Sunday, February 14, 2016

For Dems, an Upside to a Trump nomination

Why Liberals Should Support a Trump Republican Nomination (Jonathan Chait) from New York Magazine
"There are three reasons, in descending order of obviousness, for a liberal to earnestly and patriotically support a Trump Republican nomination. The first, of course, is that he would almost certainly lose."
Regular readers of this blog know that I have been predicting a historic crackup of the GOP this election cycle the likes of which we have not seen since 1932.  While a Trump nomination would make that prediction even more probable than it is already, I confess (unlike Mr. Chait here) that I am ambivalent about a Trump nomination.  On the one hand, I am confident that a Trump nomination would not only lead to a defeat of historic proportions, it would sink the GOP's chances of keeping the Senate and even endanger their hold on the house.  (All of this is also true for a Cruz nomination as well).  On the other hand -- whether Clinton or Sanders gets the nomination, both have fundamental weaknesses which make each quite capable of booting the prospect of almost certain victory into the gutter. Sanders has yet to face the kind of withering assault the GOP will send his way if he gets the Dem nomination.  In many ways the nominating contest thus far has NOT vetted him adequately.  Clinton, in contrast, already has a number of nano-scandals which could easily matastacize into campaign-sinking cancers in the general election.  The truth of the matter is that this will be one of the UGLIEST elections in US history (no matter who is nominated).  Sane, patriotic voters will just need to hold on and hope for the best when it is over!  AND work like hell for the Democratic nominee during the general election!!  -- Nuggetsman

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