Much of the argument against Donald Trump is his past. He supposedly has held every position under the sun. On abortion, health care, military intervention, taxes and trade. But if you strip away all of the liberal pseudo-conservative talking points, you find a man who is more concerned with competence than ideology. And that might be exactly what America needs right now.
The “conservative” PACS have spent millions of dollars on mailers that highlight Donald Trump’s associations with the Clintons and this ridiculous thing called Trump University.
Let’s analyze those two issues. Donald Trump talks about hedging bets a lot. Putting money on the right candidates so when a favor is needed it’s taken care of. Trump consistently donated money to republicans since the 1980s. And he votes republican even when it goes against his self interest. The fact that he gave money to Bill and Hillary Clinton says more about his business acumen than his political leanings. Trump’s instincts are to plow through the negotiations so he can get to the job. If there’s a zoning law that needs approval, money often is the only way to grease the skids.
Conservatives love to bring this up. But they’ve failed to reform the system that they criticize Trump for using. And then they act all self righteous as if none of them would ever think to donate to the opposition party to get a building permit. Meanwhile, the subject matter exposes the whole system and Trump is able to to use these narratives to his advantage.
Trump University is a non-issue. However it makes for a good Karl Rove talking point when you’ve got nothing left in your arsenal. But this was lousy op research. There’s nothing there other than a lawsuit that Trump didn’t want to settle because he will likely win the case. People did surveys at the end of the course and most loved it. The Better Business Bureau gave the class an A rating. Not sure where Megyn Kelly got the intel on the D rating. Most likely it was leftover Jeb Bush weaponry that was never used. The Bush’s are lousy at finding weapons of mass destruction. This one is a dud.
The closing argument for Donald Trump is that he is the best choice remaining in this field. Scott Walker, Rick Perry, Bobby Jindal and Jeb Bush have all left the building. They would have had some credentials running against the Hildabeast, but they are lousy politicians. You have to be able to hold the media off with one hand as you incessantly bash your opponents with the other. Nobody has been able to do this as effectively as The Donald.
Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio are both one term senators who appear to be good candidates on paper. But neither of whom have run a business or met a payroll. John Kasich would be the natural fall back, but he failed to get his name on the ballot in Illinois and Pennsylvania. Not to mention the fact that America is getting killed when it comes to trade policy. And Kasich has been right there voting and arguing for every bad trade deal that’s ever come along.
The RNC is kicking themselves for waiting so long to go negative on Trump. They thought one of these politicians from the best field ever assembled would eventually rise to the top. That person was supposed to be Jeb Bush. All of which would have set up a delicious third party run for Trump who could have easily beat Clinton and Bush in a three way contest.
But now we’ve got operation slow down in progress. The GOP is starting to warm to the idea of Ted Cruz. Neil Bush is now advising Cruz, and has a reputation of being a very nasty strategist. And if there’s a Bush in the mix, Karl Rove and the establishment are right there in the midst of it all.
Cruz will win a bunch of delegates tonight. The Super Pacs have 145 million dollars to lie with. And people believe lies that are told creatively and with endless repetition. Kasich could win Ohio and Cruz could win Illinois. Which keeps the brokered convention alive. Conservative talk radio has already coalesced around Cruz. And Kasich is there just to keep the delegates from Trump.The whole thing is designed to thwart the will of the people. My hunch is there’s going to be some very angry Trump supporters come late Tuesday night.
The bottom line though is Donald Trump is the best candidate we have left. You need someone with the energy and the fortitude to go at the Clinton machine with a reckless abandon. Someone who is not afraid to expose the lies and the scandals that should disqualify Hillary from running for president.
Donald Trump can win this, but the establishment needs to get out of the way in order for him to win it cleanly and quickly.