Debate after debate or political ad after political ad, one thing is for sure. The Republican party needs help and it needs it fast. It is not looking very presidential on the right side right now. The good thing is that those on the left waiting in the wings to take on the Republican nominee in the race to the White House are just as bad. Hillary, who is being investigated for possible national security violations over the whole email scandal or the socialist Bernie Sanders are equally as bad as far as dangers to the Republic go.
Now that the Republican field has been trimmed down with the campaign suspensions from Rand Paul, Chris Christie, Carly Fiorina, Jeb Bush and likely coming announcement from the Ben Carson camp no one, with the exception of Donald Trump, seems to have a real grassroots-based support. This applied to the Rand Paul supporters when he was still in the race as well. What I mean is Donald Trump’s fan base has been strong from the beginning. He has added many supporters along the way but has consistently maintained as strong and energetic fan base.
With the other candidates throughout the race it was a “flavor of the week” type of support. Each candidate went through their “time” in the race and fizzled out. At one time the “person that could beat Trump” was Ben Carson. He had a nice couple weeks rising in the polls, however, quickly lost flavor with the voters.
Jeb Bush, though his campaign never really equaled a “Bush-style” campaign, did have moderate rises in the polls, but was no match for Donald Trump in debates or head-to-head. He spent more in political television ads than the rest combined only to bow out. I thought he would have the longevity through resources and especially the name, Bush, to stave off a long campaign. He just couldn’t reach a nation that is weary and tired of Bush’s in the white house.
Now with Ben Carson on the ropes in this political fight he has announced today that he, too, is suspending his campaign. The one time contender to the front runner Donald Trump lost a wave of momentum he had early on in the race. An outsider to politics he used that as far as it would take him, but eventually his weakness on foreign policy couldn’t resonate with the voters. His soft speech and calm demeanor has made some question if he was tough enough for the office. We will see if he has a place on the elected presidents staff.
Chris Christie who hovered low in the poll numbers had very little growth in his campaign. Never forgetting to play the 9/11 card at a moments notice the party couldn’t find their candidate with him. Shortly after dropping out of the race he threw his support around his one time adversary, Donald Trump.
Senator Cruz and Senator Rubio are experiencing a moment of the “flavor of the week” among the voters as well, as the establishment of the party are scrambling to find an answer to Donald Trump’s staying power and popularity. Ted Cruz had a decent showing on super Tuesday winning Alaska, Oklahoma, and Texas, but super Tuesday, like the debates and race so far, belonged to Trump. Marco Rubio barely made the scorecard with one state win on super Tuesday. Minnesota came out and supported The Rubio camp and he was able to win there.
The front runner Donald Trump just keeps steaming along and enjoyed winning seven states. Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Massachusetts, Tennessee, Vermont, and Virginia were all clear victories for Trump and also helped add to his delegate lead which brought the total to 329. Ted Cruz follows behind at 231 and Rubio rounds out the top three with 110 delegates.
The Democratic race to the delegates is more lopsided with Hillary Clinton having 1,058 delegates to Bernie Sander’s 431 delegates. Barring some unforeseen event like an indictment, Hillary will be the Democratic party’s nominee.
The republican higher ups are not happy with this Trump wave of support and have even come out with some harsh words to what a Trump nominee would do to the party. The Republican establishment’s “golden boy” Mitt Romney has been one of the loudest to voice his opinions.
“…do everything within the normal political bounds to make sure we don’t nominate Donald Trump.”
-Mitt Romney on NBC Today Show
Recently while speaking Mitt Romney went on to talk about Trump’s foreign policy, his businesses, his plan for the economy and attacking his temperament.
Look, his bankruptcies have crushed small businesses and the men and women who work for them. He inherited his business, he didn’t create it. And whatever happened to Trump Airlines? How about Trump University? And then there’s Trump Magazine and Trump Vodka and Trump Steaks and Trump Mortgage. A business genius he is not.
Why is the establishment Rino’s rolling out 2012 failed candidate Mitt Romney now? Donald Trump is leading a race in the voters eyes and is causing the G.O.P. higher epsilon to make moves to swing the base back to the establishment’s choice. Either Cruz or Rubio would make the elite happy, but not a Trump Nominee.
Donald Trump has been hit from every angle and still seems to not only stand his ground, but come out with more support than before. Take for instance some of his comments he has made.
“I could stand in the middle of Fifth Avenue and shoot somebody and I wouldn’t lose any voters.”
I have seen the passion in his fan base and I am almost certain this is a true statement. He has an energetic fan base and they are liking what he is saying. At every possible moment his opponents like to point to his supporters as angry, racist, and Islamophobic. No doubt he has a controversial stance on both Muslims and border control, but it is in line with the majority of the Republican voters.
With a front runner that the establishment don’t want and the large amount of Republican voters that do want, this will be an interesting watch in the months to come and at the convention.
Written by: Michael Howell
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