Republican Party can either meekly accept Trump or save its soul
David Brooks approaches this point in the New York Times. What does the Republican Party want to be? What does it stand for? If it’s going to just swallow hard and accept Trump as “inevitable” the party deserves to be diminished for years to come. Or, they can bite the bullet, decide that this demagogue will not define them, and choose a candidate more worthy of the Grand Old Party.
Donald Trump now looks set to be the Republican presidential nominee. So for those of us appalled by this prospect — what are we supposed to do?
Well, not what the leaders of the Republican Party are doing. They’re going down meekly and hoping for a quiet convention. They seem blithely unaware that this is a Joe McCarthy moment. People will be judged by where they stood at this time. Those who walked with Trump will be tainted forever after for the degradation of standards and the general election slaughter.
The better course for all of us — Republican, Democrat and independent — is to step back and take the long view, and to begin building for that.
If they allow Donald Trump to be their nominee, they may never recover from the stain.