The day of that much-hyped GOP Presidential Debate was to take place was the day that former Deputy Chief of Staff for Ronald Reagan chose to do one hell of a hatchet job on Donald Trump. Karl Rove and his staff dug up every single statement and vague association that Donald Trump ever had with "the dark side" of the political spectrum, going back decades to make his point that Donald Trump is no Republican.

Since I quit identifying myself as a "Republican" years ago, let's just set aside that argument as to what constitutes a "Republican" for a moment and take a look at this domesticated mammal of the genus Equus africanus asinus from whence this rant originated.

Karl Rove was Deputy Chief of Staff under President Ronald Reagan. It is important to have at least one layer of insulation, aka, plausible deniability, between a political figure and those who "get things done." And that has pretty much been Karl Rove's role in the political arena.

I had a friend who worked in the Reagan White House at the same time as Karl Rove and who had a much longer and much closer relationship with Ronald Reagan than did Karl Rove—he was known to be one of those people who "got things done." My friend was famous for things like "a bull laxative in a certain candidate's mashed potatoes" and other such shenanigans.

But contrast that with Karl Rove:

In the fall of 1970, Rove used a false identity to enter the campaign office of Democrat Alan J. Dixon, who was running for Treasurer of Illinois. He stole 1000 sheets of paper with campaign letterhead, printed fake campaign rally fliers promising "free beer, free food, girls and a good time for nothing," and distributed them at rock concerts and homeless shelters, with the effect of disrupting Dixon's rally. (Dixon eventually won the election).

Amusing for sure. But... Fraud (false identity), criminal trespass, burglary? All of which Karl Rove brushed off as "a youthful prank." And we are to believe that, having gotten away clean from such activities, he never went down that path again? Were that true, his political career would have been very short indeed.

Karl Rove attacked Donald Trump because Trump donated money to the Clintons and others. Boys and girls, let me share some reality with you. When you own a business—and I have—your obligation is first to your employees, and then to your investors, and you do that by protecting your markets as best you can. And when your business is as large as that of Donald Trump, you "make friends" with everybody who might be able to assist you in protecting your market or, in a best case scenario, not hurt your market because others will be "making friends" with those same people in order to put you out of business.

Doing business is not like riding the Merry Go 'Round in the park where you pay a small fee to enjoy yourself for a short period of time and then get off in search of the next ride. Business is WAR! You take care of your people, you spit-shine your goods and services, and you arm yourself and your company with honesty and integrity and... Charge! And no major success in war was ever achieved by a singular military force; it takes allies at all levels. So you make strategic "friends" or accept defeat as an objective. Donald Trump has never been good at doing that sort of thing.

Karl Rove dug way back into the archives and pulled out statements that Trump has made over the years that were right down the party lines for the Democrats and pointed out that Donald Trump was lifelong Democrat before he was a Republican.

I was born in New York, and, to me, "a Republican" was an urban legend.

I did business all over Long Island and other places for a couple of decades. I never hid my political views and was often treated like an intellectually challenged child, should a political issue become the topic of discussion.

I don't care that Donald Trump was a lifelong Democrat before he became a Republican.

The last time I worked in our nation's capital, I worked for a man like that.

He was raised in an environment that is one of the strongest bastions of the Democrat party in this nation, second, possibly, only to New York. And, not only that, but this man had also been the head of a union for several years. I folded my first company when union thugs put some of my men in the hospital because we were not willing to join the local union. I do not like the unions and what they now stand for.

And yet, when someone reached out to me and asked me to go to work for this lifelong Democrat-turned-Republican and former union boss, I humbly accepted.

His name was Ronald Reagan.

In the final analysis, Karl Rove is the bought and paid for Clown Prince of the GOP establishment.

Donald Trump scares the daylights out of both sides of the aisle, and that is a good thing. Trump may or may not flame out, but if he does, he has served the political process well. And if he does not flame out, I will have less angst voting for him than I did when given no choice. I was forced to vote for John McCain, whom more than a few veterans view as a traitor and a collaborator with the enemy.

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