GOP establishment and the ‘dislike’ of wounded animals

The establishment wing of the Republican Party is in its death throes and is not likely to regain its standing.


WASHINGTON, October 22, 2015 – Not that it matters, but former President George W. Bush told a gathering of donors to his baby brother’s doomed presidential campaign that as far as Texas Sen. Ted Cruz is concerned, “I just don’t like the guy,” POLITICO reported.

An Emory University study found that chimpanzees who throw their waste at spectators do so using that part of the brain that more sophisticated humans employ for speech. Researchers believe the disgusting practice may be an evolutionary step toward vocalization.

In a strange way, the feeble verbal attack on Cruz may be a sign that inarticulate GOP establishment chieftains may eventually learn to rise from their knuckles and walk upright.

It also signals that the establishment wing of the Republican Party is in its death throes and is not likely to regain its standing. Another is House Speaker John Boehner’s impending retirement due to a growing number of Republican House members who refuse to compromise with his compromises.

“If we run another [Republican presidential] candidate in the mold of Bob Dole [1996] or a John McCain [2008] or Mitt Romney [2012], we will end up with the same result, which is millions of people will stay home on Election Day, which is what happened for all three of them,” Ted Cruz recently told CNBC.

When Donald Trump began his meteoric rise in the polls, the conventional (wishful) thinking was that his outsider’s popularity would fade and Republican voters would get back to rallying around a candidate the mainstream media said was “electable,” like Jeb.

But the latest Monmouth University poll adds a new wrinkle. It lists Trump’s standing with GOP voters at 28 percent, Ben Carson at 18 percent and Ted Cruz at 10 percent. Oh, little brother Bush has a popularity factor of just 5 percent… and dropping.

It turns out that the donors to whom the former president confided his contempt for Ted Cruz have wasted their money on what is looking more and more like a failed attempt to turn the presidency into a hereditary office.

It’s said that democracy is “being allowed to vote for the candidate you dislike least.”

But Republican voters seem determined to turn that assessment on its head.

Here’s the terrifying reality of the establishment GOP: If Democratic and Republican PAC attack ads are successful at denting the popularity of Trump and Carson in the upcoming primaries, tea party favorite Ted Cruz is perfectly positioned to capitalize on their misfortune and rise to the top of the GOP pack.

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