The neocons throw out another jobber as an anti-Trump candidate. Read the article from Politico.Com here.
It looks to me like what is happening is that the ruling class is circling the wagons. I’ve always thought there was no way in hell the power elite would ever let a true dissident like Ron Paul, Cindy McKinney, Ralph Nader or Jill Stein become head of state. Look how far they’ve gone to eliminate uncooperative heads of state in other nations: Iran, Guatemala, Cuba, Vietnam, Chile,Nicaragua, Panama, Libya, Venezuela, Honduras, Iraq, etc., etc., etc. No way are the ruling class ever going to accept someone they perceive as threat to their own interests as a domestic head of state. Trump strikes me as pretty middle of the road compared to these others but apparently even he is too much for them. I suspect what really gets the goat of the power elite about Trump is his partial dissent from the global economy/American hegemony foreign policy paradigm and his conciliatory attitude towards Russia.
I think what the neocons are hoping is that no candidate will get enough electoral votes to win in which case the election will be decided by the House of Representatives which conveniently happens to be Republican-dominated. The upside is that if that happens the entire spectrum of the Left and center-left, plus most of the Right, will be united in hatred of the neocons. But the neocons’ fallback strategy is to simply throw the election to Hillary.
In other words, the right-wing of the ruling class is trying to sabotage their own party in defense of the state. They may lose the party but the state will still be controlled by those that share the ruling class foreign policy and economic consensus even if Big Oil and Agribusiness have to cede power to Silicon Valley, Hollywood, and Madison Avenue for 4 years. It’s the same way the establishment parties came together to block the National Front in France.
Ironically, Trump’s economic policies are just regurgitated Republican puke: cutting the corporate income tax, abolishing the Estate Tax, and gutting the environment. He’s not even a real dissident on most issues. He gave a serious interview to Megyn Kelly a few months ago where the only policy proposals he mentioned were the decades-old Republican talking points about “rebuilding the military” and “tax cuts.” Just standard brand recycled Reaganite horseshit. That’s why I think it must be foreign policy that’s the real issue for the GOP establishment and for the political class generally. For the neocons foreign policy is the obvious issue, but I’ve even seen supposed “liberals” like Krugman attacking Trump on foreign policy lately. And denouncing Trump’s foreign policy was the cornerstone of Maudlin Halfbright’s speech at the convention. The real issue seems to be that the power elite do not think Trump will be aggressive enough in defending the hegemony of the Anglo-American-Zionist-Wahhabist axis against challenges from the BRICS and elsewhere. Plus, they may view him as an unstable personality that might be difficult to control.
What we now have is a Nixonized Democratic Party and a Republican Party that’s comparable to the right-wing plutocratic parties you would find in some of the most reactionary Latin American countries like El Salvador’s ARENA Party: https://en.wikipedia.org/…/Nationalist_Republican_Alliance I spent much of my time in grad school studying the civil war in El Salvador in the 1980s and eventually wrote a book on the subject. US political parties today are a lot like what El Salvador had back then: i.e. the center-right Christian Democrats and the right-wing extremist ARENA. The Democrats are thought of as “left” or “liberal” because they have Western European-like views on social issues like abortion, gun control, gay marriage, immigration, etc. But on foreign policy and economics they are presently to the right of Nixon as I said above. http://www.theamericanconservative.com/…/obama-is-a…/
Culturally, the US is analogous to Iraq where elections are just about the sectarian tribal warfare between the Democratic Shiites and the Republican Sunni. There’s a blogger named Scott Alexander that gets into that pretty well: http://slatestarcodex.com/…/i-can-tolerate-anything…/
The two parties create constituencies for themselves by working the two sides of the cultural divide.
The so-called “conservative movement” has never been anything more than a front for the Sunbelt wing of the capitalist class and the military industrial complex. The idea that “conservatism” was ever about “limited government” is a joke. The entire range of “conservative movement” constituencies, whether the religious right or libertarians or white nationalists, were never anything more than useful idiots. http://takimag.com/…/the_failure_of_conservatism/print…
In the past I have predicted that as the various Republican constituencies continue to shrink in size and lose politically, they would likely become more militant and determined to go down with a fight. I had thought this might move the GOP in the direction where it was a de facto white nationalist party like the the European nationalist parties. But when making that prediction I always thought it would have the effect of further marginalizing the right-wing and making it even more difficult for the Republicans to win national elections. That seems to be happening now with Trump, although it’s happening a lot sooner than I thought it would. This effect of this will likely be to make the GOP even less competitive in national elections, even if they remain dominant in some states.