Instead of a victory party on the night of Super Tuesday, Donald Trump held his first press conference as the presumptive nominee of the party. His tone and his words were softer, and his mood calmer. He flashed the CEO Trump throughout the short question-and-answer period.
I want to make this clear: I, too, want someone better than Donald Trump as the next president of the United States.
But the truth is, Republicans have no one better. In the marketplace of ideas, he made his case and won.
You think I am happy with this? I am not. But I accept the vote of the public in 15 states.
The party was only kidding itself when it said it had a great field of candidates. That was not true. The party had a bunch of Senate back-benchers and governors seeking their third term. I guess for Rick Perry, that would be a fourth term.
And the truth is the Republican Party is saturated with intellectual mites and sellouts. If I hear one more time that Free Trade creates jobs I will -- ignore it again. Free Trade creates no unique jobs, OK? Those transportation and retail jobs we added would exist regardless of whether the cars are made in Flint, Michigan, or Lagos, Nigeria. The real problem is the latter place helps bolster a blood-thirsty dictator. We have a big problem. Yes, I know about free trade and free markets and all that. But the Chinese stack the odds in their favor. There are few absolutes in life. Free trade ain't one of them. We need to re-negotiate the terms.
But the U.S. Chamber of Commerce wants free trade and so everyone in the Conservative Commentariat bows to this false idol. There is a conservative argument for protecting U.S. industry. We did that throughout the 19th century. But we went to far with that, too.
Then there are 11 million illegal aliens living amongst us. The same Chamber that tells us that Republicans must support open borders to broaden the party's base by attracting Hispanic voters are now alarmed because Trump is bringing in millions of new voters to the party, something no Republican presidential candidate has done since Reagan.
Trump is an asshole, but I support his ideas. Yes, we need to speak English in America instead of Politically Correct/Government Approved Language.
Yes, we need to build a wall.
Yes, we need to pause Muslim immigration.
He's not for small government?
None of them are.
Name an agency any of the governors cut. Name it.
Rubio and Cruz can promise to be small government all they want, but they sure love to spend other people's money on the campaign trail, don't they? They now are spending millions on senseless attack ads long after they lost the race. Oh and now Rubio is saying Trump has a small dick. How Rosie O'Donnell of Rubio.
And there is Trump, spending his own money and watching every dime. You want media? Go out and earn it, and he has -- every damn minute and every damn second.
I know, he's no Reagan.
Hell, Reagan was no Reagan. The Reagan Myth came only after years of the Washington pundits pissing all over him.
Since Reagan, Republicans have looked for the next Reagan. If Trump is successful, we will be looking for our next Trump.
It's over. He won. People need to go out and get drunk, and get a good night's sleep. Then come back to work and stop the Clintons from returning to the White House.
In the meantime, I am working on my post-nomination book. Spoiler alert: It won't be about Mitt Romney.