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Does the GOP want to win?

August 1, 2016

Odd as is it sounds, maybe not.

Apparently the theme of the post-convention GOP this year is that the Koch Brothers plan to sit out 2016, which seems to mirror the national party’s general sentiments to  a T.

In other words, the brothers Koch are backing four more years of government gridlock, in preference to actually winning the election.

They may not understand that the country is tired of that picture and that backing the same old status quo might be guaranteeing a loss across the board.

The Republican Party is rapidly setting up to become the GOLP. That’s the Grand Old Loser’s Party.

The GOP has been the party of “coulda, woulda, shoulda” for the last ten years, and it’s no one’s fault but their own.

That leaves a lot of people wondering why losing in 2016 seems so attractive to the party’s elite.

Blog Alert: For more on that, watch for Tuesday’s upcoming post.

Detest the means or not, the Democrats have had a knack for compelling party unity, even allowing for the Bernie revolution.

In contrast, for some unfathomable reason the Republican Party has become the Hannibal Lector of political parties.

If the GOP put just half as much effort into winning this election as it has in very publicly denouncing Donald Trump, we could be looking at a GOP landslide.

It should have been obvious early on to even the most myopic strategist that Donald Trump had found the key to unlocking voter enthusiasm.

That doesn’t mean the party should have jumped at the chance to nominate him. They had other politically similar but optically better alternatives.

Early on, with this obviously setting up to be the year of the outsider, the right had contenders like Carly Fiorina, who would have been the perfect person to quiet the “I am woman hear me roar” message from the left. They also had people like Marco Rubio who actually finished third in the delegate count ahead of John Kasich,  with higher likability numbers among a more diverse audience than Donald Trump, Ted Cruz  or even Hillary Clinton.

Unfortunately the establishment GOP couldn’t see beyond Jeb Bush, drafting him even though he clearly didn’t want to run.

Governor Bush is a good man, and his family’s dedication to America is unquestionable, but he just wasn’t hitting the right notes with voters from the beginning, in any language.

The result was the party got Donald Trump.

All the campaign hype notwithstanding, had there been a viable alternative it’s less likely that there would have been a Trump movement.

According to the current (7/30/16) RCP polling, a majority of Americans, 56.9%, say they don’t like the man but they clearly do like his message.

If ever there was a moment for the GOP to make lemonade out of lemons, it was the day Trump clinched the primary.

At that point, perhaps the party still had a chance to pull off a Republican win. He certainly reached out to them.

Apparently they didn’t understand that for a counter-puncher to take a swing at you, you have to hit him first. They didn’t have to take that swing, but they did.

Instead of stopping him, they set him up to be a martyr at the Alamo and then wondered why he wasn’t about to become their trained parrot.

With all due respect to those that are secure in their belief that they are the anointed ones, you don’t tell a guy that just delivered you the largest number of primary voters in history that he’s doing it all wrong.

The one thing holding Trump voters together is their common ground with their candidate in insisting that the status quo has to go.

Not everyone on the right likes him, but do they feel he is the best and maybe the last chance left for the U.S. to remain a sovereign nation.

His voters aren’t blind to his flaws. Lacking a viable alternative, they just don’t feel they can afford to care.

If Mr. Trump wins, the establishment loses, and they know it.

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