Republican officials in Virginia and North Carolina are currently discussing a way to finally put the brakes on the Donald Trump freight train. According to party leaders in both states, RNC strategists may add a clause to their nomination process, compelling each and every candidate to pledge their support to the eventual winner. This is a step Trump has refused to take, leaving the door open for a third-party run should he lose the Republican nomination. But if these state RNC chapters have their way, he’ll be forced to make the pledge if he wants to be on their ballots.
“Anybody who wants to seek the Republican nomination should have to commit to supporting the ultimate Republican nominee,” said Ken Cuccinelli, a former Virginia attorney general. “I don’t see anything wrong with that.”
These discussions are the latest of many inside the Republican Party as they try to deal with their unpredictable and unwelcome frontrunner. Trump has insisted repeatedly that he would prefer not to run as an independent candidate, telling Fox News moderators that he would support the eventual nominee if it was someone he could respect. But the possibility of such a run has Republicans frantic, knowing that it could spell doom for the party’s chances of securing the White House.
But this is just…just such a terrible move. It is exactly the kind of Republican move that has soured the base. No, voters, you don’t tell us. We tell you. Now get back in line, vote Bush, and stop making us mad. We’re serious. Go to your room.
It speaks volumes that Republicans have to go in and change the rules in order to have any chance of besting Trump. Because, let’s face it, he’s not invincible. There are holes in his political philosophy so big you could drive a truckful of immigrants through to the other side. He has a checkered history of supporting Democratic politicians and policies, he comes off as less-than-informed on a number of important subjects, and he is, frankly, a ridiculous person. And yet, Republicans have to bring lawyers in to figure out a way to stop him. That says it all right there.
Conservatives currently in the Trump column would love to see another Republican candidate come from nowhere to give them a viable alternative. Come at us! Show us what you’ve got. Thrill us. Listening to Jeb Bush speak is about as exciting as doing your taxes. Supporters are as charmed by Trump’s energy as they are by his words. Maybe instead of using every trick in the book to stop him, the party should learn something.
Because if they keep trying this top-down, we-call-the-shots approach, they are going to do damage to the Republican Party that will linger long past the election.