In earlier posts, I wrote that is was more common in recent history for presidents to come from the ranks of unexpected candidates rather than anointed candidates. That was the case with Barack Obama, George W. Bush and Bill Clinton. That alone covers 25 years of American politics. Being unique does not make Donald Trump or even Bernie Sanders unique.
Ann Coulter is making some weird victory lap today because she said in June of 2015 that Donald Trump was the announced GOP candidate most likely to win the general election in 2016. She seems to be forgetting that 10 seconds later she supported a ticket of Romney / Walker. Romney did not run at all this year and Scott Walker announced three months after Coulter’s statement on “Real Time.”
If you really want to see something interesting, here’s a clip from Andrew Breitbart himself from 2011 being asked about Donald Trump, who considered running for the 2012 Republican nomination.
Back then, we didn’t know the government had been spying on our e-mails or using the IRS to bankrupt Tea Party groups. If that was part of the deal breaking that led to Trump, I don’t know that it will end up being a positive for the Republic.
I am about as “Never Trump” as I was “Never Romney” until January 2012 or “Never (again) Bush” until March of 2004. There may be a point where I can live with him as president. The problem is, of course, that any endorsements by Republicans, like Ted Cruz, mean that they are endorsing a man who has been openly hostile toward the Republican party, not just the establishment, for years and supported Democrats as recently as the early Obama administration.
It’s not about being the Republican nominee this year. To me, it’s about what the Republicans even stand for anymore.