via Alternative Right
In the run up to this plethora of primaries, the mainstream media pulled
out all the stops to derail the Trump Train – we had pointed questions
about retweeting quotes from Il Duce, attempts to link Trump to another Duke, and the ubiquitous Hitler comparisons, speaking of which, some Leftists even resorted to disease metaphors reminiscent of Nazi propaganda in their flailing attempts to do the Donald down.
But the MSM isn't what it used to be. Super Tuesday has played out
rather well for Der Trumpenfuhrer, with victories in seven states and
opposition to him in the Republican field still nicely split between
ultimate lightweights Cruz and Rubio.
Even Trump's main disappointment – failing to take
Texas from Ted Cruz – can be seen as a good thing. Marco Rubio is
clearly the preferred candidate of the GOP establishment and the big
bucks are now behind him in the same way they were behind "that loser"
Jeb Bush, so Cruz clearly needed something substantial from the results
to keep him in the game. Losing his "home" state of Texas could have
pushed him down towards Carson and Kasich territory, and made Rubio the
only viable anti-Trump candidate. Instead Cruz won Texas and so he
remains in the game, a game that increasingly favours Donald.
Even if a lot of Cruz support subsequently goes to Trump, as many
analysts suppose, Cruz dropping out at this stage would not have been
ideal. This is because the GOP establishment, the Left, and the
mainstream media could then have concentrated their fire solely on Trump
before he could get a numerical lock-down on the nomination. Thanks to
Cruz's two wins, the anti-Trump vote will continue to be split in the
next few vital weeks, making it easier for Trump to build and
consolidate his lead.
In fact, Cruz winning Texas is so advantageous to Trump that one could even speculate that he threw the state on purpose. Nah! Donald wouldn't do that would he?
But Cruz's continued candidacy also has other benefits for Trump. It helps to promote the idea that Trump may not be all that bad after all in
the minds of GOP establishment types, especially compared to the
prospect of a Cruz candidacy. Cruz is just as hard-line on illegal
immigration as Trump is – some have said more so – but he is obviously
much less of a pragmatist than Trump and not as flexible.
Furthermore, a Trump candidacy actually gives the GOP a much better
chance to win the White House, because, unlike all the other GOP
candidates, Trump has the potential to turn blue states red, including some major ones like Ohio.
Despite the obvious evidence to the contrary, the GOP establishment like
to think of themselves as canny operators and masters of political
intrigue. It would doubtless give them great satisfaction to think that
they might somehow use a Trump candidacy to achieve their own ends,
namely by mobilizing their increasingly alienated voter base, stealing a few blue states,
and then stumping Trump. They probably imagine that they could pull off
this last feat either by doing a deal with him – many viewing him as a
simple charlatan and ego-maniac who would be happy just to be Prez – or,
if Trump turns out to be sincere, by preventing his campaign promises
in other ways, such as procedural means and selective opposition in the
Whether Trump will ultimately dump on the voters who are elevating him
to these unprecedented heights or be stumped by cunning political
insiders remains to be seen. Both outcomes are not impossible, but the
exciting thing about this campaign is that much more positive outcomes
are also possible. This is what democracy should feel like, but seldom