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Helpful Democrat calls for GOP rules change. . . in five years

Written By | Mar 28, 2016

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo., March 27, 2016 — A Sunday morning commentator on ABC News unwittingly offered the ultimate solution to the “problem that is Trump”: The Republican Party should admit their rules and procedures need overhauling and focus not on this year’s convention, but on the one that’s five years off instead.

On its face, the comment may have been meant to hurt Trump, if not the Republican Party, by greasing the skids for Democrats to retain the presidency for at least the next four years. Upon reflection, however, the suggestion that the RNC step back and stop trying to fix things this year would help the
“Trumpster.” After all, would the yardage markers be moved at half-time in a football game?

However, these remarks also may reflect new thinking in the Democrats’ playbook: let Trump be the Republican candidate because his poll numbers against Clinton are poor. They are increasingly feeling their oats, figuring Hillary will clean his clock in a national election. To which, Trump supporters might say, “Bring it on!”

Hillary’s people must have short memories if they don’t recall when their heroine attacked Trump’s record on women. After he finished responding to her attack, she was last seen slinking away from the spotlight. And as Trump famously says when confronted with current poll numbers, “I haven’t even started on her yet.”

There are all sorts of reasons for the RNC to leave the goalposts in place. Countering the ABC commentator’s suggestion are many citizens who fought the elements and long lines to vote for Trump in recent primaries and caucuses. Certainly those many voters, like those who are voting in droves for Bernie Sanders, will not take kindly to disenfranchisement by party elites.

Perhaps it’s naïve, but Trump voters, too, many of whom are voting for the first time or as cross-over voters from the other party, are seeking a moral and ethical run-up to the national election. Certainly former Ben Carson supporters come from that template.

These developments suggest several things going forward:

  • The RNC should not attempt to change their rules at the last minute.
  • If they do try an end-run like this, the money’s still on Trump. With his “Newt Gingrich Washington Lion” image and fervent supporters at his side, he’s likely to prevail anyway.
  • For his part, Trump should continue on as before, reserving his thunder for the national election.

Following Trump’s own stated view that commanders ought not telegraph their battle strategies in advance, Hillary would be advised to look out: She hasn’t seen anything yet.

Karen Hagestad Cacy

Karen Hagestad Cacy, of Colorado Springs, is a former Washington speechwriter and transportation lobbyist. Raised in Portland, Oregon, she holds a BA degree in Russian and Middle East Studies from Portland State University (and American University in Cairo.) Her four novels are available on She is also the author of two plays.