Campaign 2016 (The Disarray)

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The Republican Elite Now Fights Mr. Trump:

Gandhi counseled his people that "First they will ignore you; then they will laugh at you; then they will fight you; then you will win!"

So far that has been how the Republican Party elite and the media have treated Republican front-runner Donald J. Trump. We will see if Gandhi's quote applies in his case.

My wife and I sponsor two French college students studying to obtain their bachelor degrees here in America. The one studying International Relations is currently taking a course in American politics.

When he read Governor Romney's scathing attack on Mr. Trump, he commented that he thought that Americans believed that every vote counts and that voters who vote for their preferred candidate were supposed to be respected for exercising their role in a democratic process, rather than have their judgement publicly ridiculed by an elite such as Romney!

There is disarray in the Republican Party that the ignoring, and the ridiculing, and now the fighting is unlikely to resolve.

10% of voters who have voted for Mr. Trump have voted for the first time in the last 10 years. He has activated a dormant part of the Republican Party. He is also drawing in new members. Those previously inactive voters are now making a difference in the Trump campaign. They think that this time around maybe their votes can make a difference.

If those reactivated and new Republicans get the cold shoulder from Republican Party elite such as Governor Romney and others who want their party to go into a brokered convention next July in Cleveland and choose a party insider such as Texas Senator Ted Cruz, Ohio Governor John Kasich, or even the same Governor Romney who failed to defeat President Obama in the 2012 election, will they have done themselves the very real damage they claim Mr. Trump is doing to the party?

And What Of Disarray Among Democrats?

As for the Democrats, active young Democrats were the key to President Obama's two victories. By and large they are now supporting Senator Bernie Sanders over "insider" Mrs. Clinton. Mrs. Clinton was part of the "do-nothing Congress" even when the Democrats controlled the government in President Obama's first term. She drags with her the sensitive emails and the emails she destroyed as "personal," as well as the growing image that she is above the law.

Can the Democrats afford to champion a flawed candidate at the expense of the young Democrats now rallying around the "revolution" Senator Sanders is offering them?

What to watch going forward:

Already Mrs. Clinton is shifting several of her positions to try to clinch her party's nomination.

Already Mr. Trump is moderating his bombast somewhat in an attempt to better unify Republicans and show that former President Jimmy Carter was right in saying that Trump is malleable, whereas Cruz is not.

In both cases, the weaknesses and the warts are showing. The voters are speaking, and it is just possible that the stakes for both major parties are clearer as the real fighting gets underway.

Come convention times we will all be able to see just how the two parties manage voter desires and voter anger in what is supposed to be a democratic process to select America's next president.


Who says that "emotion isn't supposed to be part of the process"?

Who are today's American voters?
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whonunuwho 8 months ago from United States

Did you hear what happened in Arizona? whonu


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lambservant 8 months ago from Pacific Northwest

I do think there are stupid voters but they have the constitutional right to votr so there votes must count.

Your commenter above mentioned Arizonza. A Digracefu manipulation of the voters. We have mail in voting.

I found the Ghandi quote you opened with very accurate and the perceptions of your foreign student. This election can be likened to Disneyland's Mr Toad's Wild ride. Chaotic and at times unpredictable. I fear Clinton will be the next president. We will be screwed if She does.


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Perspycacious 8 months ago from Today's America and The World Beyond Author

If Mrs. Clinton's coattails give the Democrats control of the Senate, the next president could appoint four liberal justices supporting Obamacare and Super PACs together with the rest of the liberal agenda, OR have his conservative justices denied appointments to the bench.

Among other serious issues, this is one area of serious concern voters face in this 2016 election.

Once again, with the world in turmoil, is there no viable candidate with actual military experience?


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MsDora 8 months ago from The Caribbean

Seems to me that trying to sabotage Trump's nomination is equal to denying the rights of the voters. Yes, the Republican Party can destroy itself that way.

Thanks for sharing your views on these situations. More thinking to do!


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Perspycacious 8 months ago from Today's America and The World Beyond Author

Most recently, and for some time now. Mr. Trump has been creating his own bad publicity. That's a clear sign that he either is not getting good advice, or he is refusing to accept it at the risk of stumbling into oblivion. (See the PBS News Hour commentary of 3/25/2016.) In either case, Mr. Trump himself is responsible either for poor staff selection or for "going it alone". Neither one displays sound leadership skills.

He needs to wise up, or wimp out.


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aviannovice 8 months ago from Stillwater, OK

It makes me wonder what is going to happen this election as we seem to have many of the Keystone Kops running for President.


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Perspycacious 8 months ago from Today's America and The World Beyond Author

aviannovice - It is a long haul to Election Day (over 200 days). Certainly that is long enough for the serious discussions and final heated debates everyone says they want to hear. Every candidate learns and grows in the process, perhaps even The Donald. Enjoy the ride to the only poll that really counts in the end.

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