The Republican Establishment is in a bit of a panic that outsider Donald Trump is leading the ever-growing pack of GOP presidential candidates. They are astonished that a person who has a record of supporting broad-based amnesty for illegal aliens, abortion-on-demand, and the confiscation of private property for corporate use has become the choice (for now) of the party’s grass roots and has become a speed bump for Jeb Bush’s eventual and inevitable nomination and failed campaign.
They need not wonder; the reason an outsider is being embraced is because the Republican party has completely failed and no longer has the trust of their constituents.
The Republican Party ran and won in 2010 and 2014 on opposition to the Obama Agenda. They promised to repeal Obamacare. They promised to fight Executive Amnesty. They promised to oppose his lawless power grabs and abuse of Executive Authority. Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell, especially, ran on a promise to “break” Obama and thwart the president’s radical agenda.
What have Republicans done since winning the House and Senate?
– They have fully funded Obamacare, and even made contingency plans to save it if the Supreme Court struck it down.
– They fully funded Obama’s Executive Amnesty.
– They have given Obama a blank check to run up the debt and attacked deficit hawks as “Whackobirds.”
– They approved Obama’s pick for attorney general who promised to continue the lawless policies of her predecessor.
– They passed legislation — over the objections of the conservative base — granting Obama limitless authority to negotiate trade agreements.
– They passed legislation making it almost impossible to stop Obama’s Deal to let Iran develop nukes.
If the Republicans hadn’t failed up so thoroughly, there would be no Trump phenemonon.
Now, as a result of the failures (betrayals) listed above, the Republican Party has lost all credibility. Whenever a Republican politician says he opposes an Obama policy, no one believes him. They all believe they are no different than the Democrats.
On illegal immigration, for example, every other Republican candidate says exactly the same thing. “First, we need to secure the border. Then, we need to figure out a way to deal with the millions who are here already.” Not only is it vague and meaningless, it is exactly how Barack Obama or any other Democrat would describe “Comprehensive Immigration Reform.” There is not only no rhetorical difference in each party’s illegal immigration position, there is no practical, operational difference either.
This creates a vacuum where Trump was easily able to step in. Instead of vague platitudes, he offers what sound like concrete actions. “Build a wall and deport the rapists.” It’s crude, but it sounds like a real plan, not an empty promise that no one believes any more.
The Republican Party’s fails created a vacuum that Trump is only too happy to fill.