Friday, 23 December 2016

Trump saves the GOP (from himself)

Only a few months ago, the pundits were predicting a sorry future for the Republican Party. It was about to tear itself to pieces over the candidature of Donald Trump. And the prediction seemed to becoming true as one leading Republican after another distanced himself or herself from the candidate, often with harsh words. According to Mitt Romney, Trump had "a character and temperament unfit for the leader of the free world." Kingmaker Karl Rove described Trump as "a complete idiot" who is "graceless and divisive." And Senator Lindsay Graham stated, "If we nominate Trump, we will get destroyed ... and we will deserve it."

Boy, was the good senator wrong. Trump won and the GOP rode his coattails to complete political dominance. It controls the presidency, Congress and soon, no doubt, the Supreme Court—a hat trick. Those who scorned him now trudge meekly to Trump Tower to genuflect before King Donald. And any concerns that Republicans may have had about their party seemed to have vanished. Almost 80 per cent say they are very or somewhat optimistic about the party's future.

Ah, the unpredictability of politics. Anyone care to forecast the future of the Democratic Party?

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