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The GOP in 2016

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It is looking as if 2016 is not going to be Republicans' favorite year. With this crop of candidates they have little chance of gaining the White House. And this is a year that they will have lost control of both the Senate and the Supreme Court. If Trump takes a flier and goes independent, as he is threatening this week, the whole Republican Party could be history.

But the present GOP presidential field is finally starting to thin down to something resembling an actual contest rather than a comedy. Although, the leader is still a guy who prefers that the contest looks like a farce. He may be losing ground for the first time. So, let's see what we have here.

First, we have the loud-mouthed caricature of a reality TV actor who has zero accountability to anyone, anywhere. Then we have someone who despises the very principles of governance. We have someone who, like an organ grinder's monkey, is so methodically coached that he repeats the exact same answer to four completely different questions on live television. We have a creationist who disavows science and spews confused nonsense. We have a guy that, no matter how much money he has to throw at it, still can't gain any traction in the polls, even in this crowd. And he also thinks it is a good idea to take advice from his brother that had his own horribly failed presidency. We do have a guy who would be the clear choice in this ridiculous field except that he is deemed too moderate by the radical element consuming his party, and he therefore can't win a primary battle against his radical competition.

There you have it. This is the best your party can offer for the office of President of the United States. And the only one worth more than two hiccups is a non-factor because your party doesn't like anyone sane enough to actually be elected. And that is despite the fact that in a general election, he is the only one who could beat either Sanders or Clinton.

I call that a serious dilemma, Republicans. What do you call it? At least for the moment, you still have got a party".

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Dan Cooper is an award winning freelance writer/editor living in the Texas Hill Country. He has worked in news and sports journalism and is currently working on several projects, including a memoir and the editing of a California Gold Rush (more...)

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