Cruz and John Kasich have joined forces to stop Trump. Announced late Sunday, April 24, just two days before northeast primaries, Cruz and Kasich have decided to coordinate their campaigns, allowing each candidate to take the most delegates in the states they are the strongest.
Cruz campaign manager Jeff Roe said in a statement "To ensure that we nominate a Republican who can unify the Republican Party and win in November, our campaign will focus its time and resources in Indiana and in turn clear the path for Gov. Kasich to compete in Oregon and New Mexico."
Photo - Newlyweds Donald Trump Sr. and Melania Trump with Hillary Rodham Clinton and Bill Clinton at their reception held at The Mar-a-Lago Club in January 22, 2005 in Palm Beach, Fla. (Maring Photography/Getty Images/Contour by Getty Images)
It is a last ditch effort to stop Donald Trump from reaching the required 1,237 delegates necessary to get the Republican nomination for President.
This comes as GOP stalwarts in unison call the Trump phenomena the ‘destruction of the Republican party.’ Tom Delay, the five-term Texan, who served as majority leader from 2003 to 2005, told "The Steve Malzberg Show" in an interview; "If Trump becomes our nominee and ultimately becomes president, he could actually destroy the Republican Party. I truly believe that.”
Senator Lindsey Graham, Rush Limbaugh and throngs of life-long conservatives have made public comments stressing the same point.
Was Trump’s campaign a planned strategy of the Democrats?
The election of 2014 gave the Republican Party its largest congressional majority since WWII, and first Senate control since 2007. They won nearly every contested race in the country. While gaining an even greater majority in the House, they took control of the Senate, however the 54 Senate Republican seats was still under the needed 60 votes to get bills through and a veto-proof majority.
The 2014 election also gave the GOP 31 Republican Governors and control of 68 of 98 partisan legislative chambers, the highest number in the history of the party. Twenty three states now had GOP Governors and control of both houses of the legislature.
The Democrats are understandably nervous of the consequences of now a potential loss of the Presidency and Republican control of both Houses in 2016.
They desperately need the GOP to have a disaster that could stop the wave.
Bill Clinton talked with Donald Trump as Trump was deciding to enter the Presidential race. Reported by the Washington Post in August of 2015, and ignored by the conservative media, several Trump associates and a Clinton associate verified the exchange in which “Clinton encouraged Trump’s efforts to play a larger role in the Republican Party and offered his own views of the political landscape.”
It was confirmed that Trump had reached out to Bill Clinton several times, and the phone call was finally returned in May of 2015. Hillary had already announced her candidacy when the conversation took place. Donald Trump has been a friend and large donor not only to the Clinton Foundation, but to the Clinton’s political campaigns in the past.
Donald Trump has only been a Republican since 2012. Having switched parties five times, according to The Smoking Gun
, from 2001 to 2009 he was a registered Democrat, switched to the Republican Party, withdrew for two years and re-registered in 2012. Two of his children were not able to vote for their Father in the recent New York primary because they were not registered Republicans.
His policies swing from left-wing to moderate and seldom reflect are the conservativism one would expect from a Republican candidate for President. But he seldom talks about policy, keeping his crowds fired up, and on the front of the news cycle, with reality show style rhetoric.
Trump has been winning strongly in states with ‘open primaries,’ in which all voters are allowed to vote in either parties’ primary, despite party affiliation. In these states Trump has won 10 States to 5 won by a combined Cruz/Kasich/Rubio. In Closed states, where voters have to be registered to the Party in which they are voting, Trump has won 9 states, equal to 9 nine states won by Cruz and Rubio. In states like Pennsylvania which is closed, many democrats report switching parties to vote for Trump.
Shocking words from those inside the party.
Charles Koch, a mega-donor of conservative candidates and instrumental in the growth of the Tea Party, has been vocal against Donald Trump. He shocked conservative media when he said Hillary Clinton might make a better President than some Republicans running.
"We would have to believe her actions would be quite different than her rhetoric. Let me put it that way," he said on ABC's "This Week" Sunday. "But on some of the Republican candidates we would -- before we could support them, we'd have to believe their actions will be quite different than the rhetoric we've heard so far."
A former official in the White House of Ronald Reagan and George W. Bush, Bruce Bartlett, is a critic of the increased conservatism of the Republican Party and is voting for Trump simply to see the Republican Party destroyed
. He recently told Salon Magazine;
“I think the Republican Party is sick. It’s dying, it just doesn’t know it. And I think anything that speeds up its demise is to the good, because then it can reinvent itself and return as something healthy… I think that Trump is a symptom of a disease of rampant stupidity, pandering to morons and bigots and racists and all the sort of stuff that defines today’s Republican coalition…I think it’s just bad for the country. So I think that giving Trump the nomination is the surest path to complete and total destruction of the Republican Party as we know it. And I look forward to him getting the nomination for that reason. I think he will have a historic loss. I think he may well bring in a Democratic Senate.”
Historian Max Boot last week, “I’m a lifelong Republican, but Trump surge proves that every bad thing Democrats have ever said about GOP is basically true.”
The anti-Obama conspiracies have accelerated the GOP implosion.
The Miami Herald claims that the gridlock in Washington that the Republicans are highly criticized for was by design.
“Republicans and their media accomplices buttressed that strategy with a campaign of insult and disrespect designed to delegitimize Obama. With their endless birther stupidity, their death panels idiocy, their constant budget brinksmanship and their cries of, “I want my country back!” they stoked in the public nothing less than hatred for the interloper in the White House who’d had the nerve to be elected president.”
While the endless anti-Obama stories and government conspiracy stories distributed by email and social media built fear of government, as well as hatred for the so-called ‘establishment,’ it didn’t stop Obama from being reelected, or from getting his policies in place. But with the help of Trump’s outlandishness, the fear and anti-government sentiment has caused the GOP to now be in implosion mode.
In this ‘too crazy to believe’ 2016 Republican primary election, there has unfortunately been no place for discussion of actual public policy that affects us all, or intelligent debate, there is only rage and a passion for reality-show type rhetoric. Trump is riding the wave. The media has fed the madness with unlimited free air time to Trump, enjoying the chaos and ratings that come with it. The main stream media is not only preparing for President Hillary, but for the Senate to return to the Democrats as well.
The most devastating long term result for true conservatives is the coming loss of the Senate, and the resulting shift to an even more liberal and activist Supreme Court. This will likely cause long term loss of the very religious liberties and freedom of speech that the conspiracies and fear mongers were screaming Obama would take away.
The fact is, by falling for the fear tactics and taking on the hatred of government, by turning into an angry mob against government rather than being involved in it, the right-wing conservatives will have lost the real battle, for generations to come.
Robert Broadus of the Liberty Roundtable said it best;
Is it too late?
“The saddest part is that the GOP had no choice but to sign its own death warrant by allowing Trump to run…After Trump, Democrats will still be united over their contempt for limited government and morality, and Black voters will still be calling Republicans “racists.” Trump is there to make sure the GOP goes down with that anti-historical label around its neck. Trump isn’t pro-life, he won’t defend marriage, he won’t defend religious liberty, and he doesn’t believe in limited government. No matter what happens in November, we are sure to have a Democrat as our next President–whether it’s Hillary, Bernie, or Trump. And with the right October surprise, the Congress could fall back into the hands of the Socialists, so that we’ll be facing 2009 all over again. The GOP (and conservatism with it) are dead.”
The Republican leadership caved to Trump early on. Even though they knew he was not a true conservative, and not really a Republican, they caved to his threats of running as an independent and splitting the vote. It is possible they thought they could keep an eye on him, keeping him close. Political professionals believed his campaign would implode, not going as nearly as far as he has. They didn’t take it seriously enough, now they are in panic mode. They have been swindled by the ‘greatest negotiator,’ the ‘deal maker.’ They have lost control.
Before the Northeast primaries to be held on April 26, Marco Rubio has 169 delegates, 37 of which are unbound. Kasich has 148 and Cruz currently sits with 559. The three combined at 876 is above the votes and 845 delegates held by Donald Trump.
With the new coalition of Cruz and Kasich working together to prevent the rise of Trump delegates, and the certainty of Rubio to join either Kasich or Cruz in the end, it will give the anti-Trump forces the needed delegates to keep him from winning if Trump doesn't have enough votes on the first ballot.
This means the Republican National Convention is going to be the dueling ground for not only the future of Conservatism as we know it, but the future of our Supreme Court and the moral fabric of our nation for generations to come.
Ted Cruz, John Kasich join forces to stop Donald Trump; CNN
“Complete and total destruction of the Republican Party”: Former Reagan official Bruce Bartlett on why he backs Trump;” Salon Magazine, April 25, 2016
Donald Trump changed political parties at least five times; Washington Times, June 15, 2015
Republican financier Koch says Clinton might make better president; Rueters April 24, 2016
Donald Trump talked politics with Bill Clinton weeks before launching 2016 bid; Washington Post, August 5, 2015
The GOP’s Destruction of its Own Party; Leonard Pitts Jr, Miami Herald
Trump Has Already Destroyed the GOP; Robert Broadus, Liberty Roundtable
Tom DeLay: 'Trump Will Destroy Republican Party;’ Newsmax
Two of Donald Trump’s children can’t vote in New York primary because they forgot to register as Republicans; New York Dailey News, April 11, 2016