To steal an old line from satirist/songwriter Tom Lehrer, the political demise of Donald Trump leaves Republicans “feeling like a Christian Scientist with appendicitis.”
Trump began his free fall with the first Presidential debate when his bluster and out-of-control shenanigans started people reconsidering even a thought of voting for him in the 2016 Presidential election.
The failed casino owner doubled down on his tactics, openly insulting a Gold Star couple who lost a son in combat, heaping childish slime on a beauty contest winner and, then, got caught on tape openly admitting he is a sleaze who sexually assaults women.
His rants diminished somewhat in the second debate but he came apart in just under 30 minutes in the hour and a half final debate, threatening to attempt to undermine Democracy by refusing to concede and continuing to rag on his fantasy claims that any election he loses is rigged and he is a victim of a “giant global conspiracy.”
“Wednesday night was Trump’s last opportunity…and he failed,” said Republican national media strategist Rick Wilson. “Wednesday night was Donald Trump’s last opportunity to make a decision about whether he was going to play to his limited and angry Breitbart base, or if he was going to make one swing at being a dignified adult and to show presidential character. He chose the former, and by his comments about not respecting the democratic process, he cued his supporters up for something very ugly come election night.”
“With his announcement that he won’t commit to respecting the result of the election, Trump surrendered whatever shreds remained of his credibility,” said Jacob Heilbrunn, editor of the National Interest.
Trump’s failure, of course, means little to his diminishing core of steadfast supporters. We saw what on Thursday with Facebook members from Floyd County. They came up with excuses. One published a fake “news” item from a often-discredited web site claiming Hillary Clinton had a secret teleprompter during the debate. Snopes.com quickly proved it was a lie.
Even so, Trump will carry Floyd County, which is still hardcore Republican and still consumed with hatred of Clinton. The few Democrats in the county gave Bernie Sanders the win in the Democratic primary. Hillary Clinton is not liked in much of the county.
But it doesn’t matter. Virginia’s 13 electoral votes will go to Clinton because she will easily carry Northern Virginia and Tidewater and their wishes wipe out the Commonwealth’s last GOP stronghold — the Southwestern part of the state.
In 18 days, the national joke called Campaign 2016 will be over, but the screaming — and perhaps even violence — will continue.