Villain Of The Week Is Karl Rove
Sometimes you just have to shake your head.
Rove seems to think he's being original or clever. Perhaps he thinks his comments are a trial balloon. He seems completely oblivious to the fact that absolutely everyone has thought he was up to exactly this for months.
The idea that the GOP Establishment would cancel more than a year of campaigning and elections with a wave of its hand is an incitement to riot (if you'll pardon the term): it would shatter the party irrevocably. I don't mean that the Democrats would win in November. I mean that the Republican Party would lose the trust of so many people that it could never rise again.
This would be true even if it happened spontaneously, "in the moment" as it were. But for Rove -- of all people in the universe -- to float it, and months ahead of time, ensures that any outcome other than the nomination of Ted Cruz or Donald Trump will absolutely be seen as illegitimate, with Rove himself seen as the corrupt political boss who must be destroyed.
The mind simply boggles. What is this man thinking?!
Fortunately (albeit ironically), the RNC's Rule 40 prevents this outcome: if Rule 40 stands, no one but Trump or Cruz may be nominated. The bad news (and I never thought I'd call this bad news) is that Rule 40 can be rescinded, and that while Trump and Cruz have every incentive to keep it at this point, many of their delegates -- bound to them by electoral outcomes, not by inclination -- do not. They may vote on rules changes any way they choose.
Think what you want of these candidates: they are the fresh faces. For Rove's strategy to work, there would have to be one or more Republican elder statesmen loved and trusted by all. There is no doubt that the Beltway Establishment believes some such person exists. But this entire election has been about the incontrovertible fact that he or she does not.
Rod D. Martin, writes at RodMartn.org, and is founder and CEO of The Martin Organization, a technology entrepreneur, venture capitalist, author and conservative activist. He is a member of the Board of Governors of the Council for National Policy, a Past President of the National Federation Republican Assemblies. and a contributing author to the ARRA News Service.
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