Monday, June 06, 2016
A History Lesson The Republicans Seem To Have Forgotten
Some on the left have tried to compare Trump to fascists like Hitler or Mussolini, but perhaps a better comparison can be found in our own political history -- the nomination of Zachary Taylor by the Whigs in 1848, and his subsequent election. He is generally regarded as one of our worst presidents, and his nomination hastened the destruction of the Whig Party.
Taylor (pictured here in a photo by Matthew Brady) had come out of the Mexican-American War as a national hero. But he was not a politician, had no experience in civil service, and indeed, had never even voted before the election of 1848. His only "qualifications" were his war hero status and his disdain for politics (including both political parties -- Democrats and Whigs).
Doesn't that sound a lot like Trump, whose only "qualifications" are his celebrity status and his disdain for politics (including both political parties -- Democrats and Republicans)? Gil Troy at Politico.com has written an excellent article (that I urge you to read in full) on Taylor's nomination and election, and how it destroyed the Whig Party. It's a history lesson that should worry the hell out of Republicans.
Here is some of what Mr. Troy wrote: