Well, I can’t say that this is how I hoped it would be when the race began two years ago. Lordy!
No, I was wanting a sensible, successful Midwestern Governor at the top of the ticket, and a firebrand Junior Senator Cruz from Texas in the Veep slot. Pence & Daniels chose not to run, Kasich is just too Kasichy, and Walker was simply too weak on the stump. Suddenly no midwest Governors.
The RINO wing guys, like Jeb!, were non-starters for me. I’m done with Bushes for now. Rubio double-crossed on immigration and has to earn trust back first, not be given a promotion. Huckabee? Graham? PLEASE!!
I liked Ben Carson, sort of. Great story, but where was ANY experience or depth of political insight revealed? Still a good guy, but . . .
And then there was Trump. I didn’t take him seriously for a very long time, thinking he was in it for brand building only. I didn’t understand his “strategy” and don’t get Twitter, so he was a distraction, a spoiler, an entertainer, . . . And then the leader of the race.
It would be interesting to see what would have happened in alternate scenarios, like had Jeb! and Rubio dropped out after NH, etc. Would Cruz have gained the lion’s share, and risen to the top? We’ll never know. That is where my heart led, but that’s mere speculation.
Instead, Trump masterfully navigated the primaries to win the nomination. He needlessly bruised feelings, but those gave him credibility with crossover voters that might not have come for a Cruz ticket. Trump thing continued bitch-slapping and cozying up to the MSM, playing them like a fiddle to garner free exposure, and take the air out of Hillary’s always leaky balloon. In the end, he outmaneuvered her, burst the midwest Blue Wall, and won the presidency.
Tomorrow, he will be sworn in as President. I wish him well. I am somewhat hopeful. Honestly, I am also quite apprehensive about his fealty to values I hold dear. But I know those values have a greater chance of being represented by Trump than they ever would have been by Hillary.
I ask God’s blessings to continue for the USA!!