by Paul Moomjean

paulmoomjean@yahoo.com

The election is only a few weeks away, and the game show reality program we’ve been living in looks to come to an end after election day. While President Donald Trump might have a more passionate base than former Vice President Joe Biden does, the call to normalcy and civil calmness seems more powerful of a base, benefiting Biden. Current polls have Biden sitting at a popular voting lead with polls ranging from 9 percent to 18 percent in favor of the longtime politician. While the popular vote isn’t the deciding factor, one can argue that with his lead in numerous swing states like Arizona and Colorado, it’s more his race to lose than it was for Hillary Clinton. While national polling will always be Trump’s Achilles heel, the greater indicator is the Republican party separating from the man who in January was looking at re-election with the party behind him. Now they are just running away.  

Republican Senator John Cornyn of the great state of Texas is now moving away from the president with only two weeks to go. His odd analogy of comparing Trump and himself as a bickering married couple shows how far the GOP will go in trying to find ways to jump out of the burning building that is Trump’s party. Cornyn said “maybe like a lot of women who get married and think they’re going to change their spouse, and that doesn’t usually work out very well.”

You know it’s bad when Texas senators bail. Especially when Senator Ted Cruz of Texas was on The View a few weeks ago defending the president who mocked him openly and called his wife ugly. Cornyn went on to add: “I think what we found is that we’re not going to change President Trump. He is who he is. You either love him or hate him, and there’s not much in between. What I tried to do is not get into public confrontations and fights with him because, as I’ve observed, those usually don’t end too well.”

The president has reached the point that his own party cannot have a civil argument over policy because of his immature outbursts. This never would have been the case with either Bush presidency or Bill Clinton. Even Barack Obama kept his party on his side when his polls were dipping in the 40 percent area. 

Even though Cornyn sees Trump as a political liability, he’s still trying to maintain some civility and a lifeline by suggesting he’s nicer in private. “But when I have had differences of opinion, which I have, [I] do that privately,” Cornyn said. “I have found that has allowed me to be much more effective, I believe, than to satisfy those who say I ought to call him out or get into a public fight with him.” 

Going back to his odd married-couple comparison, he seems to be saying that you just don’t know the sweet things he tells me in bed, but for the sake of the kids, I’m getting out.

This is the legacy Trump will leave. That of a divider and an embarrassment. Not the bravado leader who “built a big beautiful wall” or who told us “people will start saying Merry Christmas again!” In fact, it appears, based on new insider stories, his own wife hates saying Merry Christmas. 

The problem is that Trump ran on a talk radio ticket. Literally. Vice President Mike Pence was once a talk radio host. He stole the taglines and talking points of Sean Hannity, Rush Limbaugh and Ann Coulter, and now in the Season 2 of this TV show nightmare, he has no new storylines. In 2016 he ran against the establishment. Now he is the establishment. 

Instead of fighting for the American people by passing another stimulus check and more PPP relief, he hasn’t even talked to Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi. Reports even said on the record that he told Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to stop relief talk and just get the Supreme Court filled. 

In many ways, Trump was the greatest experiment the American people ever gambled on. Could a “businessman” with media credentials lead the free world? The answer is no. And now, like on his old show The Apprentice, the American people are about to tell the now infamous Trump, “You’re fired!”