Donald Trump took South Carolina in its winner-take-all primary. It was his second primary win in a row, after New Hampshire, and the Drudge Report gleefully posted this headline:
CNN also declared that everyone else may as well fold up their tents and go home; Trump will sweep up all the marbles to obtain the Republican nomination. The anchors were giddy with their excitement. I wouldn’t be surprised if an anchor chair or two was left rather damp.
Leon Wolf at Red State pointed out that such predictions are ridiculous, as they don’t take into account primary history. While John McCain in 2008 and Mitt Romney in 2012 got bumps in their polls between Iowa and South Carolina, Trump has not; in fact his support has gone down about 1.5% in the Real Clear Politics national average. Trump has a national base of 35%, but it’s static; meanwhile 65% of Republicans do not want Trump as their nominee.
Now that Jeb Bush has read the tea leaves and has decided to leave the race — graciously, I might add — it’s high time John Kasich and Ben Carson realize the jig is up for them too. With Bush included, the three of them sucked up 24% of the South Carolina vote that could’ve gone to the real challengers to Trump, Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio. As Red State’s Jay Caruso scathingly wrote in reference to Bush, Kasich, and Carson: “If you three stay in for your own vanity, Donald Trump will likely be the Republican nominee for President never winning more than 35% of the vote.” He continued, “Have you seen those polls? Do you see who wins between Hillary and Trump? Hillary, nearly every single time. And big. It won’t be a squeaker. Trump’s unfavorables are so high, he is going to lose like nobody’s business.”
Daily Caller’s Matt Lewis wrote that it’s time that the remaining Republicans cut a major deal, and that’s to coalesce around a single candidate, either Cruz or Rubio. Perhaps the one with the most delegates after South Carolina stays in the race. Or — and this is radical — Rubio could agree to be Cruz’s running mate, or vice versa. Ben Shapiro at Daily Wire also suggests that Rubio could take the top spot and offer Cruz the Vice Presidency or a Supreme Court nomination. Those particular suggestions are completely unprecedented, especially if a ticket were to be announced prior to the close of the primaries.
Meanwhile, Trump supporters need to engage in a little introspection, which for many will be next to impossible. Do they not care that Trump has had mob ties? Or that despite his carping about Ted Cruz’s paid-off loan from Goldman-Sachs, their hero is owned by nearly every bank on Wall Street? So much for the fairy tale that The Donald is not owned by anyone. He’s in hock to nearly all of Wall Street.
And that fantasy about their Dear Leader being self-funded? In the words of the late Justice Antonin Scalia: “Pure applesauce!” Philip Bump at the Washington Post, finds that ninety-one percent of Trump’s campaign fund-raising was donated by others not named Donald J. Trump.
This is what Trump’s "self-funding" looks like. pic.twitter.com/45MEoV2JxQ
— Philip Bump (@pbump) November 11, 2015
I really thought we Republicans, especially those of us who are conservative, are better than this. Trump supporters are every bit the fawning lickspittles the Obama supporters were in 2008. It is disgusting to see how far the party that once had limited government and conservative values as their platform has descended into a low information, reality show, Kardashian-like idiocracy.
Oh, but the Trump supporters are angry! Angry! They’re like rioters — not caring what they destroy, what harm they may wreak upon the nation — as long as they can throw out whatever candidate they have deemed to be “establishment.”
Blogger Matt Walsh wrote on Facebook:
Speaking of the country’s demise, Trump fans are gleefully ushering in tyranny. I am tired of hearing about their “anger.” They claim they are angry at the very thing they now embrace. They aren’t angry. They’re bored. They’re immature. They’re infatuated with celebrity and fame and money. They aren’t angry. I’m angry about what they are doing to my nation. The rest of us can be angry, but these people have lost the right to have their anger taken seriously.
He continued, taking on the rabid nature of Trumpers:
Reasons why I don’t care when Trump fans are insulted by my criticisms of them: 1) You people need to hear it. I’m not going to just sit here and let you hoist Trump on me without a fight. 2) Isn’t Trump’s brashness and “tell it like it is” persona the ENTIRE FREAKING REASON YOU SUPPORT HIM? If you really respect someone who just lays it out there unapologetically, you should have the integrity to still respect it when it’s targeted at you. The fact that you bristle when anyone speaks bluntly about you or Trump tells me you don’t actually want someone who speaks boldly. You want, it turns out, to be coddled. 3) See point 2. I want to emphasize it because it’s so important. Think of my approach towards Trump and you as one long experiment to test the sincerity of your claims. You failed the experiment.
As Yogi Berra once said, it ain’t over ’til it’s over. Jeb Bush has demonstrated class and concern for the nation by bowing out of the race. Ben Carson and John Kasich need to face reality and do the same. Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio need to mend their broken fences and work solo or in tandem to take down the Trump juggernaut. Someone’s going to have to fall on his sword.
And Trump supporters need to remove their beer goggles, and realize that cheering their hopelessly flawed hero on to the Republican nomination will most likely usher in four years of President Hillary Clinton.