If you are the establishment choice

One of Karl Rove's major themes during the Republican primaries was that McCain didn't have a chance. "At the end of the day, there will be 30 members of the 55 Republicans in the U.S. Senate for George W. Bush, despite the fact that one of their own is running," Rove declared. "If you are the establishment choice on the Republican side, you are the inevitable nominee. No ifs, ands, or buts."138 In short, Bush was "inevitable."
Does the underlined sentence equals 'if you are the established choice of the Republican ,then Republican must nominate you, there are no other possibilities.'? many thanks.
  • owlman5

    Senior Member
    Here "the establishment" refers to big business tycoons and other wealthy people. If you are their favorite candidate, then you are "the establishment choice".


    Senior Member
    UK English
    It's worth remembering that George Bush as figurehead for "the establishment" was so unpopular that McCain and Palin in particular ran as "maverick" candidates to distance themselves from being seen a part of the same party and policy making that had produced the most unpopular incumbent president since Nixon.
    Palin in particular played on being the "popular" choice by being "folksy" and "real" and "straight talking" and "unedited". McCain played on being the "popular" choice by highlighting his war hero credentials and opposition to a number of key policies.
    They were tools of the establishment trying to distance themselves from it - ultimately, a different shade of the same shit which is why the Obama message of change had such resonance.

    Neal Mc
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