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Andy, you and your NR pals need to get over it. You do not own the Party. Times have changed. Primary voters nominated somebody they felt could be a winner. Simple as that. They might be right, after listening to Trump's speech. Nobody else could beat Hillary and her money + press machine.
And the MSM continues to hide that fact that Kaine speaks lousy Spanish (and he is promising amnesty much to the chagrin of my very legal Spanish-speaking friends) and has had continuous relations with the Muslim Brotherhood and its off-shot organizations such as the Brotherhood of America since he entered politics. Clinton's Girl Monday-thru-Sunday Huma must have helped The Hilarity pick him.
The Chicago Tribune newspaper has been keeping an eye on the Mosque Foundation in southwest suburban Bridgeview, IL, which has expanded from a dozen of so Palestinian refugees gathering over common language and social interests to an Islamic center of over 50,000 members from various countries speaking multiple languages with many supporting the Muslim Brotherhood, long identified as a terrorist organization in the Middle East.
Sorry, Andy McCarthy, but the Bush RNC was not 'principled' at all. His time in office is actually what started me down the path to really looking closely at the Republicans in office and how they did not do what they said they were going to do while in office...and how Bush squandered an opportunity to make effectual changes with a majority-Republican Congress. That ticked me off to no end.
So, no, Mr. McCarthy, the Republican Party had lost its principles long, long ago.
A very good point. When George W. Bush was president, I often thought that if he had been a Democrat, they would have thought he was one of the greatest presidents ever because he did so much to expand the government and to implement elements of the liberal agenda. But because the election of 2000 was close, the Democrats hated him; they were looking for any and every opportunity to take him down, and wouldn't give him credit for trying to compromise with them. Bush could have struck back or he and his administration could have been more vocal in defending his decisions and his record, but he almost never did. He allowed the Democrats to make him toxic.
The lesson of his administration is clear: attempting to compromise with Democrats got him nowhere. It just turned off and alienated the Republicans who elected him, and it just led to more attacks by the Democrats.
Trump didn't gut anything. He's the result of the years of do-nothing Republican leadership that has continually promised to be agents of change and then did nothing. For contrast, look at what the Congressional class of '94 did.
I read where the DNC partnered with Washington Post in a political fundraiser. Nothing to see here...
The Repubs adroitly shifted to the center to counter the hard Left, which is great, because otherwise they were going absolutely nowhere this year---voters aren't ready to shift from one pole to another. Too extreme.
Trump's a compromise for the vast middle ground of Americans that are neither Left nor Right ideologically. Trump rather reminds me of a 60s Democrat.
You make a good point. And I'd rather see a '60s Democrat in office than Hillary. Hillary (and the party she leads) has moved much further to the left than in 1972 when she campaigned for George McGovern.
Democrats voting in Republican primaries + the media made Trump the primary winner, not Republican voters.
This happens almost every four years now. Dems vote in Republican primaries for the easiest Republican to beat. Consider Romney. Republicans were outraged at Obamacare, but Dems made sure the Republican candidate was a guy who implemented Romneycare in his state, the model for Obamacare.
The Democrats will indeed stoop to voting for a Republican they hope will lose. But that doesn't explain Jeb getting 3% of the vote or Trumps blowout attendance at his rallys. Hillary gets a few people to maybe a couple hundred people at her rallys but Trump gets 10 of thousands. No Republican candidate in the last 100 years has created the interest that Trump has. It's fine to not like Trump but a vote against him or simply not voting is a vote for crooked Hillary.
So, tied in many polls, ahead in a few, makes Trump the easiest to beat?
What happened to "$50 million per delegate' Jeb! ? He'd be 20 points down now; weakest of the weak. Couldn't even win his own state, with Rove and the GOPe's full weight behind him. Couldn't even muster more than 3%, as noted. He was the real lightweight nominee if you wanted to guarantee a McCain/Mittens-like loss to Shillary!