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Ed Cox is the reason they’re talking about Donald Trump.
Not that it was his idea, but that it was his incompetence. If New York state Republican Party Chairman Ed Cox had a clue how to do his job, Donald Trump’s name would be nowhere near the discussion of who will be the party’s gubernatorial candidate next year.
But he doesn’t, so it is.
Donald Trump was floated as a candidate against Democratic incumbent Andrew Cuomo yesterday in a gambit to raise the issue and coax the candidate. The thinking was that if publicity-hungry Trump heard his name often enough it might be possible to seduce him into the race on behalf of the GOP.
It probably won’t work.
If the past is a predictor of the future, an effort to draft Donald Trump will probably drag on as long as Trump can milk it for self-promotion. Then he will decline and skip happily along, tallying up the value of the free publicity he’s gotten.
But that’s months from now.
Right now, he’s a maybe, and the reporters – if not the Republicans – are salivating over the prospects of a candidacy.
The fact is, he’d be a good candidate. He’s pro-business and pro-gun, and understands as well as anyone the tremendous burden taxes and regulations put on New York businesses and New York people.
He’s also flamboyant and rich.
And a head-to-head campaign against Andrew Cuomo would pit arguably the two most arrogant and self-important men on the planet against one another.
But this isn’t about that.
This is about a state Republican Party that is brain dead.
It was astounding to recently see Ed Cox reelected state chairman. Typically, people who fail don’t get rehired. But Richard Nixon’s son-in-law was handed the reins again and, predictably, we are headed straight toward a cliff.
Maybe it’s not his fault.
Maybe no one in New York believes in the principles of the Republican Party. Maybe no one in New York believes in the principles of the United States.
Maybe New York has become such a liberal state that neither the Republican Party nor conservatism are anywhere to be found.
That would explain the lack of candidates.
In many areas around the state, finding someone with half a brain to run for office is a tall chore. The vain idiots are coming out of the woodwork, but people driven by anything other than the basest of narcissistic motivations are hard to come by.
Maybe that’s not Ed Cox’s fault.
But typically, if your product won’t sell, you get a new salesman.
And if you can’t even motivate people who share your view to stand up and be counted, if you can’t get them to enter a campaign just to raise your issues, it’s not much of a crusade you’re leading.
Take two upstate examples – Rochester and Syracuse, the state’s third- and fourth-largest cities. Both have mayoral elections next month. Neither has a Republican candidate. There is no choice, the election is moot, the Republican Party failed.
Failed to develop candidates, failed to recruit candidates, failed to offer a choice.
That’s because the Republican Party has abandoned New York’s urban areas to the Democrats. The GOP has declared the war unwinnable and so has decided not to fight it. That’s called capitulation.
It’s nothing other than cowardly surrender spelled differently.
The Republicans have conceded New York.
Which might explain the enthusiasm for the mere rumor of Trump. He’s a man, he’s got a backbone, he gets things done. He’s not apologetic, he’s not a milquetoast, he’s not a pantywaist Republican.
He’s got what it takes to stand up to Andrew Cuomo and go toe to toe with him.
So, yes, he would be a great candidate.
But he won’t ever be a candidate.
When it comes to politics, Donald Trump is all talk and no walk. He likes to sound off, he likes to be the center of attention.
But he doesn’t like to run.
So the GOP ends up where it started, behind the 8 ball.
With a screwball in charge.
Which has to make Andrew Cuomo and the Democrats very happy