Former Bush Administration speech writer and persistent Beltway stalactite, Michael Gerson, abuses the verb "would" until it passes out.
Buying into Trump’s fake pivot would ruin the GOP
"Would" ruin the GOP? "Would"?
The GOP was ruined long before Trump showed up.
Hell, it was ruined long before Gerson took the king's coin to help Dubya sell his Excellent Iraqi Adventure to a terrified, gullible public.
But that isn't the story the Beltway wants to hear, so it isn't the story Mr. Gerson tells them.
Instead the problem is simply Trump. Just Trump. Only Trump. Mr. Gerson continues to find it infuriating that Trump does not give a shit about the good opinion of dainty Beltway fops like Michael Gerson. Mr. Gerson also continues to be completely flummoxed by the fact that his Republican Party does not respond to stimuli like a well-disciplined phalanx of David Brookses.
It also never occurs to Mr. Gerson these facts are somehow related to each other.
...Any rebranding effort must honestly confront the problems of the brand. Trump has a disapproval rating of 70 percent among women and the highest overall disapproval rating recorded by Gallup since it began tracking this measure in 1992. Among voters 18 to 24, Trump loses to Hillary Clinton (who is notoriously weak among younger voters) by 25 points. A recent poll found Trump with 11 percent support among Latinos, the lowest support for a Republican presidential candidate since polls began tracking Latino votes. In Florida — which was won by Jeb and George W. Bush as governor and president — Trump is losing to Clinton among Hispanic voters by 51 points. Fifty-one points.A recovery from these problems would require spectacular and sustained political skills that Trump has never demonstrated. Trump has shown only one skill: displaying the Trump persona in public. His campaign is crippled by a technology developed by Thomas Edison — the ability to record the human voice. Trump can’t be the candidate who didn’t call for the systematic exclusion of Muslims at the border; the candidate who didn’t call for the mass expulsion of 11 million undocumented immigrants; the candidate who didn’t call women bimbos and fat pigs and attack the looks of an opponent’s wife.In fact, Trump has been so vitriolic, so irresponsible, so far over the line, that he would need a commensurate repudiation of his previous views in order to be persuasive...
Clearly there is a problem a'brewin' here, but Mr. Gerson has a bold solution. If the duly elected Republican nominee for president dares to come to Cleveland to collect the nomination of his party...
,,,the Emptiest Suit in American Politics (h/t Brother Pierce) should leave in a huff.
...If Priebus ends up blessing the Trump nomination, the results would reach far beyond 2016. It would turn the sins of Trump into the sins of the GOP. And Priebus would go down as the head of the party who squandered the legacy of Lincoln, the legacy of Reagan, in a squalid and hopeless political effort.If Trump wins in Cleveland, Priebus should think beyond the current election and demonstrate the existence of a party better than its nominee. The head of the RNC should resign, rather than be complicit as his party is defiled.
Or if that's too soon, he can leave in a minute and a huff.
Mr. Gerson, the Republican party is defiled for the simple reason that it's full of Republicans.
But that is not a story that anyone in your profession and pay-grade has ever been willing to tell.