The Samson Contingency

By  |  May 1, 2016

Two rather shocking pieces came out Friday which represent a seismic shift in the conservative front vis the GOP. More of a salient, a bulge, so to speak, in the battle lines.

George Will‘s call to a von Clausewitzist Total War against Donald Trump, along with Jonah Goldberg‘s sharp excision of Trumpists who seek to pre-blame #NeverTrump activists for their Lord’s loss in November paint a grim picture for the GOP. Together, they led me to think in Biblical terms. I call it the Samson Contingency*.

If you remember your Sunday school lessons, Samson was a Judge of Israel and a super hero who fell tragically in love with a Philistine woman. Delilah seduced Samson into telling her the source of his super powers. Stripped of his power, the Philistines blinded Samson and paraded him into their temple for their own warped entertainment. Then Samson called upon God for one last burst of super strength, and pulled down the temple on himself and his captors. It’s all in Judges 16.

The Samson Contingency is the GOP pulling down the temple on top of itself, knocking out the pillars to collapse the party so what remains is pure. I’ll get to the how in a bit, but first let me set up the why.

There’s something to be said for purity, at which the irredeemably compromised Republican leadership snickers and grimaces as Barack Obama did when he found M&M’s in his trail mix. AsErick wrote:

Instead of claiming these conservatives were putting profit ahead of purity, these guys were claiming that conservatives were making money off enforcing purity to the detriment of the greater party good and the advancement of the agenda incrementally.

My colleague Josh Hammer framed it thusly, “The problem is that, in the midst of this existential fight, the Republican Party’s spineless establishment has revealed itself to be exactly what we thought it was.” I added the emphasis. This is no longer just a fight for the control of the GOP, it’s now an existential fight.

I always thought Trump would place the GOP in the position of staring into its own grave, but I honestly never thought they’d jump in.

The only way to save the party, should it sell out to Der Apfelstrudelfuhrer, may be to bring down the whole temple on top of the corrupt leaders and those who line up behind Trump. A simple black list won’t cut it anymore. Hurled threats of “we won’t forget!” will go unheard–who would expect them to listen after 20 years of not listening?

Here’s what Will wrote about Trump’s potential running mate. This was my “Samson moment.”

Ted Cruz’s announcement of his preferred running mate has enhanced the nomination process by giving voters pertinent information. They already know the only important thing about Trump’s choice: His running mate will be unqualified for high office because he or she will think Trump is qualified.

The very act of thinking Trump is qualified to possess the nuclear launch codes of the United States is enough to disqualify anyone from any high office. And what are we, the unensorceled, to do to prevent the man from ascending to office? Really, we don’t have to do anything. The country is not insane enough to elect him.

But those under Trump’s sway aren’t just going to go away on their own. They are going to blame the rest of us for causing him to lose, which in turn will bring a whole brood of vipers, biting insects, and venomous spiders out from under their rocks to feast on our flesh for a generation while they find the next “malleable” reality star to promote for their own profit. None of the blame game antics are remotely true, but it’s the narrative. Goldberg:

But let’s go back to the claim that Trump will win in the general election by flipping blue states in a populist tsunami. If that analysis is even remotely plausible, why should #NeverTrumpers matter? Indeed, if you take Trumpian rhetoric from his talk-radio and other cheerleaders seriously, the anti-Trump forces are a negligible bunch of eggheads, pinheads, and finger-sniffing shut-ins completely disconnected from the authentic and volcanically powerful volksgemeinschaft. If Trump has any chance of flipping New York, Pennsylvania, and Michigan, we shouldn’t matter at all. And yet, according to the increasingly shrill and whining bleats from his supporters, we will be to blame if he doesn’t win. Well which is it? Is this a revolutionary populist movement that will sweep aside ink knights like me or not?

One comment on this: Since when has the narrative been required to make sense? Obviously, if these same people believe (or pretend to believe) Trump will Make America Great Again™, logic eludes them.

Will’s shocking plan is the Samson Contingency.

Were he to be nominated, conservatives would have two tasks. One would be to help him lose 50 states — condign punishment for his comprehensive disdain for conservative essentials, including the manners and grace that should lubricate the nation’s civic life. Second, conservatives can try to save from the anti-Trump undertow as many senators, representatives, governors and state legislators as possible.

Were Trump to lose all 50 states–a landslide of such profound proportions that the question of blame becomes moot–the overwhelming rejection would shock the Republican Party to its foundations. Many consultants would lose their jobs immediately. Quislings and profiteers would shake in their boots. The talk would be practically never-ending as each shard of the broken GOP is carefully examined.

In short, none of the Trump boosters would get away with blaming anyone but themselves. The message to those who participated in the putsch: Repent or be exiled. The Samson Contingency goes beyond simple “I’ll stay home” #NeverTrump-ism. It’s a call to actively destroy the pillars and collapse the temple on top of us, while trying to preserve what remains.

Then Samson called to the Lord, saying, “O Lord God, remember me, I pray! Strengthen me, I pray, just this once, O God, that I may with one blow take vengeance on the Philistines for my two eyes!” And Samson took hold of the two middle pillars which supported the temple, and he braced himself against them, one on his right and the other on his left. Then Samson said, “Let me die with the Philistines!” And he pushed with all his might, and the temple fell on the lords and all the people who were in it. So the dead that he killed at his death were more than he had killed in his life. (Judges 16:28-30)

If the GOP nominates Trump, we may be called to do what Samson did. In fact, I think it will become clear that it’s exactly what we need to do.

*Apologies to Brad Thor, Joel C. Rosenberg, Robert Ludlum and ever other action novelist whose publisher threw such mordant titles at them.


Is this what we are actually left with? If Trump wins Indiana, I believe so. Yes, we will be left wandering in the wilderness as Hilary and her discordant horde lord it over the nation, further reducing it to ruin. But might that not actually be the best way to actually salvage the nation at this time? 

Look, Ted Cruz is no Messiah! But he is a good man, strong for the Constitution, and with an intent of restoring genuine federalism. Those won’t be easy tasks so long as the money changers are in control of the Temple! Worth the try, of course, as the alternative is horrible to contemplate, unless to look at the alternative of going down on Trump’s ship, or that ship actually making it to port!

My continually solidifying opinion is that, if we can’t have Cruz, or someone like him, as the nominee, then we must not get in bed with Trump, or we will likewise be smeared in his essential excrement of being. That stain would last a lifetime, but what arises from the rubble might signal a rebirth of the Republic!


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8 replies

  1. Kenobi went where I was thinking too – the upcoming Supreme Court choices, which may be the absolute only reason I’d vote for Trump. I agree that with him, we’d at least have a chance at getting it right, because if he doesn’t, he’s going to hear all kinds of flak from those Trumpbots who assumed he’d make conservative choices. Trump won’t like the badmouthing he’ll hear from them, and if nothing else has been made obvious, that’s high on his priority list.

    Without conservatives added to the SCOTUS, we’ll likely be doomed in less than a generation, imo.


  2. I look at this dilemma slightly differently.

    Not by Constitutional design but through flawed by-product, there is no more important function of the Executive than his nominations to the Supreme Court. Laws and executive orders are inconsequential in the grand scheme because we are ruled, yes ruled, by nine high priests. Whatever they finally say on matters they deem important enough is the true Law of the Land.

    The Wills and Goldbergs need to be really, really careful in such suggestions, at least so early in the election season, because they are going down a path for which there is no return. They are admitting that the republic is effectively over and cannot be salvaged by the internal mechanisms that have kept the U.S.A. together since its inception. This is because a Hillary regime will get several picks to the Court, likely, including the current open, which would be filled by Obama de facto if she wins.

    The Court has leaned Left for a long time, but soon it will be rock-solid Left Loon. I do not think it hyperbole to state that America will resemble nothing of a federal republic in a generation with this type of active Supreme Court. And I dare say, it may be far quicker than a generation, once the Left has their permanent Court lock and starts bringing their wildest fantasies to litigation.

    The only hope that “may” stop this nightmare scenario is…Trump, if he is the nominee. It would be a Hail Mary to hope he makes good Supreme Court picks, but it would still be a hope. Bush 43 at least got Alito right, so perhaps a Trump 45, even if a disaster in all other areas, could do the same.

    Now, if you are convinced that Trump’s picks would be no better than Clinton’s, then you have your answer. But if you think there is a chance, it may be worth holding your nose, again, and punching for the GOP.


    • That’s a valid point, L.O.K., no doubt about it. Trump supporters have forced into a terrible choice. IMO it’s on them if we can’t stomach either one.


    • At this point, LOK, I have NO hope that Trump will do ANYTHING 25% as good as GWB, who I refused to vote for (other than to oust Ann Richards), knowing he was a big government moderate. Pro abortion, pro Planned Parenthood, pro amnesty, pro trade war, tro abrogation of treaties, ad nauseum, that is Trump, more liberal than GWB, so on what basis do you have hope? That he CALLS himself a Republican at all??

      What was the sign at the River Styx about abandoning all hope?? I fear we sped past that sign when Rubio refused to exit earlier!

      Yes, I fear that the Republic, which I dearly love, is finished!


  3. What we have here is a Catch-22 dilemma. At least it is for me. I made the statement some weeks ago that I wasn’t sure (yet) how I would vote come election day – implying that I might vote for Hillary over Trump. I was severely chastised for that statement – the stance against my statement was that nothing could be worse than Hillary. I’ve been digging into Hillary’s activities and writing about her for some ten years now and I suspect that I know as much about her (little good, mostly very bad) as most of the population and that has resulted in an extremely negative opinion of her. She has no business being in control of government in any capacity, at any level

    But, now comes Donald Trump. Early on, I felt I could accept him if Cruz couldn’t make it to the big dance, but as more and more information became available about him, I began to sour on him. That souring evolved into a rancid, moldy, putrid distaste for him – even worse, I’m genuinely scared of what he may do to the country. He embodies few (if any) of the traits that we should require of our president, he is not qualified. Period.

    And therein is the problem. Who would be the worst for the country? Or, conversely, who would be better? They both stink in my opinion and I don’t like being forced to make a decision between two distasteful choices, so, I’ll withhold my choice until things shake out and hold my nose and vote for one of them.


    • Or you could take door #3 and vote for neither one. As difficult as it would be not to vote for POTUS at all, I am leaning towards that option. I don’t use the word “never” very often but I would never vote for Hillary.


      • I’m about where you are, CW. I could NEVER vote for Hillary. And I am getting to the point that I feel the same way about Trump.

        If the nation is going down in either case, and Trump will also destroy the conservative/constitutionalist brand (not in reality, but in public perception), then he is the WORSE case!

        For it that brand survives the crash as the only option we haven’t tried, then it could become a viable option for the public. If Trump is at the helm, the Republican brand will be destroyed entirely. If Boehner, McConnell, and the NCoC are the definition of that brand, it DESERVES to go into perdition!


  4. Many of us, myself included, believed that 8 years of Barack Obama would be enough to wake up the electorate. Now we’re wondering if 4 years of Hillary might finally do it. Unfortunately the Left has learned how to forestall the consequences of their plunder and deceit by the games they play with the debt ceiling, the fed and their giveaways (i.e. bribes) of tax payer money. In addition they control the schools, most of the media, and a large portion of the nation’s jobs, enabling them to keep people from seeing the truth, or even wanting to see the truth. Even so they can they can only push the can down the road until there is no more road, and we’re almost there.

    Each conservative needs to decide for himself what to do if this ultimately comes down to a contest between Trump and Hillary. Without a true conservative as POTUS and enough conservatives in congress, this country is headed for doom. There’s no question in my mind about that. Therefore, if Cruz is out and the choice is Trump or Hillary, I think the 64 million dollar question is this: Who do you want sitting in the driver’s seat when the sh*t hits the fan and the blame-game begins? George W. Bush was sitting in the driver’s seat when the housing market and our economy went bust, and it wasn’t hard for democrats to persuade an unthinking, panicked public that it was all the fault of republican policies, which is how we got stuck with Obama. Trump may not be a true republican in our eyes but everyone else sees him as an “R,” which means the Republican brand will take the blame for whatever happens on his watch. Just something to ponder.


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