What The Boston Globe Really Fears

The Boston Globe is perhaps the only major newspaper in the country that can make its own hypocritical bed in one paragraph and then lay in it eight paragraphs later. They love their high horses, from which they have lobbed steaming heaps of bombast for 144 years.

This week’s trebuchet-full of somber fear-laced calamity is “what would happen should Donald Trump capture the White House?”

Of course, the only way this could actually happen is if Trump is, in fact, the most effective chief executive ever to sit in the Oval Office. Even the dour opinion editors on Morrissey Blvd. know better than to believe this.

It is an exercise in taking a man at his word. And his vision of America promises to be as appalling in real life as it is in black and white on the page. It is a vision that demands an active and engaged opposition. It requires an opposition as focused on denying Trump the White House as the candidate is flippant and reckless about securing it.

After heaving this load of Democrat talking points at the world, we (Republicans) are enjoined to stop Trump as the headline blares “The GOP must stop Trump”. But those same talking points are the ones nearly 50 percent of Republicans in Massachusetts voted for. They are really the tamer parts of a Trump presidency, and would likely inflame his already-enthralled base while doing nothing to influence the undecideds.

Besides, who wants to take instruction on how to run the GOP from a newspaper that endorsed John Kasich and was surprised (along with Mass. Gov. Charlie Baker) that Chris Christie endorsed Trump? No, I think the Globe can stick with its stalwarts like Mike Dukakis or John Kerry.

The truth is that a Trump presidency will be pockmarked with more scandals, inefficiencies, blunders and self-defeating infighting than an Occupy Wall Street board meeting. It will make for great reality television but terrible governance. Trump will not keep one single promise in office. He won’t do any of it.

A Trump presidency will be a national embarrassment and a clown show for the world to see. Surely the Globe opinion editors know this. Yet they published their mock front page anyway.

The Globe revealed its real fear in the editorial’s last paragraph: The only place they mentioned the boogeyman that’s got them shaking in their birkenstocks–Ted Cruz.

Action doesn’t mean political chicanery or subterfuge. It doesn’t mean settling for an equally extreme — and perhaps more dangerous — nominee in Ted Cruz. If the party can muster the courage to reject its first-place finisher, rejecting the runner-up should be even easier.

It’s one thing to claim that “the rules are the rules — and if no candidate reaches that magic number, the job of choosing a nominee falls to those on the convention floor” and then call for rejecting the only candidate who can win using those rules. But that’s exactly what the Globe has done, calling for a rejection of both Trump and Cruz in favor of someone more palatable to their liberal sensibilities.

Thanks for the headline. That and $5 buys a grande latte at Starbucks. We will stop Trump, but the Globe can keep its high horse advice for the GOP to itself.

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Steve Berman

The old Steve cared about money, prestige, and power. Then Christ found me. All at once things changed. But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against these things!

I spent 30 years in business. Now I write and edit. But mostly I love. I have a wife and 2 kids and a dog and we live in a little house in central Georgia.

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