I must confess to engaging in more than a little schadenfreude in watching the Republican party leadership reaping what they have sown.
Less than three months before the kickoff Iowa caucuses, there is growing anxiety bordering on panic among Republican elites about the dominance and durability of Donald Trump and Ben Carson and widespread bewilderment over how to defeat them.
Party leaders and donors fear that nominating either man would have negative ramifications for the GOP ticket up and down the ballot, virtually ensuring a Hillary Rodham Clinton presidency and increasing the odds that the Senate falls into Democratic hands.Awww.
Just an opinion but I think it all shakes out as follows:
Trump is starting to show cracks. He falls before the end of the year.
Carson falls within a few weeks after that. Helped out by both the satire attacks by TV shows and by the Republican old guard who realize he can't win. Bush is already out. He was clearly too tainted right from the start. Democrats would come out of the woodwork to vote against him and some moderate Republicans will likely stay home in disillusionment.
Rubio vs. Clinton will be the match-up. Republicans are already starting to jockey him into position. All hard right republicans will come out to vote against Clinton. Their hatred of all things Clinton cannot be silenced. Rubio will siphon off enough Hispanic votes and a number of younger voters who think it's time for someone closer to their age to be in charge. That, along with the lower turnout of black voters who gained nothing from Obama and who are indifferent to Clinton will provide a win for Rubio.
Republican House, Senate, White House, and, with at least two Supremes likely to retire during the next administration, a far right Court ... Republicans will have to live with laws matching their rhetoric. And, unfortunately, we will too.
Yeah, I think you're probably right. God help us.
If only demagoguery were defeated so easily!
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