From the time Donald Trump entered the Republican race for president, the conventional knock on his campaign wasn’t just that it had little chance of succeeding, but that it could drag down with it other Republicans running for office.
Trump supporter and former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, however, believes that doesn’t paint an accurate picture of elitist GOP concerns.
What the Republican establishment really feared then, and fears now, said Huckabee, is something else entirely.
In an interview Monday night on Fox News’ “The Kelly File,” Huckabee said the anti-Trump argument was much more self-serving than the “good of the party” spiel being sold in the mainstream media.
“A lot of the bed-wetting, hand-wringing Republicans, they’re not afraid Donald Trump is going to lose,” said the man who early on challenged Trump for the GOP nomination. “They’re scared to death he’s going to win. And if he wins, he’s going to mess up the neat, little package of fun they have, because they all play to the donor class, and Donald Trump is going to make big changes in the way these institutions go.”
Check out the interview here.
The lion’s share of the Fox News talk dealt with the still-reverberating release of a recording of Donald Trump bragging about his sexual conquest strategies 11 years ago in gutter language not fit for printing – even online.
But it was Huckabee’s earliest comments that really hit the point home.
Democrats like to bill themselves as the party of “change” — Obama’s “hope and change” slogan is still enough to make an adult cringe when it comes to practical, applied politics. But as Huckabee pointed out, it’s the prospect of a Donald Trump candidacy that would represent real change — fundamental, disruptive change — in the nation’s governing structure.
In fact, considering that so much of the Republican Party’s official leadership has all but abandoned Trump in the wake of last week’s audiotape release, the idea of a Trump presidency is probably a lot closer to what the Founders envisioned (the questionable moral leanings notwithstanding) than the disastrous first two years of the Obama presidency. The radical Democrat president empowered by a lock-step Democrat Congress was able to run roughshod over the basic principles of separation of powers enshrined in the Constitution.
As Conrad Black, the conservative former media mogul who once controlled newspapers like Britain’s Daily Telegraph, the Chicago Sun-Times, and the Jerusalem Post, put it in a column this week on National Review, “The Clinton campaign is the ultimate last stand of continuity.”
And what is a second Clinton presidency going to continue, acting like a third Obama term? The ever-expanding power of the executive, which Barack Obama’s presidency has raised to unheard of levels. The continued subservience of a Congress that – especially if the Senate falls into Democrat hands in November – will be a submissive partner to a near omnipotent White House.
Would Republican congressional and Senate candidates be happier with a popular name at the top of the party’s ticket on Nov. 8? Of course, but Hillary’s coattails aren’t going to be long.
A Trump presidency would guarantee friction between Congress and the White House. House Speaker Paul Ryan has cut his ties with Trump, and might even be close to the man believed to have leaked the “Access Hollywood” tape that’s bedeviled Trump’s campaign since Friday.
That’s politics. Congress and the White House were intended to be competing powers by the Constitution itself; let it be that way for a change.
And as for the supposedly co-equal Supreme Court? With the appointments of Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan buttressing the unapologetically liberal Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Stephen Breyer, the court has a guaranteed liberal voting bloc.
A President Hillary Clinton will have one immediate vacancy to fill and the opportunity to shift for years to come the ideological balance of the court in her first year in office. At the debate Sunday night in St. Louis, she made it clear she intends to use appointment to solidify a court that already arrogates to itself the power to decide what is “right” and “wrong,” rather than restricting itself to what is “constitutional.”
(Anyone who doubts that can ask Justice Anthony Kennedy’s gay friends. Maybe even send them a wedding gift.)
Trump has expressed a desire to name justices in the mold of the late Antonin Scalia. His guiding principles were found in the Constitution, not anybody’s agenda.
As Huckabee told Kelly, a Trump presidency would break up the continuity. Even if he didn’t intend to, the evolution of the campaign has made it inevitable. Trump is now essentially running a solo candidacy. That will make it tougher to win, but if it’s successful, it’s going to upset a lot of apple carts in D.C.
“This is a guy who is confident enough in his view, whether you a like them or not, that he’s going to take it straight to the other person to their face,” Huckabee said. “He’s not two-faced. He’s not a phony.”
As the latest WikiLeaks email hack proved by revealing her cordial private speeches to the bankers she publicly reviles, Hillary is both.
And America knows it.
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