Paul Kengor sums up the embarrassing spectacle which has constituted the Republican Presidential Nomination Campaign thus far
The whole thing is depressing. Consider, Rubio and Cruz, the two genuine conservative front-runners, are the hardworking sons of extraordinary immigrants from Cuba. They are quintessential American success stories. They are both solid Christian family men. And into the race comes a sudden self-proclaimed born-again conservative who laughs at them and eviscerates them, and is rewarded for it. Itâ€™s hard to watch.
All of which brings me back to Trumpâ€™s mastery of an altogether new campaign tactic of non-stop rapacious ridicule of opponents within oneâ€™s own party. The New Jersey casino founder brashly accused Ted Cruz of everything from being a closet Canadian citizen to cheating when the Donald lost Iowa. Schoolboy-like, Trump threatened lawsuits. Of late, he jumps in the sandbox and taunts Marco Rubio: â€œchoker, choker!â€
Can you imagine Ronald Reagan doing this? Reaganâ€™s â€œ11th commandmentâ€ was never to speak ill of another Republican. Donald Trumpâ€™s commandment is to speak ill of every Republican.
Do Republicans want this as the partyâ€™s new face and standard-bearer? Apparently those on the Trump side do. Many of them even assume the insult-kingâ€™s persona, dealing with dissenters with similar levels of obnoxiousness, blow-torching Republicans in the way of their Donald.