Gerson: We must stop both Trump and Cruz to save the Republican Party

posted at 8:41 pm on January 19, 2016 by Jazz Shaw

As we draw closer and closer to the Iowa Caucuses, signs of desperation are setting in at the GOP establishment ranch. The polls are stubbornly refusing to budge in response to various exhortations on behalf of the more traditional candidates and cold, harsh reality seems to be dawning among observers who long assumed that the Trump Bubble would eventually burst. (They seemed equally certain that Cruz was just a quick fling before the wedding for Republican primary voters.) Now, at the eleventh hour, Michael Gerson takes to the pages of the Washington Post to put out an SOS signal: we must defeat both Cruz and Trump or the Republican Party as we know it is doomed.

Donors, analysts and media are naturally drawn to the horse-race aspect of politics: establishment vs. anti-establishment, insider vs. outsider. But Trump is proposing a massive ideological and moral revision of the Republican Party. Re-created in his image, it would be the anti-immigrant party; the party that blows up the global trading order; the party that undermines the principle of religious liberty; the party that encourages an ethnic basis for American identity and gives strength and momentum to prejudice…

The Republican nominee — for the sake of his party and his conscience — must draw these boundaries clearly.

Ted Cruz is particularly ill-equipped to play this role. He is actually more of a demagogue than an ideologue. So he has changed his views on immigration to compete with Trump — and raised the ante by promising that none of the deported 11 million will ever be allowed back in the country. Instead of demonstrating the humane instincts of his Christian faith — a faith that motivated abolition and the struggle for civil rights — Cruz is presenting the crueler version of a pipe dream.

Gerson goes on to conclude that there remains only one path to salvation.

For Republicans, the only good outcome of Trump vs. Cruz is for both to lose. The future of the party as the carrier of a humane, inclusive conservatism now depends on some viable choice beyond them.

While the author doesn’t drop any names for us, it seems obvious that the White Knight on the horizon would almost certainly have to be Bush, Rubio or Christie. (Is there anyone who still thinks Kasich is viable?) I’m sure Gerson isn’t alone in this thinking. There’s a lot of money sitting out there in the hands of people who are very heavily invested in keeping the status quo as it is. What I think they fail to realize (and this is something we’ve discussed here at length) is that they’re working at crossed purposes with a large segment of their primary voting base. At a quick glance over the latest polls, more than half of the GOP voters around the country are in either the Cruz or Trump camps, and that’s not because they are picking out the most likely path to save the Republican Party. It’s because they are on the verge of simply walking away from the party that Michael Gerson is so earnestly trying to save.

We’re talking about a party that has failed conservatives on too many occasions, with the recent omnibus spending bill only being the freshest set of scars on their hides. Those crowds showing up to cheer on Donald Trump and Ted Cruz seem to have lost interest in counting seats in Congress or jotting down promises which inevitably fail to come true. Fixing what appears to be a hopelessly broken machine isn’t on their agenda. They’re looking to rebuild the machine from the ground up before they decide to put it on on the curb with the rest of the trash.

Before we write too many more soaring essays on what it will take to save the party, perhaps we should first reevaluate precisely what’s in it that’s worth saving.

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Save what party?! The one that has big majorities in the House and the Senate and still does the Left’s bidding? The “party” is made up of crony capitalists and isn’t worth protecting.

eMatters on January 19, 2016 at 8:45 PM

Well said, Jazz!

lineholder on January 19, 2016 at 8:47 PM

Before we write too many more soaring essays on what it will take to save the party, perhaps we should first reevaluate precisely what’s in it that’s worth saving.

Or why its at this point.

TheMadHessian on January 19, 2016 at 8:47 PM

“Turtle, Turtle ! The peasant are revolting?”

“Damn straight! They stink on ice!”

viking01 on January 19, 2016 at 8:48 PM

Gerson? Is he the guy on the late night infomercials?

Mr. Arrogant on January 19, 2016 at 8:48 PM

(Is there anyone who still thinks Kasich is viable?)

Apparently New Hampshire does.

anuts on January 19, 2016 at 8:50 PM

Nailed it Jazz. Thanks

CoffeeLover on January 19, 2016 at 8:50 PM

The party isn’t as important as the Constitution and conservative free market ideas.

Start with a candidate who understands that and we will be okay.

Tater Salad on January 19, 2016 at 8:50 PM

Burn it all down.

myiq2xu on January 19, 2016 at 8:51 PM

Michael Gerson is the biggest climate change & amnesty pushing RINO out there. Whatever he says … do the opposite:

Michael Gerson: It’s time for conservatives to end the denial on climate change

Michael Gerson: Republicans must come to terms on immigration

I have one word for the guy: insidious.

anotherJoe on January 19, 2016 at 8:51 PM

Before we write too many more soaring essays on what it will take to save the party, perhaps we should first reevaluate precisely what’s in it that’s worth saving.

Well said, Jazz. Both parties have been entrenched in our political system for far too long.

The two party system is not part of our Constitutional form of government- no matter how much they’d like us to think it is. If one or both parties falls apart… we’re better off for it.

bettercallputin on January 19, 2016 at 8:51 PM

I already changed to independent this year. When I vote, I’ll vote for GOP. But i won’t feel compelled to vote out of party loyalty. If I don’t like who is running, I’ll feel just fine to stay home. If the GOP can’t be the party of conservatives, it has no reason to exist.

Cornfed on January 19, 2016 at 8:52 PM

or the Republican Party as we know it is doomed.

Good. Thank God. Let me know when it’s dead so I can piss on it’s grave.

Andy__B on January 19, 2016 at 8:52 PM

What the hell is a Michael Gerson, Pajama Boy’s mom?

VorDaj on January 19, 2016 at 8:53 PM

Who the GOP needed to jettison is the Bushies. Those are the morons that screwed the party up.

rik on January 19, 2016 at 8:53 PM

The Republican Party as we know it should be doomed. And as Cologne et al. has demonstrated, we should consider a halt on immigration. I don’t want my mother, sisters, nieces and grand nieces subject to that.

rbj on January 19, 2016 at 8:53 PM

There’s nothing to save. Deal with it.

Cody1991 on January 19, 2016 at 8:54 PM

do you remember the left trying to shut down Occupy Wall Street?

Me either

wolly4321 on January 19, 2016 at 8:55 PM

“There’s a lot of money sitting out there in the hands of people who are very heavily invested in keeping the status quo as it is.”

This right here should make every one [the candidates] watch their backs! If Palin can/did go rouge, so can a lot of these “big money” investors, or whoever’s in their pockets.

Rovin on January 19, 2016 at 8:56 PM

I look forward to seeing Gerson and a host of others hurling themselves off of various tall buildings at the swearing in of President Trump and Vice President Cruz. (Or vice versa).

Doc Holliday on January 19, 2016 at 8:56 PM

Republican party?

We don’t need no stinking Republican party.

SpongePuppy on January 19, 2016 at 8:56 PM

Before we write too many more soaring essays on what it will take to save the party, perhaps we should first reevaluate precisely what’s in it that’s worth saving.

That’s easy.

Nothing. It’s full of progressive sellouts, top to bottom.

Andy__B on January 19, 2016 at 8:56 PM

You know, leaders change things.

Blame Obama for the place we are at.

Trump will change things, as he should, if he is to be a leader.

Change is hard. But without change we whither.

petunia on January 19, 2016 at 8:58 PM

The next time I get a chance to vote, saving the Republican Party will not be on the top of my list.

Killary's Server on January 19, 2016 at 8:58 PM

Michael Gerson is a troll.

22044 on January 19, 2016 at 9:02 PM

No party is worth saving just for the sake of it being an established political party. The Dem’s transformed into the old socialist party and now the republicans have to transform into whatever it takes to gain back control.

tej on January 19, 2016 at 9:02 PM

Before we write too many more soaring essays on what it will take to save the party, perhaps we should first reevaluate precisely what’s in it that’s worth saving.

Nothing, that is what. The GOP Establishment stabbed their base in the back to many times, its time for it to go the way of the Dodo Bird…

oscarwilde on January 19, 2016 at 9:03 PM

Why do we need to save the Republican party? There is already a Democrat party.

ghostwalker1 on January 19, 2016 at 9:03 PM

Did Ted Cruz just tweet that Sarah doesn’t have Canadian values?

VorDaj on January 19, 2016 at 9:05 PM

Hey Gerson, you insulated, Bush-fellating establishmentarian pr*ck, the vulgarians are taking over. You can G F Y now.

Right Mover on January 19, 2016 at 9:06 PM

I love hearing the gop types begging us rubes to maintain the stats quo. No more. We’re done affording you your comfortable, useless lifestyles.

Burn the beotch down and sow salt.

Cody1991 on January 19, 2016 at 9:09 PM

What in the republican party is worth saving?

Support for the second amendment. End of list.

Magicjava on January 19, 2016 at 9:09 PM

Michael Gerber Gerson

…he have a bad Gerber baby meal?…did he get the stained peas…instead of the split peas?

JugEarsButtHurt on January 19, 2016 at 9:10 PM

How exactly are we going to burn it all down? What mechanism?

butch on January 19, 2016 at 9:10 PM

Right Mover on January 19, 2016 at 9:06 PM

Thread Winner!

Rovin on January 19, 2016 at 9:12 PM

How exactly are we going to burn it all down? What mechanism?

butch on January 19, 2016 at 9:10 PM

Vote them out.

Magicjava on January 19, 2016 at 9:13 PM

Three alarm fire at Michael Gerson’s hair.

aquaviva on January 19, 2016 at 9:14 PM

Hey Gerson, you insulated, Bush-fellating establishmentarian pr*ck, the vulgarians are taking over. You can G F Y now.

Right Mover on January 19, 2016 at 9:06 PM

Um, well….ahhh…okay…THIS!

Pain Train on January 19, 2016 at 9:15 PM

Good the GOPe deserve to get their butts kicked!

woodhull on January 19, 2016 at 9:15 PM

Three alarm fire at Michael Gerson’s hair.

aquaviva on January 19, 2016 at 9:14 PM

And nobody will even piss on him to put it out.

oscarwilde on January 19, 2016 at 9:15 PM

Gerson, you obviously have a serious problem.

Nothing that a serious schlonging upside the head can’t fix.

Pain Train on January 19, 2016 at 9:17 PM

For the good of the Republican Party America, both Trump and Cruz must lose win!

Trump, in spite of his faults, is the only candidate in the race that isn’t a K-street globalist puppet.

Name one other.

I like Carson on a personal level, but he supports K-street immigration and trade. He may not take their money, but some of his most influential advisers must have. Trump may be similar to the ruling class consensus in some ways, but he isn’t just like them, he’s a maverick. Unlike the anti-American, (anti-European, anti-Russia), globalist ruling class, comprised of cronies, special interests and their puppets and useful-idiots, Trump has a history of putting American first, at least on trade and foreign policy. On immigration I’m not as confident, but I don’t see an alternative.

That, combined with Trump’s cult of personality he’s built up over the years, (of which I’m not a member, but no doubt a share of his supporters are), that’s the essence of why so many people are enthusiastically supporting Trump.

There is only one guy like Trump in the race. If Cruz and Paul hadn’t sold out on immigration and trade then they would be competitive with Trump. If Ted Cruz had been advocating in recent years to deport the illegals and not let them return, or only let fewer return than Trump will promise—if Cruz had been advocating to reduce immigration, rather than radically increase it—then Cruz would certainly be in first place right now instead of Trump, IMO. But unfortunately Cruz only offers a slightly different flavor of amnesty from the other K-street puppets. He supports the disastrous globalist agenda at least as it pertains to Obamatrade, until he realized too late that it was too big of a liability during the election season and flipped. History reveals about politicians that after the election they will be back to corrupt business as usual in DC.

That’s not to say that anybody should follow Trump blindly. We’re going to have to fight him on some issues, as usual. But the important thing is that he’s an American rather than a globalist. If there were another American in the race then we would have a real choice. Most of the puppets in Washington DC are no longer Americans, they’re globalists. They consider themselves superior to America and patriotic American citizens who cling to America. It’s really no choice at all to vote for any of them.

FloatingRock on January 19, 2016 at 9:18 PM

And nobody will even piss on him to put it out.

oscarwilde on January 19, 2016 at 9:15 PM

I wouldn’t piss in his mouth if his teeth were on fire.

Pain Train on January 19, 2016 at 9:18 PM

If the Trump/Palin show I saw is the future of the GOP – it has none. That had all the coherence and content of a talk radio call.

Lou Budvis on January 19, 2016 at 9:18 PM

Bravo, Jazz.

ronval912 on January 19, 2016 at 9:19 PM

I wouldn’t piss in his mouth if his teeth were on fire.

Pain Train on January 19, 2016 at 9:18 PM

Dude! That’s brutal.

Me either.

ElectricPhase on January 19, 2016 at 9:20 PM

Three alarm fire at Michael Gerson’s hair.

aquaviva on January 19, 2016 at 9:14 PM
And nobody will even piss on him to put it out.

oscarwilde on January 19, 2016 at 9:15 PM

…I would!…after I drink a six=pack.

JugEarsButtHurt on January 19, 2016 at 9:21 PM

I look forward to seeing Gerson and a host of others hurling themselves off of various tall buildings at the swearing in of President Trump and Vice President Cruz. (Or vice versa).

Doc Holliday on January 19, 2016 at 8:56 PM

I was looking forward to the Cruz/Trump or Trump/Cruz ticket, but after the personal insults being hurled by the Donald, I don’t think it’ll happen. Attack on policy, not insults.

Corsair on January 19, 2016 at 9:29 PM

And, btw, jazz, kudos to you.

At least someone who writes here has some balls.

Cody1991 on January 19, 2016 at 9:31 PM

Before we write too many more soaring essays on what it will take to save the party, perhaps we should first reevaluate precisely what’s in it that’s worth saving.

Rand Paul, mostly. But he could leave.

TBSchemer on January 19, 2016 at 9:38 PM

Confirmation that Gerson is entirely disconnected from the reality of the average American.
There’s a new vitality in the Republican party that hasn’t been seen in decades and if these old-guard dinosaurs can’t see that and adapt then they need to made extinct.

lynncgb on January 19, 2016 at 9:41 PM

The future of the party as the carrier of a humane corrupt, inexclusive conservatism elitism now depends on some viable choice beyond them.

FloatingRock on January 19, 2016 at 9:45 PM

raised the ante by promising that none of the deported 11 million will ever be allowed back in the country. Instead of demonstrating the humane instincts of his Christian faith — a faith that motivated abolition and the struggle for civil rights — Cruz is presenting the crueler version of a pipe dream.

If this is the kind of crap the republican party stands for, let it die the most horrible of deaths.

xblade on January 19, 2016 at 9:46 PM

conservatism

You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means.

talkingpoints on January 19, 2016 at 10:00 PM

Jazz…Good analysis.

Now, at the eleventh hour, Michael Gerson takes to the pages of the Washington Post to put out an SOS signal: we must defeat both Cruz and Trump or the Republican Party as we know it is doomed.

This is a theme for the GOPe, sort of like their Syrian strategy which is fight both Assad and ISIS at the same time. If they really are interested in saving the party, and their positions, they should pick one that least bothers them.

You would think Cruz would be that guy because he is the more predictable. No matter how much he angered them in the Senate, Cruz is a more doctrinaire Republican candidate than Trump.

But like the Free Syrian Army, they still hold out hope for the “moderate” savior that agrees with them on almost everything. To me it is the GOPe that are the ones who won’t compromise. In this case with the various factions of the party that are not members of the CoC and Neo-Con think tanks.

Hence Trump and Cruz appear and gain followers…and to a lesser extent Carson (at least earlier on). They seem genuinely surprised that the coalition that Reagan built so long ago is more than stock jobbers, international corporations and bankers, and a few Christian conservative organizations. That is why they keep wondering who these people are that keep supporting Trump….they say, “they cannot be republicans…can they?”

William Eaton on January 19, 2016 at 10:13 PM

Gerson: We must stop both Trump and Cruz to save the Republican Party for the establishment as the rubber stamp that it currently is.

There you go, I fixed it for you.

Cruz all the way. If Trump is the candidate, then we will lose (whether Trump wins or loses, America loses).

Theophile on January 19, 2016 at 10:24 PM

Before we write too many more soaring essays on what it will take to save the party, perhaps we should first reevaluate precisely what’s in it that’s worth saving.

Truth is, the Republican Party has been ‘reevaluated’ many, many times by the rank and file and every time has been shown to be nothing more than the other side of the big-cronie-government coin minted by the Democrats.

A vote for any Dem-Rep Establishment tool, er candidate, is a vote to accelerate the fundamental transformation (aka decline) of America to increase the power, control and wealth of the ruling political class and their rich cronies.

DrDeano on January 19, 2016 at 10:26 PM

And as Cologne et al. has demonstrated, we should consider a halt on immigration. I don’t want my mother, sisters, nieces and grand nieces subject to that.

rbj on January 19, 2016 at 8:53 PM

That’s why I love the second amendment and Texas’ carry permits. Anyone who touches someone close to me will get a free ambulance ride. As I’m a very good shot, they will also get a free autopsy. My goal would be “any one of the shots could have been the fatal shot” on the report.

Wino on January 19, 2016 at 10:41 PM

Before we write too many more soaring essays on what it will take to save the party, perhaps we should first reevaluate precisely what’s in it that’s worth saving.

I wish the rest of your fellow travelers in the punditry would have heeded the wisdom of your advice 6 months ago. It would have spared us so much bloviated pontification and preening by the self apointed smartest people in the room.

Sugarbuzz on January 19, 2016 at 11:06 PM

Before we write too many more soaring essays on what it will take to save the party, perhaps we should first reevaluate precisely what’s in it that’s worth saving.

Well said, Jazz. Both parties have been entrenched in our political system for far too long.

The two party system is not part of our Constitutional form of government- no matter how much they’d like us to think it is. If one or both parties falls apart… we’re better off for it.

bettercallputin on January 19, 2016 at 8:51 PM

No party is worth saving just for the sake of it being an established political party. The Dem’s transformed into the old socialist party and now the republicans have to transform into whatever it takes to gain back control.

tej on January 19, 2016 at 9:02 PM

“There’s a lot of money sitting out there in the hands of people who are very heavily invested in keeping the status quo as it is.”

This right here should make every one [the candidates] watch their backs! If Palin can/did go rouge, so can a lot of these “big money” investors, or whoever’s in their pockets.

Rovin on January 19, 2016 at 8:56 PM

Truth is, the Republican Party has been ‘reevaluated’ many, many times by the rank and file and every time has been shown to be nothing more than the other side of the big-cronie-government coin minted by the Democrats.

A vote for any Dem-Rep Establishment tool, er candidate, is a vote to accelerate the fundamental transformation (aka decline) of America to increase the power, control and wealth of the ruling political class and their rich cronies.

DrDeano on January 19, 2016 at 10:26 PM

do you remember the left trying to shut down Occupy Wall Street?

Me either

wolly4321 on January 19, 2016 at 8:55 PM

I know you are drawing an analogy to the GOP trying to shut down the Tea Parties (I don’t think it’s too hard a stretch to notice they aren’t really fighting the IRS too hard on their corruption, seeing as they both had the same objective).

AesopFan on January 19, 2016 at 11:16 PM

This is a theme for the GOPe, sort of like their Syrian strategy which is fight both Assad and ISIS at the same time. If they really are interested in saving the party, and their positions, they should pick one that least bothers them.

You would think Cruz would be that guy because he is the more predictable. No matter how much he angered them in the Senate, Cruz is a more doctrinaire Republican candidate than Trump.

But like the Free Syrian Army, they still hold out hope for the “moderate” savior that agrees with them on almost everything. To me it is the GOPe that are the ones who won’t compromise. In this case with the various factions of the party that are not members of the CoC and Neo-Con think tanks.


William Eaton on January 19, 2016 at 10:13 PM

Excellent analogy.

AesopFan on January 19, 2016 at 11:18 PM

Do tell … how would President Trump “undermine[s] the principle of religious liberty”?

corona79 on January 19, 2016 at 11:24 PM

Hey Gerson, you insulated, Bush-fellating establishmentarian pr*ck, the vulgarians are taking over. You can G F Y now.

Right Mover on January 19, 2016 at 9:06 PM

don’t be subtle, tell ’em what you really think. but seriously, I completely agree.

Gerson wants to save the GOPe, not the people’s base of the party, he wants to save the Rove-Barbour wing of the party, not what the people want. Country club R vs the heartland base.

Senator Philip Bluster on January 19, 2016 at 11:32 PM

Do tell … how would President Trump “undermine[s] the principle of religious liberty”?
corona79 on January 19, 2016 at 11:24 PM

Gerson suggests any attenuation of the Bush “religion of peace” nonsense is an attack on religious liberty.

Jumpintimmy on January 20, 2016 at 1:37 AM

If you want experience, integrity, proven management and financial skills, oversight knowledge of the CIA, personal relationships with many Middle Eastern and world leaders, knowledge and accomplishments from succeeding in America, a non-politician, and an American “Margaret Thatcher” leader then Carly Fiorina is the most qualified over these many arrogant career politicians. America needs an accomplished leader now, and the choice is right in front of you. Vote for the good of the country.

leader4hru on January 20, 2016 at 1:44 AM

Gerson waxes on the mythological compassionate conservative GOP that third-worlders just love at first sight. And once again, Cruz is the main target because Ted offers the greatest likelihood of real party reform. Trump? Well, he himself suggests there’s plenty of “get along” in his plans.

Jumpintimmy on January 20, 2016 at 1:47 AM

another GOPe idiot speaks rubbish!

Pragmatic on January 20, 2016 at 1:50 AM

If you want experience, integrity, proven management and financial skills, oversight knowledge of the CIA, personal relationships with many Middle Eastern and world leaders, knowledge and accomplishments from succeeding in America, a non-politician, and an American “Margaret Thatcher” leader then Carly Fiorina is the most qualified over these many arrogant career politicians. America needs an accomplished leader now, and the choice is right in front of you. Vote for the good of the country.

leader4hru on January 20, 2016 at 1:44 AM

Her reaction to 911 suggests otherwise.

Two weeks after Islam attacked America on 9/11 leaving 3,000 incinerated Americans.

There was once a civilization that was the greatest in the world.

It was able to create a continental super-state that stretched from ocean to ocean, and from northern climes to tropics and deserts. Within its dominion lived hundreds of millions of people, of different creeds and ethnic origins.

One of its languages became the universal language of much of the world, the bridge between the peoples of a hundred lands. Its armies were made up of people of many nationalities, and its military protection allowed a degree of peace and prosperity that had never been known. The reach of this civilization’s commerce extended from Latin America to China, and everywhere in between.

And this civilization was driven more than anything, by invention. Its architects designed buildings that defied gravity. Its mathematicians created the algebra and algorithms that would enable the building of computers, and the creation of encryption. Its doctors examined the human body, and found new cures for disease. Its astronomers looked into the heavens, named the stars, and paved the way for space travel and exploration.

Its writers created thousands of stories. Stories of courage, romance and magic. Its poets wrote of love, when others before them were too steeped in fear to think of such things.

When other nations were afraid of ideas, this civilization thrived on them, and kept them alive. When censors threatened to wipe out knowledge from past civilizations, this civilization kept the knowledge alive, and passed it on to others.

the civilization I’m talking about was the Islamic world…

– Carly Fiorina

http://www.hp.com/hpinfo/execteam/speeches/fiorina/minnesota01.html

sharrukin on January 20, 2016 at 2:23 AM

There were a couple of good ideas on the headlines thread, having to do with poultry and pest control.

S. D. on January 20, 2016 at 2:52 AM

About what you would expect from Bob Dole’s speechwriter.

Younggod on January 20, 2016 at 2:57 AM

We are already seeing the disturbing normalization of policies and arguments that recently seemed unacceptable, even unsayable. Trump proposes the forced expulsion of 11 million people, or a ban on Muslim immigration, and there are a few days of outrage from responsible Republican leaders. But the proposals still lie on the table, eventually seeming regular and acceptable.

But they are not acceptable. They are not normal. They are extreme, and obscene and immoral.

Enforcing U.S. immigration law is obscene, extreme, and immoral?

Seriously?

And a temporary ban on muslim immigration? That is “obscene, extreme, and immoral”.

Please. Tell me more.

Exactly what laws is the U.S. allowed to enforce? Is the U.S. allowed to have immigration laws? Is it allowed to have a border? Or, is that too “obscene, extreme, and immoral”? Is the U.S. allowed to make rational decisions on immigration based on factual circumstances – such as that enough muslim immigrants intend to commit acts of terrorism to make it a problem? Or is that “obscene” to take into account.

Idiot. Do these people truly believe this stuff? Do they truly believe it is “obscene, extreme, and immoral” to face reality? To have immigration laws? To enforce immigration laws?

Gerson does know that the U.S. regularly deports around 300,000 people a year right now, doesn’t he? Why is that not “immoral, extreme, and obscene”?

The “we can’t deport the illegals” is not remotely a valid position or a valid argument. You might be against deportation, but I have yet, in the over 10 years of debating this issue, heard a single argument as to why granting amnesty is in the interest of the U.S. and its citizens. I’ve heard a lot about alleged morality and the claim that the U.S. is a “nation of immigrants” (as opposed to, say, Canada, New Zealand, Australia, Argentina, Mexico, etc.), but never one fact based argument using logic as to why granting legal status to 11+ million low-skilled, uneducated, poor people benefits American Citizens.

Just stop with the nonsense. Grow up. Use your brain.

Monkeytoe on January 20, 2016 at 8:19 AM

Monkeytoe on January 20, 2016 at 8:21 AM

Gerson and his “thoughts”, “philosophy”, “beliefs”, and attitude is exactly why Trump is winning.

Gerson is exactly what is wrong with the GOP and why I won’t vote for any GOP incumbent for the foreseeable future.

Monkeytoe on January 20, 2016 at 8:23 AM

It’s because they are on the verge of simply walking away from the party that Michael Gerson is so earnestly trying to save. (Jazz Saw)

I think that is a fair statement. As I watched G W Bush grow the government, fail use the veto power to influence Congress, fail to purge corruption in virtually every government agency, increase the deficit, failed to get the border wall built even though authorized by Congress at least partially, and did a poor job on immigration, the economy, and putting pressure on the Democrats.

Then there is the Republican House and Senate that is barely distinguishable from the Democrats.

There is the purge of and the outright opposition to real conservative candidates.

They have been completely ineffective as an opposition party under Obama and have caved to every Democrat demand or filibuster.

I’m sick of it. I’m one of those who think a Trump or Cruz Presidency (I think right now that Trump has a better chance of beating Hillary or Bernie) might cause the Republican Party to rethink its principles over those four years. As a Republican, I feel like Charlie Brown trying to kick the football the establishment is holding. I end up flat on my back every time.

And I’m puzzled why no one is talking about the what if factor.

What if Trump wins and turns this country into an economic boom, at least stems the flood of illegals coming into this country, improves the military, bombs ISIS into the stone age, not that they are not already there, and a few other non-trivial things?

Will that destroy the Republican Party?

I loved it when Trump said that when he gets to the White House he’ll have a phone and a pen to undo Obama’s executive orders. I haven’t heard anyone else say that.

Will that really destroy the Republican Part?

And there is one other important potential factor. Trump is known for hiring the best and firing the non-performers. What if Trump cleans up much of the corruption with government? What if he fires government workers who don’t pay their taxes, who watch porn at work, who demonstrate malfeasance in spending tax dollars, who lie and misrepresent, who stonewall FOIA, cover up, refuse to release public documents to Congress? What if he turns the IRS into an honest agency? What if he cuts much of the government regulations that stifle businesses, allows agencies to confiscate property or impose unreasonable fines?

Will that destroy the Republican Party?

This is actually a moot point since the Republican Party is already suffering from terminal dry rot and termites that has brought it to the brink of destruction from within.

BMF on January 20, 2016 at 9:29 AM

Gerson loves our criminal one-party state because it is lining his pockets.

earlgrey on January 20, 2016 at 10:23 AM

BMF on January 20, 2016 at 9:29 AM

Outstanding!!!! If only.

they lie on January 20, 2016 at 10:37 AM

The Republican Party as we know it today ? BRING ON THE DOOM !!!

lel2007 on January 20, 2016 at 10:37 AM

Gerson, and his Beltway-centric attitude, is exactly why The Donald, and Ted, are polling well: The grass-roots wants someone who will turn the Party upside-down and shake out the crumbs that cling to it like fleas.
The contemporary GOP within the Acela-corridor has become the Whigs, hanging on to power only to have that power, not to do anything with it.
Well, we out here in Flyover-Country have a different agenda.
Perhaps we have to, like the Abolitionists in the 1850, find a new vehicle for our politics if this one won’t turn towards a course more amenable to those who have cast the votes that put it into its present position.

Another Drew on January 20, 2016 at 11:14 AM

let it burn

burserker on January 20, 2016 at 2:15 PM