Republicans Will Owe Some Thanks To Donald Trump

Erick Erickson doesn’t like Donald Trump. He tells everyone that constantly in what he writes. But here he is from a couple of weeks ago:

Trump’s presence is forcing the Republican Party to finally come to grips with three things. First, its consultant class is fat, comfortable, and commissioned. If a Republican wins, the consultants make millions. If a Republican loses, the consultants make millions. Many a beach house has been bought by Republican consultants who have never had a major candidate win. The consultants get commissions for their mail, their advertising, their marked up phone surveys, etc. With the threat of Donald Trump rising, these consultants are risking their reputations, careers, and livelihoods as the men and women who could not stop Donald Trump. Picking apart the carcass of the Bush campaign to make their beach house payment will not go over well if they do not stop Trump.

Second, Republican donors are finally being forced to choose between the lesser of two evils that they always try to force on conservatives or be exposed as rank opportunists. In both 2008 and 2012, the base of Republican voters were told they must kneel before McCain or Romney and suck it up. Both times, the donor class candidate lost. Now the donor class candidates are losing to Trump and the alternative to Trump, Ted Cruz, is a man the donors loath. So either they will force themselves to unite with someone they do not care for or expose themselves as the ones who really do take their football home when they do not get their way.

Third, Republican politicians are finally being held accountable. Trump would not exist as a candidate but for feckless Republican leadership in the face of an aggressive agenda from President Obama.

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