Jay Nordlinger over at National Review Online nails the current Republican situation perfectly:
So, the Republicans were poised for something big, I think. And what do they do? Nominate Donald J. Trump. He is their standard-bearer, their representative, the face of their party. There was a song: “You Picked a Fine Time to Leave Me, Lucille.” The Republican party picked a fine time to commit suicide. Usually, a person commits suicide when he’s flat on his back — despondent, at the end of his rope, without hope. The Republican party was in a remarkably healthy state. And the hatred of the GOP — the “GOPe” — was so strong in voters, they killed off the party with Trump. They have disfigured the party, morally. Yesterday, their candidate, their nominee, said that Rafael Cruz had a connection to the Kennedy assassination. That is a story that Trump got from the National Enquirer, his supporter and endorser. He is the National Enquirer candidate. And, of course, the Republican candidate. The GOP nominee.
Read the whole thing. He captures my feelings about this election cycle perfectly. How could we, in a year which should have been a slam-dunk for Republicans, a year in which the Democrat candidate could very well be indicted before November, choose such an UNconservative candidate? Socially, he's not anywhere near what we need. He supports Planned Parenthood, he supports anything goes bathroom policies, he supports single payer health care (whatever happened to our wanting to repeal Obamacare??), he has supported Hillary Clinton, for heaven's sake. He has been a serial philanderer of the Bill Clinton variety. We could have had Scott Walker, we could have had Ted Cruz, we could have had Carly Fiorina...and we chose a RINO at best, a closet Democrat at worst. When we do that, we lose EVERY TIME. We didn't have enough brains as a party to realize we had a chance to nominate a real conservative, someone who will fill at least two Supreme Court vacancies. Trump would nominate someone like David Souter at best, Anthony Stevens at worst. It really does make me want to lose my lunch.
More from the Nordlinger piece:
Politically speaking, he seems to be a big-government strongman. Who sings the praises of Planned Parenthood. Because Ted Cruz had a Reaganite approach to health care, Trump said that Cruz had “no heart,” and would let people “die in the streets.” Democrats have always said that about us. Asked about the reform of entitlements, Trump says, No, what we need to do is ferret out waste, fraud, and abuse in government. Then we’ll be fine. Republicans used to mock Democrats for saying that — as in the Dukakis era.
Foreign policy? He has none, and when he has tried to convince people he does he is nearly incoherent. Doesn't seem to matter to his fans. They are like Obama fans, he can do absolutely no wrong.
Well, I've said my piece. What's done is done.
***For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but having itching ears, they shall heap to themselves teachers in accordance with their own lusts. ~~ 2 Timothy 4:3