Wanted: Grown-Ups In The GOP

As almost always, conservative commentator David Brooks of the New York Times makes an extremely good point in his column today when he thinks it’s “Time for a Republican Conspiracy!” His point is that it’s time for GOP leaders (i.e. the “Establishment”) to get serious about forming “a grass-roots movement that stands for social conservatism.”

The reality is that”if A (Trump) and B (Cruz) savage each other then the benefits often go to candidate C. But there has to be a C, not a C, D, E, F, and G.” That is absolutely right and the sooner the Republicans realize that, the better it will be for the country. “What’s needed,” says Brooks, ” is a coalition that combines Huey Long, Charles Colson and Theodore Roosevelt: working-class populism, religious compassion, and institutional reform.”

Of the current field, that sounds like a blend of Jeb Bush, John Kasich, and Rand Paul. But no one of them fills the bill alone. Is there time for one of them to read, mark, learn and inwardly digest Brook’s column and make the necessary mid-course corrections? Would the Republican establishment rally to one of them if he did? Is there time for someone completely new to throw his/her hat in the ring?

I’m a Democrat and will not likely be supporting any Republican candidate this time around. But I am very concerned that, with the anger and rejection of “politics as usual” out there in the electorate, some wing-nut like Donald Trump or Ted Cruz might actually win the GOP nomination and perhaps even the Presidency.

Come on, Republican friends, give us a candidate who can not only conduct a civil and constructive debate with Hillary or Bernie, but could actually provide the kind of leadership that we need in this complex world of the 21st century.

Certainly, your two poll leaders today could not.


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