The Cruz campaign sticker on my right hand margin came down today. I still love yah, Ted. I think your approach was really what we needed, and your freshly-minted pretend-VP, Carly, made a wonderful speech about taking the country back and restoring the Constitution. But it’s over. Last night, you were mathematically eliminated from winning the nomination outright. You and Trump are in my home state today campaigning for the Indiana delegates, and the polls I’ve seen say that you will lose that one, too. I suspect they’re right.
Normally, I would be ok with a knock-down-drag-out fight right up until the convention, but this election holds existential importance to us, and our survival in the race against the Wicked Witch of West Chicago depends on us halting our bloodbath when we are certain of the outcome. We are now certain of the outcome. Donald Trump will be the only nominee that can be put forward without the stain of a bitter and contested convention that would never escape the accusations of tampering if it put anybody else on the stage. You know it. I know it. And Newt knows it.
But this is not the tragedy I once thought it would be. As Newt Gingrich asserted in the above interview with Sean Hannity, there is a “profound rebellion” of populism going on in this country. We cannot stop it, and we would be fools to try. We should revel in it! Despite what the naysayers have been shouting, this rebellion will NOT drive us farther from the US Constitution and toward tyranny, and it will not hand the general election to Hillary Clinton.
This last claim has been, I think, the greatest sticking point for most of my friends and fellow pundits, and to me, the most absurd. It drove me to offer a bet before Easter with a good friend. I bet a $200+ bottle of Johnny Walker Blue Label scotch that Hillary would NOT beat Donald Trump in November, despite the polls that say otherwise, if they are allowed to slug it out with no 3rd party challenge. He declined the bet, but insisted that he still believed Hillary would win.
Just this morning, I was over at The Lonely Conservative blog reading the same thing. Karen was writing about how she was “done with Fox News” for becoming such a “pro-Trump” news source. Goodness. Last I heard they were accused of being anti-Trump. But she again repeated the absurd claim that so many have made that the “polls say Trump can’t beat Hillary.” Rubbish. If you follow the links over here, Karen, I will offer the same bet to you. Please put your liquor where your keyboard is. Hell, I’ll offer it to anyone who will take the bet, so sure am I that those polls are wrong or will be soon enough, after the campaigns get started and Trump gets into Presidential mode and Hillary is, well, Hillary. You know, it wasn’t that long ago that those same polls stated flatly that almost half the voting public would not vote for Hillary under any circumstances whatsoever. But now everybody’s cool with the witch. Likely story.
There are many aspects to this matchup analysis, about whether Donald or Hillary would win, head-to-head. And they all add up to one glaring fact. Hillary loses as long as the Republicans don’t stay divided. I say, let’s not stay divided. Take your damn Xanax if you need to, but for God’s sake, don’t be Karen, waiting around for November just so she can say, “told yah so!” and wallow in her schadenfreude. Let’s finish this “profound rebellion” that so many have hoped for and finally make it so.
Cross-Posted at Hardnox & Friends.
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