The story of “Frankenstein” was first published in 1818, and as Robert Kagan of the Washington Post noted — the GOP is just now starting to understand the moral of it. The #NeverTrump campaign is rallying behind Marco Rubio, whose campaign manager, Terry Sullivan, must be advising him that the only way to WIN this horrid election is to use the same playground tactics that Donald Trump popularized and has put his candidate on the trail saying some pretty unsightly things.
Trump has the pulse of the country. The monopolist TV star has harnessed the anger and resentment that the Good Ole Party has procured itself, hammering the nine-inch nails into its own coffin as he goes for a political joyride on his own buck. It is a party indeed on the brink of total collapse, the same kind that haunted the American Whig Party for its inability to ditch outmoded ideals of materialism and aristocracy, along with an inability to cope with the Compromise of 1850, which started the long and twisted road that resulted in the end of slavery.
It was the Republican Party who left the Whigs behind and finished the deal.
Indeed, to “stand athwart history” is sometimes not the best of ideas.
This New York billionaire, this orange-skinned Frankenstein’s monster has used the party’s own themes against them. And they hate him for it, there is a seething hatred in the veins of Glenn Beck when he says, “I believe that Marco Rubio is playing for vice president now or a brokered convention to where he can wield that kind of power, because there’s no winning.” You can see it in his beady little eyes.
The conservative punditry is already admitting defeat. But Trump is only repeating what they’ve been saying for at least eight years, and perhaps planned to say ad infinitum: Immigration is a serious problem, America is not the greatest country anymore, and Barack Obama’s administration is an unmitigated disaster — unworthy of legislating alongside in the name of bi-partisan politics. Trump has hammered home these ideas with an astounding amount of success, and the GOP must admit it to themselves. A long look at the mirror might reveal a Picture of Mr. Gray, but it’s one that must be confronted.
Make no mistake about it — if Trump is elected the GOP’s standard-bearer in Cleveland, he must win the White House on the heels of his demagoguery, bigotry and populist messaging that the GOP itself stuffed its members with many years ago. Elsewise this could be the endgame, and another era must begin for the conservative movement under a new party.
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