- - Sunday, March 6, 2016

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

The very thing I feared would come to pass is now happening: Grassroots Republicans voted on Super Tuesday — and the Republican establishment doesn’t like or accept the candidate most of them chose. Two of the losing Republican political candidates are incessantly trashing the preferred candidate and conspiring to destroy and supplant him. The implosion of the party is in now full swing.

Meanwhile,the Democrats will coalesce around Hillary Clinton now that they have neutered the other socialist, Bernie Sanders, and the Republican Party is poised to crash and burn. This is a classic case of self-immolation, reminiscent of the death of the Whig Party. Unless the party is willing to reconsider and come together as a single cohesive unit like the Democrats will surely do, we should all begin to practice these words: “Welcome to the White House, Madam President.”

After their feckless and weak performance in the House and Senate, the Republicans, consciously or unconsciously paved the way for someone such as Donald Trump to come swooping in. Now they want to destroy the very Frankenstein monster they created. Of course, the GOP will never admit their complicity in this, but make no mistake — the results on Super Tuesday are totally on the shoulders of people such as Karl Rove, John Boehner, John McCain, Mitch McConnell, Lindsey Graham and all the other middle-of-the-road, faux conservative Republicans who refused to stand up to the left.

I make no apologies for supporting someone who has been able to shake things up, ruffle some feathers and draw serious attention and dialogue to the issues of the day. Mr. Trump is the wake-up call America has been waiting for. We are at a pivotal point in the history of the Republican Party, and we better take the right course; otherwise we will regretfully be facing the Bill and Hillary Show for at least the next four years, and possibly eight.

ROB WEINHOLD

Dale City, Va.

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