GOP No-Show Cry Babies

Jeb Bush, John Kasich and company reveal they value their egos more than the GOP's success

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Still sore over Donald Trump’s victory in the primaries, some Republicans will not be attending the Republican National Convention this week.

Mitt Romney, Jeb Bush, and Gov. John Kasich do not plan on showing their faces at the convention. They are joined by Sens. Lindsey Graham and John McCain.

This cast of whiners is so indentured to the GOP Establishment and its way of thinking that, like spoiled little brats, they would pick up their toys and go home rather than play with the other children.

This cast of whiners is so indentured to the GOP Establishment and its way of thinking that, like spoiled little brats, they would rather take their balls and go home than play with the other children. They are either incapable of recognizing the needs of the people who powered Trump’s success — or simply refuse to do so. They are also clearly unwilling to put the interests of the Republican Party above their own egos.

Even Sen. Marco Rubio, who will be campaigning for re-election in Florida, managed to find time to record a video message of support that will be played at the convention. Jeb Bush, on the other hand, found time to write an entire screed against Trump and the millions of normal, hardworking people who voted for him in the primaries — on the eve of the convention itself.

Attacking a candidate for whom one lacks enthusiasm and with whom one disagrees politically is one thing. But to do so as the GOP convention gets underway in the run-up to an election in which Hillary Clinton will be on the ballot is inexcusable for one who claims to care so deeply about conservatism.

Bush laments the apparent fact that Americans’ “understandable anger and fear haven’t given rise to … a renewed debate in our party about how Republicans win back the White House with the power of our ideas.” These words illustrate perfectly the continued failure of the traditional GOP Establishment to fully understand the Trump phenomenon.

If one were to ask the millions of people who voted for Trump, they would likely say that as far as they are concerned, there was never a debate about how Republicans could win back the White House in the first place.

Year after year, Republican voters have been forced to swallow the same bitter pill of a platform that consists of little more than the dual promises of low taxes and foreign intervention, washed down with a healthy serving of politically correct prostration to ethnic minorities who despise the GOP to begin with.

Bush is apparently upset that “anger and fear” have “given rise to the success of a candidate who continues to grotesquely manipulate the deeply felt anger of many Americans.”

But if Trump is really manipulating the deeply felt anger of many Americans, it’s only because for decades the GOP Establishment, of which Jeb Bush is an eager standard-bearer, completely ignored that anger.

“Trump’s abrasive, know-nothing-like nativist rhetoric has blocked out sober discourse about how to tackle America’s big challenges,” Bush asserted.

But there never was a sober discourse about how to tackle America’s big challenges — and there never will be as long as Establishment con artists like Bush call those legitimately worried about mass immigration and global terrorism “know-nothing-like nativists.”

Trump’s campaign manager Paul Manafort mocked the cry babies as he criticized Kasich for skipping the convention — which is in his home state. “You know what, he’s making a big mistake,” Manafort said. “He’s hurting his state and embarrassing his state, frankly. But most of the Republicans who aren’t coming are people who have been part of the past. And people who are part of the future of the Republican Party are, frankly, going to be here participating in the program.”