Former South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford, former Rep. Joe Walsh (IL), and former Massachusetts Gov. Bill Weld have all announced their candidacies for the 2020 Republican nomination for president.
As you’ve no doubt heard by now, the odds of these three facing off against Trump in the primaries are pretty slim as one state after another decides to cancel their primaries and caucuses, freeing them to coronate Trump.
Hey, who needs “one-person, one-vote” when party bosses can just declare that there are “no legitimate primary” challengers to the Chosen One. Besides, eliminating their constituency’s right to vote means more money will be available to fatten the wallets of the party machine.
For the record, both Republicans and Democrats have cancelled primaries in the past, most recently in 1992 and 2004 for daddy Bush and son, and in 1996 and 2012 for Bill Clinton and Barack Obama. It’s a Unibrow Party tradition, and with Trump being a lifelong Democrat and the GOP being spineless cowards, why should we expect that tradition to be broken?
Speaking of cowards, in an op-ed last week, Sanford, Walsh, and Weld called these cancellations un-American and the “latest disgrace, courtesy of Team Trump.” And they called out Trump, saying that only “cowards run from fights.”
As a textbook narcissist, Trump’s cowardice is a trait he possesses in abundance, which is why he tries to bully those he fears and often lashes out irrationally when his lies and fraudulent behavior are exposed.
Indirectly, calling out Trump as they did shows why Sanford, Walsh, and Weld will fail miserably because trying to fix the broken GOP using the broken pieces of its broken system is a lost cause. Trumpism has proven that conclusively.
Ironically, Walsh admitted as much in a CNN interview yesterday.
Calling the Republican party a “cult” and Trump a “would-be dictator,” the former Illinois congressman declared, “I’ve given up on the Republican party. the Republican party is cult, right. They no longer stand for ideals. The Republican party right now is all about washing their leader’s feet every day, that’s what they do.”
When asked how he plans to challenge the party machine, Walsh said he would take his campaign straight to the people.
“We’re going to take our campaign directly to Republican voters, and I’ll add, in all 50 states, we’re going to campaign in all 50 states,” Walsh said. “We’re going to campaign in South Carolina, Arizona, Nevada, and Kansas, because I believe if we let these Republican voters know that the President of the United States just took away their right to vote, they’ll march on the headquarters of their state parties to get that right to vote back.”
Wait a minute … voters will demand that party leaders give them back their right to vote? Apparently, Mr. Walsh fails to fully comprehend exactly how a cult works.
Sanford, Walsh, and Weld will get no argument from me about the sick condition of the GOP, but the cure won’t be found if we continue playing the party’s game. We need to let the GOP die on the ash heap of history along with their Democrat counterparts.
Only a new movement will save America!
David Leach is the owner of The Strident Conservative.
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