I didn’t realize how many Trump supporters follow this blog. I feel kind of bad about that, because I’m not going to be very happy about the nomination of the Hair Hat and I’m not letting up.
I’ve been looking at the Never Trump sites and bloggers and find that I am pretty well aligned with them. I have a lot of the same conclusions and opinions about this mess as those people. It kind of hurts me thinking I’m an independent thinker, but the reality is that we often choose the social circles that reinforce our own beliefs. I haven’t actually been hanging around a lot of Never Trump sites, but I’ve heard a lot of the criticisms of Barack Obama over 8 years and they are pretty similar to the path that Donald Trump has taken so far.
Before the Tea Party, conservatives thought that a truly conservative standard bearer could beat a liberal Democrat, especially if that Democrat ran as a liberal. It’s basically the 1984 scenario. Obviously, there are no Mondales getting through the process anymore. George W. Bush ran as a conservative, but often had to work around Democrats. He also “started” the Iraq War and signed off on the 2008 bailout. Somehow, that’s a deal breaker, although Trump is even less conservative.
Fundamentally, I don’t think Donald Trump is a good guy. He is full of himself and we just had one cult of personality in the White House for the last 8 years. That may have colored my perspective that he would not win the nomination. The evidence based argument is that he topped out at about 60% of Republicans even when he was the only viable candidate. How do you win with that percentage? Then again, Obama won with 50% of Democratic Party primary voters.
When Obama ran for the general election, he lied about being bipartisan and even sold out his own base. Donald Trump doesn’t even have a history with the Republican Party. He has a history with the Democratic Party. Unlike a former Democrat like Reagan, however, Trump never ran for another office first. We really could use a governor of New York like Donald Trump. I’d vote for that in a second.