One thing is clear.
If the Republican Party nominates Donald Trump, the Party’s finished.
Another thing is also clear…
If the Republican Party doesn’t nominate Donald Trump, the Party’s finished.
.But then how could this have been avoided?
All the signs have been clear for a long time; the party has been seriously ill since 1992 and on life support since Karl Rove’s eight years of medical bloodletting (2001 – 2008) left it worse than before.
Life support. Artificial respiration.
A long train of deliverers has come to the Party’s bedside, each one manually operating the bellows of the ancient machinery that animates that body politic — with the breath of hope. But each receiving, for his trouble, the abuse of the patient.
Like a lifeguard who, while administering CPR, is violently assaulted by the still-choking drowning victim he has pulled from the water.
In Washington State Linda Smith, Reed Davis, Clint Didier and Shahram Hadian injected new blood and vital life into this animated corpse, inspiring thousands into GOP activism. They led a long train of candidates, true to the principles at the Party’s base, like John Koster, Stephen Pidgeon, Sharon Hanek, Ernest Huber, Gavin Seim, Robert Sutherland, Graham Hunt (and numerous others) only to be disavowed, cheated, attacked, and ignored by Party Elites Slade Gorton, Chris Vance, Diane Tebelius, Luke Esser, Kirby Wilbur and Susan Hutchison… each one in favor of more Democrat-lite candidates.
And in the whole nation… from 1988 to 2012 the Party elites successfully rebuffed the candidacies and enormous grassroots movements of Pat Robertson, Pat Buchanan, and Ron Paul, all of whom were treated as hostile invaders and their millions of supporters as vermin, despised and slandered.
And the odd candidates the Party occasionally elected in their stead loyally compromised away the principles that animated their supporters.
The attrition of those new activists that had followed those leaders into GOP conventions – the inevitable abandonment of each one’s hope for the Party… and their departure from it – has been considered a victory by those same elites.
But in Washington State no one has to worry. There will be no “Trump Invasion,” no new Trump blood transfused.
It’s not that there is no movement – quite the contrary. But as far as anyone interested in the Presidential election is concerned, the Washington State Republican Party has made itself safely irrelevant to the process (See GOP Ghost Town).
And that has dual benefits!
- Trump can bypass the Convention process altogether and waltz away with Washington’s delegates (on paper).
- No pesky grassroots Trump supporters will be left hanging around who Party leaders must then alienate to maintain control.
We seem to have the GOP’s final solution blueprinted, right here in Washington. The GOP’s elite must simply make themselves irrelevant to election outcomes and they will no longer have to deal with those rowdy, impolite, upstart patriots who call the Party bosses RINOs just because they’re so… uh… er… flexible.