For the last few months, the media expected Donald Trump to fade away. The party establishment counted on Marco Rubio or Jeb Bush to be the GOP nominee, but now both are out of the race leaving only John Kasich against Trump and Ted Cruz.
The Republican Party should have seen this coming. For years they courted racists and the angry white conservative vote which has finally bubbled up into a groundswell of support for Donald Trump in 2016. The GOP needed these voters, because they could not adapt to the 21st century and relied on the prejudices of the 20th century to remain relevant.
This shouldn’t be a surprise to anyone. The Obama presidency has seen an outpouring of ginned-up anger from Tea Party grifters like Sarah Palin and right-wing media celebrities who have tapped into the anger of their easily-manipulated audiences.
H.L. Mencken once said:
“When a candidate for public office faces the voters he does not face men of sense; he faces a mob of men whose chief distinguishing mark is the fact that they are quite incapable of weighing ideas, or even of comprehending any save the most elemental — men whose whole thinking is done in terms of emotion, and whose dominant emotion is dread of what they cannot understand.
So confronted, the candidate must either bark with the pack or be lost… All the odds are on the man who is, intrinsically, the most devious and mediocre — the man who can most adeptly disperse the notion that his mind is a virtual vacuum. The Presidency tends, year by year, to go to such men. As democracy is perfected, the office represents, more and more closely, the inner soul of the people. We move toward a lofty ideal. On some great and glorious day the plain folks of the land will reach their heart’s desire at last, and the White House will be adorned by a downright moron.” (Source)
The downfall of the Republican Party could begin this year if Donald Trump or Ted Cruz is their nominee. The coalition of racists and the politically ignorant that has rallied behind their candidacies may propel them to victories at the convention, but it will cost the GOP dearly in the general election.
Both of these candidates are absolutely intolerable to the left and minorities which will likely show up to vote against them, and hurt the GOP down the ballot to the state and local levels.
The Republican Party has been stirring this toxic brew for years, and this could be the year it finally blows up in their face.