So, to start this off, I used to be a hardcore right wing conservative GOPer. Not Ted Cruz crazy GOPer, but a conservative who due to the circumstances of living in California often voted Libertarian just to make some form of my voice heard. Granted that may or may not have caused Jerry Brown to win his first renewed term, but I’m not so conceited as to think that my one vote for Dale Ogden rather than Meg Whitman was influential enough to cause her to lose. She did that on her own but that’s not the point about this post.
The current state of the GOP is one that would be laughable if it didn’t have horrible implications for our country. The way I see it, the only three choices currently available in the GOP’s stable are the Authoritarian nightmare that is Donald Trump, the extreme right winger Dominionist Ted Cruz, and the right winger trying to pass himself off as a moderate Marco Rubio. The only seemingly sane one is John Kasich, and he’s going nowhere and has plenty of out there statements of his own.
So the question becomes, where do you go from here if you’re the GOP? It seems that much of the base is going towards Trump the loud mouthed authoritarian, but if you’re a party that professes a love for the constitution what do you do with a candidate like that? The Constitution is specifically to prevent authoritarianism, but it sure seems like Trump is going to give it the old college try.
Are you going to try with Cruz? His electability is in such a state that I firmly believe that the GOP’s base might actually stay home instead of elect him. Literally no one in the senate likes him and he only makes enemies wherever he goes. This is the guy that pulled the legislative equivalent of holding your breath until you get your way with the government shutdown. How did that work for you? If I remember correctly, the GOP was even more hated after the shutdown than it was going in.
So now we come to Rubio. The great savior of the establishment GOP. The problem with that is that Rubio can’t talk without either repeating himself, or pretending he’s made great electoral victories when he’s getting trounced by Cruz and Trump. He seems to be the only person besides his rally supporters that actually believes he’s making any great strides. The only state he’s won is Minnesota. You know the last time Minnesota went Republican in the general election? The 1970’s. 1972 to be exact. There’s a ringing endorsement for his electoral chances. It’s like a Democrat winning southern states in the primary, good for the delegates, but how useful in the general? Or California for that matter which hasn’t gone Republican since the Reagan Administration. And that’s probably because Reagan was a former governor.
In short, this is one of those times where I’m glad I switched my party allegiance. The choices on the Democratic slate are much more palatable when it comes to actually taking care of people, and both Hilary and Bernie are miles ahead of the current slate of GOP candidates.