“Because his own party’s leadership cannot support him…” fairly leaps to the tongue as a response. What these party leaders don’t seem to realize is that a tremendous number of people are sick of them and their ways, and supported Trump precisely because of it.
They expect Trump to woo conservatives? Why didn’t they, themselves “woo conservatives” when they had the opportunity to do it? Somewhere between 30% and 60% of voting Repubs voted for Trump in the primaries in preference to the party’s picked candidates, and they don’t see this as indicating a problem with the “business as usual” wing of the party?
I like Paul Ryan. I truly do. He’s surely one of the best numbers wonks that ever walked the halls of congress, and I think he’s a fundamentally good man. But for him to get all snooty about Trump not being conservative enough?
Trump truly is the “blue collar billionaire”. Maybe that’s enough to get him elected and maybe it isn’t. But the National Review purists and the moderate Repubs have not had a lot of attraction among many for quite some time.
The current election comes down to one very aggressive and not-very-ideological candidate versus an opponent so palpably corrupt that I really do think Trump’s (slightly exaggerated, but not totally exaggerated) claim she wouldn’t get 5% of the vote if she weren’t a woman probably has a lot of truth to it.
And in that kind of contest, they expect Trump to come to them on bended knee?