Are you a Republican with a creative vision to reshape the Republican Party into a new a fashion for the future? Well, 2016 is the chance you’ve been waiting for. Whatever was true about the Republican Party and its myriad factions in 2014 is certainly no longer etched in stone today. When it comes to the GOP, the GOP as it stands today, anything is possible.
While half of the establishment cannot rally to Trumps’ side fast enough, the other half are still choking on their cigars and brandy. The grassroots have nothing but contempt for one another as the populists and the constitutionalists arch their backs and dig in their cleats for one of the funniest staring contests in conservative grassroots history.
Meanwhile, the Libertarian Party licks their chops in the desperate hope that Donald Trump will somehow usher in a new age of Libertarian Dominance in America.
We all look ridiculous. Not that there is anything wrong with that. Everyone looks ridiculous when all the lies and pretense they’ve clothed themselves in fall off in front of a national audience.
Yet, there is always opportunity in chaos. I’m already making note of the strange alliances forming behind the scenes in Virginia. Establishment hacks and grassroots activists coming together to support the same candidates, while their peers split their discontent in flailing futility. None of this makes sense. There is no way to pin anyone down anymore. We’re all operating without a banner.
See, something funny has happened since 2014, when a Randolph Macon Economics professor unseated the Majority Leader of the United States House of Representatives – the establishment crumbled. They had no counter punch. In fact, they never really had any real power at all. Whether they were aware of this or not is utterly beside the point. The fact remains, that the establishment never was all it was cracked up to be; and the grassroots merely had to show up and pay attention and, BOOM!, the entire order of things fell apart.
Luckily for the establishment, the only group of people more dishonest and disorganized than the establishment was the grassroots horde that opposed them. Trump taught us that. Principles, even for the principled, are always negotiable when men capture the promise of power.
So, here we are, with Ted Cruz activists and Jeb Bush politicos coming together to #NeverTrump and rally around an insane man out of Nebraska, Senator Ben Sasse. It’s not that he’s actually insane; only that he’s quite unhinged and prone to bizarre temperamental breakdowns in public from time to time. Amusing, but not inspiring, and probably nothing more than a Sarah Palin in the Senate.
Alas, what are we to make of this?
Well that’s the thing, isn’t it? There is nothing to make of this. It’s total chaos and confusion. If there is any real genius lurking in the shadows of the Republican Party, they’ll find a way to build alliances previously thought impossible by 2014 standards. The grassroots, the TEA Party, the conservative movement, the moderates, the establishment – none of us will ever be the same. In Virginia, the only issue that can hold the line is “Conventions vs. Primaries”. Principles and candidates and political philosophies be damned, we’ll battle over the means with which we exercise our silliness.
I just hope, despite all our meandering whimsy and cross-factional fanaticism, that come November we’ll remember there is a Clinton who needs to be held in check. There is a unified Democrat Party, a Statist Borg, waiting to capitalize on our confusion. No matter how much you despise Donald Trump and the progressive populist rise in the Republican Party, they are an army more easily defeated than a unified, liberal, obedient, democrat front.
While I almost balk at the thought of condemning our own hysteria, amusing as it often is, the thought of Hillary R. Clinton as President of the United States ought to be enough to snap all of us back to attention. She’s worth defeating, regardless of how buffoonish our standard bearer might be. So if you need a few more Cubans and dozen more bottles of brandy to get you there, by all means, take your time.
Come November, we’ve got a criminal to defeat and a Democrat Party to lay low. Just something to consider if we want to turn the corner and return this country toward a more rational direction and a more manageable future, regardless of how bizarre and creative this new Republican Party may be.