President Donald Trump is now the official leader of the Republican party.
This may come as a surprising statement. You may have assumed that he became the leader of the GOP when he was elected on November 9, 2016.
But the party has treated Trump more like a drunken uncle than a fatherly commander. Much of the national opposition to Trump has come from within the GOP and its Establishment wing in Washington, DC.
These are old-school, polite Republican politicians like the Bushes and Paul Ryan and John McCain who played political ball the old-fashioned way and lost race after race after race.
This old school includes erudite and long-serving commentators like George Will and even William F. Buckley who both expounded on our conservative ideals as if they were a doctoral thesis while Trump treats them like a TV show designed to reach the masses.
This in fact is why the old school opposes Trump – because he has taken over as head of the party without ascending their genteel political ladder and doing everything according to their stale style book.
This is much like a corporation that hires a new CEO from the outside rather than someone who has worked his way up from within. This creates great envy and anger in the corporate hierarchy. There are thousands of Republicans around the USA who have “paid their dues” to the party and who now are seeing their careers blown to smithereens by Donald Trump and his band of merry political pranksters.
The primary elections of August 7, and one general election in Ohio for the US House, show how Trump’s power has manifested itself. It appears that five out of five candidates backed by Trump won. That is what you call a “hot streak” of 100% and it really cements Trump as the ‘titular’ head of the party.
In short, the party is being dismembered and reassembled in the mold of Trump.
Compare this to nine candidates backed by Obama who lost by the same point in the Obama presidency including the world-famous defeat of Democrat Martha Coakley at the hands of Republican Scott Brown in Massachusetts in January 2010 for the “Kennedy seat” in the US Senate.
Yet Obama’s leadership of the Democrat party was never challenged.
Indeed president Donald Trump now owns the Republican party lock, stock and barrel and the party is vastly better off for that.
Let’s face it Trump “saved” the Republican party from disaster in 2016. If Jeb Bush had been the nominee he would have lobbed the White House to Hillary Clinton like a softball, and probably would have lost the Senate and maybe the House as well for the Republicans. Instead Trump swept all three up in his political bosom in a victory that still has heads spinning all over America.
Here is a summary of the Trump-backed candidates who won on August 7:
Republican candidate Troy Balderson won a crucial Ohio US House race that Democrats hoped to use as proof that president Trump is unpopular. The Politico website reported:
Troy Balderson (R) has 50.2 percent of the vote with 100% of precincts in, compared to 49.3 percent for Danny O’Connor (D). There are still 3,300 provisional ballots and some more absentee ballots outstanding.
Balderson won by 1,754 votes and .9 percentage points. That is a significant margin of victory in a “close” race. We can expect standard Democrat protest and fraud tactics to kick in to seek to steal the election like we saw in the election of Democrat US senator Al Franken in Minnesota in 2008. Balderson got 101,574 votes to 99,820 for O’Connor.
This is a major victory for president Trump who campaigned personally for Balderson at a major rally a few days before the election. This was a ‘special’ election to fill a congressional seat vacated by Republican Pat Tiberi, who resigned from Congress in January to take another job.
Democrats were claiming that they were going to take the seat in a traditionally conservative district. They said that America hates Trump and that Democrat voters are “energized”.
But apparently not “energized” enough. Balderson’s victory is unlikely to be overturned despite its small margin of victory.
Balderson and O’Connor will meet again in the November 6 mid-term election if O’Connor chooses to run again, which he apparently is going to do.
Republicans now have won 6 out of 7 ‘special’ House elections since president Trump was elected. And the seventh race was won by a Democrat who talked like a Republican as did Danny O’Connor.
Normally the party that “wins the White House” (Republicans under Trump) loses House and Senate seats in subsequent elections and in the following mid-term elections. However Nikitas3.com predicts that Republicans will hold majority control of the House and will pick up as many as 10 seats in the US Senate in November.
Breitbart News reports about Michigan:
Another Trump-backed candidate, John James, has won the GOP nomination for U.S. Senate in Michigan against Sandy Pensler. Another win for the president on Tuesday evening. James will face incumbent Democrat Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) in November in a working-class rust belt state that Trump flipped to the GOP side in 2016 against Democrat Hillary Rodham Clinton.
James is a decorated black Iraq war veteran and a conservative. He won over a Republican Establishment candidate. Nikitas3.com predicts that James will defeat Stabenow in November.
Fox News reported:
State Attorney General Bill Schuette won the Republican nomination for governor of Michigan on Tuesday night, defeating three other candidates vying to fill the seat to be vacated by conservative Gov. Rick Snyder.
Schuette was endorsed by President Trump, who tweeted his congratulations to Schuette following the victory.
“Congratulations to Bill Schuette. You will have a Big win in November and be a tremendous Governor for the Great State of Michigan. Lots of car and other companies moving back!” the president wrote.
Michigan is trending strongly Republican after effective economic policies implemented since 2011 by Republican governor Rick Snyder have significantly turned the state around, as Trump policies are doing for the whole country.
In Kansas, conservative strong-border advocate Kris Kobach has won by a very narrow margin in his primary race for governor – against the sitting governor! That election will probably not be settled for weeks since a recount is coming.
Kobach, who is currently Kansas secretary of state, was hand-picked by Trump to head a federal Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity that was disbanded after pushback from states.
Trump also endorsed Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley who won his primary race to challenge sitting two-term Democrat Claire ‘McCa$hkill’ McCaskill. Hawley is generally expected to win in November.
On the other hand, we saw a disaster on August 7 when rising Democrat/socialist superstar Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez struck out in four out of six races, or a 67% failure rate. The New York Post reports:
Queens congressional candidate Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s endorsed candidates won two of six primaries held Tuesday — a solid (33%) batting average in baseball but in politics, not so much.
The self-described Democratic Socialist had backed a number of left-leaning candidates who shared her progressive views and opposition to President Trump’s economic and immigration policies.
Ocasio-Cortez stumped for Abdul El-Sayed for governor of Michigan, Fayrouz Saad in the Wolverine State’s 11th congressional district and Cori Bush in Missouri’s 1st District.
El-Sayed lost, Saad came in fourth in a five-way race and Bush also went down in flames, according to published election results.
Ocasio-Cortez also rallied last month for two Kansas congressional candidates, Brent Welder in the 3rd district and James Thompson in the 4th district — who backed Medicare for all and a higher minimum wage. Welder lost in a competitive race, while Thompson cruised to a win.
Ocasio-Cortez also showed up for a “My Muslim Vote” rally in Michigan in July, where she backed Rashida Tlaib for a congressional seat.
Tlaib — who was once kicked out of a luncheon for heckling Trump — won her primary on Tuesday and could become the US first Muslim congresswoman.