Sunday, May 01, 2016

KKK Imperial Wizard Backs Trump While George Will Whines About Making Hillary A One-Term President


In a recent interview with the Imperial Wizard of the KKK, Richmond's NBC-TV affiliate, WWBT, reports why the Klan is backing Trump and find themselves in the #NeverCruz kamp:
"I think Donald Trump would be best for the job," said the Imperial Wizard. "The reason a lot of Klan members like Donald Trump is because a lot of what he believes in, we believe in. We want our country to be safe."

The Imperial Wizard said he supports Trump’s calls to temporarily ban Muslims from entering the United States.

"If Donald Trump dropped out tomorrow I would support Kasich before I would Ted Cruz because he is not an American citizen," said the Imperial Wizard. "Even if I agree with some of the things that Ted Cruz says, I would not support him because he was born in Canada. He is not an American citizen."
The list of Republicans on the #NeverTrump team is puny and without the power to sway the GOP primary base from nominating a fascist for president. Many are self-aggrandizing Hate Talk Radio blowhards with personal grudges-- Glenn Beck, Mark Levin, Steve Deace, Charlie Sykes, Michael Berry-- and Republicans retiring from Congress at the end of the year anyway-- Scott Rigell (VA), Richard Hanna (NY) and Reid Ribble (WI)-- or members in blue districts about to get wiped out in November, like Carlos Curbelo (FL) and Bob Dold (IL). Friday Politico reported that Stop-Trump fever has broken and everyone is ready to get on board. After all, on Friday didn't Indiana Gov. Mike Pence-- too scared of Indiana Republicans to do otherwise-- half endorse Trump in a speech meant to rally the base to Ted Cruz? In Boehner's Lucifer remarks about Cruz, he was certainly indicating he prefers Trump. Professional "moderate" billionaire Jon Huntsman: "We've had enough intraparty fighting. Now's the time to stitch together a winning coalition. And it's been clear almost from the beginning that Donald Trump has the ability to assemble a nontraditional bloc of supporters… The ability to cut across traditional party boundaries-- like '80, '92 and 2008-- will be key, and Trump is much better positioned to achieve that."
Now, it looks like it’s the opposition-- not Trump-- who is dividing the GOP.

“We are not doing anything in the interest of party unity,” said Katie Packer, founder of the anti-Trump Our Principles PAC, which put out a blistering anti-Trump ad Friday afternoon. “We do not think there is anything noble about wrapping our arms around a candidate who isn't a Republican, doesn't have a serious policy agenda and has not secured a majority of Republican votes.”

“I'm willing to do anything in my power to stop Trump from hijacking our party,” Packer continued.

But pro-Cruz and anti-Trump forces are running out of options to prevent Trump from becoming the nominee. If the real estate developer and reality television star scores a big win in Indiana on Tuesday, Cruz’s only remaining strategy may be a hostile takeover of the Republican National Convention-- a move GOP insiders still see as possible but certainly one that could severely damage the party.

Trump’s growing list of elected allies are encouraging Cruz to discard any such thinking.

"It’d hurt the very party that they want to represent,” Rep. Lou Barletta (R-Pa.) told Politico on Friday. "That’s not good and that’s why I believe that the establishment and people in Washington should say this is over. Donald Trump is clearly, clearly who the people want.”
Clearly. But George Will is now claiming that it is the duty of the Republican Party or the Republican Party establishment to prevent Trump from getting into the White House even if he wins the nomination, as he's about to. The damage Trump is doing to his beloved GOP has barely even begun, he hisses menacingly from the sidelines.
Trump would be the most unpopular nominee ever, unable to even come close to Mitt Romney’s insufficient support among women, minorities and young people. In losing disastrously, Trump probably would create down-ballot carnage sufficient to end even Republican control of the House. Ticket splitting is becoming rare in polarized America: In 2012, only 5.7 percent of voters supported a presidential candidate and a congressional candidate of opposite parties.

At least half a dozen Republican senators seeking reelection and Senate aspirants can hope to win if the person at the top of the Republican ticket loses their state by, say, only four points, but not if he loses by 10. A Democratic Senate probably would guarantee a Supreme Court with a liberal cast for a generation. If Clinton is inaugurated next Jan. 20, Merrick Garland probably will already be on the court-- confirmed in a lame-duck Senate session-- and Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Anthony M. Kennedy and Stephen G. Breyer will be 83, 80 and 78, respectively.

...Were he to be nominated, conservatives would have two tasks. One would be to help him lose 50 states-- condign punishment for his comprehensive disdain for conservative essentials, including the manners and grace that should lubricate the nation’s civic life. Second, conservatives can try to save from the anti-Trump undertow as many senators, representatives, governors and state legislators as possible.

...If Trump is nominated, Republicans working to purge him and his manner from public life will reap the considerable satisfaction of preserving the identity of their 162-year-old party while working to see that they forgo only four years of the enjoyment of executive power. Six times since 1945 a party has tried, and five times failed, to secure a third consecutive presidential term. The one success-- the Republicans’ 1988 election of George H.W. Bush-- produced a one-term president. If Clinton gives her party its first 12 consecutive White House years since 1945, Republicans can help Nebraska Sen. Ben Sasse, or someone else who has honorably recoiled from Trump, confine her to a single term.

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At 5:48 PM, Blogger steve said...

I think George Will should join David Brooks in his RV and head inland in their search for relevancy and meaning.


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