The continuing saga that is the Republican primary process goes from cliffhanger to cliffhanger. Last week, Mitt Romney stepped up and took a few pokes at the Donald, but failed to connect. I’m sure that the RNC was praying for Romney to at least take a punch while landing a few of his own. Ever the good soldier for the party, Mitt could not even rope-a-dope the guy in the clown mask.
Today, still more Republican Senators and Congressmen have stepped up, and taken great pains to show themselves backing as far away from Trump as possible. And it is not that they believe that Trump will lose to Hillary or Bernie. Quite the contrary, they are terrified that he will win.
Well they should be.
Those Republicans know that in Trump, they would boast a President with zero experience of government, no knowledge of how the system that is Washington, works. Trump insists that he is a leader and that people will follow his orders. He does not seem to realize just how constrained the scope of the President’s power really is. When he claimed in a recent debate that the military would obey his orders to torture prisoners or to murder the families of terrorists, he was completely oblivious to the fact that our military personnel swear allegiance not to the President, but to the Constitution. They will not torture anyone on Trump’s say-so. It stands to reason that Trump would experience a whole new level of frustration as a businessman in the White House, as he would have to wait on the Congress, not usher them a memo with a to-do list for the afternoon.
Realistically, unless the far right manages to seize the bulk of the open seats in the House and Senate within the next couple of years, Trump will enjoy less support than any President since Jimmy Carter, and many of us remember how poorly the country faired under his administration. And I’m not knocking Carter; I believe that unlike Trump, Carter is a very fine human being.
As a nation, we would be faced with absolute grid-lock in the House and Senate, blustering, Mussolini like postures from our President, the gilding of the White House, photo spreads of the First Lady in Maxxim, chaos in foreign policy, the loss of faith of our most trusted allies, and a President played for a fool by our nation’s enemies. The Supreme Court could be in line to receive three and maybe four new justices. Whose interests or prejudices would they represent? This is a train wreck, just waiting to happen. And so it is from that impending train wreck that we can not avert our eyes.
And, after four years (and maybe less, couldn’t that be interesting?), Trump’s supporters would scurry back under their porches, and he’d be roundly voted out of office – taking the rest of the Republican party with him. The Senators and Congressmen flinging themselves from the halyards of the ship of state and into the ocean are doing so in the desperate hope that it will save their political lives. It may not.
That is not the kind of future for which any of us should hope. A shattered Republican party is not healthy for our country. We need two good parties, different ideas from which to choose what is best, a far left and a far right, and a very strong, moderate base in each party.
The rats are fleeing Trump’s ship, whether it be sinking or not. The question now is whether or not they can swim to shore, regroup and take back the control of this election before November.