On the Fox News channel as Super Tuesday unfolded, Martha MacCallum talked with Brett Baier about Democrat and Republican primaries, and how the system works for each party. As I listened, it seemed to me both presenters would prefer the GOP control the nomination process as the Democrats’ party does.
There seemed to be resignation on both presenters’ parts that Donald Trump will be the likely GOP nominee. It’s no secret that most presenters on the network are not fans of Trump.
So should the GOP adopt a model like that of the Democrats?
While the GOP does award Super Delegates, the process doesn’t confer power on party insiders in the manner the Democrats’ Party does.
I explained in a previous column the power vested by Democrats in Super Delegates’ hands. Because Mrs. Hillary Clinton already had secured so many Super Delegates, I said the nomination is hers regardless of choices Democrat voters will make across the nation.
Toss in the fact Sen. Bernie Sanders (VT) hasn’t played hardball with Mrs. Clinton, and it’s obvious she had her party’s anointment before the first popular vote was cast. Before long, Sanders will be urging those starry-eyed youth enraptured by 1950s style socialism handouts to vote Hillary. In my opinion.
Meanwhile Americans have been witness to a Republican brawl for months as various candidates attempt to stop the momentum of businessman Donald Trump. Even the normally affable senator Marco Rubio (FL) has fallen prey to the off-the-teleprompter New Yorker.
Sidenote: Rubio’s campaign strategy is harming him, not helping him.
Republicans reformed the party’s system because party members demanded it after presidential losses in 2008 and 2012. In both those years, the party ran pre-anointed candidates whose campaigns were ineffective, tepid, and incapable of waging a political battle.
Fisticuffs, intensity, and the usual media shenanigans have treated Americans this Primary season to what a real primary process looks like. It’s messy, at times offensive, and has various blocs within the GOP at each other’s throat. In my opinion, that is what a real primary looks like.
Democrats are stuck with Mrs. Clinton barring (truly) divine intervention.
Republicans, on the other hand, both regular party members and those who have come to the party as a result of the intensity in this cycle, are debating passionately, firing shots across social media, and making their voices heard. The GOP could conceivably try to throw things at the convention, but unless the party wants to commit political suicide, the nomination will go to the candidate chosen by the people rather than megadonors like those aiming to return Mrs. Clinton to the White House for the third time.
Why do I say ‘third time’? Because an inner circle of ‘Clintonites’ has pulled President Barack Obama’s strings the whole time he has been in office. I often wonder what Obama’s presidency would have been like if he hadn’t been controlled by the Clinton machine.
At any rate, no, Mr. Baier and Ms. MacCallum, the GOP does not need to follow the Dems’ heavy handed process in choosing a candidate. By mid-March after Florida’s votes are counted (if not before), Republicans will have a good idea who our nominee will be. At that point, the presumed nominee will need to unite the party as much as possible, bearing in mind we are not nearly as easy to unite as the party of the left whose main principle involves taking money from middle class wallets to hand out to political cronies at home and abroad.
Bear this in mind. The GOP nominee usually emerges early on:
“[I]n every election since 1952, the Republican presidential nominee was a leading contender almost a full year before the start of the primary season. The historical record may have little predictive value, but if George W. Bush is not the Republican Party’s nominee in 2000, it will be the first time since at least 1952 that someone other than an early election frontrunner did not capture the GOP nomination.”
The GOP has given Americans the opportunity for a real primary, and we must prepare ourselves for a battle of epic proportions because Dems do not like to yield power. Some say Trump will lose because media will wage gigantic attacks.
What else is new?
Media will wage gigantic attacks on any Republican nominee while favoring the Democrat. The difference is the likely nominee this go ‘round won’t, as I have written before, bring a bubble wand to a street fight. It will be up to opposition media to tell Americans the truth about Mrs. Clinton. Some of us know it because we were adults during her husband’s reign. Numerous works have detailed her ineptitude and lack of principles.
Clinton will be forced to defend her record as First Lady, senator, and secretary of state.
Likely nominee Trump has, regardless of his private life, never cast a vote on a single bill to increase your taxes or cut Medicare, or started a war or presided over Americans’ deaths while misleading the public about the cause of said deaths. Mr. Trump did not bring us to where we are now. Mrs. Clinton did.
Trump certainly has the ability to select a solid running mate and to assemble a talented cabinet.
Advantage: GOP. MacCallum and Baier should bear that in mind along with the rest of their media kin.
(Commentary by Kay B. Day/March 1, 2016)
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