How Trump Defeated the GOP Establishment

Michael Walsh:

If you want to see a racket in action, pay a visit to the nation’s capital. The Imperial City is awash in money — and why shouldn’t it be? — hotel prices are out of sight, expensive restaurants abound and folks on both sides of the Permanent Bipartisan Fusion Party line are just as happy as they can be. For decades, “lawmakers,” lobbyists and the D.C. press corps have been living high on the hog at the rubes’ expense and nobody wants the good times to end.

Then along comes Donald Trump, smashing things up all over the place in the most boorish way possible, refusing to play by the PBFP’s rules (Rule No. 1 — don’t derail the gravy train) and generally raising hell. A Republican electorate heartily sick of the likes of Mitch McConnell and the recently defenestrated John Boehner and Eric Cantor, have had it up to their red royal American keisters.

GOP voters have been played for suckers by the GOP Establishment, they know it, they don’t like it, and it’s payback time:

For what has the establishment GOP accomplished for its voters—excepting those in its well-nurtured class of consultants and lobbyists? In early 2015, the veteran pollster and Democratic consultant Pat Caddell analyzed a poll of Republican and independent voters, and was shocked by the widespread of animosity respondents expressed towards their own leaders. “The GOP leadership, the lawyers, the lobbyists, the consultant class of the Republican party don’t understand that these people are angry” Caddell said, continuing “I’ve never seen anything like this at the base of a party. And that is why the analogy to the Whigs is not so far-fetched.” This was six months before Trump walked down the escalator at Trump Tower.

Trump gets away with all manner of things no other politician could ever do because his supporters are exclusively focusing their anger and resentment at the GOP Establishment for treating them like fools for so long. When Eric Cantor was ousted by voters in the 2014 Republican primary there was a lesson to be learned by the GOPe. They failed to see it. To this day the GOP Establishment does not understand what hit them and why so many of those who voted for them over the last 8 years hate them.

Many people find all this ambiguous. One the one hand, they find Donald Trump to be repulisive. They also detest the GOP Establishment for its ill treatment of them. Some, such as I, resolved that ambiguity by supporting Ted Cruz which seemed to be a more promising way to rebuke Mitch McConnell and John Boehner. It was felt that Cruz would take the gravy train away from them just as effectively if not more so than Trump, with the added benefit of solid conservative leadership.

As it turns out Trump if the only strong horse left in the stable and we have a hard ride ahead to victory.

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