Donald J. Trump got the GOP nomination with relative ease, as we predicted at the 2015 dawn of the “Summer of Trump”. It was an easy prediction to make because Trump is a smart fighter who attracted other smart fighters. Donald Trump was not only willing, but happy, to fight his party establishment and the entire political/Big Media establishment under the blood red banner of REAL AND TOTAL CHANGE.
Long ago our analysis (after eight years of managed decline under treacherous Barack Obama) was that 2016 was to be a change election. Donald Trump waged a battlefield campaign, an insurrection, precisely tuned to be the champion of that CHANGE. Trump won on the battlefield, revolutionary flags unfurled, trumpets blaring. We recall with astonishment how Trump denounced the Iraq War and the entire Bush family dynasty at Republican debates with the glee of a vengeful anarchist from Marseilles as the guillotine sliced through the air.
Trump routed the ancien régime on the political battlefield. Now the ancien régime as personified by the cute Dauphin from Wisconsin presumes the winner on the battlefield must come to them hat in hand. It’s an ancient strategy of corrupt regimes: Win at the conference table what you lost on the battlefield.
The blue-eyed cute Dauphin of the ancien régime and the lion of the battlefield will meet this Thursday to arrive at a concordat to strip Trumpism from Trump. Trump without Trumpism is the goal. Only if Trump rejects the issues that won him the nomination will the ancien régime cuddle up.
Don Surber cites to reality:
Your silly endorsements mean nothing
Never Trump has become Drama Queen central. The self-righteous right continues to preen to my amusement because I am looking at my watch and waiting for November 8. No teeth are gnashed because Paul Ryan — veep loser last time — is petulant about backing the nominee. Ho-hum.
The Family Bush has not endorsed Trump. Cruz hasn’t. In fact, all the losers in the Republican Party are reluctant to endorse Trump. Their endorsements may have meant something during the primaries, but now? Do you really think Mitt Romney will flip one Democratic voter or sway on independent? That was his trouble last time. He had his chance. No walk, loser.
I contend that the backing of the Washington Establishment would hurt Trump more than it would help. [snip]
Trump is the Republican Party now. He is running the show. He is the main attraction, in fact, the only attraction. In the marketplace of ideas, Jeb lost. Rubio lost. Cruz lost. Why? Because the neocon movement which took over the post-Reagan Republicans failed. What is our national debt now? $19 trillion? The Athwart History Guardians Of Chairman Buckley’s Body at the National Review stood athwart history four years ago against the man who last balanced the budget — Newt Gingrich.
They tried that again, and lost.
The Bush dynasty desires a restoration with the same hunger the Bourbons of old France did. But the restoration is doomed to failure. As Talleyrand wrote of that dynasty, “they had learned nothing and forgotten nothing”. Patrick Buchanan helpfully summarizes the failed restoration of the failed House of Bush and the rise of the New Republican Party:
And they have to know, whether they concede it or not, that Trump’s triumph is a sweeping repudiation of Bush Republicanism by the same party that nominated them four times for the presidency.
Not only was son and brother, Jeb, humiliated and chased out of the race early, but Trump won his nomination by denouncing as rotten to the core the primary fruits of signature Bush policies.
Twelve million aliens are here illegally, said Trump, because the Bushes failed to secure America’s borders.
America has run up $12 trillion in trade deficits and been displaced as the world’s first manufacturing power by China, said Trump, because of the lousy trade deals backed by Bush Republicans.
The greatest strategic blunder in U.S. history, said Trump, was the Bush II decision to invade Iraq to disarm it of nonexistent weapons of mass destruction.
The war Bush began, says Trump, produced 5,000 American dead, scores of thousands wounded, trillions of dollars wasted, and a Middle East sunk in civil-sectarian war, chaos and fanaticism.
That is a savage indictment of the Bush legacy. And a Republican electorate, in the largest turnout in primary history, nodded, “Amen to that, brother!”
No matter who wins in November, there is no going back for the GOP.
Can anyone think the Republican Party can return to open borders or new free-trade agreements like NAFTA?
Can anyone believe another U.S. Army, like the ones Bush I and Bush II sent into Afghanistan and Iraq, will be mounted up and march to remake another Middle East country in America’s image?
Desert Storm and Operation Iraqi Freedom are history.
What the Trump campaign revealed, as Republicans and even Democrats moved toward him on trade, immigration and foreign policy, is that Bush Republicanism and neoconservatism not only suffered a decisive defeat, they had a sword run right through them.
They are as dead as emperor-worship in Japan.
Trump won the nomination, he won the argument, and he won the debate. The party is now with Trump — on the issues. For GOP elites, there can be no going back to what the grass roots rejected.
What does this suggest for Trump himself?
What should Trump do now? Lose what he won on the battlefield at the conference table to the little Dauphin from Wisconsin? Buchanan, as do we, suggests the wise course:
While he ought to keep an open door to those he defeated, the greatest mistake he could make would be to seek the support of the establishment he crushed by compromising on the issues that brought out his crowds and brought him his victories and nomination. [snip]
How then should Trump proceed?
Unify the party, to the degree he can, by keeping an open door to the defeated and offering a hand in friendship to all who wish to join his ranks, while refusing to compromise the issues that got him where he is. If the Bushes and neocons wish to depart, let them go.
Enter the little Dauphin from Wisconsin. The no action, all talk, Talker of the House Paul Ryan. Once again, Patrick Buchanan administers the needed laxative:
In millennial teen-talk, Ryan told CNN’s Jake Tapper, “I’m just not ready to do that at this point. I’m not there right now.”
“[T]he bulk of the burden of unifying the party” falls on Trump, added Ryan. Trump must unify “all wings of the Republican Party, and the conservative movement.” Trump must run a campaign that we can “be proud to support and proud to be a part of.”
Then, maybe, our Hamlet of the House can be persuaded to support the elected nominee of his own party.
Excuse me, but upon what meat has this our Caesar fed?
Ryan is a congressman from Wisconsin. He has never won a statewide election. As No. 2 on Mitt Romney’s ticket, he got waxed by Joe Biden. He was compromise choice as speaker, only after John Boehner went into in his Brer Rabbit “Zip-a-dee-doo-dah” routine.
Who made Ryan the conscience of conservatism?
Who made Ryan keeper of the keys of true Republicanism?
Trump “inherits something … that’s very special to a lot of us,” said Ryan, “the party of Lincoln and Reagan and Jack Kemp.”
But Trump did not “inherit” anything. He won the nomination of the Republican Party in an epic battle in the most wide-open race ever, in which Trump generated the largest turnout and greatest vote totals in the history of Republican primaries.
What is Ryan up to?
He is pandering to the Trump-hating Beltway media and claiming the leadership of a Republican establishment routed and repudiated in the primaries, not only by that half of the party that voted for Trump, but also by that huge slice of the party that voted for Ted Cruz.
The hubris here astonishes. A Republican establishment that has been beaten as badly as Carthage in the Third Punic War is now making demands on Scipio Africanus and the victorious Romans.
This is difficult to absorb.
Someone should instruct Paul Ryan that losers do not make demands. They make requests. They make pleas.
What makes Ryan’s demands more astonishing is that he is the designated chairman of the Republican National Convention, a majority of whose delegates and whose nomination Trump is about to win.
Ryan is saying he is ambivalent over whether he will accept the verdict of the Cleveland convention – of which he is the chairman.
If Ryan holds to his refusal to accept the decision of the Republican majority in the primaries, he should be removed from that role. And if Ryan does not come out of Thursday’s meeting with the Donald, endorsing him, the presumptive nominee should turn to Paul Ryan, and, in two words, tell him, “You’re fired!”
Trump cannot allow the establishment to claw back in the cloakrooms of Capitol Hill what he won on a political battlefield. He cannot allow a discredited establishment to dictate the issues he may run on.
That would be a betrayal of the troops who brought Trump victory after victory in the primaries. [snip]
Paul Ryan, in declaring that he cannot now support Trump, and imposing conditions to earn his support, has crawled out on a long limb.
Trump cannot capitulate. He has to saw it off.
The limb that has to be sawed off is the one that secures the head to the shoulder. That is what Trump is up to we believe. The no action all talk, Talker of the House Paul Ryan and the ancien régime think they can stop the history train by throwing twigs on the tracks. The ancien régime draped in moth eaten ermine robes dream of a restoration not realizing their heads have been lopped off at Place de la Concorde.
Mitt Romney the head loser of 2012 privately meets with Bill Kristol the pamphleteer of the Bush restoration to plot a third party rear guard action against the New Republican Party and its leader Donald J. Trump. But the Trump train is on the move as even some establishment figures climb on board. Increasingly even top allies of Talker Ryan denounce Paul Ryan. Even House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy has abandoned Paul Ryan in order to be a Trump delegate to the Cleveland convention.
This Thursday Donald J. Trump will meet with Paul Ryan to reach concord. Paul Ryan faces a primary challenge ably assisted by the smart Sarah Palin whom Ryan attacked as an “outside agitator”. Mama Grizzly gonna chew up that boy’s Dauphinic ass. Paul Ryan leads an ancien régime that is divided and falling apart as more and more of its members realize the Republican Party is dead. Long live the New Republican Party. Liddle Paul Ryan is the last to know.
Concord is the aim of Thursday’s meeting between the Lion of the primaries and the Dauphin of Wisconsin. We know of two great historic sites of “Concord”. Both sites of “Concord” should shake Paul Ryan as he tries to wrest victory from Revolutionary Donald J. Trump. Place de la Concord in Paris had an earlier name and an earlier notoriety:
Originally called ‘Place Louis XV’, the square was renamed in 1792 as ‘Place de la Révolution’ when it became the stage for the horrendous public executions by the guillotine. During the Reign of Terror, the King, the Queen Marie-Antoinette, and more than 1,100 victims were beheaded in less than two and a half years. On 21st January 1793, Louis XVI was guillotined at the very position of the statue of Brest, at the North-West angle. From the 13th May 1793, the “National Razor” was moved across the square near the railings of the Tuileries Gardens and beheaded many more victims: Marie-Antoinette (16th October), Madame du Barry, Danton, Madame Roland and Robespierre. Following those dreadful events of the Reign of Terror, the Directorate changed the name of the square to one of reconciliation and hope: Place de la Concorde.
If the Liddle Dauphin from Wisconsin does not get the meaning of the square formerly known as ‘Place de la Révolution’ there is a more American Concord:
At midnight on the 19th of April the British column, consisting of 650-900 troops left Boston, crossed the Charles River, followed closely by the alarm rider Paul Revere. As the British marched towards Concord, the entire countryside had been alerted to their presence, and rebel militia was deployed to meet them.
Donald J. Trump has nothing to lose on Thursday when he meets with Paul Ryan. Paul Ryan has plenty to lose his head over. The rebel militia, fresh victories marked with bloody hands as evidence, is deployed and ready to march on Cleveland and cleave some more heads.