Ohio Republican Party Chair Matt Borges is the latest Buckeye State political figure to dance the Trumpean two-step, climbing up on the GOP nominee’s lap like a good pup after getting swatted on the nose earlier this month.
“After public doubt and turmoil, Ohio’s GOP chairman has decided to vote for his party’s presidential nominee, Donald Trump,” the Cincinnati Enquirer reported Monday morning.
Take a second to breathe in the pusillanimous fumes steaming off the remains of Matt Borges’ self-respect in that hot patty of a lead.
Borges has been playing both sides of the Trump coin all general election long, but now that push has come to shove Borges has found himself, by necessity, firmly planted on his hindquarters.
It’s been a hoot watching Borges waffle over this decision, knowing he’d inevitably pour the gooey batter of what’s left of his spine into the self-serve iron at the Trump Hotel breakfast bar.
(Borges) had remained vocal in his frustration with Trump’s controversial and offensive rhetoric. As some Republicans rescinded their support for Trump this month, Borges shared his indecision over whether to vote for the Republican nominee, weighing his options as he and his wife watched the second presidential debate with an Enquirer reporter.
On Sunday, Borges made his decision.
“I will be supporting a straight Republican ticket – starting with Donald Trump for President,” he wrote in an email to Ohio Republican insiders, which was obtained by The Enquirer. “A Hillary Clinton presidency would be a disaster for our country.”
In a statement to The Enquirer, Borges, a possible candidate for national GOP chairman, said he had chosen Trump after taking some time to consider developments from the past week or two.
I applaud Borges for this darling little soft-shoe shuffle across the boards of Ohio political theater. Witness the crass, inveterate commitment to personal ambition, and stand in awe.
If you’ll recall, Borges has been peddling himself throughout the general election as Ohio’s Trump-whisperer. He’s been the peace-maker at the bar begging the drunken lout who’s taken over his party not to pick on his friends, Mssrs. Kasich and Portman.
It was working, for a bit, until that inevitable point at which the peace-maker gets elbowed in the nose, which occurred earlier this month when Trump cut ties with Borges in this swinging-ist of swing states.
As Cleveland.com reported, Trump’s Ohio campaign director Bob Paduchik penned a letter to members of the Ohio GOP central committee informing them that the Republican Party’s Presidential nominee had dumped Borges.
The letter accuses Borges of exaggerating his relationship with Trump in media interviews, and undermining Trump’s efforts to win in Ohio in order to advance his own candidacy to replace Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus.
Paduchik writes that he spoke with Trump about Borges on Thursday, when Trump made a pair of Ohio campaign stops, and describes Trump as being “very disappointed with Borges’ duplicity.”
“It’s no great secret that Chairman Borges was never fully on board, but his actions over the past week demonstrate that his loyalties to Governor John Kasich’s failed Presidential campaign eclipse his responsibility as chairman of the Ohio Republican Party,” Paduchik wrote. “The chairman is also apparently driven by an insatiable need for publicity.”
“I told him we have a path to carry Ohio, so let’s just stick together,” Borges said.
“He said, ‘OK, I love ya.'”
Oh Matt, as Pat Benatar so aptly reminded us once upon a yesteryear, love is a battlefield.
D.C. DeWitt is a writer and man of sport and leisure. He has also written for Government Executive’s RouteFifty.com, the National Journal’s The Hotline, and The New York Observer’s Politicker.com. He is the Associate Editor of The Athens NEWS in Athens, Ohio. DeWitt can be found on Facebook and Twitter @DC_DeWitt.