Donald Trump won some applause in Cleveland, but Thursday night spelled the beginning of his inevitable decline. It's fun for his fans to watch Trump flout convention, but eventually they figure out that this man will betray anyone.
From the opening, Trump showed what kind of Republican he truly is -- the snake variety. Fox News anchor Bret Baier asked the 10 candidates on stage to raise their hands if they refused to pledge to support the eventual GOP nominee and not run as an independent. Trump alone raised his hand.
Trump used to be a registered Democrat. He has donated to Clinton campaigns and Clinton causes. Before the reality TV star announced his candidacy, Bill Clinton reportedly urged Trump to get involved in the GOP primary. Now Republican voters are getting the picture: Trump might have no problem with helping Hillary Rodham Clinton by siphoning conservative votes away from the GOP in a three-way race.
Trump has his own private war on women. Fox News' Megyn Kelly asked the Donald about his references to women he doesn't like -- women he has called "fat pigs," "dogs" and "slobs." At first Trump tried to laugh off the question by saying he only used those words for comedian Rosie O'Donnell. Not true, Kelly responded. Trump then complained that this country is too politically correct. He is a bully who calls everyone names, yet whines when moderators ask him fair-game questions.
Why did he give money to the Clintons and other Democrats? To get them to do his bidding, he said. What did he get Hillary Clinton to do? "I said, 'Be at my wedding,' and she came to my wedding." Don't blame the Donald, though -- he doesn't. "Our system is broken," he trumpeted.
Trump will go the way of 2012 GOP presidential wannabes Michele Bachmann, Herman Cain and Newt Gingrich. So now who has the conservative chops to win primaries -- while looking like a winner who can appeal to voters outside the GOP base?
Not former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, who seems to think he can win the presidency by keeping his head down. He actually said, "Mr. Trump's language is divisive." Divisive? Someone tell him, please, that's how Democrats talk. Trump had no business on that stage if he is ready to run outside the Republican Party. Why is Bush afraid to put this joker in his place?
Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie acquitted themselves well. Ohio Gov. John Kasich wasn't afraid to reach to the center. He told the audience he personally opposes same-sex marriage, but "I just went to a wedding of a friend of mine who happens to be gay. Because someone doesn't think the way I do, doesn't mean that I can't care about them or love them."
But the biggest standout wasn't in the primetime debate. Former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina won the early-bird debate with six other Republicans who didn't qualify for the top-10 gala by flouting conventional wisdom and showing a Republican could go after Trump and survive. "I didn't get a phone call from Bill Clinton before I jumped in the race," she quipped. "Did any of you?"
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Debra J. Saunders is a columnist for The San Francisco Chronicle
I'm sorry to be stubborn about this but it seems to sound like a left leaning "hit" piece. You may not like D Trump but I have been thinking about the value he brings at this time. We Americans have been played by the politicians for many years. We have been sucked into a game that they play to keep us interested.Some one said: "To to do the same thing over and over and expect a different result is craziness ". Yes, we have been crazy to play the same election game and expect to get a different result. Every one is scared to death of a third party run because historically, it has split the vote and gotten a democrat in office. But doing the same thing over and over will not change the outcome. D Trump is a spoiler that has shaken the game up and put fear in the hearts of elites like Carl Rove and other notable power brokers. The GOP keeps putting looser candidates into the front of we the people and expects us to vote for their "friends". It is time for a change of methodology and that is what Trump brings to us.
That is your choice Going Rogue..But i for one am fed fricking up with the establishment period..Cruz ,Carson , Or Trump...Will get my vote..If Jeb Bush is nominated i will either not vote or i will vote for a democrat...Bush is no damn better than Hillary...He is a PHONY..He has learned from the best..Sorry but that is how fed up iam with the republican party....Boehner ,McConnel, nothing but corrupt crooks..
Let me remind you of how Obama was re-elected in 2008. Several million conservative Christians didn't vote because Romney was a Mormon, so we got another 4 years of the Obama regime and more destruction. Smart reason, eh?
You are correct John except for one thing it was 2012..But none the less i cannot say that i disagree with you but i have had it up to my eyeballs with lying no good crooked republicans..They are worse than the liberals ..At least the liberals tell you the way it is..........But i was just upset when i said i would vote for a democrat i would never do that ..But it would be hard for me to vote for Bush or many of the rest of this bunch..Carson ..OK Cruz ..OK... Trump ...OK...As far as iam concerned the rest are big government RINOS..
Do we really know for sure that Bill The Pervert Clinton called Trump and urged him to get in the race?Are we really certain of this? If he truly did then that should be enough to disqualify him in my book..But im just one person..Personally i never liked Trump until he started the immigration conversation..But how are we really to know..We certainly do not want Jeb The NWO candidate..Boy i sure do miss JFK and Ronald Regan..