Friday, May 6, 2016

Trump and the fragmenting Republican Party

It turns out that all of this #stop Trump activity is as much more about maintaining the Party status quo than it is about serving the people.


St. Petersburg, Fl
Opinion by: E. Eugene Webb PhD
Author: In Search of Robin

An interesting high-stakes poker game is under way in the Republican Party. As Donald Trump becomes the “presumptive” nominee the Republican Party establishment is playing a one up game with Trump.

The news cycle has been all about unifying the party. That is a political code for if you do it the Party way we can all get along.

Locally, the Pinellas County Republican committee is following the party line and sitting on sidelines waiting for the big boys to tell them what to do.

What is the Republican leadership afraid of?

The concern is should Trump actually win in November most of the high-paid  party big shots will find their jobs in jeopardy.

It turns out that all of this #stop Trump activity is as much about maintaining the Party status quo than it is about serving the people.

Where does all of this leave you if you like Trump but feel a sense of loyalty to the Republican Party?

What about all of those Republican icons like the Bushes, Romney, McCain and others boycotting the Republican National convention? I don’t know about you, but I am not going to miss them, and they will not influence my vote no matter what they do or don’t do.

Patience is the order of the day.

As much as people like Paul Ryan want to beat the anti-Trump drum, they are all realists. There may be a few diehards that will dismiss Trump to the end but the more pragmatic Republican leaders will find a way to work out a compromise.

It is easy to get caught up in all the craziness. For now, I am going to start paying more attention to the down ballot races so when my mail in ballot shows up I’ll be able to make informed decisions.

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Contributor: Bob Gualtieri for Pinellas County Sheriff
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