I’m sure Donald Trump will win New York – just like John Kasich won Ohio. Winning your home state is like pulling the handle on the toilet and watching the contents go down the pipes. You just expect it to happen (Florida must have been backed up for Marco Rubio).
So it’s no surprise that the New York Post endorsed Trump in the GOP primary. But it’s HOW they endorsed him that’s the funny part –
Should he win the nomination, we expect Trump to pivot — not just on the issues, but in his manner. The post-pivot Trump needs to be more presidential: better informed on policy, more self-disciplined and less thin-skinned.
Yet the promise is clearly there in the rookie who is, after all, leading the field as the finals near.
To those fed up with the rule of lobbyists and an insular political class, to those who’ve seen their government ignore their needs — seen it continually degrade the quality not just of their economic lives, but of their plaace in society — Trump offers hope.
But then there are those rookie mistakes.
Start with policies that seem made on the fly.
No, pulling US troops out of Japan and South Korea — and pushing both countries to go nuclear to defend themselves — is not remotely a good idea. American commitments may need rethinking — but careful rethinking.
Yes, controlling the border is one of Washington’s fundamental duties — but “Build the Wall” is far too simplistic a policy for a nation of immigrants.
By all means, get the best trade deals for America — but remember that trade means cheaper goods for the less well-off, and challenge US industries to improve.
Trump’s language, too, has too often been amateurish, divisive — and downright coarse.
In other words –
Shorter NY Post: Trump is wrong about everything but we think he’ll change later so we endorse him pic.twitter.com/QnLTZIzEgc
— Ryan Lizza (@RyanLizza) April 15, 2016
The Post is completely resigned to endorsing Trump because they’ll get skewered if they don’t. That’s just the cold hard truth about it. But the fact that they took the time to point out all the problems with Trump while they’re supposed to be voicing SUPPORT for the guy speaks volumes about the massive problems in this election. It’s not just “the lesser of two evils.” It’s “I have to swallow arsenic no matter what lever I pull, so I might as well sound the alarm for any other poor sods that come after me.”
It’s funny – but I’m crying at the same time.
I feel ya, New York Post. I feel ya.