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Donald Trump has brought out the largest crowds in the history of primaries. He has won the most victories, the most delegates, the most votes. He is poised to sweep three of the five largest states in the nation — New York, Pennsylvania and California.

If he does, and the nomination is taken from him, the Republican Party will be seen by the American people as a glorified Chinese tong.

Last week, Ted Cruz swept 34 delegates at the Colorado party convention. Attendees were not allowed to vote on whom they wanted as the party’s nominee.

This weekend, Cruz shut out Trump in Wyoming the same way.

What does this tell us? Cruz has a better “ground game.” His operatives work the system better. Ted Cruz is the king of small ball.

But having gone head-to-head in some 30 primaries and caucuses, Cruz has fallen millions of votes behind Trump, and will fall millions further behind after New York, Pennsylvania and California.

Cruz will soon join John Kasich in being mathematically eliminated from winning the nomination on the first ballot. His fallback strategy is to keep Trump just short of the 1,237 votes needed for victory on the first ballot, and then steal the nomination on the second.

How? Poaching and pilfering. In state after state, he is getting Cruz loyalists elected as Trump delegates. After casting an obligatory vote for Trump on the first ballot, the turncoats will go over the hill and vote for Cruz on the second ballot.

Faithless delegates are preparing to switch to give Ted Cruz a nomination that he could not persuade Republican voters to confer upon him.

Like the 1919 World Series, the fix is in.

The rules are the rules, says Republican National Chairman Reince Priebus in defense of what went down in Colorado and Wyoming.

Priebus is correct. The rules are the rules. But what is also true is that the rules have been and are being manipulated by party elites to frustrate the expressed will of a Republican electorate, and to impose a nominee other then the clear winner of the primaries.

Republican elites are engaged in a conspiracy to frustrate and overturn the democratic decision of the Republican electorate.

Prediction: If Trump sweeps the remaining major primaries, comes to Cleveland with millions more votes than any other candidate, and then has the nomination stolen from him, the Grand Old Party will be committing hara-kiri on worldwide TV.

This political race ranks among the most exciting in American history. Seventeen Republicans entered the lists last summer in what party officials hailed as “the strongest Republican field since 1980.”

Then Trump came down the escalator, took them on, and bested them all. Can Republican Party elites think they will be celebrated if they substitute their wants for the will of the voters?

A Cruz nomination would be like taking the gold medal away from the man who won it, and handing it to a runner-up. The GOP elites would be about as popular as those Olympic boxing judges in South Korea.

The deeper problem here is the refusal of party elites to realize that the world has changed.

The Bush dynasty is done. Jeb Bush, the Prince of Wales, understands this. He will not be going to Cleveland.

The primaries have starkly revealed that a new era is upon us.

Even the neocons, the dominant element among the 121 foreign policy experts who declared in an open letter that they will never work for a President Trump, testify to this.

They see Trump’s victories as a repudiation of their legacy, and a Trump presidency as the end of their post-Cold War ascendancy.

And given the disasters they have produced for America, from Afghanistan to Iraq, Libya and Yemen, the nation would be well rid of them.

Indeed, Trump’s victories, and the energies he has unleashed, are due, not only to his outsized persona but to his issues.

People believe Trump will secure the borders, halt the invasion, embrace tariff and trade policies to reduce imports, and restart the production of goods, Made in the USA, by and for Americans.

In his first inaugural, Woodrow Wilson said, “The success of a party means little except when the Nation is using that party for a large and definite purpose.”

Bush Republicans saw their “large and definite purpose” as creating a “New World Order” and “ending tyranny in our world.”

Trump seems to see repairing, rebuilding and restoring America to greatness as the “large and definite purpose” of the party he would lead. And a new emerging Republican majority seems to agree.

If Trump had been routed, as first expected, then his message could rightly have been regarded as outside the mainstream. But Republican voters rallied to the issues he raised.

To either ignore the clear instructions of its electorate, or renounce their chosen messenger, would be for the Republican Party to forfeit its future, and cling to a discredited and dead past.

Patrick J. Buchanan is the author of the new book “The Greatest Comeback: How Richard Nixon Rose From Defeat to Create the New Majority.”

Copyright 2016

• Category: Ideology • Tags: 2016 Election, Donald Trump, Republicans 
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  1. Hbm says:

    Surely Pat means to ask if the fine folks who run the GOP are willing to see it killed if that means stopping Trump?

    And of course the answer is: They couldn’t care less if the Grand Old Party gets blown-up as long as it means the highly lucrative White Genocide globalist agenda can continue apace, without any interference from the Overcombed One.

    But Pat knows this, I think. I also wonder what Pat has against paragraphs. Putting his usual collection of sentences into a properly-formatted whole for once might be good thing for everyone.

    • Replies: @tin man
    , @Minnesota Mary
  2. Anonymous • Disclaimer says:

    The GOP is better without Trump. A Trump nomination means President Hilary, Democratic Congress, and the SC lost for maybe 20 years!

    I’m not so obsessed with the single issue of Hispanic immigration that I find such an election/SC appointment outcome acceptable.

  3. It doesn’t matter if the Dems nominate the Bolshevik or the Menshevik. Trump will demolish either of those doddering socialists. And it won’t even be close. Think ’72 or ’84.

    • Replies: @Giles
  4. Given comments 2 and 3, I admit I can’t wait to find out which is correct. I can’t figure out whether Trump wins in a blowout or loses in one, even to Granny Smith.

    Side point- this Wilsonian citation troubles me, as does everything he ever wrote or said:

    “In his first inaugural, Woodrow Wilson said, “The success of a party means little except when the Nation is using that party for a large and definite purpose.””

    I’d like to think that the purpose of a political party under constitutional government is to assemble like-minded people to run for office and govern the country according to a similar general tendency, as chosen by the electorate through a regular system.

    Not to embody “the Nation” or to represent “the Nation” in pursuing “a large and definite purpose”. Healthy societies don’t have large and definite purposes. They have many individual, familial, community, and yes, national interests that must be balanced in both domestic and foreign policies. A nation should not be its own teleology.

  5. Stick says:

    You would think GOPe would have understood the results of the primaries with every Establishment candidate being tossed out. But you would be wrong. The GOPe, with its insular 22% of the party, still thinks it’s entitled to select the Top of Ticket.

  6. The Republican Party is in danger only inasmuch as our entire ruling class is in danger. Republicans dominate the congress and the state houses. Their only competition is the equally corrupt Democratic Party. The problem for our political class is that the serfs are finally recognizing them for what they are. Servants of the .01% and oppressors of the 99.9%. We are being intentionally and systematically enslaved and impoverished by the same elites who will stop at nothing to silence Trump. Trump’s enemies are our enemies. Its midnight in America. The zeitgeist is experiencing the Trumpening and feeling the Bern. The first ones now will later be last for the times they are a-changing.

    • Replies: @stickman
  7. Travis says:

    it is surprising to see the GOP still waging unprecedented attacks against the future Nominee. after Trump wins big today in New York , he is going to win Connecticut, Rhode Island, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, Indiana and set Virginia…Trump will be the Republican Nominee, the betting parlors have him back up at 70%. This who feel he will lose could make a nice profit by betting against him, getting 3 to one odds….you can triple your money in 3 months by betting against Trump.

  8. If Trump reaches the convention without the “magik 1237” bound delegates, he hasn’t won the primaries. If he doesn’t win on the first ballot, all bets are off.

    The GOP has already committed suicide. The primaries this year are simply a symptom of that death. All that remains to determine is the time of death.

    • Agree: dc.sunsets
  9. Plan for when Trump doesn’t get the nomination:
    In November:
    1. Write in Trump
    2. Vote democrat for all other selections. Break the republicans.

  10. I am constantly amused by those Cruz supporters out there who like to tout his brilliant legal mind as one of his assets. This alleged brilliance of his has never appeared in reality. Every argument I’ve ever heard him make has been illogical and preposterous, including this one. Consider:

    Ted Cruz asserts that with Trump as the Republican nominee, we lose the general election, even with Cruz at the VP slot. And yet Cruz would also like to make us believe that he would win the general election against Hillary, despite the fact that Trump has far and away more voters and more momentum than he has. So this amounts to saying that Cruz is so popular that he can win the general election (despite not being able to win his own party’s primary), and that Trump is so unpopular that he would poison the Cruz campaign in a combined ticket (despite the fact that Trump has abundantly more voters and delegates than Cruz does).

    This is ridiculous. Either Cruz is incredibly stupid, or he thinks we all are. It’s probably some combination of the two. People who go through life convinced of their own brilliance, who have never had to work in the real world (like Ted Cruz), develop these sorts of supercharged, solipsistic egos whereby they become convinced that they can bowl everyone over by the sheer force of their intellect, and they no longer need to pay attention to factual accuracy or logic.

    This is what gives Ted Cruz his creepy, psychopathic personality. That is why none of his colleagues or coworkers can stand him. This is why he carries on with his hopeless campaign despite the fact that he has no path to victory. And this is why it is absolutely unacceptable to vote for Ted Cruz under any circumstances. He is not the lesser of two evils. He IS the two evils. He combines the elites’ fecklessness and globalism with Hillary’s blind personal ambition.

    And in light of all this, I would not say that Cruz’s Evangelical Protestantism and his “true Constitutional conservatism” are all an act. Rather, Cruz epitomizes precisely what these two cultural currents are really all about. Evangelical Protestantism is phony Christianity for stupid, self-righteous Pharisees, and “Constitutional conservatism” is snake oil for well-connected lawyers and bankers, i.e. crony capitalism. Cruz is guilty on both counts.

    Donald Trump is the only man who stands for normal Americans. He is the only man who takes reality into consideration when crafting his policies. He is, in other words, the only real politician in the race and the only one who fits the true definition of conservatism, viz accepting and affirming the perennial facts of existence. May God bless and preserve Donald Trump, and guide him to victory in 2016. Amen.

    • Replies: @KenH
    , @woodNfish
  11. Rurik says:

    Indeed, Trump’s victories, and the energies he has unleashed, are due, not only to his outsized persona but to his issues.

    I’d just amend this to read that his victories are in spite of his persona

    it’s not about Trump, it’s about us. It’s the issues, not the persona. Perhaps the persona was important for Trump to get the notoriety, but if Jeb or Rand or one of the others had said the exact same things Trump is saying about deporting the illegals and building a wall and putting America first in trade and ending the insane Eternal Wars™, then I suspect they’d get the votes too. But they didn’t, because they’re treasonous little whores and stooges of the neocons- and their agenda of sacrificing every last drop of American blood and treasure for the benefit of Israel.

    Trump may love Jews and even Israel, but he doesn’t seem willing to continue to slash open America’s veins to spill out into the neocon slop trough for assorted Kaganite/Kristol war pigs to slurp from. For this he’s considered an existential threat to the continued flow of blood-$lop in the war pig trough.

    Patrick Buchannan = American treasure

    perhaps the closest thing we have to an actual statesman other than Ron Paul

    Buchannan for Secretary of State!

    Ron Paul for Secretary of the Treasury!

    • Agree: Kiza
  12. Renoman says:

    People have had enough of both the Filthy rich and the GOP, either way they’re going down and it’s high time. The Nation needs lots of Mansion burning’s, it’s what they deserve.

    • Replies: @RadicalCenter
    , @stickman
  13. MEexpert says:

    This is the first time people really have a chance to tell the two parties who is the boss. Trump has not only energized the base of the party but also the electorate in general. The voters in New York, Pennsylvania and California need to show the bosses that they can’t mess with the will of the people. They should all vote for Trump and trounce Cruz. Cruz should know that party bosses may nominate a candidate but they can’t get him elected to be the president.

  14. It would be interesting to get Ross Perot’s take on the current election. In many ways, the Reform Party was a precursor to the Trump Phenomenon, just as Barry Goldwater paved the way for Uncle Ronnie. Of course, the USA wasn’t nearly as far down the drain in ’92 as it is in ’16, but Perot and Trump still touch on many of the same political and cultural issues.

    Perot’s psychological flame-out during his campaign also looks a lot more understandable through the lens of 2016. Although he was a hard-nosed businessman with a military background, Perot was not temperamentally prepared for the stress of being a lone voice crying in the wilderness. Nor was he a media “natural”. What separates Trump from Perot is his brass-balled New York insouciance and his long experience with entertainment media. Without this truly-unique intangible skill-set, Trump would have been marginalized or badgered out of the race long ago.

  15. @Anonymous

    In time, immigration determines the composition of the electorate. Thus, immigration is not a “single issue.”

    Continuing this level of Mexican and Third World immigration will result in an electorate that — on average — thinks, believes, lives, and votes quite differently than you and I do and is not compatible with our conception of a just, orderly, safe, productive, advanced, compassionate, civilized Western society. Not just in California and Texas but everywhere.

    The Supreme Court will be utterly lost if these demographic and electoral trends continue.

    • Replies: @Anonymous
    , @dc.sunsets
  16. @Renoman

    Both coastal mansions (especially NYC, DC, LA, and San Fran) and government-funded headquarters for African aggressors and deadbeats (“public housing projects”) would both seem to house the enemies of our safety, liberty, prosperity, and identity.

  17. Anonymous • Disclaimer says:

    Both the Dems and Repugs will rue the day when both Trump and Bernie get fed up with their transparent childish insider games and run as a power duo independent ticket.

    That fire has already been lit and will spread fast as these games go on.

    • Replies: @stickman
    , @Giles
  18. wow says:

    I think Pat is secretly giving advice to Trump…I believe this will come out layer once Trump is president. I think it’s a good thing….a great thing….Trump needs some inside political advice to recognize the scoundrels in his midst….especially the media. No more hypothetical answers to hypothetical BS questions!

  19. KenH says:
    @Intelligent Dasein

    This is what gives Ted Cruz his creepy, psychopathic personality. That is why none of his colleagues or coworkers can stand him. This is why he carries on with his hopeless campaign despite the fact that he has no path to victory.

    Exactly. Cruz is a legend in his own mind and he has absolutely no bipartisan appeal like Trump does. Yet he tells us with a straight face that he and only he can defeat the mighty Hillary which makes no sense given he’s a distant second to Trump and has finished third place in several primaries.

    Only his vanity and hubris keeps him in the primary race he has no chance of winning at this stage.

  20. Anonymous • Disclaimer says:

    If Trump’s out, i’m out. I’m now living in a very rural location and nothing will affect my life.
    I can’t believe the self serving elected officials that want to keep their fiefdoms at any cost.
    I’m going to live a very quite life unless someone f__ks with me.

  21. stickman says:

    Wholly agree. The American people are totally fed-up with the fringe on top. If Trump and Sanders are frozen out at the conventions and one or both of them has actually won more primaries via actual voters; i would love to see them kiss and make up in terms of previous partisanship and immediately form a President/Vice President coalition campaign with pre-nuptial agreements carefully dividing cabinet posts and an every other year occupancy of the Presidency for the 4 (or 8) year term.

    • Replies: @Intelligent Dasein
  22. stickman says:

    Those two cabinet appointments would sure shake the shhhht outta the scheisskendorfers.

  23. stickman says:

    Don’t burn those mansions. Each room would make a nice home for a homeless individual, or in the case of really large rooms, whole families.

  24. Jim Yost says:

    GOP initiated their suicide when they propped up Bush Sr., and finished themselves off when they propped up W. Everything the GOP has done since then runs on pure inertia that has been going
    on for decades. They have killed themselves but they keep walking around like the living dead. The same goes for the Democrats. They’re all robots who do what the Jewish masters tell them to do.

  25. stickman says:

    Exactly. I made the point on another poster’s spot but will repeat it here: They should run a joint campaign where each one contractually agrees to share the post of President one year and VP the next. They should also agree to share appointments of cabinet posts with a coin toss to determine which of them gets first choice of appointments and the “loser” getting the second and so on and on.

  26. Giles says:

    Trump will have proved elections are a fraud. Regime change will come the hard way and debt restructuring will be a yuuuge pain. The west made the ussr an offer it could not refuse. Now the east makes the ussa an offer. China china china love china all day long.

  27. tin man says:

    Love how the GOP is dying having Trump romp away over their boring puppets. But then again they have a secret weapon in Hillary who is backed by both the neocons and Kissinger (Satan). There is no GOP or Democratic party, it is one party of the elites for the elites by the elites. Hillary is their baby and the bought and paid for media will do all they can to fool the sheeple to vote for her using the usual scare tactics. Good luck.

  28. Giles says:

    What will happen is that people will organize locally. History does not repeat but it rhymes with solidarity in poland.

  29. bv says:

    If Cruz is given the nomination against the will of the voters that would make him about as popular as a Klan member at a Black Lives Matter gathering – and it would ensure the majority of voters either stay home or write-in. Surely they must know it would then be another easy win for the Left. Is that what they have secretly planned all along? Could Hillary have been pre selected by the L/R establishment to be the next POTUS, and this has all been an elaborate horse and pony show? I have sometimes had these same suspicions about the Super Bowl.

  30. @Rurik

    Buchannan for Secretary of State!

    Ron Paul for Secretary of the Treasury!

    Man, that would be the dream cabinet!

  31. @stickman

    Wholly agree. The American people are totally fed-up with the fringe on top.

    Oh, Reps and Dems and rich better scurry
    Trump and Sanders won’t have to worry
    When we all dispense in a hurry with the fringe on top.

    Watch that fringe and see how it dangles
    Strung up by their hind parts and ankles
    Donald Trump will lay into Cankles and her eyes will pop.

    Our news is yellow, our elections rigged, our parties genuine feckless,
    But we’ve got the ticket to replace those pigs, Bernie and Don will correct this!

    Two outsiders, Donald and Bernie
    Hill and Ted rolled out on a gurney
    Best damn team since old Bert and Ernie, who will put a stop
    To that tiny little fraction called “the fringe on the top.”

    (Sorry, I couldn’t resist.)

  32. Anonymous • Disclaimer says:

    Pat is quite right. If the GOP is so stupid as to cheat Trump out of the nomination, I — and millions of other Americans — will vote for Hillary (or Bernie) simply to DESTROY the GOP for all time. We will make certain that no Republican candidate is ever again elected to any office anywhere in USA. Wake up RNC, or the people will smash you like the stinking cockroaches you are!

    • Replies: @dc.sunsets
    , @SteveRogers42
  33. Anonymous • Disclaimer says:

    Among US born Hispanics around half of marriages among them are to whites. A doubt it’s a long term trend that Hispanics as a group will think differently or even see themselves differently from lower income whites.

  34. War for Blair Mountain [AKA "Groovy Battle for Blair Mountain"] says:


    If Hillary Clinton would mean that the only viable option left for The Historic Native Born White American Working Class is all-out race revolt against the open and deliberate policy of demographically exterminating Whitey and the homo-degenerate norming of US Society. Why would this be so bad?..It’s long overdue.

    If you feel comfortable around millions of Hispanics…go live in Mexico where you would be much happier…and if your preference is for living around millions of highly racialized Asians…go live in China.

  35. @Hbm

    I like Buchanan’s sentence structure and format. Unlike most writers, every one of his sentences is pregnant with meaning and deserves to stand out alone.

    For people with vision problems, his format makes for easier reading.

    Buchanan knows how to write better than anyone.

  36. The two-party system is very stable; incumbents in Congress win re-election at a higher rate than did Soviet Politburo members in the USSR.

    This (plus some good gerrymandering) makes sitting elected officials very smug, and they feel free to flip the bird to their ostensible base. The GOP’s pandering to Magic Dirt and Blank Slate is an all-out assault on that base, but it takes almost an act of war (e.g., Lincoln’s War) to pry out the embedded ticks.

    Whether Trump wins or loses, the GOP’s public policy positions are so far beyond their political expiration date that not even the maggots will touch them. Only the cuckservatives are left to that feast.

    Sooner or later, the GOP’s “Let them eat cake” attitude, born of indescribable complacency and entitlement, will bring about a revolution. The only two questions are, When? and How much downstream chaos, heartache and bloodshed will result from every day’s delay?

  37. @RadicalCenter

    The white population of the USA is and always will be North America’s engine of production and innovation…and thus the higher IQ part of it will always be the tax donkeys.

    Mayans flooding into the USA will not be tomorrow’s engineers and computer scientists. They’ll just be more mouths to feed on LINK as the jobs they perform are increasingly moved to automation.

    The political effects of this are quite predictable. Eventually, the productive class (mostly made up of the top 20% of whites) will be crowded so much into a box that they’ll either Go Galt or go to war.

    Immigrants in large numbers will simply bring the conditions they hoped to escape along with them. I never tire of watching people argue otherwise.

  38. @Anonymous

    You can’t destroy the GOP at the level of POTUS.

    The GOP has to be pulled up, every root and branch, in the House, the Senate and every state legislature….all the way down to dog catcher.

    The GOP is Dem-lite. What the USA needs is a full-out RIGHTIST political movement…and it looks like one is forming, called the Alt-right. It is properly understood to be a rightist party, as the “alt” in unneeded given that the GOP is still leftist, just not quite as loonie-left (although GOP support for Trans-insanity is pretty near off the left side of the sanity map.)

    The dems are now obviously anti-white, anti-intelligence, anti-taxpayer, pro thug, pro crime, pro chaos. The left cultists look more shrill every day, and their standard-bearers are positively unhinged, acting like schizophrenics engaged in spittle-flecked tirades at imaginary boogeymen.

    People are desperate for a change in direction. Leaders will volunteer for the post.

  39. Anonymous • Disclaimer says:

    Very well said. Couldn’t have articulated it better myself. Thanks for sharing.

  40. For most people who live with, and by sound bites, a given environment begs for this format.

    This is one of them.

  41. @Anonymous

    I like your concept, but rather than voting for Medusa or abstaining completely, how about a write-in campaign for The Don? That way, the magnitude of the votes lost through chicanery could be quantified.

    And, if the count is fair, he STILL might win!

  42. Anonymous • Disclaimer says:

    Cruz, the self-professed Constitutionalist, now believes the Constitution begins with “We the Delegates” instead of “We the People” since it fits his predicament. CheaTed will doing anything to win, even if it means changing the U.S. Constitution.

  43. woodNfish says:
    @Intelligent Dasein

    Trump is the only candidate who has a truly conservative platform and has never flip flopped in order to pander for votes. Everyday, Cruz shows us more and more what a complete sleezebag he is, and that he is typical of the establishment candidates who have been bought and paid for by the large donors.

  44. schmenz says:

    I simply do not understand Trump. He just made another incredibly idiotic remark supporting the idea of allowing men to sneak into girl’s bathrooms and showers. With that stupid remark he just gave Cruz a tremendous boost and lots more votes.

    Does Mr Trump like throwing votes out the window? Has he really no problem with this latest insanity about so-called “transgenderism”?

    I do not understand him. At all.

    • Replies: @Rurik
    , @Intelligent Dasein
  45. Rurik says:

    Hey Schmenz,

    I happen to agree that if you have a taliwhacker, you use the men’s room, and if it’s not there, you use the women’s. (but also, I’ve been to a lot of concerts and other events where women routinely use the men’s bathroom and all the guys could care less, even get a laugh out of it). And if a man accosted a girl in a bathroom, just because he was dressed like a woman, if he exposed himself to her, I’m pretty sure that’s still a felony, law or no law allowing him to use the bathroom.

    But I’m not sure Trump’s moderate approach is a deal breaker with most people. I think he’s looking at it from a business perspective, and North Carolina losing revenue because of being perceived as being divisive or hidebound.

    It’s like baking the cake for the gay marriage, they’re always looking for ways to outrage normal people and foist their eternal agenda. And Trump is trying to skillfully navigate our changing mores. Perhaps he’s looking more at the general election, having it seems like, secured the nomination.

    my two cents on that one

  46. @schmenz

    Trump did not say what everybody seems to think he said. The upshot of that entire Q and A session (that is to say, the point Trump was making) was that before the discussion of that transgender law, nobody was making an issue out of it and nobody was complaining.

    Trump just doesn’t hear questions the same way everybody else does in our media saturated, politically polarized world.

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