Trump is winning.
How could this be?
Goldberg asked in a sub headline: "Why didn't the most talented, most influential Republican politicians — men like Chris Christie, Tom Cotton, and Paul Ryan — do more to stop Donald Trump?"
My answer? They tried. They couldn't. They are politically impotent.
I recognize that it took millions of Republican primary voters to bring America to this frightening moment, a moment in which a preposterous grifter of authoritarian bent whose mental health is the subject of pervasive and anxious speculation, has become a major-party nominee for president. But it was men like Christie who were indispensable in the creation of this moment. Donald J. Trump could have been stopped. I believe he could have been stopped early, by a concerted effort to unify the party behind a single, viable, non-fraudulent candidate; and he could have been stopped late, if Republicans like Christie had not crumpled before Trump. A handful of honorable men did, in fact, try to stop him. But they were too few in number, and too marginal to make a difference. Collectively, the most influential and smartest Republican elected officials — people who fall into the general category of Them That Knew Better — just might have been able to devise a way to prevent what is happening from happening. But abdication of responsibility and self-debasement in the pursuit of power were the order of the day.Now I realize that Goldberg's career for the past few years has been to repeat Ben Rhodes's talking points about the Iran deal and Israeli politics. This article explains that.
But even an in-bred booger-eating moron could see that Chris Christie and 15 other candidates did everything they could to stop The Donald. They spent $700 million of other people's money to win the nomination. They failed.
And the party nomenclature did line up behind one candidate: Jeb Bush. He failed to make the cut. He quit after Trump won New Hampshire and South Carolina, and came in second in Iowa because Bush knew it was over; Trump locked up the nomination despite the best efforts of all the Washington insiders.
And he beat them because they are Washington insiders. All the sources Goldberg has, all the politicians he covers, and all the president he adores -- all of them -- are the reason Trump won.
They failed to protect the border. They failed to stop terrorism. They failed to stop North Korea from getting nukes. They failed to stop Iran. They failed to make health care affordable. They failed to protect American jobs. They failed, they failed, they failed.
All of them failed the American people. Goldberg does not realize this. Ben Rhodes did not tell him this.
Goldberg ended his column:
This is not a normal year, because Donald Trump is not a normal candidate. These men — Chris Christie, Tom Cotton, Paul Ryan, along with a large number of other influential Republicans — know that Trump is not a normal candidate. They also know that another path existed for them, a path traveled by Mitt Romney, by the Bushes, by Ben Sasse and Mark Kirk and Jeff Flake. But they've so far chosen the path of submission and expediency and rationalization. It is not, however, too late. The saving grace here is that they have until November 8th to tell the country what I believe they know to be true — that Donald Trump is singularly unfit to be president, and that the country is more important than their party, or their careers.Yes, he wrote "singularly unfit to be president," a talking point the White House fed Never Trump and liberals alike.
It won't work. Failure has its consequences.
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