9/23/15, "GOP voters are ready to move into Trump Tower," Boston Globe, Meredith Warren, opinion
"Years of weak Republican leadership,
lack of a unified rallying cry and scores of unhappy investors — or in
this case, voters — made the GOP ripe for the picking. It wasn’t even a
hostile takeover. He just walked right in.
As summer turns into
fall and Trump continues to hold his front-runner status, the Republican
establishment is wringing its hands over what Trump is doing to the
But you can’t damage a brand that doesn’t exist.
voters have gotten used to seeing House Speaker John Boehner — who has a
penchant for crying in public — and Senate majority leader Mitch
McConnell hold press conferences after getting out-maneuvered by
President Obama and the Democrats again and again on a variety of policy
When the GOP finally gained control of both houses of Congress in
January, it seemed like perhaps our ship had come in and the party would
finally make some headway. But it turns out Boehner and McConnell were
still the mushy, mild-mannered leaders they were before. They barely
made a peep when Obama found a way to shove the Iran nuclear deal
through Congress, right under their noses....
He didn’t even need to run third
party, as some pundits predicted he might. Instead, he worked within the
rules of the GOP to take over the primary contest. He did the debates,
he signed the pledge, he ate a pork chop on a stick at the Iowa State
And he’s still in the lead.
The political arm of the
conservative group Club for Growth is trying to reason with Republican
voters and is spending $1 million on an ad campaign attempting to out
Trump as a liberal because of his positions on tax increases and other
But judging by Trump’s popularity in the polls, his positions aren’t turning off Republican voters. What
GOP voters really want is to win one, finally. They are ready to move
out of the 11-story building that is the current Republican Party and
become Trump Tower.
When Trump campaigned against the Iran nuclear
deal on the lawn of the Capitol, he declared, “We will have so much
winning if I get elected that you may get bored with the winning.”
After years of Republican Party drudgery, can you really blame voters who yearn for what Trump is advertising?
for Republicans trying to figure out how to put a stop to Trump, the
answer may be that it’s too late for that. If they wanted an
establishment candidate to be their standard-bearer in 2016, they needed
to shore up the brand years ago, build a solid agenda for Republican
voters to get behind, and stop acquiescing to the Democrats.
other words, they need to take a page from Trump’s bold and aggressive
playbook if they want to win. Because, as they say, and as Trump found
with Trump Tower — if you build it, they will come."
"Meredith Warren is a Republican political analyst and consultant."
The Democratic and Republican parties have held a monopoly on power for the last century.
8/19/15, "Donald Trump blazes a European path in American politics," Boston Globe, Eric Horowitz, opinion
"One way to understand Trump is to see him as the vanguard of a new
movement to bring right-populist politics into the United States,
bending the whole political spectrum in service of an agenda that is
anti-immigrant and also pro-American-worker.
His ideas are getting
serious traction. A large bloc of American voters really does want to
reduce immigration and also strengthen Social Security, even if this
combination is rarely reflected among options at the voting booth.
building a wedge movement like this is a daunting undertaking, certain
to attract fierce resistance from the Democratic and Republican parties,
who have held a monopoly on power for the last century."...(near end of article)