By now, everybody has taken sides in the Megyn Kelly- Donald Trump feud. While the drama is regrettable, let’s not pretend that this isn’t good for the GOP.
Trump has alligator blood. No matter what he says and does, he seems to weather the storm of controversy simply because he breaks from the losing pattern strictly adhered to by the Republican establishment.
Essentially, he weathers bad press and moves on; he does not cower and apologize.
Sure, the Donald’s comments don’t always land. However, Republicans have become a party that is obsessed with purging and eating their own. Relentlessly working to show that they are not the monsters the mainstream media make them out to be, party leaders (and I use that term loosely) are quick to kneel and kiss the ring of liberalism as atonement for daring to take a stand.
On important policy issues like the debt ceiling, tax hikes and continuing resolutions, the GOP postures as if they will take a hard line, but folds at the slightest insistence by the mainstream media that they are acting extreme.
On cultural issues, they’re no better. From racial strife to the Confederate flag to anything remotely related to the fictitious “war on women,” the party simply cannot hold ground for longer than mere hours before they begin to break-rank and offer their surrender.
However, Trump is different. No- I’m not a dyed-in-the-wool Trump fan and I have my doubts like any true conservative should. Still, his backbone is endearing and his continued political rise should send a message to the establishment GOP: our base responds to guts, a trait that has been seriously lacking.
Full disclosure: Ted Cruz has my vote. I’ll write him in if I have to, but I cannot and will not waste my vote on another “go along to get along” RINO. He is principled and a fighter and above all else, supremely intelligent- just ask his former professor, the notoriously liberal jurist Alan Dershowitz, who called Cruz “off-the-charts brilliant.”
Still, even Cruz is hindered by the realities of Washington politics. No, he, too, does not apologize for being right, but even he must make deals in the corrupted cesspool that is Washington. What Trump has offered to the GOP is invaluable: a candidate who can speak freely, who can self-finance, and one who does not appear to respond to threats or bad press.
In truth, Trump’s main function may be that of a wrecking ball- a destroyer of the failed status quo of the GOP who breaks-down barriers so that other, more-polished candidates with moxy can step into the rubble to advance their own talking points and not look “extreme” by comparison.
In short: maybe a “President Trump” isn’t what America desperately needs; but maybe this entertaining show is exactly what America needs now if we are going to see a “President Cruz” later.
The lessons being demonstrated by Trump are simple: don’t surrender, don’t retreat. Stand your ground and weather the storm. Courage is contagious and hopefully, the party of repeated embarrassments will soon catch on to the palpable outrage that seethes within the base of their party- the palpable outrage into which Trump has tapped.