The Road The GOP Leaders Must Travel
The "forced" departure of Marco Rubio from the presidential election campaigns will serve as a reminder that it is no longer up to the GOP leaders to choose the nominee for the party, it is no longer acceptable for the Party elites to decide for the constituents and it is definitely not up to the GOP Representatives to define which issues are important.
Today, they are forced to rally behind Ted Cruz, a candidate they all hate as much as
they hate Donald Trump; tomorrow, they will be forced to build better roads or become irrelevant.
In this election cycle, the Republican Party has travelled a road the GOP leaders wish they never have to. To be fair, the Republicans are in harvesting season, they reap what they sow. I am not referring to Donald Trump - although he is part of the problem - but rather a posture the Republican Party has adopted since the ascension of Obama to the presidency.
During Obama's first State of the Union address on September 9, 2009, Joe Wilson, GOP Rep of South Carolina shouted from across the room, interrupting the president's address, "You lied". The president didn't lie according to PolitiFact but that's not even the point. In a nationally televised address by the president of the United States to a joint session of Congress, a member of the Republican Party sets a tone of disrespect towards the president which has not abated since. It wasn't Donald Trump, it was a member of the Republican Party, a veteran in politics. Although some members of the Republican Party chastised Joe for his behavior, their actions towards the president ever since have only exacerbated their disrespect for the president and the presidency.
In addition to Mitch McConnell who has publicly announced his main objective in the Senate, to work towards making Obama a one-term president, Donald Trump received quiet support from the Republicans in Washington for his pursuit in the "Birther's movement" regarding the president.
So, the road the GOP leaders wish they never have to travel was so meticulously paved by the members of the Party, it had to be travelled.
The Donald Trump dilemma the Party is now confronting is one of its own making but contrary to the widespread belief that Donald Trump is unfit to become the nominee, he is the best thing which has happened to the Republican Party in particular, to politics in general.
For as long as anyone can remember, primaries in presidential elections resemble WrestleMania; the nominee is usually picked by the party elites well before the primaries even begin. This year for instance, Marco Rubio was the de facto nominee the Republican Party elites chose which explains the dilemma they are now in after Rubio's disappointing performance in the primaries and his humiliating exit from the race.
Yes, the road the GOP leaders wish they never have to travel was built for the very purpose any road is built but what the Party elites didn't anticipate is that Donald Trump would also use the road to reach his personal destination; after all, he too contributed to the construction of said road.
The advent of the Trump's phenomenon is not entirely bad for the Republican Party. Although it is probably true the Party may lose the presidential elections this cycle; it might even be true the Party would suffer serious setbacks but it is also refreshing that both losses and setbacks are incentives to redefine boundaries, sets new rules and guidelines and erect safety guards.
For the road the GOP leaders wish they never have to travel should not have been built in the first place.