Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Forgone conclusion

If I were a betting man, I would feel safe on putting money on a Donald Trump-Hillary Clinton matchup for the 2016 presidential election.

Having won the GOP Florida primary handily (and thus collecting all 99 delegates in that winner-take-all contest), Trump also succeeded in knocking out of the race the Republican candidate who matched up best against Clinton in the general.

Marco Rubio is dropping out of the presidential race after losing the Florida primary to Donald Trump and failing to unite the Republican establishment against the billionaire front-runner.

"We live in a republic and our voters make these decisions," Rubio said in Miami Tuesday night as his supporters booed Trump's victory.

His speech was a thinly veiled rebuke of Trump's campaign tactics, as he warned that it would have been easier for him to exploit the anger and anxiety driving the race. He warned that the politics of division were going to leave America a "fractured nation."

"America is in the middle of a real political storm, a real tsunami and we should have seen this coming," Rubio said.

"While we are on the right side," he said," this year, we will not be on the winning side."

The "Trump-kins" have made it clear by their actions that winning in November is not the ultimate goal. No, fracturing the Republican party and bloodying the GOP "establishment" is all they care about. More power to them I guess, as one is free to choose whatever rationale they'd like in supporting a candidate. But these barking, clapping seals are being set up for a yuuuuuge disappointment if they believe Trump is going to act in anybody's interest other than his own.

Since 1992, I have never *not* voted for a Republican candidate for President. And while there's no way in hell I'll ever vote for Hillary, I may just abstain from voting for President and instead focus on Congressional and state races. And of course I'll get the standard retort of "Not voting for POTUS is the same as a vote for Hillary." To which I would reply "Yeah, but a vote for Trump is a vote for Trump."


1 comment:

jerrye92002 said...

Sorry, but "a vote for Trump is a vote for Trump" is the best logic I've heard for withholding your vote and letting Hillary win, and it's pretty thin gruel. I am dead certain that Hillary would be a disaster. I don't think Trump's ego would allow him to "fail" in such grand and obvious fashion; I believe it will matter greatly who he appoints to "help."

I prefer Cruz, always have, but The Donald is not an ideologue and that may turn out to be a good thing, should he be elected. At least he will be able to see the "right" course.