The Republican establishment is in its last throes of function. Having tried everything else possible to elevate Marco Rubio and discredit Donald Trump, they are now using their proxies at The National Review and FOX News to desperately save the say.
FOX News embarrassing Tuesday night statement about Donald Trump followed the New York-based Real Estate “mogul” threatening to skip the Thursday GOP debate on FOX News Channel. Trump responded to the statement by formally cancelling on the debate. The RNC has not made a statement as of this writing, probably because they didn’t enforce the requirement to show up to debates on Rand Paul who was bumped to the undercard in the last FOX Business debate.
Trump’s main gripe is the alleged bias of FOX News presenter Megyn Kelly. For her part, Kelly has been rallied around by FOX News boss Roger Ailes and countless other Republican figures.
I don’t know if Megyn Kelly is biased against Donald Trump or not but I have thought for years since she went by the name Megyn Kendall that she was a right-wing hack – believe it or not worse than most on FOX News. With this history in mind, I have believed that Kelly’s attacks on Trump in a previous debate were probably a well-orchestrated move by the GOP establishment using a proxy to weaken Trump – a televised assault that failed.
The goal now of the GOP establishment is not only to discredit Trump but to elevate Marco Rubio who has in terms of rhetoric become the most conservative candidate in the race. Rubio who has tried to market himself as a serious policymaker has given one laughable suggestion after another about foreign policy, interjected religion front and center in the Iowa campaign, mocked the President in an unprofessional manner and in the last debate implied directly that Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders were bad people. Had Donald Trump made the sort of bombastic claims Rubio has over the course of the past few weeks, we’d never hear the end of it.
The Republican establishment has hitched its wagon to a real loser. Someone who will not be nominated and will be out of elected office perhaps permanently this time next year while still in his mid 40’s. This shows how the GOP establishment has slipped. In the past, they could control their own nominating process in a hierarchal way. But this time, they’ve lost control of the process and in fact aligned with two sure-fire losers – Florida’s Marco Rubio and Jeb! Bush.
Donald Trump is obviously a buffoon but he has done a service – he’s proven the emperor has no clothes – then kingmakers on the GOP side have flopped badly but perhaps it was that they selected the most possibly flawed messenger – a completely unaccomplished intellectual lightweight whom they hoped would be the GOP Obama. Instead Rubio will go down in history much like Phil Gramm and Elizabeth Dole as establishment-backed GOP Presidential candidates who proved completely incapable of waging a national campaign – and unlike Gramm and Dole, Rubio doesn’t have his own state or record to fall back on. The last six years might simply go down as Rubio sojourn, the accidental senator who got too big for his too big for his britches.