The Democrats and Republicans are finally pushing back against the argument that there is no real difference between the parties these days.
One party is making a conservative move and courting a centrist establishment candidate. The other is being far more liberal and apparently nominating an outsider with no loyalty to the party or any of its members.
It’s a weird day in politics when Democrats slide right and Republicans swing back from ultra conservative elections of the past six years to nominate a guy who has donated to the campaigns of the woman he will he running against.
Dogs and cats living together. Lions lying down with lambs. What’s next, the Chicago Cubs winning a World Series?
It sounds crazy until you watch formerly pro-choice Donald Trump and his third wife thanking five more states for overwhelming victories after winning a majority of votes from evangelical voters. He accepted these wins with New Jersey’s Governor and one of the Duck Dynasty dudes standing behind him.
Dogs and cats indeed.
The biggest way the two parties are diverging is how the leading candidates are dealing with their challengers.
Trump is tired of dealing with Ted Cruz and John Kasich. He has been saying for weeks that the two should just drop out. Instead, they have formed an unholy and ineffective alliance to try to stop Trump from winning enough delegates to claim the nomination without a fight at the convention.
That alliance did nothing to stop Trump Tuesday night and if they can’t bring him down in Indiana, Trump will win at least 56 perent of the remaining delegates and secure the nomination.
Even if Trump falls just short of 1,237, it is hard to believe with recent results in primaries that the Republicans could effectively do anything to knock him off the top of the ticket without significant repercussions from voters in November.
On the Democratic side, Clinton has a tough case to make to get Sanders to drop out of the race early. After all, she hung on to the bitter end in 2008 when she and Obama split the final two primaries before the convention.
Clinton has let her envoys be the voices saying Sanders should bow out. With her own words, Clinton is thanking Sanders for the debate and the points he is trying to bring to light with his campaign. Those are obviously the words that Clinton wishes she would have heard eight years ago.
None of the almost vanquished also rans has given any indication that they are leaving anytime soon. In fact, Cruz — who has almost no chance to win the election through traditional means — named his Vice Presidential pick Wednesday.
There are only three people in the United States who have hope that the choice in 2016 will be anything other than Donald Trump v. Hillary Clinton.
It might not be a fun 90 days to the finish line but I bet it’s not boring.
Kent Bush is publisher of Shawnee (Oklahoma) News-Star and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.