You know, this just struck me tonight. Stephanie Ruhle had former GOP congressman Charlie Dent on The 11th Hour, along with another GOP mainstream that I didn’t catch the name of. And they brought me a revelation.
They were whining that while Trump was a twice indicted, serial sexual assaulter, twice impeached scumbag, nobody in the GOP was coming out strongly enough against him as the presumptive GOP candidate for 2024. They praised Chris Christie, and to a lesser extent Asa Hutchinson and Will Hurd for taking Trump head on. But they whined that there needed to be more moderate well known GOP names to join the fray!
Which led to my revelation. It. Doesn’t. F*cking. Matter. These two misguided souls were appearing on MSNBC, which has about as much chance of reaching GOP voters as it does attracting the attention of Ethiopian Klansmen.
The simple fact of the matter is that the majority of the mainstream GOP is against Trump. A recent poll showed that some 63% of registered GOP voters support Trump for his reelection, but a surprising 31% of GOP voters are opposed to him running again. This is important, since the goal is to have 90%+ of your own party voters rallied behind you, and count on picking up the 5-10% of independents and mushy middle voters to get you over the top. 63% of party voters backing you is a recipe for disaster.
But it’s not enough to save the mainstream GOP. Because they’re trying to operate in the FUX News bubble sphere. Trump is due in federal court tomorrow to be arraigned on criminal charges resulting from his attempted coup against the government. Does anybody here actually believe that FUX News, News Max, and OAN will cover this as anything but a weaponized plot by the Biden ruled DOJ to try to keep The Mango Messiah out of the White House?
That’s the problem for the majority of the GOP mainstream voters. They have no concentrated, single source of news with which to rally them to the battle cry. They have the mainstream media to show them what’s going on, but they have no mainstream conservative media outlet to rally them to the battle call to directly confront Trump and his legion of the undead in the primaries. And without that there is no path forward. They’ll either suck it up and vote the MAGA line, or they’ll just sit it out and stay home. Either way Trump wins the nomination.
Look, you all know my feelings on this subject. For better or worse, our Founding Fathers stuck us with a two-party system. But that requires two equally vibrant, functional parties to provide the push and pull to somehow find the middle ground. And until the mainstream majority of GOP voters can find a media point to rally round, and to motivate them, then they’re nothing more than a bunch of isolated, pissed off sore losers. Somebody over there has to figure it out, and soonest.