Here are some pretty good thoughts from Chris Stirewalt at Fox News about tomorrow. I think he is right that we have reached the break-point in all of this. I am very tired of Mr. Trump’s tirades and absurdities. He is mean, cruel and devoid of consistent conservative ideas.
He may end up being our nominee. I hope not. I will not accept his behavior and I will not get on board with him.
Republicans have reached the break-point in the typhoon that is their nominating process.
The storm reached land this weekend as GOP front-runner Donald Trump essentially dared protesters to continue to disrupt his rallies following a violent clash in Chicago, threatened to send his supporters to disrupt the events of another candidate and said he might pay the legal bills of a man charged with a brutal attack on a protester being led out of a rally.
The mewling of nervous Republicans who keep saying that Trump will start to act like a normal, temperate candidate has passed into the ridiculous.
After Thursday’s debate, when the frontrunner mostly got a pass from his rivals and in return mostly withheld his own attacks, another handful of Republicans started to rationalize a way to make the man mainstream and limit damage to down-ballot races.
Ben Carson signed on, saying that Trump “didn’t really believe” those “outlandish things” he said. Which things? Carson wouldn’t say. House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy expressed unfounded optimism even before the debate about a Trump candidacy and voter intensity.
The events of Friday and Trump’s comments from the weekend made it clear: Trump is not going to be smoothed or soothed by party leaders or a team of former rivals. This is a hostile takeover of the GOP and the idea that Trumpism and traditional Republicanism can peacefully coexist is silly.
If the model laid out by Trump’s detractors and reflected in national polls is right, Trump as GOP nominee could face a popular-vote defeat of titanic proportions that would result in the loss of both the Senate and House.
If Trump’s forecast is correct the polls are wrong and “millions and millions” of voters he is bringing into the Republican primaries will help him form a coalition of economically struggling middle-class white Americans who are now Democrats and independents. But even in that case, existing Republicans would either have to adopt Trump’s message of socially moderate economic populism or face abandonment by the Trump coalition and the Trump-controlled GOP.
It’s becoming clear that the GOP faces three paths forward with Trump. Either the party will find a way to reject his bid at the ballot box, fight him to the end and rupture the party or accept his takeover and do its best to get on board.
The five states holding nominating contests on Tuesday will tell us a great deal about which path the GOP is on.