Friday, March 18, 2016

Another one bites the dust in GOP Presidential Primary

by: Alex Figliolia Jr.
So the votes are in and they weren't for Marco Rubio. The Florida Senator who just weeks ago seemed to be the Republican establishment's golden child, crashed and burned in his own home state, garnering just a quarter of the votes that businessman/reality television show host turned politician, Donald Trump received in what Trump calls his "second home." Following the clobbering, "Little Marco" announced that he was dropping out of politics for good. Choosing not to run for re-election to the Senate seat he now holds.
So what happened? A few weeks ago, GOP establishment types started a behind the scene campaign to push Rubio along as he showed signs of rising above Trump, but that effort backfired quickly. Rubio, apparently buoyed by the establishment support, tried to grab for the low hanging fruit by criticizing Trump. The results of that strategy is what took place in Florida - a decisive win for Trump.
On the other hand, Ohio Governor Kasich who has been using the tag line, "I will not take the low road to the highest office," won his state handily. Like Rubio, Kasich was a US Senator before he became Governor. Unlike Rubio, Kasich didn't let his head be turned by establishment GOP who have decided that attacking Trump is the best tactic to make him lose.
Someone once said that the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result. If that is true then the GOP establishment certainly fits that bill. In their zeal to undo Trump Jeb Bush, Chirs Christie and Marco Rubio all came out strong against Trump claiming that they were giving the GOP frontrunner a taste of his own medicine and after they did that GOP primary voters time and again handed Trump a handy win while turning their backs on the aforementioned candidates who ultimately dropped out.
It is laughable that the political insiders who are at fault for one after another failed attempts at the White House have the gall to tell us, the voter, that we are wrong for supporting Trump. These are the same people who thought it was a good idea to run McCain for President after he lost the primary to George W. Bush. These are the same people who thought it made sense to run Mitt Romney after he lost the primary to McCain. Marketing 101 - if people didn't buy your product the first time, why would you market the same product to the same people a second time and expect them to embrace it?
The one constant I keep hearing from the GOP establishment is that Donald Trump is not a leader but an embarrassment to the United States. Well, if someone who tells it like it is and who turned a million dollars into billions of dollars by working hard is an embarrassment and not a leader then I say, open your eyes GOP establishment because that's who many voting members of your party aspire to become.
Open your eyes GOP leadership because if you don't you will be digging graves for the lost political lives of many more of your favorite candidates.

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