In a five-candidate race, with the media gifting free air time to Donald Drumpf as if he was a kid getting Halloween candy simply because The Donald is good circus, the Republican party is having to face reality: Trump is likely to be their nominee.
and whose politics show a long history of support of Democrats, eminent domain abuse, and faulty memory on whether he donated to Planned Parenthood, while threatening to go third party if he does not get the GOP nomination, and who would be the oldest man to take the office of POTUS if elected (Trump will turn 70 on June 14 this year; Ronald Reagan was 69 when he took office).
Against Trump are still four other candidates: Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio, John Kasich and Ben Carson. Cruz has won four states and 226 delegates. Rubio and Kasich are hoping for wins in their home states, but only have 106 and 21 delegates so far. Carson has eight delegates: You add them up and you are still 91 short of Cruz’s total.
Contrast that with Trump’s 316 delegates.
Do the math: Cruz is 90 delegates short of tying with Trump. If you add all the other three candidates’ delegates, you still are 91 short of trying with Cruz, the guy in second place. You’re not even halfway close to Trump’s number.
Of the Rubio-Kasich-Carson trio, Rubio is the most delusional, insisting he’s the one to beat Trump. Not that he hasn’t had enablers: TV talking heads routinely refer to Rubio’s third place status as winning, and insist on his “likability” as if likability was the criteria for POTUS. They purposely ignore the thousands of people actively supporting Cruz (even while they grudgingly mumble that Cruz has “good ground game”) and the testimony of people who worked for him. The fact is
that party leaders despise Mr. Cruz, almost as much as they dislike Mr. Trump.
Why? (emphasis added)
Cruz’s detractors will say that he can’t get along and make deals. I say, good. Yes, deals will have to be made but too often the deals that are made are being made by people who agree on too much to begin with. I want a guy like Cruz who isn’t buying into the basic assumptions of DC and the permanent government class. I want a guy who sees himself as representing a group of people opposed to many of the bi-partisan, political class assumptions that underlie so much of what happens in DC.
Cruz opponents have claimed there’s so much bad blood between him and the GOP leadership in Congress he’ll never get what he wants. This argument amuses me to no end. After years of rolling over for Harry Reid and Barack Obama, the Republicans in Congress are finally going to find their spine by opposing…a President Cruz? That’s says more about Republicans in Congress and their supposed conservatism than it does Ted Cruz. And if you’re telling me this means a Republican President might veto a bloated spending bill passed by a Republican Congress, I say, “Bring it on!”
This, in turn, may appeal to the millions of people supporting Trump’s “anti-establishment” message.
Gerald Seib at the Republican-establishment WSJ posits four options for the GOP:
The first is to simply fight on over the next two weeks, hoping that the vote in the next big states on March 15 provide something different.
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The second option is for party leaders to somehow persuade everybody except Mr. Cruz to get out of the race so he can consolidate the anti-Trump vote.
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The third option is for leading party figures to take a stand on conscience and declare that they won’t back Mr. Trump as the nominee, hoping that will reverse the tide.
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Which leaves the fourth option: acquiesce to the Trump movement.
The $64,000 question, however, is whether an establishment that so many are sick of can mount an effective counter-offensive to Trump – especially if the winning strategy involves Ted Cruz as the winning nominee.
Just don’t fool yourself thinking it has not boiled down to two candidates.
Fausta Rodriguez Wertz writes on U.S, and Latin American politics, news, and culture at Fausta’s Blog.