Posted: 07/20/15 19:17
by Dave Mindeman
The Republican Party is worried that Donald Trump is doing so well. Worried that he leads the polls and gets all the attention. But, really, they shouldn't be surprised. Donald Trump is a "monster" of their own creation.
Donald Trump is just cultivating a segment of the Republican Party that they have tolerated, if not encouraged, for years. The Tea Party, the immigrant bashers, the conspiratorial nuts, the fearmongers, and the war lovers. They are out there and the GOP has always used them while keeping them just at arms length.
They have always been around. And the GOP has always counted on them to be an active part of their base. To respond to anti-Democratic rhetoric, extreme language, and racial and religious division.
Unfortunately, Donald Trump comes along. He acts and thinks just like these fringes and now they have found the candidate that not only talks like them, but promises to act like them as well. The "monster" is now out of control.
The GOP is now hoping that Trump has gone too far by denigrating their great war hero, John McCain. What they fail to realize is that McCain has become a symbol of "establishment". He has been a Senator for decades and though he tries to benefit electorally from the extreme right, he is gradually becoming a target himself -- especially on immigration.
All the condemnation of Trump's talk about McCain by the rest of the GOP field may end up isolating Trump from the GOP establishment -- and he will take that right wing right along with him. This split could actually get worse and Trump might even benefit from being criticized.
If he stands firm which he almost always does, he plays the victim and his extreme followers will sympathize with his pain - because they believe that the GOP establishment has done the same to them.
Trump is opening up all the old, ugly wounds that have plagued this country for a long time and has simmered under the surface during a long, futile war. The old immigrant mistrust. The hate regarding those that are different "from us". The ugly bigotry.
It is rising out of the muck and out into the open. The more extreme Donald Trump gets the more these characters will respond to him.
And the longer this goes on...the more Donald Trump feels like this is all about him, the bigger the danger that Trump could strike out on his own. If the GOP tries to pop the Trump bubble, he will take that as a mandate to start his own independent bid. He has the money and he is building the electoral following.
He is your creation, GOP. You will have to figure it all out.
The rest of us will be content to watch.