WASHINGTON, July 23, 2015 – President Obama was in New York City paying homage to the New Left’s departing dean of journalism, comedian Jon Stewart, when the topic of Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump came up.
“I’m sure the Republicans are enjoying Mr. Trump’s dominance of their primary,” quipped Obama.
The Daily Show’s New York City audience laughed, but the razorback carpetbagger from Arkansas, and former Empire State Senator, is not amused. That person, of course, is Hillary Clinton.
According to a Quinnipiac University Swing State (Colorado, Iowa, Virginia) Poll, Hillary trails Sen. Marco Rubio by 8%, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush by 7% and Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker by 8%.
All the above should shout a collective, “Thank you Donald Trump!”
Not only has Trump sucked the oxygen out of the room where lesser GOP presidential candidates are concerned, his antics have elbowed Hillary out of more than a few news cycles.
And that’s not all. The Quinnipiac survey also says, “Hillary Clinton’s numbers have dropped among voters… on key questions about her honesty and leadership.”
However, not all Republicans are happy with the positive effect Trump is having on campaign 2016.
“He [Trump] offers a barking carnival act that can be best described as Trumpism,” said GOP presidential rival Gov. Rick Perry of Texas, “a toxic mix of demagoguery, mean-spiritedness and nonsense that will lead the Republican Party to perdition if pursued… Trump’s candidacy is a cancer on conservatism, and it must be clearly diagnosed, excised and discarded.”
Who is Perry kidding? Timid Republican moderates, claiming for themselves the title “conservative” – House Speaker John Boehner, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, growling halfling John McCain, RomneyCare Mitt and blue state squish Chris Christie – have rendered Goldwater/Reagan conservatism meaningless.
In an attempt to make the GOP a “big tent” party, modern mainstream conservatism is rendering the Republican Party into a collection of geldings.
If men like Karl Rove are conservatives, then Bruce Jenner is a woman.
Politics, like nature, abhors a vacuum. Empty, mainstream, flaccid conservatism has been the hard left’s welcome mat on the doorstep to Washington power and the White House for a decade.
Like lefty comedian Jon Stewart, Donald Trump has tapped into a formula for success: snarky ridicule is certain to capture the attention of an easily distracted American public. It is the greatest weapon to hurl at one’s enemies; especially those devoid of guiding principles.
Trump is just the opening act for real conservatives – if they ever get their act together.
Donald Trump is not the cancer eating away at conservatism. Big-tent, big-government, mush-mouth conservatism is the cancer that has metastasized and threatens to kill the party of Lincoln and Reagan.