The End of the Republican Party As We Know It

From our American friend, after last night’s debate:

The End of the Republican Party As We Know It

There was a republican debate tonight and there are four primaries this coming Saturday. While each will generate its own narrative and endless think pieces, what happened today was the beginning of the end of the Republican Party as we have known it in my lifetime and in the modern age.

Failed 2012 presidential contender Mitt Romney was hauled out by a thoroughly panicked GOP establishment to launch a scathing, over the top attack on Donald Trump. He stopped just short of accusing him of child molestation and drowning kittens he had set on fire. It was a remarkable descent into sleaze and histrionics by a man most republicans continued to hold in some sort of esteem. Romney has forever ruined his reputation and it wasn’t just among Trump supporters but a wide swath of the base.

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A huge, political realignment is taking place in America and nothing will ever be the same again. Only a fool, and apparently there are plenty, would deign to suggest the metes and bounds of this realignment. But make no mistake: it is taking place and it is irreversible. Democrat supporters of socialist Bernie Sanders openly speak of voting for Trump if Hillary Clinton is their nominee. The yelps and howls from the corrupt establishment to the base that Trump isn’t a conservative is thrown back in their face with the retort “And since when have you been?” The game is over, the spell broken. Trump has slain the media because it cannot stop him, cannot wound him, cannot kill him. Voters from all walks of life in America know this instinctively and they’ve waited a long time for a politician who isn’t built up and then subsequently destroyed by the dishonest Fourth Estate.

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The only news that was made in tonight’s terribly moderated debate came at the every end: each candidate agreed to support whomever is nominated. Consequently the previous two hours of calling Trump unfit and a disgrace to the office was immediately undone. It’s difficult to describe this debate as anything but a useless embarrassment.

Sometimes lazy analysis is no less true for being lazy: Trump won because no one took him out. What would taking him out look like? No one knows because it hasn’t happened, hasn’t, indeed, even come close.

Marco Rubio had been programmed earlier last week to attack the size of Trump’s hands. This meme was generated in the hothouse of Twitter (I watched it be born and grow). Rubio mocked Trump’s hands at rallies and at one point said that small hands on a man connoted small . . . well guess. At tonight’s debate Trump responded to that line of attack by saying his hands were large, as was everything else.

Welcome to the American presidential race of 2016.

The size of the male reproductive organ to one side, the debate was a shout fest, poorly moderated and instantly forgettable. Political pundits look for inflection points but there were none to be had tonight. Trump continues to dominate in the polls and the upcoming set of primaries favors Trump doing very well. Once March 15th hits, the states award their delegates in a winner take all fashion, as opposed to the complicated and sometimes pinched proportional manner as has been the case up to now. Once winner takes all comes into full force, the expectation is a cascade of delegates will accrue to Trump and he’ll be unbeatable at the convention. The Romney attack was designed in large measure to encourage voters in the various states to vote for anyone but Trump and deny him the requisite number necessary.

It won’t work. Trump will be the republican nominee. Peggy Noonan fretted tonight that the republican party is shattering but except for the grifter class, the donor class and their serfs in elected office, not many in the republican base much care. This is because the party has left them high and dry for decades now, insisting they’ll defend their interests while selling them out at every possible turn imaginable. It’s come as a tremendous shock to the bubbled class that they are being divorced, being left for someone who may be a bit louche or outre (what would we do without the French language for occasional use in English?).

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It’s possible but not probable that the bitter “Never Trump” movement can deny him the nomination but only through some means that destroys the party outright. Both in Minnesota and nationally, the party is full mediocre people who do the bidding of the donors, thinking themselves accomplished politicos only to be outed by Trump as incompetents who don’t know the very people they routinely fleece for money and votes.

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Conventional analysis no longer applies. A huge, political realignment is taking place in America and nothing will ever be the same again. Only a fool, and apparently there are plenty, would deign to suggest the metes and bounds of this realignment. But make no mistake: it is taking place and it is irreversible. Democrat supporters of socialist Bernie Sanders openly speak of voting for Trump if Hillary Clinton is their nominee. The yelps and howls from the corrupt establishment to the base that Trump isn’t a conservative is thrown back in their face with the retort “And since when have you been?” The game is over, the spell broken. Trump has slain the media because it cannot stop him, cannot wound him, cannot kill him. Voters from all walks of life in America know this instinctively and they’ve waited a long time for a politician who isn’t built up and then subsequently destroyed by the dishonest Fourth Estate.

It’s possible but not probable that the bitter “Never Trump” movement can deny him the nomination but only through some means that destroys the party outright. Both in Minnesota and nationally, the party is full of mediocre people who do the bidding of the donors, thinking themselves accomplished politicos only to be outed by Trump as incompetents who don’t know the very people they routinely fleece for money and votes. While they are very angry, it is no match for the pent up rage of an electorate denied effective representation by a party that not only took them for granted, but this cycle treated them with utter contempt.

Because of Trump, and for the first time, they can return the favor.

Reality check from O’Leary: The American elite–it is astonishing to watch from the sidelines—don’t grasp the fact that much of the booboisie now realizes that it does not need the elite anymore (if it ever did). It’s so clear that the Dems and the GOP are a one-two sucker punch. [booboisie?]

The Dems are at least honest. They want to put most Americans on welfare in a nanny state, governed by the aggrieved graduates of We’ll Fix U. That’s why it doesn’t matter too much to them who lives in the region or whether they wish to live by the values that once enabled freedom and prosperity. Progressives can, after all, market poverty and oppression as virtue and correct thought.

The GOP was selling a different vision: the successful freedom-friendly nation state that it never intended to provide. Big GOP donors make far more money in a global economy, using unfree labour, holding their money offshore, and letting the U.S. crater. That deception is what makes the GOP the more morally reprehensible of the two parties, and now fit for swift extinction.

All Trump really did, mainly by bawling against political correctness, was this: He allowed Americans to start saying, “What is in this for me? Why am I supposed to turn out to condemn this guy, just to prove I’m politically correct? I don’t care what the Media Party thinks of me anyway.”

If Trump wins the nomination, the Media Party should also start asking itself why it thought it could patronize and sneer at the concerns of the audience indefinitely, and still be the audience’s media.

Even if Trump doesn’t get the nomination, they’ve been warned in all fairness.

See also: Our American Friend on Super Tuesday

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  • Drunk_by_Noon

    Dear God, please make this the official song of the GOP convention!
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z0GFRcFm-aY

  • Any article that uses the word “louche” gets a thumbs up from me.

    • barryjr

      Nice word I’ll have to use it

    • andycanuck

      Is that a typo of “douche”?

      • Minicapt

        Larry the Lounge Lizard was rather louche.

        Cheers

  • Ron MacDonald

    John Kasich come out looking good, lets see what happen in the northern primaries and caucauses.

  • That sound you hear is the door-slamming, Ivy League elitist system manipulators messing their pants while trying to stuff the angry Genie back into the lamp.

    • “The end of the republican party as we know it”, thank God.

      It is about time. Vote Trump.

      • Clausewitz

        RINO season, no kill limit. Let the culling begin.

  • mauser 98
    • Getting Al Sharpton and Rosie O’Donnell out of here sounds like another good reason to vote Trump.

      • David

        and this too

    • Bye Bye!

    • Surele Surele

      As long as they will not make their home in Canada.

      • Clausewitz

        Always love the arrogance of these American asshats who think we’d be waiting for them with baited breath because they believe, “Don’t you know who I am”, makes them special in some way. Piss off, we don’t need you nor want you. Fly to one of your socialist or communist shitholes you’re always obsessing about.

    • dance…dancetotheradio

      Shoot on sight if they are seen in Canada.

      • mauser 98

        ?? ..they would be deified , worshiped , grovelled before , bowed to , anointed with university degrees , Nobel prize petitions
        downtown TO would be at a standstill…national holiday

        CBC , CTV in full tilt boogie orgasmic hysteria
        Justin , Wynne would piss $$billions on parades

    • OldGrayMare

      Add miley cyrus and raven symone.

    • canminuteman

      I don’t want them coming to Canada. Although I am sure Zoolander would let them all in.

  • Norman_In_New_York

    The Republican establishment is still invoking the memory of a president who left office 27 years ago even though the world has greatly changed since then. No wonder they have fallen flat.

    • The GOP stands for policy that has destroyed its base.

    • Clausewitz

      Most RINO’s hated Regan then, and still do to this day.

  • simus1

    What is truly remarkable is that this Romney is the same bag of sleaze who had no difficulty at all playing Mr Nice when running a sporific and lackluster losing campaign against Emperor Barry, the worst president in American history.

    • barryjr

      Many are coming out against Romney https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6BHIYhsAuGw

    • V10_Rob

      Because they don’t actually oppose Obama or most of his policies, they’re just miffed that they’re not the ones calling the shots.

  • Thinking From First Principles

    The wealthy elite – the GOP donor class – have come to realize that their goals of unrestrained immigration to suppress wages, and globalization of the economy allowing jobs to move to lower labor markets offshore – are being realized by the Democratic Party … so the GOP donor class gets what they want and the Democrats take the blame. The GOPe and donor class are everything evil that the Democrats have always ascribed to Republicans. Most Republican voters are not GOPe or donor class, just people who believe in individual effort, personal responsibility, responsible (no debt) government, strong defense, etc. They have been used as patsies by the GOPe and donor class, and Trump has let that cat out of the bag. GOPe and donor class are getting their reckoning from the people, and none too soon!