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Friday, July 08, 2016

No, you don't get the party back when Trump's through with it

The best way to read this post is to listen to "Working My Way Back To You' -- the Spinners version, not the Four Seasons because it is not a Bob Gaudio song. Never Trumpers better learn the song and start singing because voters said, you're fired this spring. But Never Trumpers root for Hillary -- Bret Stephens, deputy editorial page editor of the Wall Street Journal, wants her to shut him out in the Electoral College. they hope to use a loss to take the party back.

Ramesh Ponnuru's fantasy is this:
Both Jim Geraghty and Kristen Soltis Anderson make some excellent points about the future of the Republican party in the event of a Trump defeat. Anderson points out that anti-Trump Republicans are split between what I’ll call for the sake of convenience “establishment” and “tea party” factions, with each seeking a different future and each blaming the other for the rise of Trump. Geraghty points out that other Republicans are unlikely to be as successful as Trump while mimicking either his style or his heterodox views on some issues. A successful Republican coalition has always required bringing different kinds of center-right voters together: religious conservatives, economic conservatives, business leaders, and so on. Trump’s primary victories may mean that working-class nationalists are now a self-conscious part of the coalition too.
There is a certain "and the Irish" quality to that last line.

But here's the deal: Republican voters fired you. There really is an Establishment. The National Review is not some blog. It is the oldest conservative publication in Washington. For years its writers wrote about fighting political correctness and opposing illegal immigration. Finally a candidate takes up both battles and the National Review rises up to stop him at every turn, even to the point where they praised Ted Cruz for cheating Trump supporters out of delegates. As for hurting the feelings of Muslim with a temporary ban on visas for them, well it beats bombing them indiscriminately in two wars -- bombings Obama has expanded, even while he clutches his pearls over Islamophobia in the USA.

The fact is the same Trump voters who gave Republicans and the National Review majorities in Congress are now mocked and opposed by the Establishment.

If at this point you are not on board with Trump's nomination, get out of the party. Go stand by George Will in the corner and suck your thumb. Or suck each other's thumbs for all I care.

After the election, it won't matter. If Trump does not win, it will be too late to save the Republic.

Now then, about Bob Gaudio, he wrote most of the Four Seasons and Frankie Valli hits, usually with Bob Crewe. From "Sherry" to "December 1963," a songbook that included "Can't Take My Eyes Off You." Before that gig, he wrote, "Short Shorts." Legend has it that Joe Pesci introduced Gaudio to the group.


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  1. Are there really any tea-party anti-Trumpers? I'll grant a few, but the majority of them know what the GOP, as a party, think of them, and return the lack of favor.

    If the GOP dies, it will be at their own hands, having outlived their usefulness and having abandoned their voters' causes.

  2. Mr. Surber,

    You have published some really great pieces on your blog, but this one is heads and shoulders above the rest.

    This is a real sledgehammer to the knees of people who deserve even worse.

    Thank you!

  3. Thanks. People tell me "Trump the Press" is pretty darned good :)

    1. I'm a people, enjoying it so far (about half-way), and expecting the rest to be as good or better. Something I've told only one other writer: Given your way with words, it's a good thing words can't get pregnant.

  4. "Never Trumpers root for Hillary"

    You can look at any number of blogs (mostly Libertarian) or commenters any day and see that.

    On the issue of too late to save the Republic, remember it took the Spaniards 700 years, but they did throw the Moors out of Spain.

    As some English guy said once, “Never give in. Never give in. Never, never, never, never—in nothing, great or small, large or petty—never give in, except to convictions of honour and good sense. Never yield to force. Never yield to the apparently overwhelming might of the enemy.”

    1. Spit in their faces and take out as many as you can!

  5. Being a Tea Party type, with some Libertarian , if Trump loses and the establishment tries to take the Republican party back their way, I just won't vote. Much as I do not like that idea, I will not give them power again.

  6. Get the party back when Trump's done with it? What exactly did Trump get from the Republican Party? Seems to me they'd already totally Thelma-and-Louised the GOP bandwagon.

  7. I don’t think there is an issue here. In 2016, Trump will win in a massive Reagan-Mondale style landslide. Although Mondale at least won his home state of Minnesota. Which is Hillary’s home state again?

    Bret Stephens. Jim Geraghty, Ramesh Ponnuru and Bill Kristol can fantasize all they want, but in the end, they will have to choose between the “Black Lives Matter” run Democrat party or the Trumpublicans. Or not voting. Which is OK with me because they don’t really comprise many votes at all.

    Just like we Americans have had to choose between Demodum and Republidee for the last few election cycles.

    Steve in Greensboro

  8. Ted Cruz didn't cheat anyone out of delegates, he played by the rules - but Trump swung votes with lies. As for who is responsible for the collapse of the Republicans, that can only be the radical Trump supporters who cannot spot a defective personality when they see one.

    Trump will lose and only he can prevent that from happening.

    1. The GOP blew off the Tea Party folks, who were polite and cleaned up after themselves. This let the rest of us know that they do not want to represent us, our ideas, and our causes that some in the GOP claim to represent. We resent that. We will remember that. We will vote for Trump.

  9. Ted Cruz didn't cheat anyone out of delegates, he played by the rules - but Trump swung votes with lies. As for who is responsible for the collapse of the Republicans, that can only be the radical Trump supporters who cannot spot a defective personality when they see one.

    Trump will lose and only he can prevent that from happening.

  10. Oh, but you're wrong, gadfly- I can easily spot a defective personality.

    They're the ones who post links from the NYT!

    (I'm sure you consider it fair game that Lyin' Ted got his delegates through backroom scheming, but many of us don't.)