Once it seemed like a real possibility, a lot of people, even a lot of Republicans, were hoping Donald Trump would fail to win the Republican presidential nomination.
Stanley Hubbard actually threw some money at the problem. Earlier this year, the billionaire owner of TV and radio stations, including KSTP here in the Twin Cities, donated $10,000 to the Our Principles PAC, which funded anti-Trump mailers in later primary states like Ohio.
While moderates have been horrified by Trump's appeals to voter racism against Muslims and Mexicans — or his career-long misogyny — the Our Principles mail pieces attacked the candidate from the right, claiming he was too liberal to be the GOP nominee. The lit piece showed him carousing with Bill and Hillary Clinton, and cited a track record of donating to "Harry Reid, John Kerry... & even Ted Kennedy."
Hubbard didn't like Trump's coziness with liberals, but also recently told the Business Journal the candidate's extremist suggestion of trying to deport 11 million people was "ridiculous."
"My family and I believe Mexicans are good people," said Hubbard, and probably no one else, ever.
Hubbard's attempts to influence Republican party machinations had the opposite of their intended effect. One by one, every candidate he liked best — first Scott Walker, then Jeb Bush, Chris Christie, and Carly Fiorina — dropped out of the race.
Now there's only one person left. Trump. And Hubbard has welcomed this reality with a resounding "OK, fine, whatever. Him, I guess."
On Monday, Hubbard told Politico he would be joining the advisory committee of the pro-Trump Great America PAC and was encouraging his fellow moneyed conservatives to fall in line.
"We're down to my least favorite candidate," Hubbard said. "And my least favorite candidate is better than Hillary Clinton in terms of what's better for the country."
That sounds pretty grumpy. Let's try again, Stan.
"I'm very happy to get behind Mr. Trump," he continued.
"He's our candidate," Hubbard said. "There's no point in crying about it."
Not even if you had hoped that literally any other Republican candidate in the field had won.
You heard the man, Republicans. Let's make America great again by disavowing what you've said and abandoning everything you believed in last month.