Opinion

The GOPe has screwed the pooch. This has to be the strangest election in United States history.  Forget Hillary and Bernie, let’s focus on the Republican Party.

The GOPe have turned the 2016 election into a gigantic quagmire that’s degenerating daily. They resemble the Keystone Cops, running amok and clueless about what to do next.

We don’t’ know what GOPe leadership thinks about, but it’s obvious they’ve been pretty much wrong since at least 2008, desperation and chaos now prevail. The only thing they’ve accomplished is aiding and abetting the creation of an elephantine (pun intended) rift in the party.

The GOPe keeps trying to revisit their success of two wins with Bush 43 and they’re not having any luck. They pushed McCain in 2008 and Romney in 2012 (who both lost to Obama) and they’re now sputtering and stammering after JEB suspended his campaign and Super Tuesday’s seeming anointment of Trump by the Republican masses they refuse to acknowledge.

JEB Bush was their designated driver, the guy who was going to save the GOPe’s ass. They wasted a lot of time and over $100 million dollars until they finally slammed on the brakes in the realization JEB isn’t the golden boy.

To this we say duh! JEB comes off like Mr. Rogers and doesn’t even begin to orate like POTUS material. Moreover, there are plenty of Republicans and independent voters who feel two Bush’s in the White House were more than enough and never want to see a Bush in there again. This appears bad juju the GOPe should have been well aware of long ago but chose to ignore.

The GOPe are now terrified because they’re looking at the high probability that Donald Trump will be our next POTUS. Like Frankenstein’s Monster, they created the conditions that brought him to life and now they can’t control him.

With JEB gone the now panicked GOPe started pushing Marco Rubio as the Plan B guy who was going to save the GOP, an idea that didn’t last very long. Due to Trump’s wins on Super Tuesday it quickly materialized that Marco Rubio is not the savior guy as he only won Minnesota. Today he won Puerto Rico but that’s too little too late.

The GOPe have no choice now but Plan C. Plan C may be Ted Cruz as we see some, including Lindsay Graham, are now talking about the GOPe backing him, something they probably should have done at the very beginning instead of placing all their bets on JEB.

One website is claiming Romney has secretly registered to run in the election with Paul Ryan has his Vice President. This could be an indication that Plan C may be to run Romney again, but without further confirmation who knows? Thus far Romney maintains he’s not running.

While a successful businessman in his own right, Romney doesn’t garner much political respect in many circles after losing the 2012 election.  He puked out and wouldn’t get agressive. He apparently figured he’d get elected because he’s such a nice guy something – something. Then he about disappeared off the map before the election, handing the win to Obama.

Now it’s 2016 Mitt has seemingly found his political balls. So what does he do when he finds them? He attacks Trump, calls him all sorts of things, alleges his income tax returns may have problems and gives a left-handed endorsement of Cruz and Rubio and even (gasp!) Kasich. AKA the new GOPe chant of ‘anybody but Trump!’

His speech is seen by many and us (Trump fans or not) as sour grapes and one can smell the GOPe’s desperation. The result is the speech has only served to further alienate Trump fans and others and has probably increased Trump’s popularity. Violating Reagan’s 11th Commandment can obviously have painful consequences.

The GOPe may still have a very short window to throw everything including the kitchen sink into a Ted Cruz or Marco Rubio campaign and beat Trump fair and square (in a sleazy kind of political way). Again, we don’t think Marco can pull it off with the voters as he’s too far behind on delegates. Cruz at 300 delegates, is not that far behind Trump’s 384 and there’s that thing called time.

If they can’t get Cruz in with the voters it appears their only choice is to have a brokered convention and attempt to knock Trump out of the ballpark by getting Cruz or Rubio in. The longshot would be they somehow gerrymander Romney in, if he runs. If they do knock Trump out, we expect he will burn the pledge he signed and run 3rd party taking a lot of votes with him.

Regardless who ends up being the candidate, the GOPe will have problems. They’ve created a situation where no one seems willing to vote for anyone but their own guy and if their guy isn’t the GOP candidate they’ll either stay home or write in their guy’s name, probably resulting in Hillary as POTUS. They also need to come to the realization that just about the entire Republican Party has little or no respect for them and start grovelling for forgiveness.

If they’re going to go after Trump, the Romney-type speeches and specious attack ads aren’t going to make it. We all see that every time someone disses Trump it turns into a positive for him. They need to stop slinging mud at Trump and start putting out positives about their Plan C candidate, not to mention throwing every dollar they can into the election of their Plan C guy. If they can’t unite enough people then the Republican Party could end up going extinct. Or perhaps they should back Trump and bet he’ll be better than Hillary.

Like President Abraham Lincoln said “A house divided cannot stand,” which is paramount advice to the entire GOP in this election year.

 

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Mitch McConnell stands at the crux of U.S. history.

This is perhaps the most important judicial appointment in the history of the United States.

We’re already seeing rumors of Mitch McConnell folding on Obama’s new SCOTUS nominee, something Mitch and much of the GOPe seem to be professionals at.

Democrats including Obama, the Clintons, Sanders, Schumer, Reid and a host of others smell blood and the pressure is on to get McConnell to cave in and let Obama have his way again.

What they’re trying to foist upon everyone including McConnell is that the Senate must act on Obama’s candidate, there’s only a limited amount of time, they must hold a hearing and vote, none of which is correct. They know the  Senate is under no constitutional obligation to do anything with any appointee but they’ll keep the pressure on.

McConnell has two choices. He fold or he can man up, cross his arms, tell Grassley to shut up about hearings and simply tell Obama “NO!” This is what puts McConnell at the crux of U.S. history.

The latter means Obama will not be making any lame duck appointments and could provide an opportunity for a new Republican president to appoint a new conservative justice. The worst case is that Hillary Clinton or Bernie Sanders will make an appointment that could still be somewhat controlled if a Republican majority with some backbone still holds the Senate.

Think about things like: if you like gay marriage you’ll love people marrying their pets, parents, brothers and sisters. You’ll love billions of  new “immigrants,” free everything, living in Soviet style cement housing with 5 families to an apartment, Sharia Law, no Constitution, the death of Christianity and gulags. When they run out of other people’s money the fun will really begin. (Think Venezuela)

A lot of Republicans stayed home during the last election. If Mitch folds, watch the number of ticked off Republican voters who will stay home increase by millions. There will be no need to vote because it won’t matter whether you vote for Trump, Bush, Kasich, Carson, Rubio or Snoopy, it’s over.

So Mitch? Do you want to go down in history as Senate Leader by actually leading? Or do you want to go down in history as Obama’s Bitch Mitch, destroyer of the Republic?

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