Written by Juliana Simone
Nevada – Traditionally, any candidate who has won both the New Hampshire and South Carolina primaries becomes the party nominee. At the time of this post then, businessman Donald Trump will be the Republican Party nominee for the President of the United States 2016. However, there is always the background influence which comes from party establishment, regardless of affiliation. They can choose to change the outcome of candidates, regardless of the public’s voice.
Witness the Democrat Party’s current situation. Vermont U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders, overwhelmingly popular with the youth vote, or millennials, has basically tied the establishment choice, former First Lady, New York U.S. Senator and Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, at every primary so far. But with the Democrat Party rules, which bizarrely range from coin tosses (however many) to picking a name out of a hat to, I don’t know, rock paper scissors, the Democrat leadership will always makes sure their candidate of choice gets ballot placement. More entertaining would be to see the candidates have to win a hundred-yard dash. With both Sanders and Clinton around seventy years of age, it would definitely be entertaining to see who won.
Regardless, Mrs. Clinton, heavily burdened with scandals, and facing possible arrest from the FBI for her email scandal, which allowed top secret information as the sitting Secretary of State, to be sent to a private server that was not secure, has sewn up all of the party super delegates. These party insiders will assure her nomination whether Democrat voters want her as their nominee or not. The only good thing that comes out of this is young voters will learn quickly and perhaps for the first time, their choice does not matter. Their preference for Sanders will be a complete waste of time, as the party he is tied to, promotes and works for, washes him down the drain.
Within the Republican Party, Trump faces the same affront. An outsider, who has shown interest in running for President before, has never held state or federal office. Not part of the club, with establishment Washington, D.C. elected officials, he is as welcome as the newly fired guy with anger management issues at the annual Christmas party. Oh, wait. Speaking for the modern Republican caucus, which continues to bow down to liberal pressure from the unbending other side of the aisle, I’d have to correct this to read ‘holiday party.’
What continues to appeal to voters across America, is Trumps no-holds-barred approach in speaking. Free from the constrictions of Republican leadership talking points, he is however haphazardly moving ahead with the general public. Criticized for what is perceived as short responses, whether during a debate or in an interview, Trump is made out as a candidate who knows nothing about policy and someone who has no real plans going forward if elected. Anyone listening more closely or following larger venues, would hear he has much more to say than the media’s chosen sound bite of the day.
Despite his popularity that continues to win in the polls among his opponents, and that has allowed him to win three primaries, the Republican National Committee is still unhappy that they might have a winner this time. They like to choose the nominee, whether it is traditionally “someone’s turn,” as it was more recently with Arizona’s U.S. Senator John McCain in 2008, or someone they have decided with all of their paid analysts and strategists, will fit the right mold according to all of their calculations.
This would not be Trump. They would choose someone who fits their demographic mold, who could lock up key states on Election Day, appeal to minority groups, women and young voters. These graphs and statistics have not put forward the right man or woman since President George W. Bush won his second term in 2004. In my view, Mitt Romney, the party nominee in 2012, could have had better results if he had a better defense team behind him coming out of Washington. Liberals hit Romney left and right with all kinds of negatives that they would have cried foul over if it came from the right, and with the mainstream media promoting the left agenda, it resonated with voters, who re-elected a President who has left us in dire conditions as a country today.
Trump, like Romney, is a self-made wealthy businessman, not someone who has worked his way up from a municipal town board, to a state general assembly title, to Governor or Congressman. The only difference between Trump and Romney in this regard is that Romney was elected Governor in the state of Massachusetts as a Republican, no small thing in a blue state. But even though Romney voiced a more appeasing campaign message to Republican leadership, as a moderate, he was still not perceived as part of the club in D.C.
Trump’s message is even more jarring to the kingmakers. He not only is not part of the club, he clearly and publicly states all of the things leadership says and believes no candidate for office should ever say out loud. Or even believe. The problem for the Washington establishment, is they now have to decide what to do with Donald Trump.
If he keeps winning primary after primary, the Republican Party doesn’t have superficial clandestine rules like the Democrat Party where a simple coin toss can determine who will get the one open superdelegate. They will have to flagrantly expose themselves to the voting public in the same way, and choose someone over the consecutive primary winner.
With Trump’s latest statistics after the Nevada primary coming in at 45.9%, virtually twice as much as Florida’s U.S. Senator Marco Rubio’s at 23.9%, and his winning every voting group, from conservatives to moderates, Evangelicals to Latino’s, and every age group over thirty, how can he pushed aside and not be awarded the nomination?
The remaining challengers on the Republican bench achieved these results:
Texas U.S. Senator Ted Cruz came in third at 21.4%. Dr. Ben Carson came in fourth at 4.8%. Ohio Governor John Kasich came in fifth and last of those who have not withdrawn from the race yet, at 3.6%.
Although pressure is being applied to Carson and Kasich to drop out, both at this time have no intentions to do so and maintain they’re staying in either until the end or for now. Kasich, naturally hopes to win his home state of Ohio, but Trump is already leading there in the polls by 6%. Minute returns in Nevada still showed dedicated voters casting votes for Rand Paul, Jeb Bush and Gov. Chris Christie, all at .02% or below.
This run for the honor of being the next Republican nominee for the high office of the President of the United States in 2016, began with an exceptional long bench of sixteen candidates. All of them would have performed well in what can be considered the most important title of the world. To use Donald Trump’s campaign slogan that appeals to many voters today throughout the U.S., they should all be appointed to cabinet positions to “Make America Great Again.”
In the meantime, it’s for the Democrats who have disenfranchised much of America for almost eight years under their progressive President Barack Obama, and those inside the Republican inside establishment who care to do so, to figure out how to stop the Trump train that’s running full steam ahead.