04-05-2016, 11:22 AM
Hillary Clinton really, really wants to go down in history as the first female president of the United States. And she obviously has what it takes to pull that off. She has no charisma, to speak of. She doesn't have the trust of the citizens of the nation. But she does have name recognition. She has superdelegates in her pocket. And she has friends. Friends like Bernie Sanders, who was kind enough to act as a lightning rod for the Left, thereby allowing Clinton to avoid the more frightening Democrats and appear to be reassuringly middle of the road. And friends like Donald Trump, who has been absolutely masterful in playing to just enough Republicans to be a real threat for the nomination, while turning off three quarters of the population by revealing himself to them as a buffoon.
And thanks to the fact that they read the polls and realized that no one trusted them any more, Fox was able to put it over by saying mean things about him, and will be able to rebuild its own reputation when it's over by saying, 'We told you so.' Everyone's doing their job. The anti-Establishment fervor that we did so much to stir up caught them somewhat by surprise in its vehemence, but they're making adjustments, and they will pull it off. It's going to take miracle to avoid a Clinton administration. Even if they have to completely destroy the Republican Party to do it.
The GOP is not written into the Constitution. It did not even exist when that document was crafted. It rose in the ashes of the Whig Party. That party abandoned its principles in an attempt to straddle the fence over the slavery issue. It took to putting up famous generals as candidates, and doing whatever it could think of to preserve the bit of power its party cronies had accumulated, and lost its way. It became fractured, and it became irrelevant. The Republican Party is merely the group that saw opportunity in the Whig Party's demise, and rose to the occasion.
Now the GOP is the Whig Party. It is fractured. It is run by people who have no idea at all how to appease those to whom they are beholden, and also please the voters who call it home--or who believe a conservative has no home in the U.S. It is being battered about by a media which is completely dedicated to bulldozing a path for Clinton, seemingly without a care whether the GOP survives the process or not.
It's hard to get interest in a third party in this nation. The thing about the two party system is votes don't get split. If there is one conservative party and two liberal parties, the conservatives win all the elections--and vice versa. So, the wags call the Libertarian Party the 'Losertarians'. But if the Clinton bulldozers destroy the party, I don't see Americans putting up with a one-party politboro. So, something must rise in its place. Will the GOP be rebuilt? If so, will it be rebuilt by the same establishment tools, or by us? Or will it be left in the dustbin of history, and will something less ingrained in the Establishment rise in its place?