Why You Should Ignore The GOP When They Announce ‘The Only Candidate That Can Win’

“[Candidate X] is the only one who can win.” 

A good percentage of us have picked our horse for the Republican nomination. If you’re a Democrat and you’re reading this, no question you’re on your thirtieth “I’m with Hillary” chant while bowing toward DC, so we can all assume you’re good to go without feeling the Bern. 

The idea that we can know who will win anything — from picking a presidential candidate to a car race — is calling the future, and no one can do that with 100% certainty. We can guess, we can estimate, we can lean toward one or another candidate based on polling results, but no one knows for sure. What frustrates me is that the pundits making these surefire predictions are often the ones who said John McCain and Mitt Romney (even Bob Dole) are the only ones that can win. I’m long past done listening to losers. 

During the 2012 campaign, I was a big Michele Bachmann fan, and was told she couldn’t win. When Bachmann dropped out, I supported Rick Santorum. Then I was told over and over he couldn’t win. Then Santorum dropped out. Like good little soldiers, the majority of us supported and voted for Mitt Romney. To the base, which we now know is loathed by the Establishment, Romney was the only one to bring all Republican flavors and factions together. In what should have been a thorough beatdown against Obama, Mitt Romney lost by 126 electoral votes and over 2,000,000 popular votes. Thanks for that victory, dear leaders. We appreciate it. 

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Has getting behind the Establishment’s golden children ever worked? 

Bob Dole was the only one who could win. He lost. 

McCain was the only one who could win. He lost. 

Romney was the only one who could win. He lost. 

Despite each of these candidates rolling into their respective general elections with loads of Establishmentarian confidence behind them, they didn’t just lose, they lost big. 

To the questionable extent my endorsement counts, I have decided on Ted Cruz. To me, most Republican candidates are qualified, but Cruz is the most principled conservative with the right conscience and demeanor. When it comes to a debate between Clinton and Cruz, Star Wars is a checkers tournament compared to the excitement of watching that massacre. Do I know with 100% certainty that he can win, however? Of course not. And neither do you if you support Marco Rubio, Jeb Bush, or Donald Trump. Any Republican candidate has the ability to whip Hillary in a debate, and any Republican candidate can beat her in the general election. But to go for broke and say someone is a lock is foolish. 

Victory goes to the relentless. Whoever wins the Republican nomination must be supported with time and treasure by every Republican and liberty-loving independent from the first caucus through the general election. If you don’t get the candidate you want and refuse to support the one who gets the nod, you are responsible for a Democrat victory and, consequently, the downfall of America. That’s not an opinion. 

Happy New Year, Clashmates. This is the year we can start to get America back. Let us commit to saving her.

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Michael Cummings
Michael A. Cummings has a Bachelors in Business Management from St. John's University in Collegeville, MN, and a Masters in Rhetoric & Composition from Northern Arizona University. He has worked as a department store Loss Prevention Officer, bank auditor, textbook store manager, Chinese food delivery man, and technology salesman. Cummings wrote position pieces for the 2010 Trevor Drown for US Senate (AR) and 2012 Joe Coors for Congress (CO) campaigns.


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