WASHINGTON, August 29, 2015 — The much overused campaign tactic of Republicans running for president is to tell voters, “Elect me, I’m not like the Democrat.” Since the 2008 campaign of Sen. John McCain, that has been a losing strategy.
A more successful slogan appears to be, “Elect me; I’m not like the Democrats or Republicans running for president.”
The only contender who can say that is Donald Trump. Everyone else is a vested member in good standing of our discredited two-party system.
Trump is, for now, the clenched fist of anger shaken in the face of the nation’s non-representative representatives, middle digit fully extended.
The guardians of the status quo ante, the writers at political journals, are so desperate to save our ossified caricature of a political system, they’re offering last minute alternative candidates.
Bill Kristol of the Weekly Standard suggests that Supreme Court Justice Samuel Altio step down from the high court to join the growing army of GOP candidates getting no traction with Republican voters. That’s an odd suggestion given that President Obama would nominate a progressive jurist to replace him, creating a leftist majority on the court.
That fact is of little concern to the establishment “conservative” wing of the GOP.
Over at the Washington Post, liberal columnist Ruth Marcus is concerned with Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton’s falling poll numbers and that the single word most associated with her in the public imagination is “liar.”
Marcus sees 2016 as Vice President Joe Biden’s year, “A moment that will reward, even celebrate, his loose-lipped authenticity and his from-the-gut middle-class politics. In Iowa the other day, Donald Trump received thunderous applause when he proposed outlawing teleprompters. In 2016, Biden’s unscriptedness could be appealing.”
Kristol and Marcus conclude that the alternatives to Trump and Clinton are an imperious Bush-era magnate used to giving dictatorial orders and a bumbling gaff machine with hair plugs.
Both miss the point entirely.
The illegal immigration issue is the issue of issues in this campaign. Americans would very much like to have their country back, thank you. U.S. Immigration policy, which looks the other way as illegal immigration rolls on, is a broken set of rules that remains the same no matter which party is in power.
The cheap labor and illegal votes illegal immigrants provide are all that matter to the two-party system’s ruling elites.
The latest Quinnipiac poll shows Trump leading his GOP rivals by 28 points. They also say Hillary leads Trump nationally by a mere four points, with a three percent margin of error. Biden, on the other hand, leads Trump by 8 points.
That is, until he begins a campaign in favor of bipartisan “immigration reform,” an issue that has gotten nowhere with the American people.
And it is on the single issue of illegal immigration that Trump can say, “I’m not at all like the Democrats and Republicans running for president.”