Republican Politicians Failed to Use Trump

Listen to people in the know for five minutes and you’ll realize that the Presidential election is a numbers game. Financing, ground troops from the grass roots, mass messaging; the resources which are deployed with precision in targeting demographics. At this point, the only way the election changes course would be a stunning revelation, which is plausible but highly unlikely.

It’s more stunning that Donald Trump made it this far, than that he seems suddenly hopeless. The timing is perfect for a campaign with his footprint. Social media and mass media are so prevalent that he could have made a serious play at the office had he finished the job. But the recent down turn perfectly resembles Trump’s career, and should come as no great surprise.

Donald Trump is a brand. He doesn’t stand for anything, so he can say anything. The brand is egotism personified. It will remind you that it’s ‘the best’ when things are going well. It will remind you that it’s ‘the best’ when things are being litigated for false advertisement. It will prey on the fact that you are uninformed and superficial. That you are trusting, and afraid to be wrong when the brand is so confident it is right.

A glance at Donald Trump’s business background should be all any reasonable person needs to steer clear. While Trump could be incredibly successful with his salesmanship, he has almost no patience for the details. All Donald Trump ever had to do was choose his partnerships better and he would be all that he describes. But he want’s the immediate satisfaction, and doesn’t want to hand out praise to valuable doers that make operations successful.

When it came time, surprisingly early in this campaign, Donald should have built an incredibly valuable team. He should have handed the keys to someone who could not only get him to the altar, but cut the cake and build his cabinet. Donald Trump should be what Donald Trump has always been. An empty vessel. A mercenary. An unflappable punch of charisma. A crowd stirrer. Partnered with a heap of know-how, integrity and purpose, and you’ve got a winning formula.

Instead, he hired people who were just like him. People with very little substance, very few legitimate connections, but a strong will to make noise and drown out reality.

For all of the fictional instances where characters could perfectly exploit the popularity of someone like Donald Trump, there was almost no creativity on the part of Republican insiders to take advantage. And if that was never the plan, it is quite astounding that he ever earned the ticket in the first place. In retrospect, party insiders must feel like they were unwittingly partaking in a clowns circus act. Because if Trump is unelectable and worthless to the party, why did they ever let him change affiliations in the first place? What an utter waste of all of the effort, thousands of volunteers, and dollars donated, to elect someone who notoriously brags about unfinished business.

Is it a good thing that Trump is unelectable? Sure. People are eager to turn things over, hoping that change will bring them better fortunes. People are always in place waiting to benefit from chaos. Yet a look at history suggests that major government upheaval leaves more people exposed. It’s a bit like playing the lottery, which unfortunately, many people enjoy playing despite the fact that they know someone is profiting off of their compliance. We won’t waste our time imagining how audacious we look to reasonable people across the globe who envy the stability and safety every American has inherited and some have defended.

On the other hand, this entire episode presents an excellent opportunity for a party split. A center leaning segment of the conservatives, those who lean liberal socially, but prefer the costs for maintaining non-infrastructure to be left to the private sector should abandon the social conservatives, and vice versa.

The split benefits all parties conservative, because the center leaning conservatives will eventually attract center leaning Democrats, a huge segment of the population, and a much more diverse crowd.

The current make up of the party is impossible to coral under one candidate. The fact is, Hillary could have been a candidate for a centrist party — but she would have been forced to pair with someone more conservative .. with Sanders on the left, and possibly Trump/Cruz on the right. This would also relieve America of the partisanship that can cease up diplomatic movement in Congress.