I lived in New Jersey for almost 37 years, and year after year the daily news – print and broadcast – reported on the doings of The Donald: His wives, his divorces, his philandering, his business bankruptcies,
in fact, no major U.S. company has filed for Chapter 11 more than Trump’s casino empire in the last 30 years
By no definition of the word one could even remotely assume Trump is a conservative.
There’s also the personality: The always-in-your-face crass self-promotion, louder-than-thou, name-calling brashness. It grates, especially since Trump knows how to expertly manipulate the media like no one else.
And let’s not forget The Art of the Deal, where you do whatever to close the deal, because, in his own words, “Deals are my art form.” I disagree with that, because principles should guide a leader, not deals as an art form. We already know of Rubio’s idea of a deal. I’m with Ace (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!”
Plus, The Donald, if elected, would be 70 years old when he takes office, one measly year younger that the average age of the geriatric aspirants of the current Democratic party presidential primary.
So the other day I was baffled by The Donald’s success as a Republican presidential candidate and shared on ly Facebook page Jen Hatmaker’s post,
Trump won the SC primary.
I have never been so fully, completely flabbergasted. Exactly zero of my conservative friends back him. Conservative Christian leaders consistently denounce his bigotry and tactics. Each new statement is more outrageous and shocking than the last. He demeans, mocks, shames, and verbally abuses the vulnerable. He threatens the future of true innocents. And yet he continues to lead the polls.
I feel like I am taking crazy pills.
A friend referred me to Rod Dreher’s must-read article, Trump: Fishtown’s Champion Against Belmont
A reader of this blog said that the Trump phenomenon reveals that there are two kids of social conservatives. I forget the language that he used, but I think that you have the ideological SoCons (those who operate out of a certain set of principles) and the nationalistic SoCons, who are more tribal and emotional. Cruz, and to some extent Rubio, appeal to the ideological SoCons; Trump, to the nationalists. Trump social conservatives probably don’t much care about abortion, gay marriage, and religious liberty; the society they care about conserving is the one they see around them now, and see falling apart because of forces they (rightly and wrongly) see as beyond their control.
Ted Cruz may still be within range of beating Trump to the nomination, IF he can reach the nationalistic SoCons. Cruz will have to punch back, stay in message, and stick to the issues in a personalized way that reaches the voters: Ted Cruz needs to aggressively phrase every single word out of his mouth in terms of how this helps you and your loved ones.
If Cruz fails, prepare to roll out the bearskin rug in the White House.
Fausta Rodriguez Wertz writes on U.S, and Latin American politics, news, and culture at Fausta’s Blog.