Recently, a smug leftist on Facebook smugged smugly, “Trump and Cruz are at the front of the Rethuglican pack. This is good news for us because both are unelectable.”
That does seem to be the conventional wisdom. Hillary wants to face off against Trump or Cruz because they are unelectable, toxic even. But are they really unelectable?
Donald Trump is an anti-politician in an age where politicians are roundly despised. He is a celebrity in a culture that adores celebrity. Putting aside his policy positions — which are largely irrelevant since most voters are ignorant at best, misinformed at worst — there is a path to the White House for him. He is unlikely to lose any of the states Mitt Romney won. It’s not inconceivable that Trump could flip states like Florida, Nevada, and Ohio, or even siphon off disaffected moderate Democrats put off by Hillary’s corruption, cronyism, and dishonesty.
Ted Cruz is despised by the Republican Establishment, and therefore, it is believed, he is “unelectable.” However, the last time I looked, the Republican Party was hated liberals, moderates, and conservatives, so he is in good company. Ted Cruz is a very gifted speaker and debator. His biggest challenge would be getting through the MFM filter; the same MFM that smeared Mitt Romney as a dog-torturer who gave women cancer with his Mormon cancer gun. Ted Cruz does do something none of the “electable” Republicans (Jeb, Kasich) do; he turns on the base and makes them excited to come out and vote.
Since 1992, the Republican Party has decided its nominee on the basis of “electability.” Every election but 2004 has featured one or more upstart candidates from the right (Pat Buchanan, Steve Forbes, Newt Gingrich) that was crushed by the party establishment in favor of a more moderate “electable” nominee. In that time, their record has been Lose, Lose, Lose Popular Vote, Win, Lose, Lose.
Not that Trump or Cruz would have an easy time of it. They wouldn’t. The MFM in this country is a propaganda arm for the Democrat Party. The Democrat fraud machine in cities like Chicago, Milwaukee, Cleveland, Philadelphia, and Detroit all but guarantee their states will turn blue regardless of how voters actually vote. But any Republican candidate would face those exact same hurdles.
But there are also other variables; a Democrat nominee that turns off their base or commits a gaffe too big for the MFM to hide; a sudden change in the economy or in the national security environment. Hurricane Sandy was certainly a last minute boost to Obama in 2012, though whether he needed it is debatable.
It’s also kind of funny that the Democrat Party front-runners are a corrupt, tone-deaf woman of no accomplishment who has a tough time appearing even moderately human on a good day and an angry old white Marxist. But no one ever seems concerned about the ‘electablility’ of Democrat candidates.