Trump -- Republicans at the crossroads
12 Freddy Ardanza: "There is dumb, there is dumber and then come Trump supporters."
13 Smack1968: "I wonder how long it would take you jerks to rally around Trump if he called for Mexican Internments?.... probably a nano second. My wife, who was born in Mexico City, would endangered under a Trump Presidency."
110 Martha: "You know, the GOP has always been (I thought unfairly) labeled racist. I knew we had some, but then so does the left. But now it seems like we have a bigger problem than we ever imagined."
127 Tim: "Whatever. We're going to beat Trump, even if we have to vote for Hillary to do it. Even if we have to steal it at the convention. This piece of **** will never be president. Ever."
130 Smack1968: "Let it be known where I stood at this moment....let the history books tell on who's side I was on during the era of the Trump. Firmly against this human orange sludge called 'The Donald'."
134 Tim: "It was only a matter of time before the racist Tea Bagger/Talk radio alliance did at the presidential level what they did at the Senate level......They are worse than the Birchers, worse than the Know Nothings, worse than the Jim Crow Democrats. They are the 4th Reich, and their defeat is now more important than defeating the Democrats. They are a threat to democracy, to the safety and security of the country, and to the greater good."
167 Sands: "I choose the door. If my party wants to nominate an openly raciest, morally bankrupt, and intellectually vacant old man to represent us... then it's really not my party anymore, is it?"
169 Jerald: "They just want a public figure who vents in public their own fears, frustrations, and prejudices. Trump is demagoguing them and they are falling for it hook, line, and sinker..."
180 PA Conservative: "I realize I, too, am probably no longer at home in this party. I always defended the GOP against charges of racism and hatred, but after reading that poll I believe the critcs were right."
Most of these people support the "normal" Republican agenda with all that that implies, but I do have to respect what they're saying here. It's not easy to acknowledge that something has gone this disastrously wrong on one's own side.
Trump has plenty of supporters, of course -- there are some of them defending him in the discussions above, and Progressive Eruptions has found a doozy of an endorsement. But the Republican establishment seems fully awake, finally, to the monster in their midst. Here's an already-notorious ad from Ohio Governor John Kasich, which speaks for itself:
For the last month or two I've been assuming that Trump would be the Republican nominee -- he's remained the front-runner for five months, and nothing seems likely to change that. Now, I'm not so sure. It seems likely that the party leadership, realizing what a catastrophe his nomination would be for the party's future reputation, may well pull out all the stops to prevent it, even if that means he would run as a third candidate, torpedo their chosen nominee, and rip the party in half. Better to lose the election without Trump than to lose it with him and suffer the stigma of having put forward a man they themselves have reviled as a crypto-fascist. And if he is the nominee -- well, how can the party possibly support a candidate they have denounced in such terms?
Most Republicans will never become liberals. But perhaps some of them, having seen what lies down the road they have set out upon, will draw back and start to grope their way home to reality.