Michael Gaynor
New York Times' David Brooks rejected as Donald Trump triumphs yet again
By Michael Gaynor
March 10, 2016

The big question is whether establishment Republicans continue to try to do to Trump what their predecessor establishment Republicans successfully did to Barry Goldwater in 1964 – make him unelectable to the delight of the Democrat Party.

David Brooks' March 8, 2016 column for the New York Times was a desperate plea to reject both Donald Trump and Ted Cruz for Marco Rubio or John Kasich.

Brooks concluded: "The hour is late and the odds may be long. But there is still hope. It's a moment for audacity, not settling for Ted Cruz simply because he's the Titanic you know."


Audacity has two definitions: (1 )boldness or daring, especially with confident or arrogant disregard for personal safety, conventional thought, or other restrictions" and (2) effrontery or insolence; shameless boldness.

Donald Trump demonstrated the first kind of audacity by running for President.

The "rule or ruin" Republicans have been demonstrating the other kind of audacity.

It's time for Republicans and conservatives to unite to stop Hillary Clinton or Bernie Sanders from succeeding President Obama.

In the four states in which delegates to the Republlcan National Convention were being chosen yesterday – Hawaii, Idaho, Michigan and Mississippi – Brooks was soundly rejected.

Trump won very impressively in Hawaii, Michigan and Mississippi, and came in second in Idaho.

Cruz won in Idaho, and came in second in Hawaii, Michigan and Mississippi.

Rubio came in third in Hawaii and Idaho and fourth in Mississippi in Michigan.

Kasich came in third in Mississippi and Michigan and fourth in Hawaii and Idaho.

The primaries next Tuesday will be held in Florida, Illinois, Missouri, North Carolina and Ohio.

At least two of these five states will be winner-take-all.

Trump was leading before yesterday and will be leading more strongly as a result of the results yesterday.

Trump will have a majority of the delegates before the Republican National Convention.

The big question is whether establishment Republicans continue to try to do to Trump what their predecessor establishment Republicans successfully did to Barry Goldwater in 1964 – make him unelectable to the delight of the Democrat Party.

If they do what they expect supporters of Trump and Cruz to do if their preferred candidate fails to win the nomination, Trump will be the next President of the United States and the Supreme Court and other federal courts will follow the progressive platform instead of the rule of law and "amend" the Constitution under the guise of interpreting it, as happened when the Supreme Court created a constitutional right to abortion and took regulation of marriage away from the states.

It's time to shame the Republican establishment into doing the right thing.

Is that doable, or is the Republican establishment too arrogant to be shamed?

© Michael Gaynor


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Michael Gaynor

Michael J. Gaynor has been practicing law in New York since 1973. A former partner at Fulton, Duncombe & Rowe and Gaynor & Bass, he is a solo practitioner admitted to practice in New York state and federal courts and an Association of the Bar of the City of New York member... (more)


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