Friday, June 26, 2015

What do you do with a problem like Donald?

By Richard Barry

Donald Trump is going to be such a headache for Republicans this campaign cycle.

He has virtually zero chance of winning the presidential nomination. But insiders worry that the loud-mouthed mogul is more than just a minor comedic nuisance on cable news; they fret that he’s a loose cannon whose rants about Mexicans and scorched-earth attacks on his rivals will damage the eventual nominee and hurt a party struggling to connect with women and minorities and desperate to win.

And that's all true. The other point is that Republicans are in the position of needing to reach out to new constituencies while not alienating their core vote. This requires a relatively high degree of subtlety and sophistication. Trump's involvement in the campaign will mean that any candidate wishing to be taken seriously will have to take Trump on directly, which will upset their ability to effectively talk out of both sides of their mouth.

In a sense, Donald Trump is a distillation of many of the worst qualities of conservatism. The problem for the Republican Party is that Trump had no interest in sugar-coating the message.

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  • The Republicans best chance was that the Bush money would quickly squash all opposition so that the very personable Bush could run against Hillary for the position of sanctioned royal heir to the thrown. So far, that hasn't happened. I still think it will happen, but everyone on the Republican ticket will take a great bruising in the meantime. Trump is a clown, but clowns do well in the early part of Republican primaries.

    By Blogger Karlo, at 10:51 AM  

  • Trump isn't just a problem because of his outlandish statements on the right, he also has some views on the left that will tend to embarrass the Republicans. Ultimately though, he's just another Republican who doesn't have the political discipline to not say what he means.

    I still question Bush as a candidate. But if the Republicans nominate him, it will be something. As a group, they aren't too keen on the previous two. It reminds me of an old Elvis Costello line regarding John Glenn's run for president in 1984 when Reagan was president, "There's already one spaceman in the White House, what you want another one for?" But the bigger issue is why the American people overall would want yet another Bush.

    By Blogger Unknown, at 6:25 PM  

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