October 9, 2016

NEARLY THE ONLY ONES TO EMERGE WITH HONOR...:

A generation of GOP stars stands diminished: 'Everything Trump touches dies' (Philip Rucker October 9, 2015, Washington Post)

Donald Trump trashed his wife and suggested his father was involved in John F. Kennedy's assassination, but Texas Sen. Ted Cruz still endorsed him. Trump mocked his cotton mouth and slight stature, but Florida Sen. Marco Rubio still got in line. Trump turned his mentor and former running mate Mitt Romney into a personal whipping post, but House Speaker Paul D. Ryan (Wis.) still hopped aboard the Trump train.

These were not the only Republican luminaries to link arms with Trump. Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker testified to his leadership strength. New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and party chairman Reince Priebus, who once committed themselves to diversifying the GOP coalition, flew around on Trump's luxury jet and defended his racially charged, nationalistic rhetoric. And the special guest celebrated by Iowa Sen. Joni Ernst at her "Hogs and Harleys" political festival? Yes, it was Trump.

Trump's turbulent campaign, on display here at Sunday night's second presidential debate with Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton, has damaged far more than his own White House prospects. It threatens to diminish an entire generation of Republican leaders who stood by him and excused his behavior after attacks against women, the disabled, Latino immigrants, Muslim Americans, Syrian refugees, prisoners of war, Gold Star parents and others.

"There is nobody who holds any position of responsibility who in private conversations views Donald Trump as equipped mentally, morally and intellectually to be the president of the United States," said Steve Schmidt, a veteran GOP strategist. "But scores of Republican leaders have failed a fundamental test of moral courage and political leadership in not speaking truth to the American people about what is so obvious."

...are the Bushes, who cut him loose over his racism.
Posted by at October 9, 2016 3:36 PM

  

« "I SORT OF GET AWAY WITH THINGS": | Main | SHE LEADS THE PRO-BUSINESS PARTY: »