A message to Candy, et al., from Rich

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A message to Candy, et al., from Rich

Post by T on Tue Feb 09, 2016 6:06 am

Lessons to be learned, courtesy of Trumpery

Rich Lowry

Donald Trumpery's loss in Iowa wasn't just a victory for conservatives, but a loss for the mogul's routinely low and dishonest style of campaigning.

Trumpery accused Cruz of being in the back pocket of Goldman Sachs for an above-board loan (Cruz failed to disclose it on one form, but reported it on others) even though Trump's own highly leveraged business career would have been impossible without ungodly bank loans.

Trumpery returned with a message to anyone who thought he might acquit himself more rationally and honorably after kicking away an Iowa lead, in part, with low-rent melodrama: Never gonna happen. Trumpery blew through several political norms — against acting like a sore loser, against making ridiculously unfounded allegations and, as always, against juvenile name-calling — by lashing out at Cruz for allegedly stealing the Iowa caucuses in the political crime of the century.

The cheating charge is typical Trumpery, who has a reptilian political conscience. In this case, it's hard to know where the line is between political calculation (regaining control of the media narrative, driving a wedge between Cruz and Carson, etc.) and the elemental desire for revenge against a competitor who bested him.
As far as I'm concerned, Trumpery the political candidate can't go away fast enough. party

The fact is that the Republican Party can't be dependent on working-class voters at the same time that its default economic agenda has little to say to them.

Trumpery voters will have been ill-served by his buffoonery, and the gatekeepers of the Republican Party will have been ill-served by their own lack of imagination. What Donald Trump has identified out there in the country is too important to be left to Donald Trumpery.

Rich Lowry is a syndicated columnist. He can be reached via e-mail at: comments.lowry@nationalreview.com.

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