A few months ago I was eviscerated by some on this site for suggesting that, in light of a radical Leftist’s election for a second term in spite of serial failures - Obamacare, his pathetic economic policies and one foreign relations debacle after another, America may no longer be the “center-right” nation we grew up with and assumed she might still be. My public “gutting” took various forms, but always came back to the argument that Obama prevailed in 2012 because Romney was not a conservative. Implying that what the Republican party had to do was nominate a conservative - that such a nomination is what our right of center nation wanted/required.
Well, this year we have a Republican candidate with unquestioned conservative bona fides - Ted Cruz - and forget the national vote - he can’t get more than 22% of the REPUBLICAN primary vote - except perhaps, in his home state. Instead, Republican voters are overwhelmingly placing in nomination a man who is NOT a conservative - Donald Trump; a man who favors most of the central tenets of Obamacare (call it “Trumpcare”); a man who supports Planned Parenthood, the KELO decision, etc.
Granted, Trump favors securing the border - but so does Cruz. Trump wants a strong military - but so does Cruz. Trump likely hasn’t even read the constitution - Cruz has actively defended it in court. Cruz wants to take down Obamacare, stop funding PP and opposes KELO. I could go on, but I won’t.
The point is, the people of this nation - BY THEIR CHOICE - have decided to select their president from an election consisting of another Leftist (one who wants to continue Obama’s legacy) and another non-conservative (who on some important issues is considerably left of center). This, in spite of the fact a solid, constitutional conservative was available.
I simply point this out. Are we a right of center nation? I think it a fair question.