Three Republican Candidates, Three Republican Parties

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The Republican Party is in serious trouble. OK, so that’s hardly news. An NPR commenter said that both Donald Trump’s political career and the Republican Party can’t survive this election. Right now, Donald Trump is thriving.

Each of the three candidates seems to represent different Republican Parties. There’s Donald Trump, the business conservative in the tradition of wealthy and powerful white non-Hispanic male businessmen who aren’t afraid to step on people’s toes. He spouts off what he thinks, even calling his political colleagues dummies.

There’s Ted Cruz, the Texas social conservative, who represents “traditional American values.” He also threatens to virtually eliminate the IRS, and is seen as radically conservative by many liberals and moderates.

And then there’s John Kasich. Kasich is the only remaining Republican presidential candidate who represents the traditional Republican Party (“Traditional” here means the party as it was recreated after the resignation of Vice President Spiro T. Agnew and President Richard M. Nixon in the 1970s). He’s conservative but moderate, and remains relatively non-confrontational. Ten years ago, 20 years ago, 30 years ago, even 40 years ago, he is the only candidate who would have had anything close to a reasonable chance of gaining the Republican nomination or of being elected President of the United States. He’s trailing a distant third.

Now Cruz and Kasich are “joining forces” to stop Trump. Ten years ago, 20 years ago, 30 years ago, even 40 years ago, that would have been completely unnecessary. Trump, whom even his family have said is not coming across as presidential, would have eliminated himself.

Time will tell if the Republican Party will do the same thing to itself.

(And by the way,for those who’ve been keeping track, yes I was completely wrong when I said almost a year ago I thought Donald Trump had almost no chance of becoming the Republican nominee for president).

See the Time magazine report.

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About Alden Loveshade

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13 Responses to Three Republican Candidates, Three Republican Parties

  1. What’s the deal with America’s two-party system? America needs more parties.

    Party on, dudes!

  2. Christian Andy says:

    The only one who can decide this election is God.

  3. Really the whole thing is sad. So many people don’t like Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump. There’s other political parties including Libertarian, Peace & Freedom, Green, Constitutional, Independent. For the Libertarians there’s Gary Johnson former governor of New Mexico. I dont know the ones for the other parties or I’d list them too.

  4. Rev. Bootie says:

    I have the solution. Rev. Bootie for President in 2016! And forever!

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  6. If it ends being Hillary Clinton for the Democrats and Donald Trump for the Republicans, this election will likely be one of the most hotly contested in modern U.S. History.

    It may be time that another political party’s candidate will have a significant chance of becoming the future president of the United States.

    • TawTew the Naturally Perfumed says:

      That could be really sweet. America needs a chance for the better.

  7. Ted Cruz dropped out of the race. I must admit I’m astonished. Why?

  8. Pope Hilde says:

    We do need to do something.

  9. TawTew the Naturally Perfumed says:

    Kasich is out too. What is happening?

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