Every once in awhile when I take a step back from the insanity of politics I try to make some sense of it. My question to myself today is when did the Republican Party surrender to the conservatives? Especially since the front runner, Trump, is anything but.
He's constantly being given the litmus test and he fails in so many categories I'd think the Republicans who rebuke him would take a step back themselves and try to figure out why. Maybe, just maybe, it's because for the most part he and the people who support him aren't as conservative as the powers that be want him to be.
In my day lots of Republicans were socially liberal and fiscally conservative. That makes me today an independent. Republicans are no longer socially liberal. Anything but. And not unlike those we fight in distant lands if you don't agree with their point of view you're the worst of the worst and no attention what-so-ever should be paid to you. So far they aren't killing us physically though they are in many other ways.
There used to be a time, after having decided against being a Republican and becoming an Independent, when I could vote a split ticket. No more. I understand why so few people vote. They're expected to march in lock step with the dictates of their parties and many just cannot do so with good conscience. When the choice is one extreme or another, fewer and fewer are holding their noses while they vote. They just don't bother. This is true of both parties.
I think Mr. Trump gives a voice to these people. The more the overpaid and intellectually challenged voices like those of Sean Hannity or Glenn Beck preach their sermons of moral purity the more people turn to a Trump or a Sanders who tell it like it is from their point of view. No ducking nor dodging.
I don't think Sanders will win the nomination. If he does I don't think he can win the general. I hope not anyway. Not because I don't like him as a person but I do not like what he preaches. Socialism.
Trump is more centrist than Sanders and that's part of what the people like. So his demographic is the middle class without a college education. Guess what? That's a sizeable number of the voting population. He talks to them. He gets them feeling like this man can make it better. He isn't resented for his wealth but admired for how he got it. He worked for it and his kids are working for their share.
So he's rude and crude. Yet he runs in circles where that isn't the norm. Pit him against Mitt Romney and he'll still win because he's the easier to identify with.
To the Republican hierarchy who so wants him to go away be careful what you wish for. If it isn't what the voters want you lose. Big time. Just for once cease your behind the doors conniving and let the people who pay you make the decision.
Will they come out and vote? For the right candidate I'm betting they will.