Republican strategists thought the rise of Donald Trump and Ben Carson wouldn’t last. They called summer the “silly season,” and figured as fall came, and we got closer to the Iowa caucuses, the GOP race would settle down and the “serious” contenders would emerge. Instead, it’s looking like Carson and Trump are the serious contenders, and the GOP is panicking over that.
The primary worry, according to the Washington Post, is that nominating either of these clowns would essentially hand both the White House and the Senate to the Democrats (and then the Republicans are done, right? Ha!). Jeb Bush or John Kasich may have been the best options, of all the members of the GOP clown car, but neither of them is doing well, and Trump and Carson have too much staying power.
Oddly enough, some are floating around the idea of drafting Mitt Romney to try and scoop up the nomination, because he worked out so well in 2012 that he’ll do spectacularly against either Hillary or Bernie Sanders, right? Right. That is sheer desperation talking, and it probably wouldn’t work. Trump appeals to the “everyman” that hates political correctness and the establishment, and Carson appeals heavily to the evangelical theocrats that think we’re a Christian nation. Neither of these groups wants a moderate establishment conservative to get the nomination.
But to some of the establishment, there’s something even worse about having someone win the nomination who can’t beat Hillary (and probably can’t beat Bernie, either), and it’s this:
We’re potentially careening down this road of nominating somebody who frankly isn’t fit to be president in terms of the basic ability and temperament to do the job. It’s not just that it could be somebody Hillary could destroy electorally, but what if Hillary hits a banana peel and this person becomes president?
That came from a strategist who didn’t want to be named, and they make a good point. They’re not just worried about nominating someone who can’t win. They worried about the direction this country will take if one of those two morons does somehow get elected because both will do their level best to run this country into the ground.
It’s hilarious, in a sad kind of way, to watch them panic because of who’s in their clown car. They helped create this mess, and now they don’t know what to do about it. The wingnuts of the party were allowed to take control, and now the establishment is having trouble wresting control back. The GOP civil war continues, so stay tuned.