Republicans, especially those Party leaders who refused to support Trump and their foolish followers who failed to vote for him, will have no one to blame but themselves

Oh, to be a Democrat Now that the Donald is the Republican Nominee

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The only thing the Republican Party leaders feared more than having Donald Trump become the party’s presidential nominee was having Ted Cruz become the Republican standard bearer.  As the field narrowed it became clear that thanks to a compliant media that loved how their ratings soared when the Donald appeared on their networks, the nomination had become one for him to lose.  As long as the media reveled in his outrageous pronouncements and continued to give him as much free air time as he wanted, wresting the nomination from him was going to be an uphill battle.

Only Ted Cruz stood between Trump and the nomination, but Cruz is anathema to the party’s leaders.  John Boehner has called him Lucifer in the flesh.  Mitch McConnell despises him; after all he had dared to call McConnell a liar, which happens to be the truth.  To insure that Cruz would lose to Trump, John Kasich had to stay in the race.  Every vote he received was a vote that might otherwise have gone to Ted Cruz.  Splitting the anti-Trump votes between Cruz and Kasich insured that Cruz would lose.  The minute Cruz realized it was over, Kasich, who never had the slightest chance of receiving the nomination, also dropped out.  He had served his party’s interests.  Instead of a dislikable conservative, the Republican Party will nominate an opportunistic egotist.

The saving grace for the Party is that Trump’s negatives are only slightly greater than those of Hillary Clinton, the Democratic Party’s presumptive nominee.  He might actually beat her.  But what if Hillary is not the Democratic nominee?

Hillary Clinton is undoubtedly guilty of violations of the Espionage Act (18 U.S. Code, Section 793 (f)) which states in part that anyone “being entrusted with or having lawful possession or control of… any information, relating to the national defense, (1) through gross negligence permits the same to be removed from its proper place of custody or delivered to anyone in violation of his trust, or to be lost, stolen, abstracted, or destroyed…Shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than ten years, or both.”

She also has likely violated several public corruption statutes, so if you were Barack Obama who we are reliably informed has no love for the Clintons, what would you do?  Would you let her become the party’s nominee, and possibly lose to Donald Trump in the general election, or to preserve your legacy and continue with the transformation of America that you have begun, would you want the Democratic nominee to be someone who the Donald didn’t have a snowballs chance in Hell of defeating?

The Republicans will be blindsided when Obama gives the go ahead for Hillary to be indicted, or when to avoid her being indicted he lets her pretend that she or Bill has a medical emergency that requires her to drop out of the race.  When Hillary is forced out of the race, the Democratic Party will turn to Biden.  If he then chooses Elizabeth Warren as his running mate, which would keep both the Bernie and Hillary supporters from jumping ship, the Republicans will be sailing into a perfect storm: a 2016 election debacle reminiscent of the defeat it suffered in 1964 when Barry Goldwater was the nominee.

The Republicans have 24 Senate seats up for reelection.  The Democrats only need to pick up 5 seats to regain control of the Senate.  If Biden becomes our next President and Harry Reid the next Senate majority Leader, the Supreme Court will be transformed into a liberal activist judicial bench for decades.  Obamacare will never be repealed, our borders will not be secured, and the transformation of America that Obama started will continue unabated.

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Barack Obama has not been a successful president.  Other than Obamacare, he has no legacy; no other domestic legislation to speak of, and no foreign policy accomplishments.  A Republican President with both houses of Congress controlled by Republicans could repeal Obamacare thereby undoing Obama’s entire legacy.  A Democratic President with a Democratic controlled Senate could turn Obama’s unfulfilled aspirations for our country into tomorrow’s stark realities, and if he does, the Republicans, especially those Party leaders who refused to support Trump and their foolish followers who failed to vote for him, will have no one to blame but themselves.

Al Kaltman -- Bio and Archives | Comments

Al Kaltman is a political science professor who teaches a leadership studies course at George Washington University.  He is the author of Cigars, Whiskey and Winning: Leadership Lessons from General Ulysses S. Grant.

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