Donald Trump has obviously benefitted from an anti-politician feeling among Americans. He is perceived as the heroic outsider and the ultimate anti-establishment candidate. Establishment mouthpieces have claimed that he is an existential threat to the Republican Establishment.
But maybe Ted Cruz is the anti-establishment President despite a history in government and his status as a Senator. Even Donald Trump seems to affirm that Cruz is more of an outsider by saying that everybody hates him and he won’t be able to get anything done.
According to the New York Times, Bob Dole has recently said that Donald Trump as Republican nominee and as President would be preferable to Ted Cruz. He claimed that Cruz as nominee would cause the party “cataclysmic” losses. I remember Dole’s own horrible campaign against Bill Clinton in 1996 and wonder how he became such an expert.
But more interesting is what he says of Trump versus Cruz as President. He questions Cruz’s loyalty to the Republican Party. Again, that’s what people used to complain about Trump, and that was also one reason for Trump’s rise in the polls.
But even more interesting, Dole thinks Trump will compromise and Cruz won’t.
“I don’t know how he’s going to deal with Congress,” he said. “Nobody likes him.”
But Mr. Dole, 92, said he thought Mr. Trump could “probably work with Congress, because he’s, you know, he’s got the right personality and he’s kind of a deal-maker.”
So Cruz is hopeless but Dole thinks the Republicans could work with Trump.
I think Dole is onto something in his highly biased way. Trump boasts of his independence but no one runs for President unless he wants something. Trump may not need money, but it is obvious from the way he campaigns and his reality TV history that he loves to be the star. When he realizes that he can’t “make America great again” with Presidential powers, suddenly he will be looking for a lasting legacy. Who knows who he will make a deal with at that point.