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Settle down | Planet Ryan

By on March 16, 2016 at 8:10 am

I’ve waited a few months – I think –  to revisit politics. Since my last politically-themed column, so much has changed. We’ve seen the entire presidential election process turned upside down and inside out and then blown to pieces by an awkward death ray.

For those of you who pay attention, this presidential election is of significant historical value.

Political scientists, pundits and politicians will study this cycle for decades to come and probably scratch their heads the entire time – unable to figure out how in the world this all came to be.

And the most exciting part? It’s only just beginning.

But lately, I’ve been bothered by something. Love him or hate him, billionaire businessman Donald Trump has played a magnificent game of political chess. It wasn’t all that long ago that we collectively laughed at the thought of Trump making it through a few weeks, let alone emerging as the front-runner and likely Republican nominee.

But it happened. And for some reason, the so-called Republican “establishment” only recently began to take him as a serious threat — so much so that they even pulled out a lame dinosaur in an effort to take him out. Of course, I’m speaking of Mitt Romney. You know, the guy who lost two elections in a row.

What the establishment has grossly failed to realize is that Romney and his ilk have greatly contributed to the reason American voters are gravitating toward a noise-making, tradition-bucking outsider like Trump. The fact that Trump has the showmanship game mastered and knows how to dominate the media is icing on the cake.

As you’ve no doubt seen, in recent weeks, Sen. Ted Cruz and Sen. Marco Rubio have tag-teamed Trump during several debates. The super PACs who back both senators are spending millions in anti-Trump attack ads.

Personally, I believe Cruz and Rubio should be fighting each other to the death to end up as the last man standing for the remote chance of beating Trump to the nomination. But, what do I know?

There are even rumors of back-room strategies that might lead us to the first GOP-brokered convention since 1948. Ugh.

My point is this – what does the establishment think is going to happen to the millions of voters who will be utterly disgusted if they managed to torpedo the outsider (Trump) so hard that it robs him of the nomination through a shady, brokered convention?

I’ll tell you what happens. The record number of voters who have showed up to vote in the primaries– mostly due to Trump’s rise in popularity – will NOT vote in a general election and the GOP establishment will once again manage to rip itself apart through civil war – and lose yet another presidential election.

By this time next week, we should have a pretty good idea who the GOP nominee will be. So, instead of destroying the party through old-school establishment tactics that have angered voters to no end, why don’t we all rally behind the nominee, whomever that may be, and win for once.

Wouldn’t that be nice?

Andrea F.D. Saathoff

Andrea is a graduate of Gibault High School and the University of Missouri School of Journalism, the University of Missouri Harry S Truman School of Public Affairs and Southern Illinois University Edwardsville College of Education. She lives in Columbia with her husband and their twin toddler sons. When she isn't cheering on St. Louis Cardinals baseball or riding the emotional roller coaster of Mizzou Tigers football, she enjoys attending and participating in the many family events the county has to offer. email: