Pat Powers thinks his beer is more interesting than Donald Trump’s “boring” hostile takeover of his party. Yet the Trumpist triumph is so clearly a watershed moment that even South Dakota Republican oracle Joel Rosenthal, who has averaged barely five blog posts a year over the last four years, pokes his head out of his shell to pronounce on the Donald and the fate of his party.
Rosenthal refrains from calling his fellow Republicans to action for or against Trump. He clearly doesn’t like Trump, calling him a “bully” who uses tactics “not heretofore… acceptable” for qualified Presidential aspirants. Rosenthal finds Trump’s policy statements either unreliable or destructive but unlikely to be good for the GOP:
Keep in perspective Trump has attacked both Women and Hispanics both voting groups that many believe Republicans need to get votes from. Trump though has tapped a new American electorate with a nationalistic theme wanting to put America First again and wanting to bring jobs back to America. This sounds a lot like Isolationism and Protectionism, both views that have hurt our nation in the past and are not right for out country now. Trump talks of changes in the role of our foreign, military, and trade policies. These changes will remake the Republican Party. I’ll leave the discussion of social policy to others as the presumptive GOP nominee changes his positions depending on to whom he is talking, where he is talking and when he is talking [Joel Rosenthal, “Trumped,” South Dakota Straight Talk, 2016.05.08].
Rosenthal salves his traumatized Republicans by false equating Trump’s unaccetability with Hillary Clinton’s:
Just so my GOP critics don’t think I’ve gone totally soft on the presumptive Democrat nominee, her character is also unacceptable. I won’t go into her positions (at least, unlike Mr. Trump she had taken a few and made some effort to detail them). Though to date she has never been convicted of anything she is scandal prone. Her misjudgment of her use of private servers is the latest example. Her dual explanations of what happened at the Benghazi attack alone makes her ineligible to me to serve as President. She told the American people and the families of the deceased, the attack in Benghazi was the result of a video while during the same time period emailing Egyptian officials saying it was a terrorist attack [Rosenthal, 2016.05.08].
Like every other Republican I hear teeing up excusifications for Trumpism, Rosenthal falls short in his Clinton/Trump equation. The ills he ascribes to Clinton hinge on debatable partisan interpretations of murky evidence. Joel and I can find broad consensus, based on Donald Trump’s own incontrovertible statements, that Donald Trump is a loudmouthed jerk who shouldn’t be allowed anywhere near the nuclear button. The sooner Republicans get past their excusifications (and worse, blind submission) and acknowledge that Donald Trump should not be President, the sooner the Republican Party can put the White House out of their thoughts for the next four years and focus on winning the races left to them in Congress and the state legislatures.