Republicans had better learn to fight and forget being loyal opposition to a president who is bent on destroying most of the country’s institutions.
What the Republican establishment so hoped was that Americans would dismiss the Trump campaign as a sideshow and Mr. Trump as a clown. As The New York Times Magazine wrote, the campaign is a dilemma for the elected leaders, campaign strategists, credentialed pundits and assorted parasites of the “establishment.” They have a certain set of expectations, unwritten rules and ways of doing things that Trump keeps flouting in the most indelicate of ways. Regardless of his impolite ways, Mr. Trump’s numbers keep rising.
Daniel Henninger writing for The Wall Street Journal, which has little nice to say about Trump, says, “The Trump numbers are going to drift sideways or fall.” He goes on to say politics is about winning at the margin. It is about securing a base of voter support and then finding ways to attract additional voters at the margin. He concludes that the Trump candidacy is pure base – which has topped out at 30 percent. Henninger is dead wrong. He sees Republicans pursuing the same tactics that got Dole, McCain and Romney nowhere. Donald Trump can reach out to Jewish voters who see Iran destroying their state, to blacks who will lose to Mexican illegals and to union members who will again see their jobs moved overseas by our poor trade agreements (like the Trans Pacific partnership). Henninger reminds us that Bob Dole coined the phrase “Where’s the outrage?” in 1996 after the Clintons had brought so much sleaze to the presidency, and no one seemed to care. Today Republican voters finally get the picture. Mr. Trump is the outrage and is not willing to walk it back.
With 15 months left in his term, President Obama will reach into his hat and pull forth more outrage. He cannot help it. The Chinese, ISIS or Russia is not his enemy – you are. These facts will only build dislike for the Washington insiders.
In a Fox News September poll, 60 percent of Republicans felt betrayed and alienated from the Republican leadership. What the leadership refused to believe was the Tea Party, which won control of the House in 2010. And it was the “crazies” – as John McCain likes call them – who won Congress in 2014. It was the establishment that gave back the victories which should have happened and never did. We didn’t have the votes” so we did nothing has been their excuse. The New York Times Magazine writes that implicit in the campaign’s “make America great again” rallying cry is a yearning for a leader to restore a lost swagger, a return to a less complex, less politically correct and a more secure nation.
Probably no American institution has been marginalized by political correctness more than the U.S. Army. The Army will reduce itself by 40,000. All billets will be open to gays and women. We are told our “chickfield” Army can do everything the males can. But can they fight? I am reminded that in 1942, Major General Leslie Groves, an engineer and West Point graduate, directed the Manhattan Project that produced America’s first nuclear weapon. The Manhattan Project involved more than 130,000 people and cost in todays’ dollars $26 billion.
That money is chump change in today’s welfare world. Well how does the Army use its major generals today? In this man’s Army, we find Major General Camille M. Nichols, who is director, Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Office.
Don’t worry that Russia has boots on the ground in Syria and has annexed one-third of the Ukraine. Camille and her warriors have a big job to do. It’s to survey all troops who have experienced sexual harassment or assault. Not overseas, mind you, since rape and degradation in Afghanistan are cultural practices there. We throw Special Forces NCOs out of the Army for protecting Afghan children. It’s only here that it counts.
Donald Trump’s support will only grow as the other candidates yearn for civility and a past that got us to where we are today.