Not since I voted for Ronald Reagan in 1980 have I been so excited about the prospect of a true conservative as I was for 2016. With the likes of Rick Perry, Bobby Jindal, [mc_name name=’Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX)’ chamber=’senate’ mcid=’C001098′ ] and [mc_name name=’Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL)’ chamber=’senate’ mcid=’R000595′ ] there was plenty to be excited about. What I didn’t realize was the depth of disgust and anger that the base had for the establishment republicans. It wasn’t so apparent to me given that I have been living with RINO’s and turncoats up here in Massachusetts for decades. Then enter Trump.
I could never have imagined in my wildest dreams that base conservatives who are the salt of the political earth would cast away all their convictions and support a man like Donald Trump. We here at Red state and others on talk radio have scolded Rubio for his gang of eight move. We have criticized Cruz for not attacking other candidates and we failed to support Perry when he rightfully went after Trump. We talk of second amendment rights and those of the unborn and rightfully so. Yet almost without hesitation many of us have fallen behind a man as odious as Trump.
Trump has used his celebrity to destroy a field of fine conservatives and we have let him do it. Right now here on Red State [mc_name name=’Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL)’ chamber=’senate’ mcid=’R000595′ ] in on the skewer. Tomorrow it might be Cruz. Hillary does not need any help clearing a path for her eventual win in 2016. We gave done it for her and it will have been Trump who was on the vanguard of that effort. Trump has single handedly done something that team Clinton could only dream of. He pushed Benghazi and the e-mail scandal off of the front page while creating infighting among the republican field. In doing so he has sniped out a few of our best prospects.
I haven’t given up all hope yet as my wife and I plan to vote for [mc_name name=’Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL)’ chamber=’senate’ mcid=’R000595′ ] if he’s still there or [mc_name name=’Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX)’ chamber=’senate’ mcid=’C001098′ ] if he’s not. I would gladly support either one of these men. Christie, Carson, Bush and Kasich are unacceptable to us.
If all the polls, pundits and talking heads are right then the nomination is Trumps and our efforts will have been in vain. If all the polls, pundits and talking head are still right and in this case I agree, Hillary will clobber Trump in a historic landslide election. Sadly; I feel that that result would be just fine with Trump. I see him politically closer to the Clinton than he is to a Cruz or Rubio. In fact I can see Trump up on the victory stage with Hillary holding hands and talking about working with Hillary to make America great again.