As Donald Trump’s star continues to rise in the early stages of this presidential campaign, the GOP political establishment is being left in the dust, left scratching their collective heads at how this could possibly happen?
As The Observer writes today, “this past week, three of Mr. Bush’s key advisors have slipped away as Mr. Trump has made unprecedented advances in Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina, the three states, as former Governor of Texas Rick Perry has said recently, where the race to 2016 is to be won.
As Mr. Trump rises, and the Real Clear Politics current average has him ahead of the pack in New Hampshire at 28.3 percent, he rises at the expense of Mr. Bush, who is at nine percent in the same poll. So as the “establishment” candidate, Mr. Bush, is suddenly being viewed as circling the drain, the frantic call goes out to…MITT ROMNEY.” Seriously?
There is on the edge of the spectrum a thought awakening that former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney, who ran for President in 2008 and 2012, might get back in the race. It comes naturally to think so. Before the race got seriously underway Mr. Romney met with Jeb Bush to consider their fates. Mr. Romney’s wife Ann went so far back then as to suggest on Cavuto that If Jeb ran, Mitt would stay out, as they both represented a similar center of establishment principles and would appeal to the same donor base.”
Trump is clearly getting under the skin of the establishment. On his show last night, Bill O’Reilly made the argument that Trump’s campaign is HELPING the Democrats because the media spotlight on him has taken attention away from the dismal Democrat record. Later, Charles Krauthammer complained that Trump is shaping the debate as an anti-establishment candidate, “running an intra-party, intra-GOP insurgency against the leadership, against the establishment.”
Bingo, Doctor, that’s exactly right! Republicans ARE fed up with the establishment. It goes without saying they’re fed up with Democrats, but are none too pleased with the leadership of Mr. McConnell and Mr. Boehner either.
In the months before 2012, Speaker Boehner complained nothing could be done to stop the Obama agenda, because the GOP controlled only one-half of one-third of the government. Remember that? Be patient. These are the best deals we can get. Just WAIT until we get control of the Senate. And then what? Given Mr. Trump’s poll numbers, it appears a plurality of Republicans think all they got was more of the same. Having Republicans in control of the House and Senate has made almost no difference whatsoever. It’s not much of a stretch to imagine the Senate rolling over and playing dead over the Iran deal.
So of course Republicans are fed up!
Per The Observer,“Mr. Trump, like Bob Dylan or Sarah Palin, is a full-bore cultural phenomenon. They appear every sixty years or so and change everything. They shatter the orthodoxies of the establishment when it is high time that they find change. Republicans actually have the advantage and the jump on the century that this metamorphosis occurs first in their camp…
The new form is already taking shape and reformulating what it means to be a conservative. Mr. Trump aside, the first debate brought two new players into the limelight – neither of them politicians – from what might be called “the new normal”; surgeon Ben Carson and especially former chief of Hewlett-Packard Carly Fiorina. Her performance in the debate was exceptional. She is a rising star in America today. Unlike the crass and proudly provincial “exceptional” model of Mr. Cheney and W. Bush which time and history are rapidly leaving behind, she is urbane, tough, smart and worldly wise. She is possibly the most interesting candidate to enter national politics today…”
We hate to break it to the Republican “establishment,” but yeah, we’re pretty fed up with you too. Wake up and smell the coffee, folks. What you didn’t like about the Tea Party is only the beginning.
[Note: This article was written by Michele Hickford]