Senator Ben Sasse told the Nebraska Radio Network, regarding Donald Trump:
“You have a front-runner who has been able to wage, pretty much, a hostile take-over of most of a party, because it wasn’t clear what the principles of the Republican Party really were, unfortunately.”
But is that really what happened?
Here is an interesting definition of a “hostile takeover”:
A hostile takeover is the acquisition of one company (called the target company) by another (called the acquirer) that is accomplished not by coming to an agreement with the target company’s management, but by going directly to the company’s shareholders or fighting to replace management in order to get the acquisition approved.
According to this scenario, Trump went directly to the voters, instead of going to the “management” of the GOP to take it over.
In other words, Trump didn’t get the blessing of the “Establishment” first.
I’m just trying to wrap my head around all of the explanations for the Trump “take over” because back last summer no one — including me — ever suggested that Trump was anything more than a reality show buffoon who will go nowhere.
Now they say he’s a reality show buffoon who must be stopped at all costs.
But there has to be some recognition of the feelings of Republicans that Trump is tapping into. And note that it is all about the “feelings”, because if people did study his past positions, they would reject him as a reformed Democrat, at best.
Instead people are taking his statements of change at face value and looking to his leadership in general.
I was listening to Adam Carolla about 3 years ago talk about his experiences behind the scenes with Trump on Celebrity Apprentice. He noted all the kookiness in Trump and his pompousness and all else. But at the end he noted (from memory), “There is something about the guy though. If we were in trouble and he said, ‘we’re going this way,’ I’d say, ‘I’m following you boss.'”
This whole “Trump is evil” mantra is getting silly, and will backfire in the end on everyone who seems to want it.
They’re blockading Trump rallies now? Oh yeah, that won’t super piss-off his supporters and lead others to criticize the radicals. And then pretty soon, those on the fence will be supporting Trump just to piss off the radicals.
Or maybe Ted Cruz can lead the party to the Promised Land. All Cruz talks about is following the Constitution. If that’s all Republicans want, he should be the guy.
But keep in mind that those seemingly closest to Cruz — his fellow Senators — all seem to hate him. That’s not for nothing.
Note that Senator Sasse still seems to be talking about defeating Trump — as opposed to seeing Ted Cruz win.
Sasse is still trying to beat something (Trump) with nothing (that awesome other unnamed non-Trump candidate).
The Cook Political Report says that the Nebraska 2nd District House race has gone from “Democrat Toss-Up” to “Lean Democrat”.
That seems to slice it pretty thin, but I’m not sure what the difference that is in the race.
The moment Brad Ashford beat Lee Terry, he was favored in the next race because he was the incumbent in a swing district. And Ashford arguably hasn’t done much to change that.
Can he be beaten? Sure.
But there has been near zero campaign against him to date — with the GOP fight still under the political radar with only a month and a half to go.
And what’s the main issue in THAT race? The last OWH question to Don Bacon and Chip Maxwell was, “And what do YOU think about Trump?”
There is some suggestion that Trump and Cruz are going to have a bad influence on the down-ballot races, but I’m not sure anyone knows what sort of effect either of them would have at this point.
But 8 months out from the General Election, you want to say that the 2nd District leans toward the incumbent? Whatever.
Don’s true feelings
And just because I haven’t quoted him in a few weeks, here’s the LJS’s Don Walton pointing out what a bunch of dogmatic, non-independent, party-allegiant hacks the liberal Democrats in the Unicameral are.
Wait, The Don said THAT?
In so many words. See he wrote (once again..)
And the conservative Republican newcomers who placed independent judgment over allegiance to party or governor or dogma are still there.
It is always interesting to see what Don thinks a “conservative” is. Needless to say, he must think the Democrats are horrible for their strict, non-wavering party votes time after time after time after time.
Because otherwise he’d write something about that?
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