Tuesday, July 19, 2016

How The Republican Party Paved The Way For Donald Trump

Norman Ornstein is a scholar at the conservative American Enterprise Institute and Thomas Mann is a scholar the centrist Brookings Institute.  In this article they describe the evolution of the Republican Party to a political party opposed to political governance.  It has become the anti-government party.  It is not surprising that Donald Trump, who has no experience in governance, should have emerged as the GOP's nominee for the presidency.  The only candidate who challenged Trump in the GOP primary was Ted Cruz who is the leader of the "Freedom Party" wing of the GOP. 

There is no happy ending to the story that they are telling us.  Trump could become the President of the United States and that would be a disaster.  On the other hand, if Trump loses the election the Freedom Party caucus will continue to obstruct the operation of the government.  Hillary Clinton will not be able to get anything done in Congress.  The evolution of the Republican Party over the last 30 years into to the anti-government party has been completed.  It will continue to demonize the Democratic Party and its leaders ( That is what the GOP Convention is all about).  And if Trump wins the election the Democratic Party will be challenged to participate in the governance process.  There is no happy ending to this story.  It is bad for the US and for the rest of the world which looks to the US for leadership.

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